11.9.14

Trivia Chest 9



#trivia  One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

#trivia  Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television, was inspired by a farmer's plowing of a field - the parallel rows giving him the idea of 'scanning' a picture.

#trivia  Mapmakers will often place a tiny piece of incorrect information in their maps to prevent illegal reproduction of their work. Called a "copyright trap," the fake text might be a bogus street name or even the mapmakers' initials hidden in the corner of a city park.

#trivia  Orang means "man" in Malay and hutan means "forest," so an orangutan is a "man of the forest."

#trivia  In 1950, the first independent credit card company in the world, Diners Club, started as a way for New York businessmen to pay for client meals at 14 participating restaurants. The Club went on to inspire the first credit card-themed Hollywood movie (1963’s The Man from the Diners' Club).

#trivia  Tire mogul Harvey Firestone gave President Calvin Coolidge a pygmy hippopotamus in 1927. Today, many of the pygmy hippos in US zoos are that one's descendants.

#trivia  While you can buy mistletoe-scented air fresheners, candles and soap, real mistletoe has no discernible smell.

#trivia  President Monroe was almost the second president to be elected unanimously (The first, and only, being George Washington). However, one elector voted for John Quincy Adams to make sure that President Washington was the only president ever elected unanimously.

#trivia  The term "lawn mullet" means having a neatly manicured front yard and an unmowed mess in the back.

#trivia  The word "laser" is an acronym. It stands for "Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation."

#trivia  School buses are some of the safest rides around. Individuals are 80 times more likely to be killed while walking to school than while taking the bus.

#trivia  Southern sea otters have flaps of skin under their forelegs that act as pockets. When diving, they use these pouches to store rocks and prey.

#trivia  Oddly enough, the word "mafia" is never mentioned in the film version of The Godfather.

#trivia  The first Monopoly game was based on real streets and locations around Atlantic City.

#trivia  Oddly enough, the very first high heels were made for soldiers in the 1500s who needed a way to keep their feet snugly tucked into their stirrups while riding on horseback.

#trivia  The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

#trivia  Brian May, the lead guitarist for Queen, dropped out of a physics PhD at Imperial College London to follow the path to rock stardom. He finally completed his thesis in 2007.

#trivia  Frankincense, one of the precious items the wise men gave the baby Jesus, was actually an ancient form of chewing gum.

#trivia  In the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, Ariel and her sassy crab friend, Sebastian, overcome the wicked sea witch, and Ariel then swims off to marry the man of her dreams. However, in the original tale, the mermaid’s fins-for-feet exchange comes at a price—namely, that every step on her new legs causes her excruciating pain. And that’s not even the worst part—in the end, the prince marries someone else!

#trivia  Between 1912 and 1948, art competitions were a part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, and sculpture.

#trivia  The "G" in "G-Spot" stands for Gräfenberg, a German-born doctor who studied female sexual physiology.

#trivia  To save money when you shop, don't touch anything. Touching an item makes you more likely to buy it, and willing to pay more.

#trivia  The aorta of a blue whale is large enough for a human to crawl through.

#trivia  Gremlins was one of two movies to influence the start of the PG-13 rating. The other was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

#trivia  The gestation period of some species of opossum is less than two weeks.

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