CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 4, 2017 – Though it may be hard to believe, today is National Trivia Day! In honor of one of the truly great holidays of the year, we present an eclectic collection of mostly useless information as gathered from the Mental Floss website.
- Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.
- The Dole/Kemp website from 1996 is still up and running.
- New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.
- Bikini designer Louis Reard said a two-piece bathing suit couldn’t be called a bikini “unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring.”
- Alaska is so big you could fit 75 New Jerseys in it.
- When asked if Abraham Lincoln had any hobbies, his wife, Mary Todd replied, “Cats.”
- A sex pheromone found in mouse urine was named “Darcin” after the character of Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice.”
- Thomas Jefferson wrote part of the “Declaration of Independence” in a pub in Philadelphia.
- Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son.
- Following the success of the Teddy Bear which was designed from Theodore Roosevelt, toy makers attempted to create a new stuffed animal called “Billy Possum” for William Taft. It was not a success.
- The inventors of bubble wrap were trying to make plastic wallpaper.
- Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys.
- Horses can’t vomit.
- The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called “Last Month’s Newsletter.”
- There is a long-lost fourth member of the Snap/Crackle/Pop gang. “Pow” represented Rice Krispies’ explosive nutritional value.
- The famous “Heisman pose” is based on Ed Smith, a former NYU running back who modeled for the trophy’s sculptor in 1934.
- The 50-star American flag was designed by a high school student in Ohio as a class project. He got a B- for his effort.
- The number “forty” is the only number in which the letters are in alphabetical order
- Brits used to have people walk through town and knock on their doors and windows as wake-up calls. The “human alarm clocks” were known as “knocker-uppers.”
- Michael Jackson’s autobiography titled “Moonwalk” was edited by Jackie Onassis in 1988.
- Add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel and the total comes to 666.
- Believe it or not, the city of Detroit presented Saddam Hussein a key to the city in 1980.
- Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn fouled off a pitch in 1957 and broke a fan’s nose. He then fouled the next pitch and hit the same fan.
- In 1976 when the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France, it was issued a passport. His occupation was listed as “deceased.”
- Kellogg’s offered a free box of Corn Flakes to any woman who would wink at her grocer in 1907.
- Cuba is the only Caribbean island with a railroad.
- It snows metal on Venus.
- The Himalayas boasts of 19 of the highest 25 mountains in the world.
- The world’s seven largest countries take up 50-percent of the earth’s surface.
- Saudi Arabia has no rivers.
- Some buildings in New York City have their own zip code.
- Talk about poverty. Just ten years ago, two billion people survived on less than $2 per day.
- Spain translates to mean “Land of the Rabbits.”
- Rome was the first city with a one million population.
- The world’s entire population would fit in Texas.
- Japan has 17 active volcanoes.
- In 1896, Utah became the 45th state of the union.
- The first State of the Union Address was delivered by George Washington in 1790.
- Hillary Rodham tried to join the U.S. Marines before she married Bill Clinton in 1975.
- In France. researchers have found (don’t ask how) 10 percent of the population is left-handed and that percentage hasn’t really changed since the Neolithic times.
Which brings us to the end of this week’s treasure trove of little-known facts.
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