Skip to comments.TASTY TRIVIA -- A Call for suggestions & submissions of favorite bits of triva (vanity)
Posted on 03/19/2011 5:49:18 PM PDT by FreeKeys
These are just a few examples to get us started:
The Harlem Globetrotters was the brainchild of promoter-coach Abe Saperstein in the mid- to late-1920s. He thought the name gave them the right amount of appeal, mystique and prestige despite the fact, or perhaps, because of the fact, that he and his original players all came from, Chicago, not New York. And their headquarters was in Chicago too.
Teens who own dogs get more physical exercise than teens who don't.
If you have a bottle or jar top that won't unscrew, just run it under the hot water faucet for a few minutes. The heat will usually make the top expand faster than the jar or bottle, and you'll usually be able to unscrew it without using an adjustable pliers or other opener.
Teddy bears were first made by Morris Michtom, who was inspired by a 1902 cartoon depicting President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt refusing to shoot a tired old bear that had been trapped and tied up for him because it would have been un-sportsmanlike. It was based on an actual hunting trip incident.
Coffee helps you wake up and keep you up because of how the caffeine in it affects your blood sugar level. But if you don't have a little fruit juice first, you may not have enough blood sugar in the first place, and it isn't anywhere near as effective as if you did.
John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, did not, as many people believe, plant apple trees by tossing seeds hither and yon. He was a philanthropic missionary and businessman who actually started nurseries where sapling apple trees were nurtured until they could be sold to people who wanted to grow their own.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 2nd and 3rd Presidents respectively, (also 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents respectively) both died on July 4, 1826 -- exactly 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Although they belonged to opposing parties, they remained fast friends who corresponded regularly until their simultaneous deaths.
23% of the Federal Budget now goes toward interest on the national debt. As the debt continues to explode, so does the percentage that goes toward interest. And Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security now make up almost half the Federal Budget. And the new health care bureaucracies, not yet in place, are estimated to cost a trillion dollars a year more.
Toward the end of the Nixon presidency, there were no living former presidents.
Joe McCarthy is Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s Godfather.
What country is directly south of Detroit?
(Check a map.)
The last song to go to #1 on the pop charts without a video......I always liked this trivia question.......and it was actually well into the video era....1986/87ish.....Amanda by Boston
trivia ping, anyone?
Meg Ryan’s real name is Margaret Hyra.
Name the northern most state
Name the southern most state
Name the eastern most state
Name the western most state
Answers will be posted in a few minutes
Jayne Mansfield had an IQ of 163.
PS -- I am assuming that if you publish these trivai bits and attribute them to the FR while making a profit, you will make a donation of some small sort to Jim Robinson. God Bless him and you!
Bing Crosby was approached to play Columbo but declined because it would cut into his golfing.
That part went to Peter Falk....
Shirley Jones turned down the role of Carol Brady in “The Brady Bunch.” She later took the role of Shirley Partridge in “The Partridge Family.”
Southern most state? Hawaii
Eastern most state? Alaska
Western most state? Alaska
The sultry Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr received a patent for ‘wireless frequency hopping’ which made it harder for enemies to jam radio guided torpedoes.
I knew there was something about her I liked.
The original name of the main character in the “All in the Family” pilot was “Archie Justice,” The title was “Justice For All,” and the producers wanted Mickey Rooney for the role.
Well I DO contribute to FR from time to time, although times have been tough for me lately. But no, I intend to post them without any purpose of making money off them. I just hope people email them around with "just enough" bits of conservative, patriotic and other pro-liberty facts and figures mixed in to hopefully nudge the mission along.
Craig McTavish was the last NHL player to play without a helmet.
Many scientists scoffed at him since the prevailing science claimed his purchase was nothing more that an obsolete lava hole. In 1960 Eugene M. Shoemaker confirmed the crater was formed in fact the result of a collision of the Earth and a meteor, restoring the reputation of Barringer. By then Barringer had long been dead and bankrupt. Even though he was right, the meteorite that Barringer just knew would be in the ground had vaporized upon impact. There was virtually no iron in the area.
The maximum number of answers on Jeopardy is 61.
Thanks for the reply. You have permission to use my items should you in fact chose to publish them in a "for profit" venue.
Darth Vader’s head is on the Washington National Cathedral.
What disease has killed more people than any other; and has killed more people than all wars in human history combined?
Who “cured” this disease?
Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant are grown in New Jersey
A board game still sold today that was created in 1860 has gone through a few changes since then. Some of the original spaces were “Disgrace,” “Poverty,” “Ruin,” “Crime,” “Prison,” and “Suicide.”
It was the game of Life.
The original liquid White Out was invented by the mother of Monkees member Mike Nesmith.
The song “Get Your Kicks On Route 66” was written by Bobby Troup who also played Dr. Joe Early on the 1970’s TV show Emergency.
Actually, it was a couple of things...
The difference in temperature if you’re standing in sunshine on the Moon and standing in the shadows is 250°.
Kepler was her biggest fan.
“A handful of sand contains about 10,000 grains; more than the total number of stars we can see with the naked eye on a clear night... but the total number of stars in the Universe is larger than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on planet Earth.” Carl Sagan
About 5,000 times as many in fact.
When Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys had his first nervous breakdown back in the sixties, who was his temporary replacement in the band?
What was the first #1 hit song that Neil Diamond wrote?
This 1970s actor appeared in only five movies in his lifetime, and all five were nominated for Oscars. Three of the five won Oscars. He had significant (although not necessarily leading) roles in all five. Who was he?
Glen Campbell ...
“I’m A Believer” - Neil Diamond
You all are good! Both correct!
Here’s a hard one. In 1977, a terrorist group set off a bomb that neither killed nor injured anyone. However, the event had unintended consequences (completely unforeseen by the terrorists) that killed almost 600 people. What happened?
A bombing at an airport in the Canary Islands caused no injuries, but a number of planes were diverted to another nearby airport and the overcrowding produced the taxi-way crash that killed nearly everyone aboard two jumbo jets.
Reno NV is further west than Los Angeles
Correct again! It was the worst airline accident in history. (Some would say 9/11, but I would argue that was a terrorist attack, not an accident.) Anyway, you are good!
There are SIX state capitals at a longitude WEST of Los Angeles: Honolulu, Juneau, Olympia, Salem, Sacramento and ... and Carson City! The only two state capitals which end in the letter “u” are the farthest west ones (which are also the farthest south one and the farthest north one). One’s a “lulu.” Did juneau that?
What are you using as your point of reference?
I believe the disease is malaria and it hasn’t yet been ‘cured’.
The late John Cazale.
The California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) was designated official State Animal in 1953. The last one was killed in Tulare County in August 1922.
Charles Lindbergh would have been named Charles Manson if his father hadn’t changed the family name.
Albert Brooks’ real name is Albert Einstein. Michael Keaton’s real name is Michael Douglas.
“Run faster, jump higher, in your__________.”
Wasn’t that by Toto?
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