03-08-2013   4 comments

As I promised a week or so ago, if I found any interesting tidbits of useless information and trivia, I would pass them along to you. I have a few here that are obscure, a little strange, but as best I can determine accurate. Read them and remember them because you never know when you might get caught up in a vicious game of Trivial Pursuit. A number of these items were researched by the late great Isaac Asimov. He was one of the smartest men alive in his day and had a habit of collecting and researching odd tidbits of information. Enjoy!

  • Drilling an oil well 5 miles deep requires drilling night and day, seven days a week, for as long as 500 days.
  • The total population of the earth at the time of Julius Caesar was 150 million. The total population increase in two years on earth today is 150 million.
  • During the next minute, 100 people will die 240 will be born. The world’s population problem increases by a 140 people per minute.
  • Many years ago a Harvard student on his way home to visit his parents fell between two railroad cars at the station in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was rescued by an actor on his way to visit his sister in Philadelphia. The student was Robert Lincoln, heading for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The actor was Edwin Booth the brother of the man who a few weeks later would murder the students father.
  • There are 2,500,000 rivets in the Eiffel Tower.
  • There is a salt mine in the Polish town of Wieliczka, near Cracow, that has been in operation for nearly 1000 years.
  • While Columbus was seeking new worlds to the West, Italian engineers were rebuilding the Kremlin in Moscow.
  • There are more than 100 distinct ethnic groups in the Soviet Union.
  • Every cubic mile of seawater holds over 150,000,000 tons of minerals. There are 350,000,000 cubic miles of seawater on the planet.
  • It was proposed in the Rhode Island legislature in the 1970’s that there be enacted a two dollar tax on every act of sexual intercourse.
  • Morocco was the first country to officially recognize the United States in 1789.
  • Some Eskimos use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.
  • In 1978, more than 1000 deer were accidentally killed in Connecticut by automobile drivers. Only 948 were killed by hunters.

Well there you have it.  More useless information for you to cram into your brain so you can amaze your friends and family and possibly win a few bar bets.  More to come I’m sure.

4 responses to “03-08-2013

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  1. Haha, the sex tax is hilarious. I wonder how they thought they would monitor that…

    • I imagine a lot of scary folk would soon turn up to volunteer for that job. Knowing the politicians as I do the next step would be a surcharge on protection devices. Thanks for your comment.

  2. I know some guys who, if they took their word for it, would go bankrupt in a week! On the other hand once you were married you could save a lot of money!

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