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After a three-week vacation, your IQ can drop by as much as 20%.1 One in four Americans isn’t sure if the earth travels around the sun or vice versa.1 About one million people drink cola for breakfast.1 If you feed a rhesus monkey a “typical American diet,” it will die within two years.1 Experts say the average person spends 30 years angry with a family member.1 Michigan borders no ocean but has more lighthouses than any other state.1 Prohibition didn’t end in Mississippi until 1966.1 The state capital of Texas has been moved 15 times.1 Until 1867, Alaska was known as Russian America.1 Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. with a royal palace: Iolani Palace.1

Jimmy Hoffa’s middle name was Riddle.1 Though deaf and blind, Helen Keller learned English, French, and German.1 Elvis got a C in his eighth-grade music class.1 To emphasize her high cheekbones, Marlene Dietrich had her upper molars removed.1 Cowboy star Tom Mix had tires with his initials on them so he would leave a trail of TMs on dirt roads.1 Sylvester Stallone’s payment for his first major film role, in The Lords of Flatbush, was 25 T-shirts.1 In her entire life, Queen Berengaria of England never once visited England.1 King George I of England (1714-1727) was German. He couldn’t speak a word of English.1 Albert Einstein couldn’t read until the age of 9.1 Daniel Boone thought coonskin caps were uncivilized.1

Besides human sacrifices, Aztecs offered the gods tamales.1 The Chinese used to scatter firecrackers around the house—as fire alarms.1 In medieval England, jurors weren’t fed until they reached a decision.1 Ancient Romans paid their taxes with honey.1 The Aztecs restricted the smelling of certain flowers to the upper classes.1 Before 1920, it was technically legal to send children through the mail.2 The notorious pirate Blackbeard took hostages, but there’s no proof that he ever killed one.2 In 19th-century Britain, you could be hanged for associating with gypsies, or for stealing bread.2 Since the 1950s, it has been against the law for a flying saucer to touch down in any of France’s vineyards.2 According to paleontologists, Neanderthals probably had high-pitched voices.2

Once you file something, there’s a 98% chance you’ll never look at it again.1 The average American worker receives 201 phone, paper, and email messages per day.1 The average office worker spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files and other items.1 Need time off? Move to Italy. On average, Italians get 42 vacation days per year.1 Corporate double-talk for layoff: “career-change opportunity” and “schedule readjustment.”1 Top six reasons for being late to work: traffic, oversleeping, procrastination, household chores, car problems, sex.1

The ancient Romans dyed their hair with bird droppings.1 Queen Elizabeth I owned 2,000 pairs of gloves.1 Bozo the Clown wore size 83AAA shoes.1 Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath crown to hide the fact that he was balding.1 In 1797, James Hetherington invented the top hat. He was arrested for wearing it in public and disturbing the peace.1 Watches get their name because they were originally worn by night watchmen.1 Sneakers get their name because they don’t squeak like leather shoes do.1 Some people in Siberia make clothes out of halibut skins.1 In 1907, egret plumes were worth twice their weight in gold.1 When Empress Elizabeth of Russia died in 1762, she owned 15,000 dresses.1

The 1900 Olympic Games included croquet, fishing, billiards, and checkers. Tug-of-war was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.1 The first tennis balls were stuffed with human hair.1 Kayaking is a required subject in Greenland’s schools.1 In pro ping-pong, if players use white balls, they can’t wear white shirts. They can’t see the balls.1 The football huddle was invented at a university for the deaf…to hide their hand signals from the other team.1 Michael Jordan always wore his North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform, beginning the baggier shorts trend in the NBA.1 Mickey Mantle is credited with the longest home run ever: 643 feet.1 Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his baseball cap to keep cool during games.1 Among the hazards at the Stanley Gold Course in the Falkland Islands: minefields.2 Pro golfer Andy Bean once had to grab a six-foot alligator by the tail and move it out of the way to play his shot.2

An adult electric eel generates enough electricity to power a medium-size house.1 Goldfish were originally green. The Chinese bred them to be many colors. Gold stuck.1 The day Judy Garland died, a tornado touched down in Kansas.1 Fish can get seasick.1 Pigs can catch swine flu from people.1 There is no rice in rice paper.1 Starfish have anywhere from 3 to 50 arms—and one eye at the end of each arm.1 Elephants can’t jump. Every other mammal can.1 About 80% of the talking you do each day is to yourself.2 Sea otters sometimes tie themselves together with kelp to avoid being separated while sleeping.2

This golf course in Hawaii is regarded as the toughest in the world. It is named after a volcano on Oahu. Can you name it? Ko’olau Golf Course3 Name that team: Eddie Stanky, Bobby Thompson, Wes Westrum, Whitey Lockman, and Willie Mays. The New York Giants3 Who said: “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical”? Yogi Berra3 First line to what book? “Mother died today.” The Stranger, Albert Camus3 He’s the sport’s most famous player, but not too many people know Tiger Woods’ first name. What is it? Eldrick3 What’s in the water that makes the 13th hole extremely hazardous at the Lost City Golf course in South Africa? Crocodiles3 What baseball great’s records of highest lifetime batting average (.367) and number of stolen bases (54) still stand? Ty Cobb3 George Harrison, the song’s writer, did not perform the guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Who did? Eric Clapton3 And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by 28 publishers before becoming a children’s classic. Who wrote it? Dr. Seuss3 Which pro golfer drew such big crowds that his fans were called an army? Arnold Palmer (Arnie’s Army)3

Dead Man Remains Dead.2 Purgatory Tickets to Remain at $27.2 High-Crime Areas Said to Be Safer.2 Mortuary Adds Drive-Through.2 Man Stuck on Toilet; Stool Suspected.2 Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case.2 Slow Driver Arrested After 4-County Chase.2 Helicopter Powered by Human Flies.2 One-legged Man Competent to Stand Trial.2 Man Thought Hurt, but Slightly Dead.2

After a three-week vacation, your IQ can drop by as much as 20%.1 One in four Americans isn’t sure if the earth travels around the sun or vice versa.1 About one million people drink cola for breakfast.1 If you feed a rhesus monkey a “typical American diet,” it will die within two years.1 Experts say the average person spends 30 years angry with a family member.1 Michigan borders no ocean but has more lighthouses than any other state.1 Prohibition didn’t end in Mississippi until 1966.1 The state capital of Texas has been moved 15 times.1 Until 1867, Alaska was known as Russian America.1 Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. with a royal palace: Iolani Palace.1 Jimmy Hoffa’s middle name was Riddle.1 Though deaf and blind, Helen Keller learned English, French, and German.1 Elvis got a C in his eighth-grade music class.1 To emphasize her high cheekbones, Marlene Dietrich had her upper molars removed.1 Cowboy star Tom Mix had tires with his initials on them so he would leave a trail of TMs on dirt roads.1 Sylvester Stallone’s payment for his first major film role, in The Lords of Flatbush, was 25 T-shirts.1 In her entire life, Queen Berengaria of England never once visited England.1 King George I of England (1714-1727) was German. He couldn’t speak a word of English.1 Albert Einstein couldn’t read until the age of 9.1 Daniel Boone thought coonskin caps were uncivilized.1 Besides human sacrifices, Aztecs offered the gods tamales.1 The Chinese used to scatter firecrackers around the house—as fire alarms.1 In medieval England, jurors weren’t fed until they reached a decision.1 Ancient Romans paid their taxes with honey.1 The Aztecs restricted the smelling of certain flowers to the upper classes.1 Before 1920, it was technically legal to send children through the mail.2 The notorious pirate Blackbeard took hostages, but there’s no proof that he ever killed one.2 In 19th-century Britain, you could be hanged for associating with gypsies, or for stealing bread.2 Since the 1950s, it has been against the law for a flying saucer to touch down in any of France’s vineyards.2 According to paleontologists, Neanderthals probably had high-pitched voices.2 Once you file something, there’s a 98% chance you’ll never look at it again.1 The average American worker receives 201 phone, paper, and email messages per day.1 The average office worker spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files and other items.1 Need time off? Move to Italy. On average, Italians get 42 vacation days per year.1 Corporate double-talk for layoff: “career-change opportunity” and “schedule readjustment.”1 Top six reasons for being late to work: traffic, oversleeping, procrastination, household chores, car problems, sex.1 The ancient Romans dyed their hair with bird droppings.1 Queen Elizabeth I owned 2,000 pairs of gloves.1 Bozo the Clown wore size 83AAA shoes.1 Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath crown to hide the fact that he was balding.1 In 1797, James Hetherington invented the top hat. He was arrested for wearing it in public and disturbing the peace.1 Watches get their name because they were originally worn by night watchmen.1 Sneakers get their name because they don’t squeak like leather shoes do.1 Some people in Siberia make clothes out of halibut skins.1 In 1907, egret plumes were worth twice their weight in gold.1 When Empress Elizabeth of Russia died in 1762, she owned 15,000 dresses.1 The 1900 Olympic Games included croquet, fishing, billiards, and checkers. Tug-of-war was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.1 The first tennis balls were stuffed with human hair.1 Kayaking is a required subject in Greenland’s schools.1 In pro ping-pong, if players use white balls, they can’t wear white shirts. They can’t see the balls.1 The football huddle was invented at a university for the deaf…to hide their hand signals from the other team.1 Michael Jordan always wore his North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform, beginning the baggier shorts trend in the NBA.1 Mickey Mantle is credited with the longest home run ever: 643 feet.1 Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his baseball cap to keep cool during games.1 Among the hazards at the Stanley Gold Course in the Falkland Islands: minefields.2 Pro golfer Andy Bean once had to grab a six-foot alligator by the tail and move it out of the way to play his shot.2 An adult electric eel generates enough electricity to power a medium-size house.1 Goldfish were originally green. The Chinese bred them to be many colors. Gold stuck.1 The day Judy Garland died, a tornado touched down in Kansas.1 Fish can get seasick.1 Pigs can catch swine flu from people.1 There is no rice in rice paper.1 Starfish have anywhere from 3 to 50 arms—and one eye at the end of each arm.1 Elephants can’t jump. Every other mammal can.1 About 80% of the talking you do each day is to yourself.2 Sea otters sometimes tie themselves together with kelp to avoid being separated while sleeping.2 Dead Man Remains Dead.2 Purgatory Tickets to Remain at $27.2 High-Crime Areas Said to Be Safer.2 Mortuary Adds Drive-Through.2 Man Stuck on Toilet; Stool Suspected.2 Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case.2 Slow Driver Arrested After 4-County Chase.2 Helicopter Powered by Human Flies.2 One-legged Man Competent to Stand Trial.2 Man Thought Hurt, but Slightly Dead.2 This golf course in Hawaii is regarded as the toughest in the world. It is named after a volcano on Oahu. Can you name it? Ko’olau Golf Course3 Name that team: Eddie Stanky, Bobby Thompson, Wes Westrum, Whitey Lockman, and Willie Mays. The New York Giants3 Who said: “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical”? Yogi Berra3 First line to what book? “Mother died today.” The Stranger, Albert Camus3 He’s the sport’s most famous player, but not too many people know Tiger Woods’ first name. What is it? Eldrick3 What’s in the water that makes the 13th hole extremely hazardous at the Lost City Golf course in South Africa? Crocodiles3 What baseball great’s records of highest lifetime batting average (.367) and number of stolen bases (54) still stand? Ty Cobb3 George Harrison, the song’s writer, did not perform the guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Who did? Eric Clapton3 And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by 28 publishers before becoming a children’s classic. Who wrote it? Dr. Seuss3 Which pro golfer drew such big crowds that his fans were called an army? Arnold Palmer (Arnie’s Army)3

Source

  1. Reprinted from Uncle John's Extraordinary Book of Facts and Bizarre Information, Copyright 2006 by Portable Press.
  2. Reprinted from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader WISE UP! Amazing Facts & Incredible Information, Copyright 2009 by Portable Press.
  3. Reprinted from Uncle John's Presents: Ultimate Challenge TRIVIA QUIZ, Copyright 2007 by Portable Press.
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