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09/077/2022 Trivial Trivia   Leave a comment

Today’s a good day for miscellaneous nonsense. A few odd and weird truths that you may not have heard before.

  • An average McDonald’s Big Mac bun has 178 sesame seeds.
  • The “spa” dates back almost 2000 years to when Roman soldiers, marching home from battle, stopped overnight in a Belgian village that had hot mineral springs. The town name “Spa”,became a popular resting spot for Roman soldiers returning from battle.
  • John Lennon was the first person to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Manhattan is about half the size of Disney World.
  • A caterpillar has nearly 5 to 6 times as many muscles in his body as a human.
  • Domino’s has marketed a reindeer sausage pizza in Iceland.
  • An average office chair moves a total of roughly 8 miles over the course of the year.

  • Princess Diana appeared on the cover of People magazine more than 50 times.
  • The chili and the frijole are the official vegetables of the state of New Mexico.
  • Blondes typically have more individual hairs on their heads than brunettes. Redheads have the fewest of the three.
  • The launch of the shuttle Discovery was once delayed after woodpeckers pecked holes in the spacecraft’s foam insulation. Decoy plastic owls, purchased at Walmart, deterred the woodpeckers and solved the problem.
  • Tickets to the very first Super Bowl sold for $12 – and that was for the most expensive seat.


03/23/2022 “Time for Lunch”   2 comments

I thought today we might talk a little bit about food and drink. Just a little bit of trivia concerning some of our favorite consumables and some not so favorite. Don’t read this before you eat your lunch, it might put you off a little bit.

  • To make 1 pound of honey, bees must tap an average of 2 million flowers and fly more than 50,000 miles.
  • In ancient times oranges, not apples, were known as the” Fruits of the Gods”.
  • Some fast-food hamburgers are made of only 12% meat.
  • More than 45% of Americans eat fast food once a week.
  • To burn the calories consumed while eating a McDonald’s Big Mac, large fries, and a large soda, you must walk briskly for seven straight hours.
  • The US FDA allows pizza sauce at fast food restaurants to contain a maximum of 30 fly eggs per 100 grams, or 15 fly eggs and one maggot per 100 grams.
  • Each day McDonald’s feeds more people than the entire population of Spain.
  • Worcestershire sauce is created by dissolving the whole anchovies in vinegar, until the bones melt.
  • Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
  • Honey is the only natural food that does not rot. Theoretically honey could sit for 1 million years and remain completely edible.
  • On average there are more than 1200 calories in movie theater popcorn if you include the butter topping. That’s the equivalent of the calories in one pound of baby back ribs or two McDonald’s Big Macs.
  • M&Ms are the top-selling candy in the United States. Second is Reese’s peanut butter cups and third is the Snickers bar.
  • In China, the most popular use of ketchup is as a condiment for fried chicken.
  • The French government banned ketchup in its primary schools in 2011, fearing it would encourage children to develop Americanized taste preferences.
  • No more than two rodent hairs, or 29 gnawed kernels, can be shipped in a pound of popcorn.


01/20/2022 1940 in a Nutshell   Leave a comment

I stumbled upon a stack of old books recently which were reviews of 1940, 1941, 1945, and 1946. I thought it would be kind of fun to drop back into 1940 and get a handle on how things were then right in the middle of a war. It might give us a little context that we don’t have these days except for the damn pandemic.

A couple of famous celebrities were born in 1940, Jack Nicholas on January 21, and John Hurt on January 22. In 1940, Whitman Samplers were the cats-meow for that special date. The men wore wool suits and women wore uncomfortable dresses in order to fit in with current styles. Formal dancing, accompanied by the big band sounds of the day, was always a good way to conclude a celebrity event. Also, roller skating was a popular activity as well as school and church outings. Even in those activities men usually dressed in suits and ties while women dressed a bit more casually.

Now let me supply you with a few movies of that period that were tops at the box office. Boomtown, Fantasia, His Girl Friday, Knute Rockne All American, The Mark of Zorro, The Grapes of Wrath, Northwest Passage, and a kids favorite, Pinocchio. Walt Disney’s Fantasia initially was a financial disappointment. However, in subsequent years the film was edited several times, and eventually became one of the most noted and classic of all the Disney films

Fran Tarkington, a well-known football player was born on February 3. Smokey Robinson rolled in on February 19, and Peter Fonda followed on February 23. A more infamous birthday girl was born on March 26, good old liberal Nancy Pelosi.

With the depression over, consumer food intake became more dependent on canned foods such as soup, meat, and vegetables. Before Spam there was Prem, a tasty and delicious meat made of genuine sugar-cured pork.

The war in Europe continued. 1940 was a pivotal year for England when on July 10, Britain’s factories and military facilities were being bombed by Hitler’s Air Force. The ban on bombing British cities was lifted by Hitler and the blitz began and continued off and on throughout the year, destroying many parts of the cities. Hitler also began marching west and slowly but surely began taking over most of Europe. The British troops were contained at Dunkirk and due to aid from a massive flotilla of private boats were able to be saved from destruction and returned to Britain.

The 1939-1940 World’s Fair was held at Flushing Meadows in New York and was the largest world’s fair of all-time. It featured exhibits like a keyboard operated speech synthesizer, color photography, nylon, air-conditioning, the View Master and the later unsuccessful Smell-O-Vision, among many others.

Sports checking revealed the National Football League, where the Chicago Bears of the Western division defeated the Washington Redskins of the Eastern division 73-0, in one of the most one-sided games in professional football history.

Alex Trebek was born on July 22 and Ringo Starr was born on July 7. The Saturday Evening Post magazine was the biggest seller in those days.

Roadways would be constructed at a fast pace. The Pennsylvania Turnpike, the first tunneled United States superhighway, opened on October 1, 1940. The Arroyo-Seco Parkway was dedicated in December and became the first Los Angeles freeway. The Queens-Midtown Tunnel in New York opened on November 15. Unfortunately, it was also the year that the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapsed only months after its completion, earning the nickname of “Galloping Gertie”.

Last but not least let’s address some food issues. On May 15 the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald. A loaf of bread cost $.08 cents, bacon $.27 a pound, butter was $.36 a pound, and eggs $.33 a dozen. A 5-pound bag of sugar was $.26, gasoline was $.11 a gallon, postage stamps were $.03, a new car averaged $990, and last but not least a single-family home listed at $2938.00. The average salary for a full-time employee was $1200.00 a year with a minimum wage of $.30 an hour. The US population at that time was 132,122,000 and FDR was our president.


10-02-2013   Leave a comment

How do you classify yourself?  Many people identify themselves as being a “Child of the 60’s” of a “Child of the 70’s” or whatever.  I’ve never actually figured out what I am. My childhood years were in the 50’s but I’ve always felt like a “Child of the 60’s” but also at times like a “Child of the 70’s”.  I guess I’m more than a little conflicted.  I enjoyed each of those decades to their fullest and each means as much to me as the others. That being said I can state emphatically that I’m not a child of the 80’s, 90’s, or God forbid the twenty-first century.  Those born and raised during those years have my sincerest sympathies.

I realize that many of the readers of this blog identify with those years but do they really.  Let’s take this short quiz to help answer at least one question, are you really a “Child of the 80’s” or not?

Take a look at this list. If you can identify with more than half of them, you are a child of the 80’s.

  • You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, Wax off".

  • You know that another name for a keyboard is a "Synthesizer".

  • You were only cool if you hung out at the Roller Rink and actually knew how to skate.

  • You can sing the McDonald’s Big Mack Filet-o-Fish, quarter pounder, French Fry song while jump roping.

  • You wore 3-8 different colored socks in layers and thought that the more you could wear the cooler you were.

  • You know who Mr. T is.

  • You actually believed for a minute that K.I.T. (The night rider) actually was real.

  • You know who Fat Albert is.

  • You wore fluorescent, neon clothing.

  • You could break dance, or wish you could.

  • You wanted to be The Incredible Hulk for Halloween.

  • You believed that "By the power of Greyskull, you HAD the power!"

  • Partying "like it’s 1999" seemed SO far away.

  • You thought that Transformers were more than meets the eye.

  • You wanted to be on Star Search.

  • You can remember Michael Jackson when he was still black.

  • You remember the garbage pail kids, and owned some.

  • You knew what Willis was "talkin’ ’bout."

  • You HAD to have your MTV.

  • You always wondered why Tootie always wore those skates.

  • You actually thought "Dirty Dancing" was a REALLY good movie.

  • You watched Purple Rain over and over again.

  • Your all time favorite movie was Footloose and you actually thought that Kevin Bacon was HOT in it!!!

  • You remember the episode of Good Times when Flo broke down after James’ funeral.

  • You remember when ATARI was a state of the art video game system.

  • You were led to believe that in the year 2000 we’d all be living on the moon.

  • You remember and/or owned any of the Care Bear Glass collection from Pizza Hut or any other stupid collection they came out with.

  • Poltergeist freaked you out.

  • You carried your lunch to school in a Gremlins or an ET lunch box.

  • You have pondered why Smurfette was the ONLY female smurf.

  • You know what leg warmers are and probably had a pair.

  • You wore biker shorts underneath a short skirt and felt stylish.

  • You had a Swatch Watch with the Swatch Guard.

  • You thought UTFOs "Roxanne, Roxanne" song was the bomb!

  • You remember when Saturday Night Live was funny.

  • You had Wonder Woman or Superman underoos.

  • You know what a "Push Up" ice cream is.

Well, how did you make out.  Are you really a child of the 80’s or not?  If you really are then are you willing to admit it in front of your friends?  All interesting questions and none of them likely to be answered truthfully.  Stand up and be proud of your heritage, no matter how silly and stupid it is.  We’ve all had to do that at some point in our lives and it wasn’t easy for us either.

06-09-2013   2 comments

I seem to have centered all of my attention in recent days to male and female issues to the exclusion of all else.  It’s time to get back to what this blog is all about, Totally Useless Information.  There seems to be a never ending supply of useless facts and stupid information to keep me and this blog going for many years to come.  I’ve already turned myself into a huge steaming pile of trivia which may come in handy some day playing Trivial Pursuit but not for much else.  Maybe if I spread the information around a little it will make room in my skull for  other new and useless things I may stumble upon. These factoids were collected from hither and yon and have no reason to exist other than to humor us.  Here goes nothing.

  • More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.
  • President George W. Bush was once a cheerleader.
  • The average person spends three years of his or her life on the toilet.
  • Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
  • More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.
  • There is a village in Ireland called Muff, and they have their own diving club.
  • Seven percent of Americans eat at McDonalds every day.
  • The only First Lady to ever carry a loaded revolver was Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Polar bears are left-handed.
  • McDonald’s did away with its spoon-shaped coffee stirrers because people were using them to snort cocaine.
  • Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don’t.
  • Outside of the bedroom, the most common place for adults in the U.S. to have sex is in a car.
  • At any given hour there are an average of 61,000 people airborne over the United States.
  • Seven pitches is the average life span of a Major League Baseball.
  • Twenty nine percent of women spend more time shopping for shoes than they do looking for a life long mate.
  • According to statistics, Australian women are most likely to have sex on the first date.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze and keep your eyes open.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • The U.S. Government spent $277,000 on pickle research in 1993.
  • American Airlines saved $440,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each first-class salad.

I hope that’ll ease the withdrawal pains caused  by your useless crap addiction.  I’m afraid I’m too far gone to be helped so I’ll just keep on collecting this stuff and shovel it off to you.  As always, your welcome.

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