Strange Trivia #1

August 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Odd Factoids

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

The lifespan of a squirrel is around nine years.

More types of fish live in one Amazon River tributary than in all the rivers in North America combined.

The giant crab of Japan can be as large as 12 feet across.

The average elephant produces 50 pounds of dung each day.

All elephants walk on tip-toe, because the back portion of their foot is made up of all fat and no bone.

West Virginia consists of those counties of Virginia which refused to secede from the Union at the start of the Civil War. Maine used to be part of Massachusetts. The original colonies made all kinds of land claims for the frontier west of them.

President Theodore Roosevelt was the first to announce to the world that Maxwell House coffee is “Good to the last drop.”

More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky. Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers. Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The shiny cotton was called “chintz.” Because chintz was a cheaper copy of silk, calling something “chintzy” means it is cheap and not of good quality.

Ellen DeGeneres was the first stand-up comedian Johnny Carson ever asked to sit on “The Tonight Show” guest couch during a first appearance.

Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.

Burger KingĀ® uses approximately 1/2 million pounds of bacon every month in its restaurants.

Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.

Organized crime is estimated to account for 10% of the United States’ national income.

There are 2,000,000 different combinations of sandwiches that can be created from a SUBWAY menu.

If you could cut out the United States, its center of gravity would be at Friend, Nebraska.


One Response to “Strange Trivia #1”
  1. The name Wendy was made up for the play – it came first! :)
    For a Pan adventure unlike any other:

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