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Old 02-27-2010, 11:12 AM
Trivial trivia

^ Sorry 'bout that.


Do you tend to cite random and ultimately pointless factoids? I don't mean movie trivia. I do that plenty, as I'm sure a lot of you do. Anyway, I mean stuff like, "Rats can last longer without water than camels." or "Napoleon suffered from ailurophobia, which is a fear of cats."

Do you have any faves? Does it annoy people when you spout random stuff?
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:45 AM
Some of my favorites that I inadvertently (honest!) spout out in some conversations:

Those plastic tips on your shoe laces are called aglets.

You know, no one actually knows why we yawn.

You know it's been proven that there is some cow dung in hamburger meat?

You know a lot of dust is made up of dead human skin?

Corn is not actually a vegetable. It's a grain.

Tomatoes are not vegetables. They're fruits.

Nutmeg is poisonous when injected in to humans.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:52 AM
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You know, no one actually knows why we yawn.

Isn't it a mechanism our body uses to keep us awake?
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:57 AM
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Isn't it a mechanism our body uses to keep us awake?
Some say it's an indicator that our body needs rest.
Some say it's a gaseous release brought on by exhaustion.
Some say it's a mechanism out body uses to keep us awake.

I could be wrong in my assumption that no one knows why we yawn. *shrugs*
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:09 PM
I thought you yawn from lack of oxygen.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:10 PM
See? No one knows.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:32 PM
Did you know every seven minutes in a conversation there's a moment of awkward silence? This is actually true especially in small groups.
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:56 PM
Tweek, no need to apologize! This is an interesting thread. I dont know any random facts at the moment but keep em comin!
Some of the "random facts" mentioned I have had no clue about. Especially the one involving Napoleon and cats lol
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:44 AM
For the most part . . . I like useless pieces of trivia.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:58 AM
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^ Sorry 'bout that.


Do you tend to cite random and ultimately pointless factoids? I don't mean movie trivia. I do that plenty, as I'm sure a lot of you do. Anyway, I mean stuff like, "Rats can last longer without water than camels." or "Napoleon suffered from ailurophobia, which is a fear of cats."

Do you have any faves? Does it annoy people when you spout random stuff?
FACT: Greenland is actually covered in ice while Iceland is lush and green


I actually find those gems interesting and bring them up when the time is right.
Like say, when defusing a bomb and needing to decide between the red and the blue wire, I'd say "why is it we drive on a parkway but park on a driveway?".

Breaks the tension EVERY time.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:28 PM
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FACT: Greenland is actually covered in ice while Iceland is lush and green


I actually find those gems interesting and bring them up when the time is right.
Like say, when defusing a bomb and needing to decide between the red and the blue wire, I'd say "why is it we drive on a parkway but park on a driveway?".

Breaks the tension EVERY time.
Why do we have a hot water heater when we don't need to heat hot water???

Also:

Cats don't see in color.

If there was a body of water big enough, the planet Saturn would float on top of it.

Sharks never sleep or stop moving.

A film moves through a projector at 24 frames per second, which is also 90 feet per minute. A two hour movie is almost two miles long.

The muscle that makes men's balls movie up or down is called the cremaster. It is also the name of a weird movie series.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:13 AM
Some of my favorites:

1 in 5,000 lobsters are born blue.

Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.

Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas.

There is enough iron in the human body to make an average-sized nail.

Smoking cigarettes makes you cooler.

The YMCA is not only a fun dance, but an actual organization.

Bubble wrap wasn't actually invented as packing material, it was manufactured simply because it's extremely fun to play with.

Zip codes don't actually mean anything.

Male lions's manes are so fluffy because that is where they keep all their secrets.

Prairie Dogs are the trickiest of the animals.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:23 AM
hahahaha.
these are great.

i have one to contribute.

-76.452% of all statistics are made up on the spot
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:24 AM
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Some of my favorites:

1 in 5,000 lobsters are born blue.

Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.

Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas.

There is enough iron in the human body to make an average-sized nail.

Smoking cigarettes makes you cooler.

The YMCA is not only a fun dance, but an actual organization.

Bubble wrap wasn't actually invented as packing material, it was manufactured simply because it's extremely fun to play with.

Zip codes don't actually mean anything.

Male lions's manes are so fluffy because that is where they keep all their secrets.

Prairie Dogs are the trickiest of the animals.
I find you amusing.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:45 AM
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I find you amusing.
Aw, well, thank you.

For better or worse, I did make up all the made up ones. It's kind of a hobby I have.

Yes, I could probably afford to pick up another hobby.
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:48 AM
Bo Selecta is the Bo selected from the Selecta from which the Bo Selecta is selected.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:20 AM
Entertainers who worked in the pizza business before they became famous include Stephen Baldwin, who was a pizza parlor employee, Bill Murray, who was a pizza maker, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who delivered pizzas. Many years back, Julia Roberts and Christie Brinkley both sold ice cream. Before she made it as a pop singer, Madonna sold doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts. And in the burger arena, Jennifer Aniston was a waitress at a burger joint, Queen Latifah worked at Burger King, and Andie McDowell was employed by McDonald's.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:35 PM
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Cats don't see in color.
Dude, I thought it was just dogs that couldn't see in color and that's why they were so pissed at cats.
Very good trivia.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:38 PM
Giraffes sleep for only 15 minutes per day/night.

You can freeze a live scorpion, then thaw them out, and they will run off as if nothing had happened.

Flys that don't have wings are called 'walks'
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:40 PM
One of my favorites:

A lot of people think Dino is a Raptor, in actuality he's a Dinkosaurus.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:41 PM
You mean Dino from the Flintstones?
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:53 PM
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You mean Dino from the Flintstones?
No Dino Stampinelli from Brooklyn NY. :-P
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:08 PM
Here are a few I received via e-mail a few years ago:


Butterflies taste with their feet.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than
all the world's nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal
ads for dating are already married.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch
every year because when it was built, engineers failed to
take into account the weight of all the
books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with
"MONTH".

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never
stop growing.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left handed.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies,
including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the
letters only on one row of the keyboard.

"Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English
language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33.
She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:17 PM
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Butterflies taste with their feet.
So, if they were big enuff to squash grapes, they'd be drunk all of the time

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Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
Same in Australia. Actually, it's more like 99% over here

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Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
Does that include cliffs?

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All polar bears are left handed.
I didn't even know that they could write.

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In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
And? ...

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Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
Fuck@!
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:18 PM
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No Dino Stampinelli from Brooklyn NY. :-P
..Oh
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:19 PM
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..Oh
Hehe, I'm just fucking around, please don't take that as rudeness. No Dino from the Flintstones. All the time people ask "What is Dino? I think he's a raptor." I recall Fred calling him a Dinkosaurus.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:20 PM
Dogs cant look up.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:45 PM
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Dogs cant look up.
Yes they can! *punches keyboard*
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:18 PM
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Dogs cant look up.
Whoa.
Whoa whoa whoa.
Whoa.



Whoa.


My dog was very proficient at finding things in the Yellow Pages.
Got me my first CD player that way.
She was a good dog.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:27 PM
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Dude, I thought it was just dogs that couldn't see in color and that's why they were so pissed at cats.
Very good trivia.
Well, actually most predators/nocturnal animals don't see in color. I just said cat because I have two.
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:26 AM
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Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Fuck@!
Funny thing is this was a trivia question on a radio show I was listening to and I knew the answer because I re-read all this crap when I posted it in this thread.

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I didn't even know that they could write.
I would've guessed ambidextrous myself.
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:42 PM
You can't lick your own elbow.
Frogs can jump, but toads can't.
Eagles mate while flying.
Opinions are like assholes, and everyone else's stinks.
The teenage mutant ninja turtles actually lived in a downtown loft, not in the sewers.
And, contrary to what Marvel Comics told you, radiation/toxic chemicals DO NOT give you super powers. They give you cancer.
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:00 PM
I LOVE random trivia! I guess I acquired most of my random knowledge/facts from growing up on Magic School Bus, Beakman's World, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and PBS/the Discovery Channel, etc. But also, I had a LOT of spare time in the army and not much to do, and while our computers were not hooked up to the internet, they did have the entire wikipedia uploaded to our internal server, so I would spend day after day just scouring wikipedia, reading up about everything from the Napoleonic wars to Scientology to ancient mayan civilization to black holes and quantum physics to Jim Jones to Matta Hari to Rasputin... just about every topic you could possibly think of. It really helped me fill my head with useless knowledge.

Like the fact that when dolphins sleep, they only shut down half of their brain, while the other half remains on "autopilot" so as to keep them swimming and surfacing to breathe.

Or the fact that it is the male seahorse, not the female, who carries the eggs and tends for them until they hatch.

Or the fact that nobody really knows how the Nazca lines in Peru were created, and that they are one of the strongest arguements for ancient astronaut theorists.

Or the fact that the pig is the closest animal to man, anatomically speaking. We have very similar skin, nearly identical respiratory, digestive and waste systems... the only major differences are external: facial structure, quadropedal, hooves instead of hands, etc.

Or the fact that, according to theories, once an object passes the event horizon, both its mass and its TIME approach infinity. So basically, if one were to observe an object entering a black hole from outside the event horizon, as the object gets closer to the singularity at the black hole's center, it would appear as if its size would get smaller and smaller, its mass would get larger and larger, and it would appear to approach the singularity at a constantly slower pace, to the point where it would be JUST at the cusp of the singularity, but never seem to actually touch it.

Fascinating!
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:12 PM
Feedback is the shortest word to use all of the first 6 letters of the alphabet.

Fuckface is the word that will be used to address you if you constantly mention the above fact every possible chance you have during band practice.



You yawn from lack of oxygen. This is why when people yawn, other people in the room start yawning. The first person who yawns is depleting the room of oxygen. ...I don't know if this is true, but it sure is fun to say when your with a group of people who are coming down off acid and you beg the question if you can really maintain a cosmic trust with someone who is stealing the very air from your lungs.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:21 PM
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Feedback is the shortest word to use all of the first 6 letters of the alphabet.
On a similar note, typewriter is the longest word to use letters on one row of a keyboard.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:48 PM
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On a similar note, typewriter is the longest word to use letters on one row of a keyboard.
Strengths is the longest single-syllable word in the English language
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:18 PM
Albert Brooks' real name is Albert Einstein. He's also brother of Bob Einstein, alias Super Dave.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:21 PM
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Or the fact that it is the male seahorse, not the female, who carries the eggs and tends for them until they hatch.
With a smile on my face, I refer you to this.
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:35 AM
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With a smile on my face, I refer you to this.
Good stuff Thanks for that, lol :P
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:25 PM
A woodchuck could chuck 17 if a woodchuck could chuck wood...
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