September 29th, 2010
I have allot of fun with trivia. I thought you might like to know these little tidbits.
Owner/Author: Pama Lyons
How did walking a dog lead to Velcro?
In the early 1940s, Swiss inventor George de Mestral went on a walk with
his dog. Upon returning home, he noticed that his dog’s coat and his
pants were covered with cockleburs. His inventor’s curiosity led him to
study the burrs under a microscope, where he discovered its natural
hook-like shape. This was to become the basis for a unique, two-sided
fastener: one side with stiff “hooks” like the burrs and the other side
with the soft “loops” like the fabric of his pants. The result was
VELCRO(r) brand hook and loop fasteners, named for the French words
“velour” and “crochet.”
How long can lightning flashes be?
The longest lightning flashes measured have been 20 miles in length.
Long flashes occur most often by high clouds. The smallest flashes may
measure less than 300 feet.
When was milk chocolate introduced?
The early eating bars of chocolate were made of bittersweet chocolate.
Milk chocolate was introduced in 1875 when Henry Nestle, a maker of
evaporated milk and Daniel Peter, a chocolate maker, got together and
invented milk chocolate, which today is preferred by 80% of the world’s
What does recycling steel do?
Every time a ton of steel is recycled, it means 2,500 pounds of iron
ore, 1,000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone will not have to
be mined from the Earth.
How many hot dogs are sold at ball games?
Occasionally, hot dog sales at baseball stadiums exceed attendance, but
typically, hot dog sales at ballparks average 80 percent of the
In what area does Michigan beat Europe?
The state of Michigan claims more varieties of trees than all of Europe,
which are spread over 19 million forested acres – more than half the
How much do U.S. consumers consume?
The average American consumes 1,500 pounds of food each year. 1,000
gallons of water are required to grow and process each pound of that
food. This means that in the U.S., in a single year, an average of 1.5
million gallons of water is invested in the food eaten by just one
person. This 200,000-cubic-feet-plus of water-per-person would be enough
to cover a football field four feet deep.
What would you eat for a South Chinese breakfast?
A typical breakfast in South China would likely include rice porridge
with slivers of fish, frog, or preserved egg. Also a breakfast favorite
is hot soybean milk with onions.
How did Jayne decorate her ‘Pink Palace?’
Jayne Mansfield decorated her “Pink Palace” by writing to 1,500
furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples. She told
the donors they could then brag that their goods were in her outlandish
mansion. The pitch worked, and Jayne received over $150,000 worth of
What do lobsters and grasshoppers have in common?
Lobsters, like grasshoppers – feel no pain. They have a decentralized
nervous system with no cerebral cortex, which in humans is where a
reaction to painful stimuli proceeds.
What is so unique about Mozambique’s flag?
The nation of Mozambique has an AK-47 assault rifle on its flag.
Which is the world’s largest construction project?
In size, materials, and human labor, the Great Wall of China is the
largest construction project ever undertaken by man. Enough stone was
used in the 1,700-year project to build an 8-foot wall girdling the
globe at the equator. The Great Wall snakes its way over more than
one-twentieth of the earth’s circumference.