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Trivia Chest 5



#trivia The planet Venus is the hottest in the Solar System. This because high volume of atmospheric CO2 creates a strong greenhouse gas effect.

#trivia In the 1950s, Harper Lee moved to New York to become an author. Her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize, but aside from a few nonfiction magazine articles she's published since, she’s refused to write anything else—including a foreword for her lone novel.

#trivia All California license plates are made in prisons.

#trivia Nearly $40 billion in U.S. coins are currently in circulation.

#trivia The octopus is the most intelligent animal in the world that does not have a backbone. Studies have shown they can solve fairly complex problems and are considered to have approximately the same intelligence level as a dog.

#trivia George de Mestral, the inventor of Velcro, also received a patent for a toy plane at age 12.

#trivia Before scientists were able to genetically engineer bacteria to produce human insulin, those who were afflicted with insulin dependent diabetes often used insulin from pigs.

#trivia A group of eggs, such as those found in a bird's nest, is known as a "clutch."

#trivia The Bee Gees never liked their name. In fact, after Robert Stigwood signed on as the band’s producer in 1967, the group lobbied to change it. But what could possibly be better than The Bee Gees? The band suggested Rupert’s World. Luckily, their manager nixed the notion.

#trivia Nine-banded armadillos always give birth to identical quadruplets.

#trivia The bat is the only mammal that can fly. Flying squirrels can only glide (fall slowly).

#trivia Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

#trivia Dartmouth College is older than the United States and was granted its original charter by the King of England. Later, when the governor of New Hampshire tried to amend the charter and the College brought suit against the state of New Hampshire, the Supreme Court upheld the original charter, thereby limiting states' power to interfere in private enterprises.

#trivia Ben Franklin's formal education ended at ten years old.

#trivia After a 2011 vote, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.

#trivia The proper name for a crash test dummy is Anthropomorphic Test Device. The first one was developed for the Air Force, not the automobile industry, and was used to test ejection seats.

#trivia Habitual singing causes the lungs to release leptin, a protein manufactured by the body’s fat cells that is involved in the regulation of appetite. This may partially explain why opera stars tend to lean toward the heavy end of the scale.

#trivia When Mom told you not to eat apple seeds, she had good reason. From peaches to cherries, many fruit seeds contain cyanogenenic glycosides, which turn into cyanide gas during digestion. In the last 50 years, at least nine people in Turkey have died of cyanide poisoning from gorging on apricots.

#trivia Although oil is known as "black gold," it isn't black to begin with. When it spurts from the 
ground, the crude stuff is most often dark green.

#trivia Divorce is legal in every nation in the world except in the Philippines and in Vatican City.

#trivia The Plague of Justinian killed as many as 10,000 people a day at its peak in 541 before eventually migrating from the Byzantine Empire to Western Europe, where it became known as The Black Plague.

#trivia In 1962, Bobby Kennedy's pets included dogs, horses, geese, a burro, a sea lion, Hungarian pigeons, rabbits, and turtles.

#trivia Elvis was a big fan of Monty Python and would often act out the British comedy troupe's skits in front of friends.

#trivia Ever wonder how Humphrey Bogart got his signature lisp? Bogart joined the US Navy after being kicked out of Phillips Academy Boarding School. He was wounded during the shelling of the Leviathan, resulting in partial facial paralysis.

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