39 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day

24 Dec 2014 Animals
39 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day

Here's a little-known fact: January 4th is National Trivia Day! Here are some fun facts to impress your neighbors.

Here's a little-known fact: January 4th is National Trivia Day! Here are some fun facts to impress your neighbors.

1. In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.

2. The actor who was inside R2-D2 hated the guy who played C-3PO, calling him "the rudest man I've ever met."

3. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart.

4. In 1986, Apple launched a clothing line.

5. Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.

6. The word "unfriend" appeared in print all the way back in 1659.

7. A baby can cost new parents 750 hours of sleep in the first year

8. The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.

9. The American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V handbook classifies caffeine withdrawal as a mental disorder.

10. The Dole/Kemp website from 1996 is still up and running.

11. In 19th-century Britain, opium for babies was marketed under the name "Quietness."

12. Google was originally named BackRub.

13. The SarcMark was invented by Paul Sak to emphasize a sarcastic phrase, sentence or message.

14. Winston Churchill's mother was born in Brooklyn.

15. In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family $16 million for the film of JFK's assassination.

16. Elmo is the only non-human to testify before Congress.

17. Mary Todd Lincoln was once asked if Abe had any hobbies. Her reply: “Cats.”

18. Brazil couldn't afford to send its athletes to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.

19. Before Stephen Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants, he taught marine biology.

20. New Mexico State's first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.

21. Before he played Cliff Clavin on Cheers, John Ratzenberger had small roles in The Empire Strikes Back, Superman, and Gandhi.

22. Before choosing the name "Chiefs," ownership considered calling the team the Kansas City Mules.

23. George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.

24. When Canada's Northwest Territories considered renaming itself in the 1990s, one name that gained support was "Bob."

25. The most shoplifted food item in the U.S. is candy.

26. In Europe, it's cheese.

27. Some cats are allergic to humans.

28. There are roughly 70 ingredients in the McRib.

29. President Nixon was speaking at Disney World when he famously declared, "I am not a crook."

30. After OutKast sang “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” Polaroid released a statement that said, “Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.”

31. Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

32. The Pledge of Allegiance was written as part of a plan to sell flags to schools.

33. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh played Screech's cousin on a 1996 episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

34. The light emitted by 200,000 galaxies makes our universe a shade of beige. Scientists call the color "cosmic latte."

35. Bikini designer Louis Reard said a two-piece bathing suit couldn't be called a bikini "unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring."

36. If your dog's feet smell like corn chips, you're not alone. The term "Frito Feet" was coined to describe the scent.

37. Alaska is so big you could fit 75 New Jerseys in it.

38. The Scots have a word for that panicky hesitation you get when introducing someone whose name you can't remember: tartle.

39. In a study by the Smell & Taste Research Foundation, the scent women found most arousing was Good & Plenty candy mixed with cucumber.

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