T.G.I.F.! 🍻 10/4/19

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! :smiley:

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Enjoy a few random Trivia “facts” I found. I don’t have time to verify them. So take with a grain of salt :stuck_out_tongue:

  1. Christian Bale reportedly studied Tom Cruise’s mannerisms to prepare for his role as a serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.

  2. Gene Autry is the only person to be awarded stars in all five categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (film, television, music, radio, and live performance).

  3. The word “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint – PfeffErminZ.

  4. The hashtag symbol is technically called an octothorpe.

  5. There are 11 U.S. states have land farther south than the most northern point of Mexico.

  6. There is a Boring, Oregon and a Dull, Scotland. They have been sister cities since 2012.

  7. Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura in the original Star Trek, almost quit the show after one season, but was persuaded to stay on by Martin Luther King Jr., who felt the role was important to the Civil Rights Movement.

  8. The term “soccer” does not originate in America. The word is from Britain, where it was derived from a short form of “Association Football.”

  9. Defeated only once in roughly 300 matches, President Abraham Lincoln was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame in 1992.

  10. The Sahara is the largest non-polar desert in the world. It is comparable in size to China or the United States.

  11. It’s been said that nearly 3% of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.

  12. The first tiger shark to hatch inside of its mother’s womb eats all the other embryos of its siblings. Even scientists admit that this is an unusual mode of survival.

  13. The the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia is the world’s deepest hole. It is 7.5 miles deep, but interestingly, only 9 inches wide.

  14. King Henry VIII had a “Groom of the Stool”, whose job was to monitor and assist in the King’s bowel motions. The role remained in existence until King Edward VII abolished it in 1901.

  15. With an average height of about 13,000 feet and stretching for 4,300 miles, the Andes Mountains are the longest continental mountain range in the world.

  16. High heeled shoes were originally created for men.

  17. The word “orange” was first used to describe the fruit, not the color.

  18. Up to 12 million Dum Dums are made every single day.

  19. Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise, once called Anthony Daniels, or C-3PO, “the rudest man” he’s ever met.

  20. Whether measuring by size (0.17 sq mi) or population (1,000), Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.

  21. In 1916, Jeanette Rankin became the first female member of Congress in America, four years before women were given the right to vote.

  22. Baby porcupines are called “porcupettes”.

  23. Mount Rushmore almost featured the heads of famous American West heroes, like Buffalo Bill Cody, but the lead sculptor argued that the subjects should be more recognizable.

  24. At the 1908 Olympics, the Russians showed up 12 days late because they were using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.

  25. The Amazon Forest is the largest natural rainforest in the world. At 2.7 million square miles, it covers 40% of South America.

  26. China owns nearly all of the pandas in the world, even the ones you see at zoos. They rent them out for about $1 million a year.

  27. Beer is one of the oldest recorded recipes in the world, with documentations of the beverage dating back to around 5,000 BC and the ancient Egyptians.

  28. Lasting only 38 minutes, the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 is generally considered to be the shortest war in history.

  29. Bubble Wrap was originally intended to be used as 3D wallpaper.

  30. Due to a discrepancy over border recognition between Egypt and Sudan, there is a region in Africa called Bir Tawil that belongs to no country.

  31. At 3’7″, Eddie Gaedel was the smallest Major League Baseball player of all time. He walked in his only plate appearance.

  32. Valles Marineris, a canyon on Mars, would stretch from from Los Angeles to the Atlantic coast if it were on Earth.

  33. Serial killer Ted Bundy once received a commendation from the Seattle Police Department for chasing down a purse snatcher.

  34. Americans consume around 150 million hot dogs on 4th of July each year.

  35. The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water on Earth.

  36. Lord Byron allegedly kept a pet bear in his dorm room while studying at Cambridge University.

  37. Geologic activity around the Ring of Fire is responsible for roughly 90% of all earthquakes worldwide.

  38. During World War II, Queen Elizabeth II, then an 18-year-old princess, trained in London as a mechanic and military truck driver.

  39. The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.

  40. Canada has more lakes than anywhere in the world. 9% of the country is covered in fresh water.

  41. President Richard Nixon was at Disney World when he infamously proclaimed, “I am not a crook.”

  42. A group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance”.

  43. The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) had to change their name to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) because of legal action taken by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

  44. According to John Lennon, the imagery in the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll.

  45. There are more than 7,000 different Caribbean islands, but only about 2% of them are inhabited.

  46. It’s been estimated that a new baby can rob parents of anywhere between 400-750 hours of sleep in the first year.

  47. Whatcom County in the state of Washington unanimously passed a resolution declaring the region a Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area.

  48. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only moon known to have a fully developed atmosphere. In fact, it is about 50% denser than Earth’s.

  49. Since 1945, all British tanks have come equipped with tea making facilities.

  50. Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.

Have A Great Weekend Gang!!!

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Interesting list, but here’s one bit of error checking: birds don’t produce urine. In other words, they don’t pee. In mammals, waste chemicals are diluted with water and held in the bladder as urine. In birds, those chemicals are mixed in with their feces and, um, pooped out. I have no idea how (or why) I knew this. :thinking:

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For no reason whatsoever I can think of, I find “a gaggle of geese” is the funniest of things.

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and ducks mate in the same place they poop from… ewwwwwwwww.

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Totally played hooky from work all afternoon to go for a bike ride with a buddy. It was awesome.

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A few pics from my day playing hooky. The first two are along the Mississippi River a bit north of St. Louis. The third is overlooking the Illinois River.

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Now, that looks like what I should be doing instead of being stuck in front of the computer working. When do the leaves start turning around St. Louis? Nice bike, by the way. :wink:

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What a view :heart:

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They’ll start to change pretty soon – especially since the heat seems to have finally broken. I’d say our peak color is usually in late October.

Thanks. It was my mid-life crisis.

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