CHARLOTTE, NC. On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported “There is no news.” To compensate for the problem, the Beeb’s program consisted entirely of piano music. As there’s no trivia news or history today. Since piano music does not work well in an online print format, CDN’s Myth Trivia column today offers you the following, highly eclectic Myth Trivia news potpourri. It’s loaded with amazingly, astoundingly mouth-gaping trivia and just plain silly items.
Memorize them all. You’re guaranteed to be the life of your very next party. Assuming you’re invited to one.
Grouching about Sesame Street
Where better to begin our Myth Trivia news potpourri than with Oscar the Grouch of Sesame Street fame. Did you know that Oscar used to be orange until his creator Jim Henson changed him to green?
The explanation was simple. Oscar took a vacation at Swamp Muddy Mushy and changed colors overnight. He’s been using sun-block every since.
Are the Golden Arches too cheesy?
There are approximately 450 types of cheese in the world, of which 240, more than half, come from France.
Speaking of cheesy goodness, depending upon how you look at this Myth Trivia news item, it is either a huge positive or a major negative because at least 9 countries around the world have banned McDonald’s. The list includes Bermuda, Iran, Macedonia, Yemen, Montenegro, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Bolivia and Iceland.
With tensions in Iran and the U.S. it has been decades since a McDonald’s has ventured into that decidedly cheesy Middle Eastern nation. Not to worry, though. Iran does have its own version of McDonald’s fast food. It’s called “Mash Donald’s.” You can’t make this stuff up.
In Bolivia, the Mickey D franchise is not outlawed. But Bolivians claim there are no Golden Arches there because they do not want to purchase hamburgers in large quantities from a major corporation. Pollo Loco, anyone?
Rumor has it that Iceland did away with Happy Meals due to that country’s national obsession with eating healthy.
As for North Korea, no explanation is necessary.
By the way, the only U.S. capital city without a McDonald’s is Montpelier, Vermont.
A sad day for Sadists, and a “Q” not related to Star Trek or The Swamp
We’re just betting that you would likely call someone who studies the exploits of the Marquis de Sade a “Sadist.” If that’s what you thought, you’d be wrong. He is known as a “Sadian.” This Myth Trivia news item may set the Guinness Book of World Records record for the most obscure factoid anywhere.
Speaking of the United States, which letter of the alphabet does not appear in any state name? The answer is fairly simple. It’s the letter “Q.”
Windy gasbagging in the Windy City: Any association with Kimberly-Clark?
One more very interesting U.S. fact is that Chicago, which is nicknamed “The Windy City,” derives that moniker from 19th century journalists who were referring to residents who were “windbags” or “full of hot air.” While that might not quite measure up as another bit of astounding Myth Triva news, it has nothing to do with the icy winter breezes blowing into the city off Lake Michigan.
During World War I there was a cotton shortage which led Kimberly-Clark to develop a thin, flat cotton substitute that the army could insert into their gas masks as a filter. The war ended before tests could be made, but no matter. The product was redeveloped and evolved into something we know today as “Kleenex.”
How can you #Resist Ben & Jerry’s secret origin story?
Did you know that Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course from Penn State University. Since they didn’t have a lot of bananas between them at the time, they decided to split one course.
Unlike Music, Elvis did not write the songs…
Rock star Elvis Presley recorded more than 800 songs during his career, but he never wrote a single one. He did, however, collaborate on a couple of tunes.
BREAKING Myth Trivia News: Frankenstein’s Monster (Hearts) PETA
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turned 200 this year, but what most people know even less is this bit of Myth Trivia news. Ms. Shelley’s immortal monster was actually a vegetarian! In the novel, Dr. Franenstein’s creation says “My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment.” Of course, the monster did have other anti-social methods for creating havoc.
Rocking Chair Winners?
When baseball first became popular somewhere during the time of the Civil War, umpires officiated games in rocking chairs situated 20 feet behind home plate. With the advent of videotaped reviews, it may not be long before the men in blue can return to their restful environments.
Of course, many fans claim they have already been off their rockers for too long. By 1878, umps were being paid five dollars a game.
Inglorious Greek Hazards
While Brad Pitt was filming Troy based upon The Iliad by Homer, he played the role of Achilles who was famous for having his heel as the only weak place on his body.
Pitt had to stop shooting for two months to recover from an injury he suffered during production. You guessed it. He hurt his Achilles tendon.
Old Abe had many talents
And now for our final tidbit of random Myth Trivia news. A little known fact about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is that he was a licensed bartender. The license was discovered in 1930 and is displayed proudly in the window of a liquor store in Missouri.
When Congress wanted to fire Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1863 for excessive drinking, Lincoln responded by sending the general a supply of whiskey. It was, perhaps, the first bit of Trump-style trollery in American history. Those were the days.
—Headline image: The oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant was the third one built, opening in 1953.
It’s located at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. at Florence Ave. in Downey, California.
(Image via Wikipedia entry on McDonald’s, CC 2.5 license)
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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