Every now and then it is fun to learn some trivia facts. I love learning tidbits of info on things I may have never even thought about. And when the conversation dies and the party you are at is getting boring, you, armed with trivia facts, could singlehandedly save the party. You’d be a hero! Or when you run out of things to say on your first date, you can impress your date with your fund of knowledge. This could even lead to a 2nd date. Hey! You might even help your team win a round of Trivial Pursuit. They will be so glad because of the victory, you’ll be in popular demand the next time around. So with that in mind, read on to learn the facts of life (not those “facts of life,” you dirty bird! Though I did hear a DJ this week on the radio discuss some interesting survey facts about male anatomy. I will not share those tidbits. This is a family friendly board. I just wonder who comes up with these survey ideas.)
Did you know that there are 3000 types of mosquitoes in the world, 600 types which live in the USA? They hover around water and love to munch on picnicking people while the people are munching on their fried chicken.
This next item is a bit on the gross side, but being in the medical field, I can talk about it without fainting. There are one million germs/bacteria in one gram of feces. That is a huge amount considering that 1 gram is 0.0353 ounces. So please, please please wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food for the next potluck! I don’t want Montezuma’s Revenge.
Bears make an interesting topic, don’t you think? Did you know that there are 8 species of bears? Can you guess how long the tongue of the sun bear is? And does the sun bear stay inside on rainy days when it can’t see the sun? I can’t answer this question, but I can tell you the length of the sun bear’s tongue is a mere 9 to 10 inches long. (The better to lick you with, my dear.)
Sumo wrestlers consume 10,000 calories a day. That could explain why they become about the size of bear. Just a side note on the Sumo wrestling arena: Should a wrestler lose his obi, you know the thing that looks like a diaper, during a match, he is disgraced and is immediately disqualified. Now back to real bears – the grizzly bear must consume 20,000 calories a day to live.
October is National Pizza Month! And who doesn’t like pizza? The first time the word pizza was recorded was in 997 AD. It was found in a Latin text in southern Italy. Pizza was a local food item in Italy and was brought to our sunny shores (Hey! Has anyone seen the sun bear?) by immigrants. New York City often has the 1st of a new item. So in 1905 the first pizzeria named Lombardi’s opened there. It is still there. Since pizza is such a yummy item, can you guess how many pizzas are sold in a year? And how does that number translate into per person consumption? Three billion pizza pies are sold in the USA every year. Now, that’s amore! (I wish my tablet would allow me to accent words in their proper places.) I can tell you that my family has helped in its own modest way with the number of pizzas sold. Now, the per person breakdown – a person will have eaten and enjoyed 6000 slices of pizza in their lifetime, 46 slices per year, which equals 23 pounds a year! Can you imagine that? I sure can. I am currently sitting on those 23 pounds of past Pizza Hut meat lover’s pan crust pizzas. Blast those immigrants who brought pizza to America. Look what they have done to my tuckus!
Now it is October so how about some important October trivia? On Oct. 4th in 1957 the Russky’s beat our country in the space race by launching the 1st artificial satellite called Sputnik. (Moons are considered to be a planet’s satellites – nothing artificial about those.) Isn’t Sputnik a great sounding word? Sputnik, Sputnik, Sputnik. On Oct. 16th of 1923 Walt Disney founded guess what? The Walt Disney Company. He was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser. I don’t know if that was ever proven. I do know that I love riding the Matterhorn and Space Mountain at Disneyland.
On Oct. 23, 2001 Apple released the iPod.
Let’s not forget that the month of October ends with Halloween. So here are some interesting Halloween trivia. Americans spent between $2.1 and $2.6 billion dollars on Halloween candy each year. That translates into 600 million pounds of candy. I also participated in helping our economy for Halloween by purchasing candy. The evidence of my help is now centered around my midsection. I am very patriotic. I do what I can to support this great nation.
The next little factoid blew my small mind. M&Ms have 20+ ingredients in them! Really? And I just thought they were sugar candy shells filled with yummy chocolate. They melt in your mouth not in your hand. I have figured out how that works. You pour them into the palm of your hand where they rest for a fraction of a second before they are shoved in one’s mouth. There is no chance for them to melt in your hand!
Do you remember those commercials about Tootsie Pops where the announcer asked how licks it takes to get to this center of a Tootsie Pop? I am sure you have tried to do the count, as have my children and I. We lost track. However, someone was able to complete the challenge. The answer is 364 licks. That’s a lot of licking.
Last and the least deals with that nasty candy called Candy Corn. I am amazed that people actually eat that stuff! G-g-gross! But for those who partake of this confection, there is data for you. Forty-three percent, and how the researchers figured this out beats me, eat candy corn with the skinny side first. Whichever end it is eaten from it’s all gross to me. To each his own.
So there you have it folks, enough trivia to be the life of the party wherever you go. Beats wearing the lamp shade and dancing on the tables at the office party. Unless you don’t mind being talked about for the rest of your life.
And as Billy Bob Thornton’s character in that awful movie “Sling Blade” says, “That’s all I have to say about that.”
Have a great week! Blog you later!