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TASTY TRIVIA -- A Call for suggestions & submissions of favorite bits of triva (vanity)
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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.


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I'm going to publish a bunch of them and attribute them to FREE REPUBLIC ! Friendly corrections are welcome.
1 posted on 03/19/2011 5:49:23 PM PDT by FreeKeys
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To: FreeKeys

Toward the end of the Nixon presidency, there were no living former presidents.


2 posted on 03/19/2011 5:54:58 PM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: FreeKeys

Joe McCarthy is Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s Godfather.


3 posted on 03/19/2011 5:57:28 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: FreeKeys

What country is directly south of Detroit?

Canada.
(Check a map.)
:)


4 posted on 03/19/2011 5:59:44 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: FreeKeys

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


5 posted on 03/19/2011 6:01:28 PM PDT by Pappy Smear (Support the presidency, end the policies.)
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To: neverdem; PGalt; 4Liberty; econjack; businessprofessor; EternalVigilance; John Locke; ...

trivia ping, anyone?


6 posted on 03/19/2011 6:01:50 PM PDT by FreeKeys ("Liberals fear Christians more than they fear Muslims. It is a sign of their insanity." -- KMR)
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To: FreeKeys

Meg Ryan’s real name is Margaret Hyra.


7 posted on 03/19/2011 6:06:22 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: FreeKeys
A good bar bet:

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

8 posted on 03/19/2011 6:08:28 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: FreeKeys

Jayne Mansfield had an IQ of 163.


9 posted on 03/19/2011 6:09:10 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: FreeKeys
Diogenese -- who was looking for an honest man and the foremost Cynic of his time -- once was taken as a slave by a pirate. The pirate, wanting to sell Diongenese for some cash, needed to know Diogenese' trade. When asked, Diognese replied, "I am a governor. Sell me to a person who needs a master."

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!

10 posted on 03/19/2011 6:09:29 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: FreeKeys

Bing Crosby was approached to play Columbo but declined because it would cut into his golfing.
That part went to Peter Falk....


11 posted on 03/19/2011 6:11:18 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Wingy
Northern: Alaska

Southern: Hawaii

Eastern: Alaska

Western: Alaska

12 posted on 03/19/2011 6:11:21 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Yorlik803

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.”


13 posted on 03/19/2011 6:13:17 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Wingy
Northern most state? Alaska

Southern most state? Hawaii

Eastern most state? Alaska

Western most state? Alaska

14 posted on 03/19/2011 6:13:22 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: FreeKeys

The sultry Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr received a patent for ‘wireless frequency hopping’ which made it harder for enemies to jam radio guided torpedoes.


15 posted on 03/19/2011 6:13:54 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: buccaneer81

I knew there was something about her I liked.


16 posted on 03/19/2011 6:14:21 PM PDT by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: FreeKeys

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.


17 posted on 03/19/2011 6:15:17 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: mlocher
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!

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.

18 posted on 03/19/2011 6:15:43 PM PDT by FreeKeys ("Countries that bankrupt themselves aren't around very long, & we're getting close." -Tom McClintock)
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To: FreeKeys

bttt


19 posted on 03/19/2011 6:20:20 PM PDT by jmc813
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To: buccaneer81

Craig McTavish was the last NHL player to play without a helmet.


20 posted on 03/19/2011 6:20:23 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: FreeKeys
Meteor crater, near Winslow Arizona, was for years believed to be a remnant of a volcano. Daniel Barringer, a mining engineer and businessman, thought otherwise. He believed the crater was caused by an the impact of an iron meteorite with the Earth. In the early 1900s, he purchased the crater and its surrounding land, with the hopes of becoming rich by finding and selling the iron meteor he believe would be there.

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.

21 posted on 03/19/2011 6:23:42 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: FreeKeys

The maximum number of answers on Jeopardy is 61.


22 posted on 03/19/2011 6:24:35 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: FreeKeys
But no, I intend to post them without any purpose of making money off them.

Thanks for the reply. You have permission to use my items should you in fact chose to publish them in a "for profit" venue.

23 posted on 03/19/2011 6:26:29 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: TnGOP; gorush; MaryFromMichigan; Pappy Smear; buccaneer81; Wingy; mlocher; Yorlik803; fhayek; ...

THANK YOU!


24 posted on 03/19/2011 6:30:59 PM PDT by FreeKeys ("Obama is, without question, an advocate of concentrated power, & thus an enemy of liberty."JHayward)
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To: FreeKeys

Darth Vader’s head is on the Washington National Cathedral.


25 posted on 03/19/2011 6:34:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: FreeKeys

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?


26 posted on 03/19/2011 6:39:01 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: FreeKeys

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


27 posted on 03/19/2011 6:40:11 PM PDT by OCC
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To: FreeKeys

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.”

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_18995_5-classic-board-games-with-disturbing-origin-stories.html#ixzz1H6FC1LkQ

http://chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/19thcentury/checkeredgame/assignment.php


28 posted on 03/19/2011 6:48:06 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

It was the game of Life.


29 posted on 03/19/2011 6:48:52 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: FreeKeys
Two items:

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.

30 posted on 03/19/2011 7:08:57 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Libs are pro life only when it comes to animals. When it comes to humans they are pro death.)
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To: bigheadfred

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°.


31 posted on 03/19/2011 7:25:37 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: TruthHound

Kepler was her biggest fan.


32 posted on 03/19/2011 7:35:13 PM PDT by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: FreeKeys

“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.


33 posted on 03/19/2011 7:43:29 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: FreeKeys

When Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys had his first nervous breakdown back in the sixties, who was his temporary replacement in the band?


34 posted on 03/19/2011 7:56:01 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

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?


35 posted on 03/19/2011 8:01:53 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

Glen Campbell ...


36 posted on 03/19/2011 8:04:01 PM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: Our man in washington

“I’m A Believer” - Neil Diamond


37 posted on 03/19/2011 8:05:08 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter ( ma)
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To: Texas Songwriter; 21stCenturion

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?


38 posted on 03/19/2011 8:08:50 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

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.

Teneriffe ?


39 posted on 03/19/2011 8:18:25 PM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Reno NV is further west than Los Angeles


40 posted on 03/19/2011 8:21:00 PM PDT by KMG365
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To: 21stCenturion

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!


41 posted on 03/19/2011 8:27:17 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: KMG365

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?


42 posted on 03/19/2011 8:27:55 PM PDT by FreeKeys (If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat, it measures 87 feet long.)
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To: Wingy

What are you using as your point of reference?


43 posted on 03/19/2011 8:31:55 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: PENANCE

I believe the disease is malaria and it hasn’t yet been ‘cured’.


44 posted on 03/19/2011 8:36:19 PM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: Our man in washington

The late John Cazale.


45 posted on 03/19/2011 8:41:00 PM PDT by Tazlo
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To: FreeKeys

The California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) was designated official State Animal in 1953. The last one was killed in Tulare County in August 1922.


46 posted on 03/19/2011 8:44:56 PM PDT by mrreaganaut (Coolidge for President!)
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To: FreeKeys

Charles Lindbergh would have been named Charles Manson if his father hadn’t changed the family name.


47 posted on 03/19/2011 8:53:35 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: Richard Kimball

Albert Brooks’ real name is Albert Einstein. Michael Keaton’s real name is Michael Douglas.


48 posted on 03/19/2011 9:22:50 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: FreeKeys

“Run faster, jump higher, in your__________.”


49 posted on 03/19/2011 10:17:23 PM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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To: Pappy Smear

Wasn’t that by Toto?


50 posted on 03/19/2011 10:18:58 PM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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