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Trivia Chest 18



#trivia  Chocolate chip cookies were made by mistake when the chocolate in the cookie did not melt properly.

#trivia Amazingly, blue whales can slow their heart rate to four or five beats per minute in order to conserve oxygen during deep dives.

#trivia Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive.

#trivia An ostrich's eye is the same size as its brain.

#trivia Caterpillars have about four thousand muscles.

#trivia The Flatfish is born with one eye on each side of its head, giving it a grotesque appearance. As it grows, one eye begins to move until both are on the same side, allowing the fish to lie on the ocean floor and scan above for food.

#trivia  Queen Victoria used a tincture of marijuana to relieve period pains.

#trivia  There is a word that rhymes with orange! It’s sporange: a rare alternative form of sporangium, a botany term that means "spore case."

#trivia  Even Fidel Castro lashed out against New Coke, calling it "a sign of American capitalist decadence."

#trivia  The word “lucky” was rarely used in I Love Lucy scripts. That's because the show’s sponsor, Philip Morris, was in competition with Lucky Strike cigarettes at the time.

#trivia  The concept of community service as a form of probation originated in Alameda County, California, in 1966. It was first used as an alternative punishment for female traffic offenders.

#trivia  There are nearly as many inmates in California state prisons as there are in U.S. federal prisons.

#trivia  In the 1920s, several groups lobbied for a calendar with 13 months, each with four weeks. The new month would have come between June and July. And to reach 365 days, the plan was to add "January 0."

#trivia  Walter Koenig had to wear a shaggy toupee in his first season as Chekhov in Star Trek until his real hair grew out. Reportedly, his mop-topped character was modeled after The Monkees singer Davy Jones in an attempt to lure teenage viewers.

#trivia  The 1980 movie Chariots of Fire was the first movie in nearly fifty years to win an Oscar for Best Picture without winning any of the five other "major" awards (Best Actor, Actress, Director, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress).

#trivia  The antennae sticking out the head of a snail aren't feelers; a snail's eyes are located at the tips of those long stalks.

#trivia  Florence Nightingale is not only known as a founder of modern nursing, but also as a statistician, having developed the polar area diagram.

#trivia  Napoleon wasn't short. At 5 feet, 7 inches, he was taller than the average French man of the era. The popular myth about his height is the result of his nickname, Le Petit Caporal (The Little Corporal). Early in Napoleon’s military career, French soldiers used the moniker to mock his low position on the Army’s Officer totem pole. Unfortunately for Napoleon, the nickname stuck.

#trivia  Twinkies originally had banana-flavored filling, but switched to vanilla when WWII brought the banana trade to a halt.

#trivia  President Warren G. Harding once gambled away an entire box of priceless White House china while playing poker with friends in the Presidential Mansion.

#trivia  Charles Richter, the American scientist who developed the Richter scale, was an avid nudist. Rumors persist that his wife was so distressed by his penchant for hanging out naked that she divorced him.

#trivia The Halifax explosion which killed 2,000 people occurred on December 6th, 1917, and was the largest man-made explosion until the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.

#trivia The German word "kummerspeck " means excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.

#trivia  Liquid measurements are different in Britain than in the United States: A fluid ounce is smaller, while pints, quarts, and gallons are larger.

#trivia  The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, leans slightly toward the shade on sunny days!

#trivia  Al Capone's brother was a cop.

#trivia  In South Africa prior to 1985, it was illegal for individuals of European ancestry and non-European ancestry to marry one another.

#trivia  1904 Olympic marathon champ Thomas Hicks used an odd sports drink: a mix of brandy and strychnine.

#trivia  Despite the horrific display, nearly two-thirds of those aboard the LZ 129 Hindenburg survived its fiery crash in 1937.

#trivia  Stephen Perry patented his idea for the rubber band in 1845. The London businessman came up with the invention after Charles Goodyear introduced rubber to the world in 1839.

#trivia  The Hudson's Bay Company (now known as "The Bay" or "HBC") is the oldest commercial corporation in North America, having been incorporated on May 2nd, 1670, by British royal charter under King Charles II.

#trivia  Route 66, westbound from Albuquerque, started out as a camel trail.

#trivia  The name for "piggy banks" comes from the use of family money jars in the Middle Ages made from a type of clay called pygg.

#trivia  Despite its reputation as a cosmonaut staple, freeze-dried ice cream only made one mission to space. In 1968, it provided instant sugar rushes to the astronauts of Apollo 7.

#trivia  The Edison Portland Cement Company was one of inventor Thomas Edison’s countless business ventures. Despite supplying cement for the original Yankee Stadium, the company tanked because it insisted on producing concrete everything, including cabinets, pianos, and even entire houses.

#trivia  When the American Civil War broke out, the seceding Confederate states snatched up a good bit of government property. This included everything from forts to arsenals to thousands of post offices stocked full of stamps. Not wanting the enemy to profit off their goods, the Union recalled every U.S. stamp ever issued and declared them invalid for postage. Instead, people were allowed to exchange their old stamps for replacements, which the government had quickly printed with new designs.

#trivia  “Pepsi-Cola” is an anagram for “Episcopal,” which some believe the drink is named after. But then “Britney Spears” is an anagram for “Presbyterians,” so I'm  inclined to discount this theory.

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