Happy Trivia Day!

That’s right folks, January 4th is National Trivia Day.  Naturally I couldn’t let this one pass without including lots of inane and utterly useless information for your viewing pleasure.  Here now, lots of ‘stuff’ you may or may not ever need to know:

According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until the 1730’s, India was the only source for diamonds in the world.

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.

Australia is the only country that is also a continent.

Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream. This was the only vegetable flavored ice cream produced.

Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee. (p.s. and cacoa for chocolate)

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

In 1969, "Midnight Cowboy" became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. (Its rating has since been changed to R.)

Libra, the Scales, is the only inanimate symbol in the zodiac.

Ohio is the only US state without a rectangular flag. Ohio’s flag is a pennant.

Only one foreign country–Liberia in Africa–has a capital city named after an American president. The capital is Monrovia, named after James Monroe.

Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any state of the United States. (speaking of ‘Q’, there is only one in a Scrabble game)

The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.

The hyoid bone in the throat is the only bone in the human body not joined to another.

The Joshua tree is the only tree that grows in California’s Mojave Desert.

The only part of the human body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.

Pay attention, the following is very important to know:

A 1.5 oz. milk chocolate bar has only 220 calories.
A 1.75 oz. serving of potato chips has 230 calories.

Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.

The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That’s 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds per person in the United States.

The American Heart Association recommends that daily cholesterol intake not exceed 300 mg. A chocolate bar is actually low in cholesterol. A 1.65 oz. bar contains only 12 mg! A one oz piece of cheddar cheese contains 30 mg of cholesterol – more than double the amount found in a chocolate bar.

Ten percent of U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of iron is found in one ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa. Chocolate also contains Vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D and E as well as calcium, potassium, sodium and iron.

Your Body:

A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.

A healthy individual releases 3.5 oz. of gas in a single flatulent emission, or about 17 oz. in a day.

According to the Kinsey Institute, the biggest erect penis on record measures 13 inches. The smallest tops off at 1 3/4 inches.

Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.

Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.

Blood sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide.

Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.

One in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth.

The English Language.

A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).

A bibliophile is a collector of rare books. A bibliopole is a seller of rare books.

In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression "mad as a hatter". The disorder, called hatter’s shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms.

"Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo.

Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions.

"Ough" can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.

Okay, okay, that’s enough for now.  Think of it this way, Yesterday was National Insult Day, it definately could have been worse!

Oh and by the way, Tomorrow, January 5th, is National Bird Day … I’ll be skipping that one.


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