Trivia Chest 16

#trivia  When you pick up a common pine cone, you'd be correct to refer to it as "she," since these brown, seeded cones are all female.

#trivia  Whiskey is clear when it is first distilled. It gets it's color and much of it's taste from the oak barrels in which it is aged.

#trivia  The ostrich doesn't stick its head underground to hide from predators. It bends its neck down low and flattens its head against the ground.

#trivia  Before hitting the big time, Billy Joel played the organ in a TV ad for Bachman's Pretzels that featured Chubby Checker singing "The Twist."

#trivia  Before antibiotics, patients with syphilis were sometimes purposefully infected with malaria. This was because the bacteria that causes syphilis doesn't fare well at higher temperatures (a blistering fever is a side effect of malaria).

#trivia The area where Washington, D.C., now stands was originally a mosquito-infested swamp. It took years to drain and clear the land before our nation's government was moved to the city in 1800.

#trivia Though his face graces the 20 dollar bill, Andrew Jackson despised paper money and favored a monetary system centered on gold and silver.

#trivia  Before Gmail, “G-Mail” was the name of a free email service offered by Garfield’s website.

#trivia  King James IV of Scotland was an amateur dentist. He even paid people to let him practice on their teeth!

#trivia  Both Madonna and Celine Dion are cousins of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla.

#trivia  New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student— and he was shot and killed before graduation.

#trivia  In 1944, as a WWII war correspondent, Ernest Hemingway led Free French resistance fighters in the defense of the town of Rambouillet, an act for which he was almost tried under the Geneva Conventions.

#trivia  In early 1900s America, “jay” was a slang term used to describe a naïve or foolish person. Thus, when such a pedestrian decided to ignore traffic signals and street signs, he or she was referred to as a “jaywalker.”

#trivia  The number "five" is important to the Pentagon in many ways. Sure, it has five sides, but the building also has five stories, and the courtyard in the center encompasses an area of five acres.

#trivia  The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the oldest continuously occupied public (and municipal) building in the United States. It was built in 1610.

#trivia  People didn't always say "hello" when they answered the phone. When the first regular phone service was established in 1878, people said "ahoy."

#trivia  William Wrigley originally started in the baking powder business. With his powder, he gave a free pack of his gum. He later abandoned the baking powder business when he learned that people were buying it just to get the gum.

#trivia  When Union soldiers cut off supply deliveries to the Confederacy during the Civil War, the South was not able to get paper from Northern paper mills. So, Confederate papers were printed on the back of wallpaper peeled off of parlor walls.

#trivia  Plastic bags take up less landfill space than paper bags. According to one study, two plastic bags take up 72% less landfill space than one paper bag.

#trivia  Robert Lincoln, son of President Lincoln, was saved from a nasty railroad accident by Edwin Booth. Edwin was the brother of Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

#trivia  The word "tycoon" is based on taikun, a title used by Japanese Shoguns.

#trivia  Several states took extreme measures to turn consumers away from margarine; they required the product to be dyed pink.

#trivia  At more than 3.3 million square miles, the Sahara Desert is as large as the world's next 20 largest hot deserts combined.

#trivia  It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.

#trivia  The office cubicle was invented by Robert Probst in 1968. His original design was called the Action Office System and provided “a social kind of privacy” for the worker.

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