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Trivia Chest 17



#trivia  The first president to earn a PhD was Woodrow Wilson.

#trivia  Some of the first examples of graffiti come from 1st century Pompeii, where messages like “I don’t want to sell my husband” and “Successus was here” were written on walls.

#trivia  Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day.

#trivia  During WWII, La-Z-Boy manufactured seats for tanks, torpedo boats, gun turrets, and armored cars.

#trivia  Only one U.S. state's name ends with the letter "K." It's New York. Likewise, only one U.S. state's name ends with the letter "G": Wyoming.

#trivia  It is estimated that 1 out of every 55 Canadian women will give birth in their car on the way to the hospital.

#trivia  Some cultures (especially those in sub-Saharan Africa) give their children names with meanings such as “ugly,” “disagreeable,” or “crippled,” to make them undesirable to demons.

#trivia  In February of 2012, a 28-year-old man in Winder, Georgia, called 911 to report that he was invisible. According to police, he was not.

#trivia  The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.

#trivia  When 7-Up was invented, it was originally called "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda."

#trivia  A substance called Ambergris, found in the ocean or on the coast and originating in the intestines of sperm whales, was a main ingredient for many popular perfumes (it has an earthy scent).

#trivia  If you want a spot on the beach in Monaco, you'd better get there early. It has only 3.5 miles of coastline, less than any other non-landlocked country.

#trivia  The indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt.

#trivia  Ohio State offers a course called "Sports for the Spectator." Students are taught how to be "an informed and appreciative sports spectator."

#trivia  In 2009, Josh Muszynski used his Visa to buy cigarettes. Due to a Visa "glitch," he was charged over over 23 quadrillion dollars. To be exact: $23,148,855,308,184,500

#trivia  Mr. Clean has a seldom-used first name: ”Veritably.” The name came from a “Give Mr. Clean a First Name” promotion in 1962

#trivia  James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, never had kids, but he did have a special affection for the children of others. In 1929 he signed over the rights for Peter Pan to a London hospital that specialized in pediatric medicine.

#trivia  In 1912, Kazimierz (Casimir) Funk discovered the first vitamin, Niacin (or vitamin B3)

#trivia  Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel.

#trivia  The Haskell Free Library and Opera House straddles the Canadian and Vermont border. The actors perform in Canada while most of the audience sits in the United States. There is even a painted line running through the building.

#trivia  The phrase "goody two shoes" comes from a fable written in 1766 by Oliver Goldsmith about a poor little girl who could only afford one shoe.

#trivia  The purpose of gasoline rationing during the Second World War was not to conserve gas, but to conserve TIRES. The primary source for natural rubber at the time was Southeast Asia, much of which was under Japanese control.

#trivia  The 3 Musketeers bar was originally split into three pieces with three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. When the other flavors became harder to come by during WWII, 3 Musketeers went all chocolate.

#trivia  Fifty years ago, the average man first married at 23, and the woman at 20. Today, those ages have increased to 27 and 25, respectively.

#trivia  Albert Einstein never received a Nobel Prize for his theory of relativity.

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