Monthly Archives: November 2012

Trivia of the Day for Friday

The only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence were Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee.

The Bank of America was originally called The Bank of Italy.

2.2 percent of American households do not have complete plumbing facilities.

The working title of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22 was Catch-18.

40 percent of Americans suffer from shyness.

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Bonus Trivia

 

Why is someone who is not doing their job said to be “not worth his salt?” 

At one time soldiers in ancient times were paid, in part, with a ration of salt called a salarium, from the Latin word “sal” meaning salt. If a soldier’s performance was not up to standard, the soldier was said to be “not worth his salt.” Later, when salt was replaced with money to purchase the salt, this money was
called a salarium. Later, salarium came to mean the wages themselves which led to what we now call one’s pay a “salary.”

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Trivia of the Day for Thursday

 

East St. Louis is in Illinois.

A basketball hoop is 18 inches in diameter.

In Kansas, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and South Carolina (but not Louisiana) a woman can be legally married at the age of 12. You youngsters on this list shouldn’t get any new ideas.

An average American will eat 350 cows, 310 hogs, and 225 lambs in a lifetime.

Cats can’t taste sweet things.

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Trivia of the Day for Wednesday

 

The red and white label on a Campbell’s Soup can comes from the colors of the Cornell University football team.

The cartoon character “Popeye” is immortalized in a statue in Crystal City, Texas.  Finding out where Crystal City, Texas is on a map is a trivia question in itself.

Until 1869, the M.A. degree from universities was an honorary award.

The “D” in D-Day stands for “Day” to reiterate its military importance.

A bee uses 22 muscles to sting someone.

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Bonus Trivia

 

Why are cats attracted to catnip?

Catnip has a substance called nepetalactone which comes from small glands on the plant leaves of a mint called catnip. It is believed when nepetalactone is inhaled by cats, it alters the nor brain functions and arouses sexual feelings just as a hormone would. This causes cats to act playful and exhibit behavior seen typically during mating activities.

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Trivia of the Day for Tuesday

 

A duck feather weighs approximately .016 to .063 grams.

The term “senator” means “old man” in Latin.

Earthworms don’t have eyes or ears.

The Federal Aviation Administration once did a study that found the average airline stewardess has a nose of 2.18 inches long. I wonder how many of my tax dollars went to determine this useless piece of trivia?

Insects can shiver.

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Trivia of the Day for Monday

 

An ant has five noses.

At one time, all radio stations east of the Mississippi River had call letters beginning with the letter “W.” West of the Mississippi, they began with the letter “K.”

A cave man’s life span was only 18 years.

Cinderella is known as “Tuna” in Finland.

In days long ago, when men who worked on the railroad visited a brothel, they left their red lamps outside – and there you have the coining of the phrase “red light district.”

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