21.10.14

Trivia Chest 15



#trivia  Underneath the striped fur of a tiger is striped skin (which preserves the camouflage effect).

#trivia  The phrase "Mr. Mojo Risin'," repeated by Jim Morrison in the Doors' song "L.A. Woman," is an anagram of the vocalist's name.

#trivia  Al Capone's WWI draft card stated his occupation as "paper cutter."

#trivia  Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy.

#trivia  When the elder George Bush was elected president in 1988, he was the first sitting Vice President to be elected President since Martin Van Buren in 1836.

#trivia  There are molecules called Sonic hedgehog and Robotnikinin, both named after the popular Sega characters.

#trivia  Refrigerator odors are caused by very strong acids (sour milk, for example) and some from bases (spoiled meat). Sodium bicarbonate, better known as baking soda, regulates pH levels. It makes an acid not too acidic, and a base not too alkaline.

#trivia  Although most people associate sword swallowing with circus folk, the practice originated about 4,000 years ago in India, where deeply religious Hindus used the ceremony to demonstrate their faith.

#trivia  Swearing to tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" dates back to English Common Law. Interestingly enough, there were no penalties for perjury until the 1600s; prior to that time, it was believed that the fear of God’s wrath was enough to keep witnesses honest.

#trivia  Lake Nicaragua is the only spot on Earth where freshwater sharks swim in their native habitat.

#trivia  Tom Selleck was tapped to play Indiana Jones, but due to a contracted commitment to Magnum PI, he decided to do the honorable thing and keep the agreement. Ironically, an ensuing writers strike delayed production long enough that he could have acted in Indiana Jones.

#trivia  Bluetooth, the wireless communication standard, was named after Harald Bluetooth, a tenth century king who encouraged communication and unity among warring Norse and Danish tribes.

#trivia  TASER is an acronym for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle.

#trivia  After losing the White House, John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress in 1830. He served until his death in 1848.

#trivia  In 1941, the U.S. government banned silk stockings. Why? Japan cut off America’s silk supply during World War II, and the government decided that producing silk parachutes for American pilots took precedence over women’s fashion needs.

#trivia  The White House was originally called the President's Palace. Theodore Roosevelt gave the White House its current name in 1901.

#trivia  King Louis XIV was so afraid of weapons that he ruled all pointed knives at dinner tables illegal.

#trivia  Snakes are one of those animals you never really expect to see airborne, but Singapore’s Paradise Tree Snake can do just that, flying (or, rather, falling gracefully) from tree to tree. By sucking in its belly and making a U-shape with the length of its body, the tree snake can create its own parachute, allowing it to soar 100 yards or more. Sadly, the snakes aren’t blessed with corresponding landing gear and tend to crash clumsily.

#trivia  Exocannibals eat outsiders as a means of intimidation. Endocannibals eat members of their own kinship groups.

#trivia  In 1991 Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor—the voice of Minnie.

#trivia  One of Prince Charles's Secret Service code names was "Unicorn."

#trivia  Reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes put his engineering skills to work in 1941 when he cast Jane Russell as the lead in his film The Outlaw. He designed a special half-cup, underwire, and cantilevered brassiere to highlight her…talent.

#trivia  A shrimp can swim backwards.

#trivia  When asked where he keeps his Oscars, Pixar's John Lasseter said, "We discovered that Barbie clothes actually fit pretty well."

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