Monthly Archives: August 2013

Trivia of the Day for Saturday

Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung.

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.


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Trivia of the Day for Friday

America once issued a 5-cent bill.

You’ll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

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

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every two innings.

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Trivia of the Day for Thursday

The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it’s stomach inside-out.

The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.

The penguin is the only bird who can swim, but not fly.

Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.

One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

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Trivia of the Day for Wednesday

Telephone Trivia:

The use of telephone answering machines became popular in 1974.

In the first month of the Bell Telephone Company’s existence in 1877, only six telephones were sold!

On December 23, 1947, Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., held a secret demonstration of the transistor which marked the foundation of modern electronics.

In 1953, Sony Corporation obtained a transistor license from Western Electric Co. that led to its development of the world’s first commercially successful transistor radio.

In the early days of the telephone, operators would pick up a call and use the phrase, “Well, are you there?”. It wasn’t until 1895 that someone suggested answering the phone with the phrase “number please?”

Sometimes, early telephone operators would get to know their customers so well, the customers would ask for a reminder call when it was time to remove a cake from the oven, leave the phone off the hook near their sleeping child when they left the house, hoping the operator would hear any cries of distress, request a wake up call before taking a long nap.

Telephone is derived from two Greek words, tele + phone, meaning far off voice or sound.(Tele, far off + phone, voice or sound).

In Milan, Italy, when an operator dialed a wrong number, the phone company fined the operator.

Just like today’s computers, early telephones were very confusing to new users. Some became so frustrated with the new technology, they attacked the phone with an ax or ripped it out of the wall.

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Tuesday Afternoon Extra

On March 15, 1959, Robert Foster entered the swimming pool of the Bermuda Palms Hotel in San Rafael, California. Before entering the pool, Foster had primed himself for his ordeal by breathing oxygen from a tank for a half hour.

As Foster lowered himself into the pool, members of the Marine Skin Divers Club prepared to time him.  A doctor was present and an expert in first aid stood by, as Foster intended to stay at the bottom of the pool longer than any other man had ever been under water.

This he did.  When he emerged, the clockers stopped their watches at 13 minutes, 42.5 seconds.

Don’t try this on your own.

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Trivia of the Day for Tuesday

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

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Trivia of the Day for Monday

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

In 1915, a telephone call from New York to San Francisco cost $20.70 for the first three minutes.

The “Delicious” variety of apples were originally known as “Hawkeyes.”

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