Trivia of the Day for Sunday

Robert E. Lee was buried barefoot as the coffin was too small to allow for his boots.

The electric razor made its debut in America on March 18, 1931.

General Custer’s soldiers called him “Hard Ass.”

Ping Pong is the national sport of China.

A bear has 42 teeth.

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Trivia of the Day for Saturday

Blackboard chalk is not chalk – it is plaster of Paris.

The pineapple is a berry.

St. Patrick was born in Britain.

A prairie dog is not a dog – it’s a rodent.

A horned toad is a lizard.

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Friday Afternoon Bonus

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer.

One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.

Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”

“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.

“Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.

“Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.

“I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.”

And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.

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Trivia of the Day for Friday

Black-eyed peas are not peas. They are beans.

The flying fox is not a fox – it is a bat.

Catgut string does not come from a cat – it is from a sheep’s intestines.

The kangaroo rat is not a rat – it is a gopher.

The silkworm is not a worm – it is a caterpillar.

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Trivia of the Day for Thursday

If all of the oceans in the world evaporated, Hawaii would be the tallest mountain in the world.

Honey is used to make antifreeze.

Dog meat is a delicacy in China.

A fella by the name of Robert Earl Hughes used to be the heaviest person in the world. He weighed *just* 1,067 pounds.

Shooting stars are not stars – they are meteors.

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Trivia of the Day for Wednesday

You have to count all the way to one thousand before the letter “a” is used in spelling a number.

Fireflies light up as a means of sexual attraction.

Seals have been known to swim for as long as 8 months, and as far as 6,000 miles, without touching land.

An ant’s sense of smell is comparable to a dog’s.

William Shakespeare had no living descendants.

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Trivia of the Day for Tuesday

“Shiek” means “old man” in Arabic.

Retired presidents and first ladies receive protection from the Secret Service for 10 years after leaving office. Children of retired presidents receive protection until they are 16 years old.

The letters “M.G.” on the British sportscar actually stand for “Morris Garage.”

Calvin Coolidge’s will was one sentence long.

One of the primary reasons the Mayflower pilgrims ended their voyage at Plymouth Rock was pretty much the same reason people today suspend their journeys: they ran out of beer.

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