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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy 411 Day

Today is April 11. That makes it Happy Information Day. Get it, 411? So in honor of this mockiday, I thought I'd share some random bits of information that may come in handy if you are ever on Jeopardy or in a hot game of Trivial Pursuit. (Does anyone still play that?)

  • The human head weighs 8 pounds. (Thanks, cute kid in Jerry Maguire.)
  • The world's only corn palace is in Mitchell, South Dakota.
  • The biggest Lego set made is the Taj Mahal set, which contains 5,922 bricks.
  • Blue is the most popular Crayola crayon color.
  • On May 9, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother's Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
  • George Washington never really had wooden teeth. He did have dentures carved of hippopotamus ivory, however.
  • The most popular flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream is Cherry Garcia.
  • Elton John's real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight. Queen Latifah's is Dana Elaine Owens.
  • It takes 850 peanuts to make an 18-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The African elephant has a gestation period of 660 to 760 days. (I would be homicidal.)
  • Kahuna is Hawaiian for "expert chicken eater."
  • The Death Star in Star Wars had a diameter of 120 kilometers or 75 miles. (That one's for you, honey.)
  • The average bra size in America is 36C. (There I go again, being above average.)
  • Monks can be credited with inventing champagne, pretzels, the mechanical clock and tennis.
  • Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do. Approximately 150 people are killed each year by coconuts.
  • Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist. (This explains so much...)
  • Sony's first product was a rice cooker and Nintendo started out as a playing card manufacturer.
  • The fear of frogs is called ranidaphobia.


Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Huh, go figure. I would have guessed red.