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Bonus Trivia

This is kind of interesting…..

Population of counties won by Gore: 127 million
Population of counties won by Bush: 143 million

Square miles of country won by Gore: 580,000
Square miles of country won by Bush: 2,427,000

States won by Gore: 19
States won by Bush: 29

Average Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Gore: 13.2
Average Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Bush: 2.1

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Trivia of the Day for Monday

If a US coin has the letter “S” printed on it, it was minted in San Francisco; a “D” means it was made in Denver; no letter at all means it was minted in Philadelphia.

The odds against a flipped coin coming up with the same side showing ten times in a row are 1,023 to 1.

The mill, equal to one-tenth of a cent, was declared the lowest money of account by the US Congress in 1786. The mill, as a coin, was never minted.

“E Pluribus Unum,” the Latin expression appearing on US currency, means “one out of many.”

Abraham Lincoln was carrying Confederate money when he was assassinated.

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Trivia of the Day for Sunday

Why does baking powder make dough rise?

All baking powders contain starch, baking soda, and either cream of tarter or phosphate. When flour is mixed with baking soda and a small amount of water, the cream of tarter or phosphate in the baking powder reacts with the baking soda to set free carbon dioxide gas bubbles. After it is covered and set aside for a couple of hours, the dough rises to almost twice its size because of this released gas of carbon dioxide.

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Trivia of the Day for Saturday

How does a bird find a worm in the ground?

Before the sun rises and warms up the earth’s surface, earthworms usually crawl up to the earth’s surface while it is still cool and damp with the morning dew. That’s also the time they fall prey to the “early” (and hungry) birds. When a bird stands on the ground near a worm which is crawiling underneath, the bird can feel the earth’s vibrations with its feet. The bird can also hear the worm tunneling in the earth below with their ears.

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Trivia of the Day for Wednesday

Northern General Ulysses S. Grant owned slaves who were not freed until after the Civil War had ended.

Timekeepers have clocked the action in a 60 minute football game to actually be around 14 minutes.

Leon Uris dropped out of high school to join the US Marines.

In 1978, a college professor conducted a study of fingernail biting. His findings also revealed approximately 15% of Americans admitted to also chewing their toenails.

Pigs can run a 7.5 minute mile.

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Trivia of the Day for Friday

A man gave his young son the following challenge. He offered his son $1000 if the son could accomplish the following task. The father gave his son ten envelopes and a thousand dollars, all in one dollar bills.

He told his son, “Place the money in the envelopes in such a manner that no matter what number of dollars I ask for, you can give me one or more of the envelopes, containing the exact amount I asked for without having to open any of the envelopes. If you can do this, you will keep the $1000.”

When the father asked for a sum of money, the son was able to give him envelopes containing the exact amount of money asked for. How did the son distribute the money among the ten envelopes? The answer follows, but think about it for a few moments before you scroll down to see the answer…

The contents or the ten envelopes (in dollar bills) should be as follows:

$1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 489.

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Trivia of the Day for Thursday

A typical American hospital has three to four times more employees than patients.

Your skin is about 3/16th of an inch thick.

Did you know the federal withholding tax taken out of each American’s paycheck was enacted as part of a “temporary” wartime measure? Talk about fuzzy math.

The Hawaiian alphabet has only twelve letters.

Sioux Indian Chief Crazy Horse was called “Curly” as a child.

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