Trivia Chest 8

#trivia  If a foreign-born female gives birth on an airplane in U.S. airspace, or on a ship within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast, her child automatically becomes a U.S. citizen.

#trivia  How old is the oldest ruling royal family? The current emperor of Japan, Akihito, claims to be the 125th descendent in his line.

#trivia  The bonnets and caps of city fire hydrants are painted certain colors to alert firefighters to the amount of water pressure available from that hydrant.

#trivia  Cheerleading was initially an all-male sport. Females were only added to the equation when smaller, lighter bodies were needed for "flying."

#trivia  Until a study published in 1905 by Carnegie scientist Nettie Stevens that identified the Y chromosome, gender was thought to be caused by environmental factors, such as passion of sex, nutrition, and temperature. These theories had their roots in Aristotle's theories constructed over 2000 years ago.

#trivia  Although Charles Schulz loved drawing Charlie Brown and his pals, he hated the name Peanuts, which was chosen by United Features Syndicate despite his objections.

#trivia  On November 18th, 1913, pilot Lincoln Beachy did something that had never been done in an airplane before: he made a complete loop-de-loop.

#trivia  A famous North American landmark, Niagara Falls, is constantly moving backward. The rim wore down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute. Attempts to control flow and divert the water has reduced erosion in recent years to one foot per year with a potential increase of one foot every ten years.

#trivia  Although estimates vary, humans blink their eyes around five million times each year.

#trivia  In 2004, researchers at King's College in London spent weeks examining dozens of horror movies before determining that Stanley Kubrick's The Shining was "the perfect scary film."

#trivia  Prohibition made it a crime to produce, sell, or transport alcoholic beverages. But anyone 
who already had bottles of old liquor stocked away was free to consume it at his or her leisure within the confines of their home.

#trivia  The Canary Islands are actually not named for canaries, but for dogs. This is because a large population of wild dogs were found on the island (and the Latin root for dog is canaria).

#trivia  The arcade game Space Invaders was so popular in Japan that it actually created a coin shortage.

#trivia  One of the first known contraceptives was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians.

#trivia  Homosexuality was still classified as an illness in Sweden in 1979. Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they felt gay.

#trivia  The black pirate flag known as the "Jolly Roger" was originally a bright red French "surrender-or-die" banner known as the "Jolie Rouge."

#trivia  After Bill Clinton won the 1992 election, the 3rd call he took— after President Bush’s concession & Vice President Quayle’s congrats— was from Whoopi Goldberg.

#trivia  Duct tape was developed in 1942 for use by the U.S. Army as a waterproof sealing tape for ammunition boxes

#trivia  Chimpanzees are excellent tool makers and have been documented to make very primitive spears to kill galagos hiding in the trees at night.

#trivia  Bela Lugosi became famous for playing the title character in the classic 1931 movie Dracula. When he died in 1956, he was buried wearing his Dracula cape.

#trivia  August is the month when most babies are born.

#trivia  The length of your ring finger in comparison to your index finger indicates the amount of testosterone you were exposed to as a fetus. Longer ring fingers equates to more testosterone.

#trivia  The word "sex" was mentioned once on an episode of The Brady Bunch. Which potty-mouth said it? Cousin Oliver, in one of the show's final episodes.

#trivia  A report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1995 indicated that between 1978 and 1995 no less than 37 deaths in the U.S. were credited to vending machines. (How much do you really want that Snickers?)

#trivia  The United States Merchant Marine Academy is the only U.S. military academy to lose students in a time of war. 142 students died during WWII.

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