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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I thought it would be fun to start a thread where we all add some of those trivia facts we know. It could be about anything. For example, did you know the career home run record in baseball is 755 and Hank Aaron currently owns the record?

If you want to post a website where this is more info, feel free, but google and wikipedia can probably quench your thirst for more info about a particular fact. I'll start off.

Did you know that using two spaces after a period (or similar punctuation) in a sentence is no longer necessary in the computer age? It came into practice during the days of the typewriter when an extra space was helpful to pickup the start of a new sentence.

http://webword.com/reports/period.html
post #2 of 24
I didn't know that Cubbie! Here's mine!!!

"One glass of milk can give a person a .02 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) on a Breathalyzer test. That’s enough in some states for persons under age 21 to lose their drivers license and be fined."
post #3 of 24
Interseting facts!!

In 1890, Scott Paper produced the first toilet paper to be available on a roll.
post #4 of 24
Did you know that a "million dollar question" is not just a figure of speech. There is an organization out there that offers a million dollar reward to answer certain math questions.
http://www.claymath.org/millennium/
The questions are linked on the right.

Good luck!
post #5 of 24
Great fun - one from me

Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.

well I always suspected some of us were related to shell-fish
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
This is great. I love learning little bits of trivia. I edited my original post. I don't think it matters how many facts you add in your post.
post #7 of 24
heres a favourtie from my nephew

Dinosaur means “terrible lizard†in Greek.
post #8 of 24
I didn't know any of these things guys.........I have another one!!!

The Pilgrims landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, rather than continue sailing because they were running out of supplies, especially alcohol beverage!
post #9 of 24
Lazy Susans are named after Thomas Edison's daughter. He invented it to impress a gathering of industrialists and inventors.
post #10 of 24
boy, I feel smarter already!

did you know that pigs don't have sweat glands? that's why they roll in the mud, to cool down, so the saying "sweat like a pig" really makes no sense!
post #11 of 24
Canada actually has 2 national sports. Prior to 1994 Lacrosse was Canada's official sport. As Canada is most often associated with Ice Hockey, a law was passed in 1994 declaring Ice Hockey as Canada's national winter sport and Lacrosse as the national summer sport.
post #12 of 24
The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was Wrigley's gum.
post #13 of 24
Did you know to 'flare your nostrils' is an inherited trait and not everyone can do it.........



aww, youre all having a go arent you
post #14 of 24
If someone tells you you eat like a bird, you really should take offense as most species eat 1 and a half times their body weight daily.

On the other hand, if someone calls you a birdbrain, you should be pleased as birds are some of the smartest and most resourceful of wildlife.
post #15 of 24
When Frank Grimes visited Homer Simpson's house, lobster was served.

It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.

The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.



duuuude ....
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
Did you know to 'flare your nostrils' is an inherited trait and not everyone can do it.........



aww, youre all having a go arent you
So is tongue rolling...




Go on, you try!!!!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by Abymummy View Post
So is tongue rolling...




Go on, you try!!!!
I can clover my tongue and roll it and flip it..I have a veritable tongue circus
post #18 of 24
Well, I have two bits of trivia knowledge!!

On the show Gilligans Island, though his first name was never used, Gilligans first name was Willie.

There is one sentance in the English language that you can say but not write.
(this is going to be hard)... First we have to agree that there are three variations of one word.
To - Too - and Two
the sentance is: There are three _______'s in the English language! (is it To's, Too's, or Two's--- not any of them!)

Phew... Did anyone get that?
post #19 of 24
I can do that while flaringmy nostrils and crossing my eyes ... it ain't pretty

But did you know?

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Quill_luv View Post
The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.

duuuude ....
Oh my goodness!!!! Can you imagine???
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I can clover my tongue and roll it and flip it..I have a veritable tongue circus
I guess your popularity just went up with a certain population.
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
I guess your popularity just went up with a certain population.
She's flirting with you Neet!
post #23 of 24
Did you know that Hostess Twinkies were named after a brand of shoes called Twinkle Toes?
post #24 of 24
In 1980, the yellow pages accidentally listed a Texas funeral home under Frozen Foods.

At this moment, nearly 2000 thunderstorms are taking place around the world.

Dr. Seuss coined the word "nerd" in this 1950 book If I Ran The Zoo.

Sound familiar? Gorillas stick out their tounges when they're angry.

The heaviest dog on record was a St. Bernard that weighed 310 pounds.

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation on Earth.

Calorie counting? People who work at night tend to weigh more than people who don't.

There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.

The average bra is designed to last for only 180 days of use.

Tug of war was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.

If you're a healthy, full-grown adult, your thigh bones are stonger than concrete.

If you're of average weight, multiply it by .02--that's how much your brain weighs.

Humans are the only primates without pigment in the palms of their hands.

Hamsters get their name from Hamstern, a German word that means "to hoard".

According to NASA, it's nearly impossible to shed tears in zero gravity.

If you're 6 feet of taller, you're too tall to become an astronaut.

There's a "Cinderella" story in Finnish folklore. But the girl's name isn't Cinderella. It's Tuna.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of where they grew up.

Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows when their cats died as a sign on mourning.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients used to make dynamite.

Why don't dogs eat citrus fruit? They make their own vitamin C.

Humans are the only animals that cry tears.

According to one study, 24% of Iowans have some sort of lawn ornament in their yard.

Every 2.7 seconds, a Tupperware party behins somewhere in the world.
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