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Trivia for those in the know

on Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

My friend Charlie Howle passed this trivia along for those who think they know everything. 

  • If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of six months waiting at red lights.
  • A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. 
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill. 
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. 
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable. 
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. 
  • “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with your right. 
  • The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing. 
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. 
  • The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. 
  • The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). 
  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. 
  • There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
  • Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches two to six years of age. 
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance. 
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

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