04-02-2013   Leave a comment

It’s time once again for this blog to live up to it’s name.  Another installment of totally useless information collected during a global search for just about anything that’s even a little bit interesting.  I feel that everyone should have a few trivia items that aren’t commonly known to help amaze their friends and possibly win a bar bet or two.  Spring is arriving and we need to lighten things up a little  so here we go.

  • The average housewife walks 10 miles a day around the house doing chores. She walks 4 miles and spends 25 hours a year making beds.
  • President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other—simultaneously! Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand and write with the other, also simultaneously.
  • Attila the Hun was a dwarf. Pepin the Short, Aesop, Gregory of Tours, Charles III of Naples, and the Pasha Hussain were all less than 3 and a half feet tall.
  • Edgar Allan Poe and James Abbott McNeill Whistler both went to West Point.
  • The Amazon River discharges 4.2 million cubic feet of water per second in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.
  • Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television.
  • An elephant may consume 500 pounds of hay and 60 gallons of water in a single day.
  • Malaria mosquitos are attracted to ripe Limburger cheese and smelly feet.
  • A fetus acquires fingerprints by the end of the first trimester.
  • One million stray dogs and 500,000 stray cats live in New York City metropolitan area. There are about 100 million dogs and cats in the United States. Americans spend more than 5.5 billion on their pets each year. Every hour, 12,500 puppies are born in the US.
  • In 2003, the personal fortune of writer  J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, surpassed that of the Queen of England.
  • A 2005 survey by CareerBuilder.com, 43% of Americans called in sick when there was nothing wrong with them.
  • The venom of the king cobra is so deadly that one gram of it can kill 150 people. Just to handle the substance can put one in coma.
  • A whale’s heart beats only nine times a minute.
  • A good milking cow will give nearly 6,000 quarts of milk every year.
  • Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, leeches and maggots are categorized as medical devices.
  • Male moose have antlers 7 feet across. The antlers often weigh 60 pounds.

You should be feeling extra smart right about now.  Knowing these fact puts you in a category all your own.  I didn’t say it was a good category but you’re definitely in it.  You’re now an official trivia nerd and I guess congratulations are in order. 

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