CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 2, 2016 – They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, so here is the lion’s version of trivia for the second day in March.
1 – Disneyland invented Doritos: Not only did Walt Disney give us Mickey Mouse, Disneyland and Walt Disney World, his organization was also involved in the creation of the popular snack Doritos.
The original “Dorito” was made at the Casa de Fritos at Disneyland in California because the company-owned restaurant was trying to find a use for its surplus tortillas. The solution was to cut them up, fry them and add seasoning that resembled the Mexican chilaquiles. When Arch West, then vice president of marketing for Frito-Lay, noticed the popularity of the snack, he made a deal with Alex Foods in 1964 to produce the chips on a regional basis.
“Doritos” were the first tortilla chip to be launched nationally in the United States, making their appearance in 1966. The name comes from the Mexican Spanish word “doradito,” which means “golden brown.”
2 – Places so good they named them twice: Most of us have heard of Walla Walla, Washington, or Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Germany’s spa town of Baden Baden is also familiar but perhaps a little less known. So the question arises about other sites that have their name repeated.
This list is not complete, but here are a few of the more colorful names to add to your knowledge. New Zealand has a district near Auckland called Aka Aka. There is also a coastal town in British Columbia known as Bella Bella.
If you visit Calcutta, you will discover a suburb known as Budge Budge. There is Raba Raba in New Guinea, Paopao in French Polynesia and another suburb of Calcutta called Dum Dum.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is difficult to tell whether the stream called Bubububu is a double name or if it is quadrupled. You decide. The same is true of Fofo Fofo in Papua.
Fiji has a couple of double names with Somosomo and Lomaloma, but Australia may take the prize. In the “land down under” you can find Goonoo Goonoo, Grong Grong, Kurri Kurri, Mitta Mitta, Wallan Wallan, Gin Gin, Woy Woy and the ever-popular Waga Waga.
Back to French Polynesia with Paopao. In Western Samoa you will discover Puapua, and in Tanzania there is a crater known as Ngoro Ngoro.
Another name, which is slightly more familiar, is Pago Pago in American Samoa.
But with all this double dealing we would be remiss if we did not mention Pee Pee, Ohio. You really have to wonder about the zip code in Pee Pee.
Finally there is Paw Paw. Would you believe there are actually two places in the U.S. named Paw Paw? One is in Michigan, and the other in West Virginia. Better yet, West Virginia also has a Paw Paw Tunnel.
That’s it for now. Bye bye and ta ta.
3 – How big is a trillion?: We hear much in the news about the U.S. debt being at $20 trillion, but do we really grasp how many zeros that is or how large a trillion truly is?
Let’s simplify it a bit and put the term in the context of time using seconds. For example, there are 60 seconds in a minute, which means that a thousand seconds is about 16 minutes. Therefore an hour consists of approximately four thousand seconds.
A million is still easy to grasp because it translates to about 11 days if we are counting a million seconds. Remember when you were really, really rich if you had a million dollars?
Now look at Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and others who are billionaires. Compare a million seconds to a billion seconds and you discover that a billion seconds is in the range of 32 years.
All of which leads us to the size of a trillion. Time to put it all into perspective. Want to take a guess? It’s scary to think that our national debt is $20 trillion when a trillion seconds amounts to a little more than 31,600 years!
Now that’s trivia that is not so trivial. All of which puts new meaning to the phrase, “Time is money.”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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