Monthly Archives: November 2013

Trivia of the Day for Saturday

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

The gorge of the Grand Canyon is 217 miles long. 56 of those miles are in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The canyon varies in width from 4 to 18 miles.

It takes 17 muscles in your face to smile, 43 to frown.

The skin on the foot or palm of your hand wrinkles when it is exposed at length to water because it expands.


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Trivia of the Day for Friday

In Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than 100 years before either moon was officially discovered.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

An old law in Bellingham, Wash., made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

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

Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice.

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Trivia of the Day for Thursday

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.

The human is the only species that makes plans.

Dialing can be spelled dialling.

Rainbow- top is red Bottom is purple.

Approximately 4.16% of your body weight is skin.

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Thanksgiving Trivia

Thanksgiving is tomorrow here in the USA…that being said, here’s a little trivia you can toss around tomorrow while you’re eating or whatever you may be doing:

Facts about the First Thanksgiving

  • The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
  • The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
  • They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of ‘Mayflower’.
  • They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
  • The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
  • Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
  • The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

Thanksgiving Facts throughout History

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  • The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.
  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
  • Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 – 18 pounds of turkey.
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
  • Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

Turkey Facts

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.
  • Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
  • Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Turkeys have poor night vision.
  • It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
  • A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.

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Trivia of the Day for Wednesday

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.

The words “racecar” and “kayak” are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

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.

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Bonus Trivia

Each day, the river Jordan deposits six million tons of water into the Dead Sea. Because the Dead Sea (actually, a lake) is some 1,300 feet below sea level, and is the lowest point on the surface of the earth, there is no outlet for all of this water.

Makes you think the Dead Sea would soon overflow, doesn’t it? Actually, because the air is super dry and hot, approximately six million tons of water evaporates from the Dead Sea each day, leaving the depth exactly the same.

The Dead Sea is over 25 percent salt, and is the saltiest body of water on Earth.

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Trivia of the Day for Tuesday

Being too thin is as dangerous to your health as being too fat.

Left-handers comprise 4% to 10% of the American population.

Properly kept, vitamins remain stable for four years.

Shakespeare invented the word “assassination” and “bump.”

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

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