Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

Interesting Trivia

Interesting Trivia
{Derived from a remote source with some commentary found particularly interesting or amusing}

1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

Knew that - gives a different slant on the term "money laundering"...

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

A rather useless bit of trivia - although nowadays, unfortunately, some junkie vandal loser is likely to smoke it if given the chance.

3. The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle".

Yes, and this symbol: ~ is called a 'tilde'.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top of the liquid.

Yes, obviously the bubbles will propel it upwards while its density and gravity pulls it downwards repeatedly.

Here are a couple of amusing "tricks":

To create an instant rainbow, place a glass of water on a ledge half-way on, half-way off, allowing light to filter through it. A prismic effect will be created.

To pass a hard-boiled egg through a jar with a smaller mouth, saturate it in vinegar for about an hour, then place a burning piece of paper inside the bottle/jar, and the soaked egg on the tip. The oxygen the flames create in such an enclosed state will effectively suck the egg inside.

UnpopThere you go. I've got a million of 'em.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The 'spot' on 7 UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

"7-Up Yours! 6 Down."

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

Cats also.

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

And dolphins aim for the belly as well as the gills, but if a shark clamps down on it, it is certain death.

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Fish lips?

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

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

And now the anti-oxidant 'lycopene' has been discovered and allegedly enhanced in ketchup/catsup.

16. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

17. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time hence, multi-tasking was invented.

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

Yes, I have noticed this when in Sin City - it is obviously to create an environment where the patron loses their sense of time, as well as feeding them complimentary liquor to keep the coins and gambling coming. Quite clever, actually. Casinos are also located far indoors, and/or with the back facing the entrance, many times with eithr double doors or tinted windows to provide the illusion of timelessness.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

Untrue. Following is a short analysis I wrote on the subject:

Nothing rhymes with "orange"?

So it has been stated redundantly that there is supposedly nothing that rhymes with "orange"... but I disagree. Why, there is porridge, forage, floriage.


"Would you like some porridge, which is the flavor of orange?"

Or "would you like to forage to search for an orange?"

"Look at the colorful floriage bright with the color of orange."

As to 'silver', there is sliver and pilfer. For 'purple', there is burble and burgle.

The key is in the inflection, not that the last couple of letters are identical. Rhyme it with your mouth yourself, and you will realize the truth of this realization, and therefore, let this myth finally be put to rest. As a matter of fact, when I hear these claims that nothing rhymes with orange, I only consider that the person making the claim has a limited vocabulary, and even imagination.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

Self-Portrait theory

Well, looking in the mirror and questioning his sexuality could have been a factor.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

Good survival tip if ever in such a defensive situation.

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk's mask painted white.

Yes, I think this is relatively well-known among horror fans.

25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19 You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

It would also help to watch your step! Hypothetically, one's belt may be utilized to hook onto a nearby branch.

27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

And now, mutual gratification may be achieved without such contraints, if that be the fetish.

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

According to a reliable source, this is untrue. Try it and see.

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

I wonder what the record is on The Satanic Bible, which is another book notorious for being stolen from libraries and book stores, for that matter. Take a tip from a Satanist: buy your own copy!

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

Reminds Me of the story about the man who succumbed to his own flatus.

34. George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart . "Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she 's behind bars. O. J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul her fanny off to jail."


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