Trivia


This is simply a page of interesting trivia concerning people, places, insects, animals etc. The trivia is generated from files containing thousands of snippets of information and is updated twice a day.
You may find some info that you didn't know before, but in any case - this page will give you some food for thought. Please enjoy.

Assorted Trivia
Presidential 'grave' facts

Uranus is the only planet that rotates on its side.

The term 'dog days' has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or 'days of the dog.'

In 1970, 127 runners ran the NY Marathon. In 1998, 32,000 did.
Sharks apparently are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known, they are immune to every known disease including cancer.
Art and Architecture
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City hung Matisse's 'Le Bateau' upside-down for 47 days before an art student noticed the error.
Beliefs
Humanism - is the belief that human interests and mind are paramount.
Business
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
Cats and Dogs
A group of adult cats is called a clowder.
The Church
Autocephality: = ecclesiastical self-government
Deaths
Liberace (Wladziu Valentino Liberace) - 1987 --- AIDS.
Did You know
Divination
Sortilege means divination by drawing lots
Duh!!
If you like sausage or law, never watch either being made.
The English Language
Monday is the only day of the week that has an anagram, dynamo.
Entertainment
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was created in 1939, in Chicago, for the Montgomery Ward department stores for a Christmas promotion. The lyrics were written as a poem by Robert May, but weren't set to music until 1947. Gene Autry recorded the hit song in 1949.
Fabrics
Moleskin is a heavy durable cotton.
Food
Per capita, the Irish eat more chocolate than Americans, Swedes, Danes, French, and Italians.
Geography
The tallest monument built in the US, the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, Missouri, is 630 feet tall.
History
Alexander H. Stephens was Jefferson Davis's Vice President of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Human
Medical experts have observed that people who stutter rarely do when they are alone or talking to a pet.
Insects
The song of the field cricket is temperature dependent; the tone and tempo drop with the drop in temperature. Count the chirps in 13 seconds, add 40, and you will have the approximate temperature in degrees.
Instruments
A Sigmoidoscope is an instrument for examining the interior of the rectum and sigmoid colon.
isms
Organicism is the conception of life or society as an organism
Literature
The book The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley, was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors. The book extolls the use of hallucinogenic drugs.
Manias
Ecdemomania~means an abnormal compulsion for wandering.
Measurement
The highest temperature ever recorded in the continental US was 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California.
Movies
In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. (Its rating has since been changed to R.)
Nautical
A camber is a slight arch or convexity to a beam or deck of a ship.
ologies
Significs is the science of meaning
Phobias
Hellenologophobi is a fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
Plants
Tea was so expensive when it was first brought to Europe in the early 17th century that it was kept in locked wooden boxes.
Products
The yo-yo was introduced in 1929 by Donald F. Duncan. The toy was based on a weapon used by 16th-century Filipino hunters.
Religion
The seven archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel.
Science
In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
Shapes
Cultriform means knife-shaped.
Snippets
Madness takes its toll, Please have exact change.
Space
At the distance at which our sun is located from the center of the Milky Way galaxy, Earth and the rest of our solar system are moving at a speed of about 170 miles per second around the center.
Superstitions
The seventh son of a seventh son has magic powers, according to Irish folklore, but is a vampire in Romanian legend.
Superstitious Dreams
If you see a dead dragonfly, then the news will be bad.
Three Letter Words
Ped - Means a naturally formed mass or aggregate of soil.
Tongue Twisters
Ere her ear hears her err, here ears err here.
Units of Measure
A Therm is a unit of quantity of heat equal to 100,000 British thermal units.
Unusual Words
Consecution - means logical sequence or progression of an argument.
War Quotes
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
-- Bertrand Russell
The Weather
Average thunderstorm travels at a rate of 25 miles per hour.
Words of the Church
Oremus - Roman Catholic liturgical prayer.
Proverbs
Do not rejoice at my grief, for when mine is old, yours will be new.
-- Spanish Proverb

Practice makes perfect.
-- English Proverb

Trouble rides a fast horse.
-- Italian Proverb
Famous Deaths
John Augustus Roebling - designer of the Brooklyn Bridge - 1869 --- died of a tetanus infection after having his leg crushed by a ferryboat while working on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Famous Quotes
Life is just one damned thing after another.
-- Frank Ward O'Malley

To have a good enemy, choose a friend; he knows where to strike.
-- Diane de Pointiers

An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there.
-- Edward Young
Celebrity Quotes
Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.
-- Bruce Springsteen

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
-- Lucille Ball
Celebrity Insults
Joe Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.
-- Muhammad Ali

He spares no resource in telling of his dead inventions... Bare verbs he rarely tolerates. He splits infinitives and fills them up with adverbial stuffing. He presses the passing colloquialism into his service. His vast paragraphs sweat and struggle; they could not sweat and elbow and struggle more if God Himself was the processional meaning to which they sought to come.
-- H. G. Wells (about Henry James)