Useless trivia.........

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mike N, Dec 21, 2003.

  1. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

    Coca-Cola was originally green.

    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

    The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

    City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong.

    State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

    Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
    Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

    Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

    Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

    Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

    The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

    The youngest pope was 11 years old.

    First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

    The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

    Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

    If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

    Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

    "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

    The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

    Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

    The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

    The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

    The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

    The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

    The first NFL team that plays its home games in a domed stadium to win a Superbowl was the St. Louis Rams in 1999.

    The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game

    The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")

    Q. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show?
    A. No theme song.

    Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
    A. Their birthplace.

    Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
    A. Obsession

    Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
    A. One thousand

    Q. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
    A. All invented by women.

    Q. This is the only food that doesn't spoil.
    A. Honey

    Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year.
    A. Father's Day

    Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic?
    A. He was allergic to carrots.

    40% of all people who come to a party snoop in your medicine cabinet.

    An apple, onion, and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this you can pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet.

    The estimated number of M & M's sold each day in the United States is 200,000,000.

    Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

    Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.

    A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not. (I'm going home to boil an egg tonight)

    Domestic cats hate lemons or other citrus scents.

    Every citizen of Kentucky is required by law to take a bath at least once a year.

    Parker Brothers prints about 50 billion dollars worth of Monopoly money in one year. (which is more than real money printed in a year)

    203 million dollars is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.

    No word in the English language rhymes with "month".

    If you put a raisin in a champagne bottle, it will rise and fall continuously.

    The letter J does not appear ANYWHERE in the periodic table of elements.

    In Canada, if a debt is higher than 25 cents, it is illegal to pay it with pennies.

    Impotence is grounds for divorce in 24 states in the United States.

    Federal law forbids recycling used eyeglasses in the United States

    If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in U.S. coins without being able to make change for a dollar

    If you are hedenophobic, you have a fear of pleasure.

    "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

    If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom more often.

    The longest word that can be typed solely with the left hand is stewardess

    There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS.... Bookkeeper

    Cleveland spelled backwards is "DNA level C."

    The # symbols is often referred to as a "number sign" or "pound sign." Its actual name is an octothorpe

    The letter "W" is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have just one syllable – it has three.

    The letters in the abbreviation e.g. stand for exempli gratia – a Latin term meaning "for example."

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men do.

    For the "wrong handed" people...Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people! That means DEATH to Lefties

    The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!

    The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!

    A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off - it dies from starvation.

    The state of Florida is bigger than England!

    The youngest person to give birth was a five-yr. old tribal girl (C-Section of course)

  2. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    Several of those are very, very disturbing (the youngest parents ones).

    I have some useless trivia:

    Doritos bags shrink when put in the microwave.
  3. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    Now my head hurts:eek: :D
  4. Hehe, didnt know this...i should try and pay an overdue phone bill like this and see what happens :D
  5. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I find this one a bit hard to believe.
  6. Sir,put your hands up...

    Neat facts dude!
  7. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Originally posted by Mike N
    Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
    Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

    Look at it this way....The Rockies, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yukon, Alaska, and Canada's northern parts all the way to the North Pole would probably be considered wilderness.

    For at least the next few days, there are some shopping malls that may qualify.


  8. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Even though only 1 out of 10 people is a lefty, a full 1 out of 3 presidents have been lefty. A short list of some of them:

    James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th
    Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 31st
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 33rd
    Gerald Ford (1913- ) 38th
    Ronald Reagan (1911 - ) 40th
    George H.W. Bush (1924- ) 41st
    Bill Clinton (1946- ) 42nd
  9. Yeah, we are a snobby sort...
  10. Typewriter is the longest word that can be typed on one row of the keyboard.
  11. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Actually, for some strange reason, I forgot about Canada. It's easy to miss, all tucked away down there.
  12. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    The Alaska pipeline is four feet in diameter.
  13. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    we spend like 4-6 yrs of our lives at stoplights!
    even more then that in the bathroom!
  14. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    That Horse/Statue thing isn't true.
  15. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Jon Kitna is the only NFL quarterback to take every snap at QB for his team in the 2003 season.

  16. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    "The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game"


  17. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    You can rearrange the letters of Robert Dole to spell: "Elder Robot"

    You can rearrange the letters of Al Gore to spell: "La Egor"

    Which continent has the largest total area of wildlife? Antartica

    How did Watson and Crick discover DNA? By stealing notes and materials from their science teacher.

    These ones kind of suck. Let me get back to you on this, I am the King of Useless Facts.
  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA better get back to us with some "non-sucky" ones real quick like. Your Kingship is in question. Mike N is about to seize your throne.

  19. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Q: Who was the first drummer of Steely Dan?

    A: esahC yvehC

    *the answer is spelled sdrawkcab
  20. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Surely that's not true?