Cliff Clavin - Trivia King
"It's a little known fact that the tan became popular in what is known as the Bronze Age."
- Cliff Clavin
Listed below are few of my favorite bits of trivia. I must confess to being a trivia geek, the more worthless the trivia, the more I like it. As you read this trivia try and image the voice of Cliff Clavin. Unlike Cliff's trivia, the statements listed here are true, or at least I think they are. I've even included some of Cliff's most famous trivia quotes. If you have some worthless trivia you would like to share then please send it along.

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*** The Human Body ***
  • Men can read smaller print than women.
  • Women can hear better than men.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • Our eye muscle moves about 1,00,000 times a day!
  • The brain has no sensation of pain even when it is cut!
  • The longest human bone is the femur or thigh bone which is 48 cms long.
  •   It is so strong that it can support 30 times the weight of a man!
  • Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.
  • When you sneeze, all your bodily functions stops even your heart.
  • The lifespan of a taste bud is ten days.
  • Our eyes never grow our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • The pop you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually a bubble of gas bursting.
  • It requires the use of 72 muscles to speak a single word.
  • It takes 17 facial muscles to smile but 42 to frown.
  • The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced
  •   to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
  • If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you will have produced
  •   enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
  • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
  • You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
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    *** Entertainment ***
  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  • Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33
  • Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
  • Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
  • What separates "60 Minutes" on CBS from every other TV show - No theme song.
  • What fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is most ironic? - He was allergic to carrots.
  • All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
  • Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Paul Reiser himself.
  • Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  • John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  • Michael Jordan has more money from Nike annually than all the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  • The name Wendy was made up for the book 'Peter Pan'.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the
  •   taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life."
  • The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum,
  •   looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
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    *** Food Fight ***
  • Coca Cola was originally green.
  • The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were
  •   7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.
  • Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them look
  •   like it is kissing the conveyor belt.
  • Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
  • The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.
  • The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
  • Smelling bananas and/or green apples (smelling, not eating) can help you lose weight!
  • When the Titanic sunk there was 7,500 lbs of ham on it.
  • The world's largest McDonalds is located on I-44 at Vinita, Oklahoma. It goes from one side
  •   of the interstate to the other, passing over the interstate.
  • What is the only food that doesn't spoil? - HONEY
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • Two-thirds of the world's eggplants are grown in New Jersey.
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    *** Wild Kingdom ***
  • Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so
  •    they don't know you're there.
  • A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.
  • It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
  • It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about 10.
  • Cats urine glows under a black light.
  • All polar bears are left handed.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • Cost of raising a medium sized dog to the age of 11: $6,400.
  • Black Lemurs are the only primates that have blue eyes.
  • A full grown bear can run as fast as a horse.
  • A typical double-bed mattress contains as many as 2 million dust-mites(Demodex Folliculorom).
  • The Great White shark is the world's largest flesh eating fish.
  • The Worlds Largest frog is the Goliath frog.
  • The Worlds Largest animal is the Blue whale
  • The Worlds Largest fish is the Whale shark
  • The Worlds Largest snake is the Anaconda
  • The Worlds Fastest running animal is the Cheetah
  • The Worlds Slowest animal is the Snail
  • The Worlds Smallest animal is the Pygmy shrew
  • The Worlds Tallest mammal is the Giraffe
  • The Worlds Largest marsupial is the Kangaroo
  • The Worlds Longest survival is the Tortoise
  • The Worlds Heaviest land mammal is the African elephant
  • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
  • The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
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    *** Famous Places ***
  • City with the most Roll Royce's per capita: Hong Kong
  • Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
  • Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
  • The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
  • Atacama desert of Chile never had any rainfall for about 400 years until 1971.
  •   It is considered as the driest plateau across the world.
  • Pizza originated in the famous Italian city of Naples.
  • The top three cork producing countries in the world are Spain, +++++ and Algeria.
  • The height of the 984-foot-tall Eiffel Tower varies, depending on
  •   the temperature, by as much as 6 inches.
  • In the city of Washington D.C., no building may be built taller
  •   than the Washington Monument.
  • TEXAS is the only state in U.S.A. which is allowed to fly it's flag
  •    at the same height as the U.S.A's Flag.
  • The dominican republic is the only country in the world with a Bible in it's flag.
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    *** Numbers & Words ***
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
  • "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the english language.
  • First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
  • Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!
  • Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States!
  • The word "live" spelled backward is "evil.
  • The word "dreamt" is the only word in the English language that ends in the letters 'mt'.
  • The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced
  •    the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
  • "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
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    *** Miscellaneous ***
  • Every day more money is printed for monopoly than the US Treasury.
  • Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
  • The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
  • The youngest Pope was 11 years old.
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
  •   Spades-King David, Clubs-Alexander the Great, Hearts-Charlemagne, and
      Diamonds-Julius Caesar.
  • The Italian flag was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot .
  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John
  •   Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the
      last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
  • The term "whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming
  •   their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly
       27 feet. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got the "whole 9 yards".
  • The only U.S. president born on the Fourth of July was Calvin Coolidge.
  • The three presidents who've died on the Fourth of July were Thomas Jefferson and
  •   John Adams (both died in 1826), and James Monroe in 1831.
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    *** Cliff Quotes ***

    "Everyone is the Swiss Army owns a Swiss Army Knife. That's why no one messes with Switzerland."

    "It's a little known fact that cows were domesticated in Mesopotamia and were also used in China as guard animals for the forbidden city."

    "It's a little known fact that smartest animal is a pig. Scientists say if pigs had thumbs and a language, they could be trained to do simple manual labor. They give you 20-30 years of loyal service and then at their retirement dinner you can eat them."

    "I wonder if you know that the harp is a predecessor of the modern day guitar. Early minstrels were much larger people. In fact, they had hands the size of small dogs."

    "If memory serves, the umbilical chord is 90% postassium."

    "It's a little known fact that the tan became popular in what is known as the Bronze Age."

    "If you were to go back in history and take every president, you'll find that the numerical value of each letter in their name was equally divisible into the year in which they were elected. By my calculations, our next president has to be named Yellnick McWawa."

    "There's no rule against postal workers not dating women. It just works out that way."

    "They did a study between postal workers and chimpanzees. They proved chimps were 32% slower. Of course, they were better with public relations."

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