18.9.14

Trivia Chest 10



#trivia  Louis Armstrong played the trumpet so much that he got callouses on his lips. He cut them off with a razor blade.

#trivia  Albert Einstein never learned how to drive.

#trivia  The city of Neuquén in southwestern Argentina must have been a rather terrifying place to live 90 million years ago. Within an hour’s drive of Neuquén lie three important paleontologic sites, each home to record-breaking finds including Argentinosaurus huinculensis, considered the world’s largest dinosaur (coming in at 130 feet long and 60 feet tall), Giganotosaurus carolinii, thought to be the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur (46 feet long), and fossilized footprints so large that locals once used them as community barbeque pits.

#trivia  In 2005, Egypt formally requested that the British Museum return the Rosetta Stone to its native land, but British law prevents the museum from giving up anything in its collection (even items looted by the Nazis that ended up in Britain).

#trivia  Kleenex tissues were originally marketed as a cold cream remover, not a disposable handkerchief.

#trivia  The poinsettia, the red-and-green flower commonly seen in Christmas arrangements, isn't snow-friendly; it's native to sunny Mexico.

#trivia  The "black box" on an airplane is actually bright orange so that it can be easily found among the wreckage if the plane were to crash.

#trivia  In a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, Admiral John Fisher wrote, "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis— O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)"

#trivia  Ancient Greeks believed that wearing amethysts would help prevent a person from getting drunk.

#trivia  Some species of birds, like the robin, can only lay one egg a day. To ensure that all the eggs in the clutch hatch around the same time, the female will let the earlier eggs "cool" in the nest between layings so as to let the "fresher" eggs catch up.

#trivia  An estimated 15% to 20% of people who receive gift cards never redeem them.

#trivia  Printing the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency was a mandate handed down by Abraham Lincoln's Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt attempted to remove the slogan because he, as a devout Christian, felt that putting God on money was a sacrilege.

#trivia  In 1979, Oscar host Johnny Carson joked, "I see a lot of new faces here. Especially on the old faces."

#trivia  Ergot is a fungus that grows on rye bread, and ingestion of too much ergot can lead to LSD-like hallucinations, seizures, episodes of mania, and even gangrene. In the Middle Ages, several ergot poisoning epidemics, and the resulting behaviors, led to witch hunts and exile. People in Europe referred to its effects as “St. Anthony’s Fire" in connection with the monks of the Order of St. Anthony, who were often successful at treating the ailment.

#trivia  In Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho, the sound effects for the famous shower scene were actually created by repeatedly stabbing a casaba melon.

#trivia  A praying mantis has one ear.

#trivia  Only female mosquitoes will bite you.

#trivia  Lyme disease is named for Lyme, CT, where several cases were identified in 1975.

#trivia  The spitting spider doesn't wait for insects to get caught in its web; it spits out sticky strings that capture the prey where it stands.

#trivia  Before Briton Hadden and Henry Luce decided to call their new magazine Time, they were debating calling it either Chance or Destiny.

#trivia  Andrew Jackson was the only US President to have the national debt paid in full.

#trivia  The first fielding gloves in baseball were flesh-colored so that fans wouldn't notice that the players were wearing them.

#trivia  There are people who can actually see, smell and physically taste music. This is an example of a phenomenon known as synesthesia. Synesthetes report seeing symphonies in spectacular colors, smelling Beethoven, and tasting Chopin.

#trivia  Crickets' ears are located on their front legs, a little below their knees.

#trivia  To deter nativity scene theft, BrickHouse Security provides free GPS trackers that can be installed in Baby Jesus.

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