Posts Tagged ‘trivia’

Marshmallow Peeps

The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota.


The first television newscaster was Kolin Hager, who used to broadcast farm and weather reports in 1928


Pixie, a Siberian Husky, gave birth to 7 puppies, one of which was bright green


Back in 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep. Now it takes only six minutes


On average, an ear of a corn has 16 rows and approximately 800 kernels


The green ring that is formed around the yolk of eggs that have been cooked too long is formed by the chemical reaction from the iron in the yolk and the sulphur in the white part of the egg


The silk that is produced by spiders is stronger than steel


The first president to have a picture taken was John Quincy Adams


Some brands of toothpaste contain glycerin or glycerol, which is also an ingredient in antifreeze


1 in 2000 babies are born with a tooth that is already visible.


It was during World War II that clothes with elastic waists were introduced. This is because the metal used in zippers was badly needed for the war


In 1902, the game table tennis was brought to the U.S. from Europe by Parker Brothers


Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes themlooks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

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Mr. Cat Poop

The person who performs the Muppets – Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, and Grover is Frank Oz. Oz is also the voice of Star Wars Yoda. By the way, his real name is Frank Oznowicz.


The 1997 Jack Nicholson film – “As Good As It Gets”, is known in China as “Mr. Cat Poop”.


Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)


The writers of The Simpsons have never revealed what state Springfield is in.


A theater manager in Seoul, Korea felt that The Sound of Music was too long, so he shortened it by cutting out all the songs.


Bruce was the nickname of the mechanical shark used in the “Jaws” movies.


The original title of the musical “Hello Dolly!” was “Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman.” Why did they change it? The original had such music, poetry, and pizzazz.


Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.


A two hour motion picture uses 10,800 feet of film. Not including the previews and commercials.


For many years, the globe on the NBC Nightly News spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.

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The Easter Egg

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The Easter Egg                   

It was distinctly hard lines for Lady Barbara, who came of good fighting stock, and was one of the bravest women of her generation, that her son should be so undisguisedly a coward. Whatever good qualities Lester Slaggby may have possessed, and he was in some respects charming, courage could certainly never be imputed to him. As a child he had suffered from childish timidity, as a boy from unboyish funk, and as a youth he had exchanged unreasoning fears for others which were more formidable from the fact of having a carefully-thought-out basis. He was frankly afraid of animals, nervous with firearms, and never crossed the Channel without mentally comparing the numerical proportion of life belts to passengers. On horseback he seemed to require as many hands as a Hindu god, at least four for clutching the reins, and two more for patting the horse soothingly on the neck. Lady Barbara no longer pretended not to see her son’s prevailing weakness; with her usual courage she faced the knowledge of it squarely, and, mother-like, loved him none the less.
Continental travel, anywhere away from the great tourist tracks, was a favoured hobby with Lady Barbara, and Lester joined her as often as possible. Eastertide usually found her at Knobaltheim, an upland township in one of those small princedoms that make inconspicuous freckles on the map of Central Europe.
A long-standing acquaintanceship with the reigning family made her a personage of due importance in the eyes of her old friend the Burgomaster, and she was anxiously consulted by that worthy on the momentous occasion when the Prince made known his intention of coming in person to open a sanatorium outside the town. All the usual items in a programme of welcome, some of them fatuous and commonplace, others quaint and charming, had been arranged for, but the Burgomaster hoped that the resourceful English lady might have something new and tasteful to suggest in the way of loyal greeting. The Prince was known to the outside world, if at all, as an old-fashioned reactionary, combating modern progress, as it were, with a wooden sword; to his own people he was known as a kindly old gentleman with a certain endearing stateliness which had nothing of standoffishness about it. Knobaltheim was anxious to do its best. Lady Barbara discussed the matter with Lester and one or two acquaintances in her little hotel, but ideas were difficult to come by.

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“Might I suggest something to the Gnoedige Frau?” asked a sallow high-cheekboned lady to whom the Englishwoman had spoken once or twice, and whom she had set down in her mind as probably a Southern Slav.
“Might I suggest something for the Reception Fest?” she went on, with a certain shy eagerness. “Our little child here, our baby, we will dress him in little white coat, with small wings, as an Easter angel, and he will carry a large white Easter egg, and inside shall be a basket of plover eggs, of which the Prince is so fond, and he shall give it to his Highness as Easter offering. It is so pretty an idea; we have seen it done once in Styria.”
Lady Barbara looked dubiously at the proposed Easter angel, a fair, wooden-faced child of about four years old. She had noticed it the day before in the hotel, and wondered rather how such a tow-headed child could belong to such a dark-visaged couple as the woman and her husband; probably, she thought, an adopted baby, especially as the couple were not young.
“Of course Gnoedige Frau will escort the little child up to the Prince,” pursued the woman; “but he will be quite good, and do as he is told.”
“We haf some pluffers’ eggs shall come fresh from Wien,” said the husband.
The small child and Lady Barbara seemed equally unenthusiastic about the pretty idea; Lester was openly discouraging, but when the Burgomaster heard of it he was enchanted. The combination of sentiment and plovers’ eggs appealed strongly to his Teutonic mind.
On the eventful day the Easter angel, really quite prettily and quaintly dressed, was a centre of kindly interest to the gala crowd marshalled to receive his Highness. The mother was unobtrusive and less fussy than most parents would have been under the circumstances, merely stipulating that she should place the Easter egg herself in the arms that had been carefully schooled how to hold the precious burden. Then Lady Barbara moved forward, the child marching stolidly and with grim determination at her side. It had been promised cakes and sweeties galore if it gave the egg well and truly to the kind old gentleman who was waiting to receive it. Lester had tried to convey to it privately that horrible smackings would attend any failure in its share of the proceedings, but it is doubtful if his German caused more than an immediate distress. Lady Barbara had thoughtfully provided herself with an emergency supply of chocolate sweetmeats; children may sometimes be timeservers, but they do not encourage long accounts. As they approached nearer to the princely dais Lady Barbara stood discreetly aside, and the stolid-faced infant walked forward alone, with staggering but steadfast gait. encouraged by a murmur of elderly approval. Lester, standing in the front row of the onlookers, turned to scan the crowd for the beaming faces of the happy parents. In a side-road which led to the railway station he saw a cab; entering the cab with every appearance of furtive haste were the dark-visaged couple who had been so plausibly eager for the “pretty idea.” The sharpened instinct of cowardice lit up the situation to him in one swift flash. The blood roared and surged to his head as though thousands of floodgates had been opened in his veins and arteries, and his brain was the common sluice in which all the torrents met. He saw nothing but a blur around him. Then the blood ebbed away in quick waves, till his very heart seemed drained and empty, and he stood nervelessly, helplessly, dumbly watching the child, bearing its accursed burden with slow, relentless steps nearer and nearer to the group that waited sheep-like to receive him. A fascinated curiosity compelled Lester to turn his head towards the fugitives; the cab had started at hot pace in the direction of the station.

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The next moment Lester was running, running faster than any of those present had ever seen a man run, and – he was not running away. For that stray fraction of his life some unwonted impulse beset him, some hint of the stock he came from, and he ran unflinchingly towards danger. He stooped and clutched at the Easter egg as one tries to scoop up the ball in Rugby football. What he meant to do with it he had not considered, the thing was to get it. But the child had been promised cakes and sweetmeats if it safely gave the egg into the hands of the kindly old gentleman; it uttered no scream but it held to its charge with limpet grip. Lester sank to his knees, tugging savagely at the tightly clasped burden, and angry cries rose from the scandalized onlookers. A questioning, threatening ring formed round him, then shrank back in recoil as he shrieked out one hideous word. Lady Barbara heard the word and saw the crowd race away like scattered sheep, saw the Prince forcibly hustled away by his attendants; also she saw her son lying prone in an agony of overmastering terror, his spasm of daring shattered by the child’s unexpected resistance, still clutching frantically, as though for safety, at that white-satin gew-gaw, unable to crawl even from its deadly neighbourhood, able only to scream and scream and scream. In her brain she was dimly conscious of balancing, or striving to balance, the abject shame which had him now in thrall against the one compelling act of courage which had flung him grandly and madly on to the point of danger. It was only for the fraction of a minute that she stood watching the two entangled figures, the infant with its woodenly obstinate face and body tense with dogged resistance, and the boy limp and already nearly dead with a terror that almost stifled his screams; and over them the long gala streamers flapping gaily in the sunshine. She never forgot the scene; but then, it was the last she ever saw.
Lady Barbara carries her scarred face with its sightless eyes as bravely as ever in the world, but at Eastertide her friends are careful to keep from her ears any mention of the children’s Easter symbol.

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Worm Food

There is an area located off the south-eastern Atlantic coast of the United States called the “Bermuda Triangle.” It is known for a high rate of unexplained losses of ships, small boats, and aircraft, which has led some people to believe that this triangle has supernatural powers.


State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.


Some toothpastes and deodorants contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze.


The Shroud of Turin is the single most studied artifact in human history .


Smartest dogs: 1) Scottish border collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden retriever.


The sperm count of an average American male compared to thirty years ago is down thirty percent


Humpback whales are capable of living up to 95 years.


The 1912, a wrestling match in Stockholm between Finn Alfred Asikainen and Russian Martin Klein lasted more than 11 hours. Klein eventually won, but was to tired to participate in the championship match


Manitoulin Island is the largest island in a fresh water lake. It is located in Canadian Lake Superior.


Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.


The Chinese politician Mao Zedong refused to ever brush his teeth and instead just washed his mouth with tea.


The Super Bowl is broadcast to over 182 countries in the world.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.


In 1884, Dr. Hervey D. Thatcher invented the milk bottle.


Some Ribbon worm will eat themselves if they cannot find food.This type of worm can still survive after eating up to 95% of its body weight.


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



Singer Chaka Khan came out with a line of chocolates called “Chakalates.”

In a day 34,000 children die every day from causes that are related to poverty and hunger.

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Pizza Feast

The biggest pumpkin the world weighs 1,337.6 pounds .

The highest consumption of Pizza occurs during Super Bowl week.

During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.

Approximately 55% of movies released are Rated R.

The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens.

Tarantulas can live up to 30 years.

On average redheads have 90,000 hairs. People with black hair have about 110,000 hairs

More than half the time spent in United States courts is cases that involve automobiles.

One barrel of petroleum holds 42 gallons.

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Bird Food

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.


Every three seconds a baby is born somewhere in the world.


The total mileage driven by all U-Haul trucks in a year is enough to move a person from the Earth to the moon five times a day for an entire year…


Pluto was discovered on February 10, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.


Termites have been around for over 250 million years.


The average person changes their career every 13 years.


The New York Yankees have appeared in the World Series a league leading 38 times and won 26 titles.

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Diaper Rash

The projection light used for IMAX theaters can be seen from space.


The human liver performs over 500 functions


The word “maverick” came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan, refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a Maverick


More than $1 billion is spent each year on neck ties in the United States


In the 18th century, potatoes were given out as a dessert. They were served in a napkin, salted and hot


The only poisonous birds in the world are the three species of Pitohui. The Hooded Pitohui from Papua New Guinea is the most deadliest out of the three


Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent. The twists of the pretzels are to resemble arms crossed in prayer


The American Airlines Center in Dallas has more toilets per capita than any other sports and entertainment venue in the country


After 8 months, babies are more likely to get a diaper rash

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Pocket Ice Cream

The word “limelight” that is used in theatre to refer to the performers on the stage originated because before electricity was available lime was burned in a lamp, which created a white light that was directed at the performers .

Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.


In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.


In 1988, the largest ice cream sundae in history was made. It was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and weighed in at over 24 tons.


Sports Illustrated has the largest sports magazine circulation.


There are some hospitals in Shanghai that have issued a rule that a nurse must wear lipstick while on duty.


Thirteen percent of the human population reside in deserts.


There are more chickens than people in the world.

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Superstitions about Death

BIRD—————————————-

A bird in the house is a sign of a death.

If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

CANDLE———————————-

Light candles on the night after November 1. One for each deceased relative should be placed in the window in the room where death occurred.

CEMETERY——————————

You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.

CLOCK————————————-

If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.

You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone dies.

CORPSE———————————–

If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family.

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.

Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.

DOG—————————————–

Dogs howling in the dark of night,
Howl for death before daylight.

DREAMS———————————-

If you dream of death it’s a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it’s a sign of death.

If you touch a loved one who has died, you won’t have dreams about them

DYING————————————-

A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven.

A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven because the gates of heaven are open at that time.

All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.

The soul of a dying person can’t escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.

EYE—————————————–

If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.

FUNERAL——————————–

Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year.

It’s bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.

It’s bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.

Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person’s soul has reached heaven.

Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes.

Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month

Pregnant women should not attend funerals.

GRAVE————————————

If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.

MIRROR———————————-

If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

MOTH————————————–

A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

PHOTOGRAPH————————-

If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

THIRTEEN——————————

If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.

UMBRELLA——————————

Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.

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Movie Blunders

In the movie ‘Now and Then’, when the girls are talking to the hippie (Brenden Fraser), and they get up to leave, Teeny (Thora Birch) puts out her cigarette twice.


In Hitchcock’s movie, “Rear Window”, Jimmy Stewart plays a character wearing a leg cast from the waist down. In one scene, the cast switches legs, and in another, the signature on the cast is missing.


In the movie “Two Jakes,” which is set in the 1940’s, Jack Nicholson walks right by a BankOne automatic teller machine. Didn’t know there were too many of those around in the 1940’s.


In the movie “Bustin’ Loose” where Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson take a group of underprivileged kids to the west coast, the car in which Cicely Tyson’s boyfriend is pursuing them changes interior color from red to white and then back to red several times.


In the movie Ghost (Patrick and Demi) when Demi is making something on the pottery wheel her hands are covered in clay. But when her husband comes up behind her to give her a kiss she turns around and they are completely clean.


In Forrest Gump, when Forrest goes to see Jenny toward the end, in one scene, in Jenny’s apartment, the iron is up, later, the iron is faced down steaming.


In the Mario Brothers movie, the Princess’ first name is Daisy, but in Mario 64, the game, her first name is Peach. Before that, it’s Princess Toadstool.


“60 Minutes” is the only show on CBS that doesn’t have a theme song.


Dooley Wilson appeared as Sam in the movie Casablanca. Dooley was a drummer – not a pianist in real life. The man who really played the piano in Casablanca was a Warner Brothers staff musician who was at a piano off camera during the filming.


The TV sitcom Seinfeld was originally named “The Seinfeld Chronicles”. The pilot which was broadcast in 1989 also featured a kooky neighbor named Kessler. This character later became known as Kramer.

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