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#trivia  The first recorded use of flying the flag at half-mast as a symbol of mourning occurred in 1612 aboard the British ships Patience and Heart’s Ease after their captain was killed in the Northwest Passage.

#trivia  Trees do not grow higher than 130m as it is physically impossible for the water to rise higher.

#trivia  Plastic-bodied cars aren't exactly new; the Ford Motor Company made their first one back in 1941.

#trivia  The string attached to boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so that the container could be hung from the branches of a Christmas tree.

#trivia  Amerigo Vespucci, for whom many historians believe America was named, was an Italian pickle merchant.

#trivia  Braces go all the way back to ancient Egypt. In fact, archeologists have found several mummies with crude metal bands wrapped around their teeth.

#trivia  When Burger King decided to sell fast-food Down Under, they found that there was already a local carry-out restaurant called “Burger King.” As a result, if you’re looking for a Whopper in Australia today, you’ll have to go to a chain called “Hungry Jack’s.”

#trivia  The Taj Mahal was orignally called the Rauza-I Munavvara which means "Tomb of Light."

#trivia Theodore Roosevelt was once shot at during a campaign rally in Wisconsin. The bullet penetrated his glasses case and a manuscript, just missing his right lung. Being an expert hunter he decided to stay and give his speech since he wasn't coughing up blood. His speech lasted nearly an hour.

#trivia The Earth's North and South Poles flip polarity on a semi-frequent basis, having done so more then 20 times in the past 5 million years. That means that with the next flip, all compasses will be pointing South rather then North.

#trivia  A researcher at California State University calculated that non-fiction writers live an average of 68 years, several years longer than their cohorts who write poems, plays, and fiction works.

#trivia  The flashlight fish projects light that’s created by luminescent bacteria that live in the pockets below its eyes.

#trivia  Despite your mother's dire warnings, chewing gum doesn't stay in your stomach for years if you swallow it. It gets digested and disposed of just as quickly as anything else you consume.

#trivia  In 1981, Deborah Ann Fountain (Miss New York) became the first Miss America pageant participant disqualified for "illegal use of padding" during the swimsuit competition.

#trivia  During WWII, Tootsie Rolls were added to soldiers' rations thanks to their durability in all weather conditions.

#trivia  The U.S. hockey team did not defeat the USSR in the gold medal game of the 1980 Olympics. The so-called "Miracle on Ice" was actually a semi-final game, and the Americans had to go on to play Finland for the gold.

#trivia  The first private detective agency was established in 1833 by Eugene Francois Vidocq, a former fugitive. He used his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to become a master criminologist. Vidocq was a pioneer in the use of surveillance and disguise, ballistics, card-index record keeping, and was the first to use plaster-of-paris to take impressions of shoe prints.

#trivia  It is most improper to refer to a service member as having "won" the Medal of Honor or similar military commendation. It is not a contest or competition; there is no winner. One should refer to the service member as being awarded, or simply receiving, the commendation.

#trivia  It's natural to think that the world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela, got its name from its sheer majesty. Actually, it was "discovered" in 1935 by aviator James Angel.

#trivia  In 1759, St. James's Gate Brewery (where they brew Guinness) was leased for to Arthur Guinness for 9,000 years for 45 pounds per year.

#trivia  At age 35, Harrison Ford was fitting a door for Francis Ford Coppola when a studio executive asked the handyman to take a break and read lines with actresses who were testing for a new film. The film was Star Wars.

#trivia  Australia was actually given its name before it was even discovered by Europeans. Rumors of Terra Australis ("land to the south") persisted for centuries until the Dutch confirmed its existence in 1616.

#trivia  The tallest known mountain in the solar system is on one of the smallest planets: Mars' Olympus Mons, which stands an incredible 15 miles tall.

#trivia  The Golden Hamster is native to Syria. In fact, all hamsters in captivity today can trace their roots back to the original litter discovered in 1930 by archaeologist Aaron Abrahams.

#trivia  Antarctica gets very little snow, so why is there snow on the ground? Because the snow that does fall on the continent never melts.


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#trivia  Johnny Carson's first guest when he took over The Tonight Show was legendary film comic Groucho Marx.

#trivia  Too young to join the U.S. military during World War I, a sixteen-year-old Walt Disney went to Canada in an unsuccessful attempt to enlist in the military there.

#trivia  The first cow to ride in an airplane was Elm Farm Ollie in 1930. Milk she gave in-flight was sealed in containers and parachuted down over St. Louis.

#trivia  Since 1932, only Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush have failed in their bids for re-election to a second presidential term.

#trivia  Frank Sinatra was frustrated with his record company in 1960, so he formed his own label, Reprise Records. Many of his buddies (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.) released records on Reprise, which is why they often referred to Frank as the Chairman of the Board.

#trivia  Henri Breault, a pediatrician from Windsor, Ontario, invented the child-resistant medicine cap in 1967.

#trivia  French maids never wore mini-skirts, stiletto heels, and fishnet stockings; that image originated in the U.S. on the vaudeville stage.

#trivia  Before the invention of nylon bristles in the late 1930's, tooth brushes actually enabled decay and disease. Up until that time, the bristles where made from hog hair; the hollow shafts of the hair tended to retain bacteria.

#trivia  Only about one-fifth of the world's largest desert, the Sahara, is covered with sand; the remainder is made up of rock formations.

#trivia  Omar Knedlik of Coffeyville, Kansas, invented the Icee (also called a Slurpee, Slush, or Mr. Misty) in the late 1950s. The first flavor he offered was root beer.

#trivia  The amazingly popular drink Guinness is not black. It is actually a very dark shade of ruby.

#trivia  The most popular song played by ice cream trucks in America is "Turkey in the Straw," while British ice cream trucks tend to blare "Greensleeves."

#trivia  The phrase "slipping a Mickey" likely originated with Mickey Finn, a Chicago saloon owner known for drugging and robbing customers.

#trivia  About half the geysers on Earth are located in Yellowstone National Park.

#trivia  The hyoid bone is the only bone in the human body not connected to another bone.

#trivia  The Wright Brothers’ first successful flight on December 17, 1903 covered a distance of about 120 feet—shorter than the wingspan of a modern 747.

#trivia  Colonel Sanders’ finger-lickin’ formula is locked away in a bank vault in Louisville, KY. In fact, the KFC people are so serious about keeping the ingredients under wraps that two separate companies are used to blend the spices, so neither possesses the complete recipe.

#trivia  To the Kikuyu tribe of central Kenya, the number 10 is considered bad luck. In fact, “10” is so feared that no one speaks it aloud; they just skip that number when counting anything—especially people, since it’s thought to be particularly bad luck to count humans.

#trivia  After going into heat, an un-spayed female ferret can actually die if she does not mate. She will remain in heat until she mates, and if she does not, the excess estrogen will cause anemia and eventual death.

#trivia  Ringtones of popular songs are now added to the equation of chart position on the Billboard music charts.

#trivia  Historians believe that cigars have been a fixture in the Caribbean since 900. Proof comes from an ancient Guatemalan jug that shows a Mayan kicking back with a stogie.

#trivia  The longest continuous sidewalk in the world is along Bay Shore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida.

#trivia  On the 2011 Czech Republic census, over 15,000 people listed their religion as "Jedi."

#trivia  Kiribati is the only country that falls in all four hemispheres.

#trivia  Enacted in 1953, an Ohio law states that no person shall be arrested on the Fourth of July nor on a Sunday while going to or from a designated place of worship.


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#trivia  Louis Armstrong played the trumpet so much that he got callouses on his lips. He cut them off with a razor blade.

#trivia  Albert Einstein never learned how to drive.

#trivia  The city of Neuquén in southwestern Argentina must have been a rather terrifying place to live 90 million years ago. Within an hour’s drive of Neuquén lie three important paleontologic sites, each home to record-breaking finds including Argentinosaurus huinculensis, considered the world’s largest dinosaur (coming in at 130 feet long and 60 feet tall), Giganotosaurus carolinii, thought to be the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur (46 feet long), and fossilized footprints so large that locals once used them as community barbeque pits.

#trivia  In 2005, Egypt formally requested that the British Museum return the Rosetta Stone to its native land, but British law prevents the museum from giving up anything in its collection (even items looted by the Nazis that ended up in Britain).

#trivia  Kleenex tissues were originally marketed as a cold cream remover, not a disposable handkerchief.

#trivia  The poinsettia, the red-and-green flower commonly seen in Christmas arrangements, isn't snow-friendly; it's native to sunny Mexico.

#trivia  The "black box" on an airplane is actually bright orange so that it can be easily found among the wreckage if the plane were to crash.

#trivia  In a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, Admiral John Fisher wrote, "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis— O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)"

#trivia  Ancient Greeks believed that wearing amethysts would help prevent a person from getting drunk.

#trivia  Some species of birds, like the robin, can only lay one egg a day. To ensure that all the eggs in the clutch hatch around the same time, the female will let the earlier eggs "cool" in the nest between layings so as to let the "fresher" eggs catch up.

#trivia  An estimated 15% to 20% of people who receive gift cards never redeem them.

#trivia  Printing the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency was a mandate handed down by Abraham Lincoln's Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt attempted to remove the slogan because he, as a devout Christian, felt that putting God on money was a sacrilege.

#trivia  In 1979, Oscar host Johnny Carson joked, "I see a lot of new faces here. Especially on the old faces."

#trivia  Ergot is a fungus that grows on rye bread, and ingestion of too much ergot can lead to LSD-like hallucinations, seizures, episodes of mania, and even gangrene. In the Middle Ages, several ergot poisoning epidemics, and the resulting behaviors, led to witch hunts and exile. People in Europe referred to its effects as “St. Anthony’s Fire" in connection with the monks of the Order of St. Anthony, who were often successful at treating the ailment.

#trivia  In Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho, the sound effects for the famous shower scene were actually created by repeatedly stabbing a casaba melon.

#trivia  A praying mantis has one ear.

#trivia  Only female mosquitoes will bite you.

#trivia  Lyme disease is named for Lyme, CT, where several cases were identified in 1975.

#trivia  The spitting spider doesn't wait for insects to get caught in its web; it spits out sticky strings that capture the prey where it stands.

#trivia  Before Briton Hadden and Henry Luce decided to call their new magazine Time, they were debating calling it either Chance or Destiny.

#trivia  Andrew Jackson was the only US President to have the national debt paid in full.

#trivia  The first fielding gloves in baseball were flesh-colored so that fans wouldn't notice that the players were wearing them.

#trivia  There are people who can actually see, smell and physically taste music. This is an example of a phenomenon known as synesthesia. Synesthetes report seeing symphonies in spectacular colors, smelling Beethoven, and tasting Chopin.

#trivia  Crickets' ears are located on their front legs, a little below their knees.

#trivia  To deter nativity scene theft, BrickHouse Security provides free GPS trackers that can be installed in Baby Jesus.