#trivia The highest temperature ever recorded on earth was a searing 136° F. The scorcher occurred in Al Aziziyah, Libya on September 13, 1922.
#trivia Japan is commonly thought of as a tiny island nation, but it's actually about the size of California. In fact, it's larger than many European countries.
#trivia The first item bought by scanning its UPC code was a ten-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum, purchased at an Ohio supermarket. It's now on display at the Smithsonian.
#trivia There really was a Dr. Scholl. Podiatrist William Mathias Scholl was born in Indiana.
#trivia The Jaws of Life were invented by George Hurst, who was a mechanical engineer and auto racing enthusiast. He conceived the idea after witnessing an accident at the Indy 500 where the driver died because he couldn’t be extracted from his car in time.
#trivia The average CD can hold 74 minutes’ worth of music. That unusual length was determined by Sony’s president, who decided that a single CD should be able to contain the longest recorded version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
#trivia The tip of a fencing weapon is the second fastest moving object in the Olympics. The fastest is a bullet.
#trivia Google's founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.
#trivia Liechtenstein is the world’s leading exporter of false teeth.
#trivia The Republic of Ireland has the busiest Supreme Court in the world, handling more than double the number of cases of the Supreme Court of the United States per year.
#trivia Turtles often bury their eggs in alligator nests. The mother alligator guards her nest so well it ensures the safety of the unborn turtles as well.
#trivia According to MIT alum Edward Lorez, It is impossible to predict weather more than three weeks ahead of time with any degree of certainty. This is derived from his studies into chaos theory in 1972. His paper was titled Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?, from where the term "butterfly effect" evolved.
#trivia According to legend, Honore de Balzac drank 50 cups of coffee a day to fuel his writing.
#trivia The song "Over The Rainbow" nearly didn't make it into The Wizard Of Oz. Songwriter Harold Arlen had to beg for its inclusion in the film.
#trivia John F. Kennedy wasn't happy that the first successful canine space explorers were Soviet dogs Belka and Strelka instead of American animals. Soviet Premiere Nikita Khrushchev added a bit of salt to the wound when he gave Caroline Kennedy one of Strelka's "pupniks" as a gift.
#trivia Ayers Rock in Australia reaches 1,000 feet above the ground, but the part you can't see is even more impressive: the rock extends about a mile and a half into the ground.
#trivia Tuesday is the most popular day of the week for giving birth. Part of that factor has nothing to do with Nature and everything to do with hospital staffing; elective C-sections and induced labors are often scheduled during traditional working hours.
#trivia The first VCR, developed by the Ampex Corporation in 1956, weighed nearly 1,500 lbs. It took another 15 years before a commercially viable product hit the scene.
#trivia The official color of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is "International Orange."