I like useless trivia. I call it useless because it usually bears no immediate importance to anything. Sometimes in conversation, I’ll add a piece of information relating to the topic, the people involved pause for a bit, then carry on, completely disregarding anything I may have said. This happens a lot at work, so I’ve pretty much given up on them. Now you get to suffer/learn. Of course, you never know if anything here will benefit you on Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit. If any of this is useful on Cash Cab, good for you.
These are in no particular order; they are numbered for the simplicity of a list. It was originally posted on another website that has since changed formats, so I repost it here, with updates for the current time period.
1. The only spot where the Celsius and Fahrenheit scale coincide is at -40 degrees.
2. The Richter Scale is logarithmic, meaning a magnitude 6 earthquake is ten times stronger than a magnitude 5 earthquake, and a magnitude 7 is 100 times stronger than a magnitude 5.
3. Speed and velocity are two different things.
4. Sunlight takes 8.3 minutes to reach Earth. Moonlight takes 1.3 seconds to reach Earth.
5. Trivial Pursuit was created in 1979 by a pair of Canadians.
6. In the US, a 3 Musketeers bar is nougat-filled. A Mars Bar is a 3 Musketeers with peanuts. A Milky Way is a 3 Musketeers with caramel. A Snickers is a Milky Way with peanuts.
7. Silver kills werewolves, not vampires.
8. You can only get DNA from a hair sample if the hair follicle is included.
9. The 21-gun salute originally comprised 4 rounds of 1, 7, 7, and 6 guns/cannons.
10. A “googol” is a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.
11. Only 90 of the first 92 elements on the periodic table occur naturally. The rest were artificially created.
12. Jell-O is not vegetarian fare.
13. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
14. The word “science” comes from the Latin “scio, scire,” which means “to know.”
15. Navigators in the southern hemisphere use the Southern Cross, just as northern hemisphere navigators use the Big Dipper as a reference.
16. Los Angeles, CA is more east (longitudinally) than Reno, NV.
17. The distance from the inside of your wrist to the inside of your elbow is approximately the length of your foot. Your wingspan (fingertip to fingertip distance of outstretched arms) is approximately your height.
18. A true democracy means that everyone gets to vote. The US doesn’t allow non-citizens or under 18-year olds to vote.
19. Curled into a ball, terminal velocity of a human is around 200 miles per hour.
20. If your muscles were to go limp in a swimming pool or outer space, your body takes the position of a fetus in the womb.
21. The two best selling books of all time are The Bible and Gone With The Wind.
22. Matt Groening has his initials on the side of Homer Simpson’s head: The M is his strip of hair above the ear, and the G is hidden as the ear into the neck.
23. Despite the name, Base 2 does not have a Base 10 “2,” nor does Base 8 use the Base 10 “8,” but Base 10 doesn’t technically have a “10.”
24. The lightsaber from Star Wars should be rendered less effective by mirrored armor.
25. DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc.
26. The compact disc was originally designed to hold 74 minutes because that is how long it takes an orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
27. Alfred Nobel, of the Nobel Prize, is best known for inventing dynamite.
28. SPAM was created in 1937 and was originally called Hormel’s Spiced Ham. The name came from a contest with a $100 prize.
29. SPAM has a shelf life of around 8 years. Twinkies have a shelf life of up to one month.
30. The largest US currency denomination still in circulation is the $100 bill. The largest denomination ever printed was a $100,000 certificate. There is more than $1 billion worth of $2 bills in circulation worldwide. Any denomination is still legal tender.