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Fun Trivia and Other Useless Facts

Updated on November 18, 2012

Interesting trivia and other facts that make you go hmmmm...

Sometimes I just come across items of interest, you know, things that make you go, "Gee, I didn't know that", so I decided to start writing them down and sharing them here on this lens. I'll be adding new ones as I come across them so be sure and stop back by once in a while.

Did you know that there is only one state in the U.S. that has a one syllable name? Hmmmm...

Scroll down for the most recently added trivia.

Fun Facts

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."

"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed using only the left hand.

"Skepticisms" is the longest word that alternates hands when typing.

The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.

40% of all people who come to a party in your home snoop in your medicine cabinet.

The dot over the letter i is called a tittle.

Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.

If you spent a million dollars every day since the day Jesus was born, you still would not have spent a trillion dollars today.

It's impossible to lick your own elbow. (UPDATE: It seems some remarkable people can actually do it)

75% of people who read the previous fact will try to lick their elbow. (Probably close to 100% after the update...)

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. (This one can't be verified. Some say it was an old sitcom called Mary Kay and Johnny)

Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

The word "karate" means "empty hand."

The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate, demodulate." (MOdulateDEModulate

The word SCUBA is actually an acronym that stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

The first letters of the names of the Great Lakes spell HOMES.

"Mr. Mojo Risin" is an anagram for Jim Morrison.

Liquid paper was invented by Bette Nesmith Graham in 1951. She also happens to be the mother of Mike Nesmith (of the Monkees).

If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie

The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have 1 syllable... it has three.

Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of monarchial rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to Sheriff.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

More trivia

There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111=12,345,678,987,654,321

The term "jiffy" is commonly used to denote an unspecified short period of time but technically, it's 1/100th of a second.

The wingspan of the original Boeing 747 is 195' 8" which is greater than the length of the Wright Brothers first flight of approximately 120' back in 1903.

Alan Shepard was the first American to go into space. He is also the only astronaut of the original 7 to walk on the moon.

The sun is about 93 million miles from Earth and light from it takes about 8 minutes to make the trip.

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon but who was the last man to set foot on our moon? That would be Eugene Cernan during the Apollo 17 mission on Dec. 11, 1972.

What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?-- All were invented by women.

Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."

The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "the king is dead".

The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright, who started the business in 1919.

Sarsaparilla is the root that flavors root beer.

The growth rate of some bamboo plants can reach three feet (91.44 cm) per day.

All porcupines float in water.

The letter combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all:

"A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough ; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

The phrase "I have a bad feeling about this" is uttered in every Star Wars movie, Obi Wan (Episode I), Anakin (Episode II), Obi Wan (Episode III), Luke (Episode IV), Han (Episode IV), Leia (Episode V), C3-PO (Episode VI).

In every episode of Seinfeld there is some sort of reference to Superman somewhere.

Fun Facts Abound

Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. (generally speaking... this as it turns out isn't a hard and fast rule.)

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.

Cows definitely do like music

These cows really seem to like the music being played for them, some of them coming over from back in the pasture.

In Newfoundland, Canada, there is a town named Dildo.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump.

No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

The average lifespan of a major league baseball is only 5-7 pitches.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bedframe. Loose ropes would sag in the middle where tight ropes held the mattress more flat. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? -- One thousand

Seventy percent of the dust in your home consists of shed human skin.

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, herein, therein.

"Freelance" comes from a knight whose lance was free for hire, i.e. not pledged to one master.

Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.

Saint Augustine, Florida is the oldest European settlement in North America.

Why do we say, "God bless you" when someone sneezes? Superstition had it that the devil could enter your body when you sneeze. Having someone say, "God bless you," drives the devil away.

It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed.

The average American consumes over 28 pounds of bananas each year.

Most Recently Added Trivia

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

The longest word that can be typed using only the right hand is 'lollipop'.

"Bookkeeper" and "bookkeeping" are the only words in the English language with three consecutive double letters.

There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world.

Human skin produces Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B radiation.

In American naval slang, submarines are the only vessels referred to as "boats", whereas surface vessels are colloquially referred to as "ships".

Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.

Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

Calico cats (cats with coats of white, orange, and black fur) are almost always female. However, 1 in 3000 calico cats are males. These male calico cats have an extra X chromosome, and are usually sterile.

One inch of rain over one square mile is 17,378,700 gallons of water.

WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement, 40th attempt".

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      ssdfgcg 2 years ago

      does anyone know an otrich's eye is bigger than its brain

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Millertime LM: Hey, its KID Kirby here . Orange rhymes with shryinge and door hinge to name a couple !!!

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      achivevery 4 years ago

      how can we use these facts and trivias? i don't believe they are totally useless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: No it doesn't.

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      theXodus 5 years ago

      I LOVE FACTS!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      purple rhymes with maple!:)

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      Millertime LM 5 years ago

      Thanks Gary. I deleted the one about American Pie. There's still some question about the Flintstones one. The Ozzie and Harriet series did indeed start before the Flintstones, but it also ran concurrently so unless they showed them in bed together from the very beginning, Fred and Wilma may have beat them out. It would be moot anyway if the series Mary Kay and Johnny did actually show man and wife in the same bed, but none of the live shows were preserved, so there's no way to verify it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some very cool interesting stuff. The thing about Buddy Holly's airplane is an urban myth. The thing about The Flintstones being the first couple in the same bed`is also not accurate. I know for a fact that "Ozzie and Harriet" were frequently shown in the same bed and that was several years before Fred and Wilma.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting compilation. Nice fun. Thanks and good day.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      You could turn these 'trivia' facts into a great Quiz lens!

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Millertime! Good stuff! Enjoyed it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What fun! Yup, you caught me as one of the 75%!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      nice

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Umm, the staute one if completely false, just go to D.C. and look at the statue of Washington, heck we have a statue here of a man who died of natural causes yet the horse stands on one leg. That is a popular misconception. This is a great page still, and I learned actually a bit I didn't know, off to google more obscure facts

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      its actually not impossible to lick you elbow. i can. and i actually mean it. search "lick their elbow" on google images, that not me, but he can do it too.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fun totally useless facts. Thank you. I made me smile.

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      JeffRiveraAuthor 8 years ago

      Great lens

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      oliviabrooks123 8 years ago

      Good one

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      casablancajen 8 years ago

      Really cool lens, I love useless facts. Especially the one about the elephant.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      My husband is better at remembering what I call "useless trivia" than I am. Some are funny, and some make me cringe.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      NC Shepherd 8 years ago

      I love useless facts!

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      Sam 8 years ago from Australia

      Who doesn't love abit of trivia and funny facts? Nice lens!