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It is important to bring out the random information when you’ve run out of sensible stuff to say. Arm yourself with this trivia for that next awkward silence.

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How can you live without knowing these things?

1. Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…

Ladies Forbidden” … and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

2. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

3. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

4. Men can read smaller print better than women can; women can hear better.

5. Coca-Cola was originally green.

6. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

7. The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

8. The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% ( now get this…)

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

9. The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

10. The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

11. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

12. The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

13. The youngest pope was 11 years old.

14. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

15. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

16. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David

Hearts – Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds – Julius Caesar

17. A cute mathematical trick: 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

18. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the

person died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds

received in battle.

If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

19. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and

Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t

added until 5 years later.

20. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

Their birthplace

21. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?


22. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find

the letter “A”?                                One thousand

23. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all

have in common?                     All invented by women.

24. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?


25. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

                                                       Father’s Day

26. In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you

pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence

the phrase “goodnight, sleep tight.”

27. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the

wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could

drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period

was called the honey month… which we know today as the honeymoon.

28. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England, when

customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them “Mind your pints and quarts,

and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s.”

29. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or

handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to

get some service. “Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.

30. At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

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