Miscellaneous trivia about a whole lot of
interesting and fun things like pencil lead, dust mites, and
How much weight is saved when an airline doesn't paint an MD-11
A: Almost 300 pounds.
What did prospectors in ancient times use to collect grains of
gold from streams?
A: The fleece of sheep--unlike the '49ers and other
prospectors who panned for gold.
What was the average life span of a Stone Age cave dweller?
A: 18 years.
What was used to erase lead pencil marks before rubber came into
A: Pieces of bread.
How many points are there on a Maltese cross?
Why do federal park rangers working on the subtropical marshlands
of south Florida wear snowshoes designed for use in sub arctic
A: the web-footed, wood-framed shoes keep them from sinking into the
How many dust mites can a gram of dust hold?
A: 500 (an ounce can hold 13,500),
What inspired bareback rider Nelson Hower to introduce circus
tights in 1828?
A: His regular costume was missing--so he performed in his long knit
underwear. Hower and other performers with the Buckley and Wicks
Show normally wore short jackets, knee breeches an stocking. When
their costumes didn't arrive in time for a show Hower improvised and
changed circus fashions forever.
What high-fashion clothing designer spent two years in medical
school before deciding to find another career?
A: Italian style-setter Giorgio Armani.
What highly paid supermodel was valedictorian of her high
school class and winner of a full college scholarship to study
A: Cindy Crawford. the college was Northwestern University. Crawford
dropped out after just one semester to pursue a modeling career.
An organization called SCROOGE was formed in 1979 in
Charlottesville, Virginia. What does the acronym stand for?
A: Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous and Ostentatious
When Elizabeth Cochrane traveled around the world in less than 80
days in 1890, she used another name to conceal her identity. What
A: Nellie Bly.
Identify the following; It was insured for $140,000; Sime
Silverman founder of Variety gave it its nickname; and it measured
2-5/8 inches from head to tip?
A: Jimmy Durante's nose.
Who was Alexander the Greats' teacher?
Exactly how long is one year?
A : 365 days, 5 hours , 48 minutes and 46seconds.
Who was the first inductee into the National Trivia Hall of Fame?
A: Robert L. Ripley, who was inducted in 1980 into the honorary hall
sponsored by Trivia Unlimited magazine of Lincoln, Neb.
"Uphold the Right" (Maintiens le Droit) is the motto of what law
A: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
What do the initials ,M.G., stand for on the famous British made
A: Morris Garage.
When were vitamins first described, and who is credited with
A: In 1912; F.G. Hopkins and Casmir Funk.
What is the origin of the $64 question?
A: It was the highest prize ever paid to a winner on radio's Take it
or Leave it.
Canadian stagecoach-robber Bill Miner (The Gentleman Bandit), is
credited for creating what classic line in a holdup?
A: "Hands up."
What are the only two letters that are not on a telephone dial?
A: Q and Z.