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Trivia Chest 13



#trivia  Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel spent $2,500 a month on rubber bands to hold all their cash.

#trivia  In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child. It was given full legal representation and provided human clothing for trial.

#trivia  King County, Washington, managed to keep its name while changing its namesake. Originally named for William King, it was "renamed" in 1986 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

#trivia  The creators of Gilligan’s Island named the S.S. Minnow after the FCC chairman at the time, Newton Norman Minow. Gracious though it may seem, it was actually a backhanded compliment: Minow famously called television “a vast wasteland.”

#trivia  Scottish band The Bay City Rollers earned their name after sticking a pin in a map of America, which landed on the Michigan city.

#trivia  The first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer. A collector of broken laser pointers bought it for $14.83.

#trivia  The USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym that stands for "Uniting & Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept & Obstruct Terrorism."

#trivia  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only two men who signed the Declaration of Independence who also went on to become President of the United States.

#trivia  Many artificial color additives are prohibited by law, so farmers add marigold petals to their chicken feed as a natural color enhancer to give their egg yolks that sunny, yellow hue.

#trivia  Ronald Reagan's first Inauguration Day (Jan. 20th, 1981) was the warmest January inauguration on record, at 55°F. When reelected, his second Inauguration Day (Jan. 21st, 1985) was the coldest on record, at only 7°F.

#trivia  Diamonds are actually unstable at surface temperature and pressure. Every diamond above ground is very, very slowly altering into graphite, another form of pure carbon.

#trivia  Blue eyes are the result of an ancient genetic mutation.

#trivia  Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.

#trivia  Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) proposed to his wife on the back of a motorcycle. When she said yes he accidentally ran into a ditch!

#trivia  The Procrastinators' Club of America newsletter is called “Last Month’s Newsletter.”

#trivia  When Cosmopolitan started it was a very different magazine. Early issues included stories by Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt, and covered topics like climbing Mount Vesuvius and the life of Mozart.

#trivia  The fastest two-legged creature on Earth is the ostrich, which can reach 45 mph over short distances.

#trivia  Geologists believe that about half the unmined gold in the world is in South Africa.

#trivia  During childbirth scenes in movies and sitcoms, infant actors are smeared with cream cheese and red jam for an authentic "just born" look.

#trivia  With a nurse and a calligrapher, Saddam Hussein had a copy of the Koran written using his own blood.

#trivia  During a 1992 state dinner, President George H. W. Bush, ill with the flu, lost his lunch in the lap of the Japanese prime minister. Bush’s faux pas led the Japanese to coin a slang word, bushusuru, which translates as “to do the Bush thing,” and means “to vomit.”

#trivia  Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of any mammal.

#trivia  In all of Shakespeare's works, only one word starts with an "X" - Xanthippe, Socrates wife. He uses her name in The Taming of the Shrew.

#trivia  Instead of being nocturnal or diurnal, some animals are "crepuscular," meaning they are primarily active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk.

#trivia  The USDA allows the term "wyngz" for wing-like chicken products that contain no wing meat.

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