A dose of trivia to brighten your day
By: Brenda Harrison
Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein.
Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
When asked why he chose the name Piggly Wiggly, founder Clarence Saunders said, “So people will ask that very question.”
Duncan Hines was a real person. He was a popular restaurant critic who also wrote a book of hotel recommendations.
The string on boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.
That thing you use to dot your lowercase “i” is called a tittle.
Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Government officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought the yellow would look bad with the natural red rock of the city.
While many believe Hydrox cookies are an Oreo knock-off, Hydrox actually came first – in 1908, four years before the Oreo.
“Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”
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 World War II, Mars decided to go all chocolate.
M&M’s actually stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.
When the computer mouse was invented, it was called the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.”
The Q in Q-tips stands for quality. They were originally called Baby Gays.
Before going with Blue Devils, Duke considered the nicknames Blue Eagles, Royal Blazes, Blue Warriors and Polar Bears.
Asperger syndrome is named for Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger, who described it in 1944. He called his patients “Little Professors.”
“Silver Bells” was called “Tinkle Bells” until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” had another meaning.
In his book, Dick Cheney says his yellow lab Dave was banned from Camp David for attacking President Bush’s dog Barney.
In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.
The same person who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was also the voice of Tony the Tiger (Thurl Ravenscroft).
Judge Judy makes $45 million a year.
The duffel bag gets its name from the town of Duffel, Belgium, where the cloth used in the bags was originally sold.