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Trivially Interesting

Posted in Education, Entertainment, trivia by Curtis on 12/17/06

From this page in kiwidom, I culled the following bits of interesting trivia:

  • A ten-gallon hat holds three-quarters of a gallon of water.
  • Paul Revere was a dentist by profession. [not true — see comments.]
  • Lady Astor once told Sir Winston Churchill “If you were my husband, I’d poison your coffee.” Churchill replied: “And if you were my wife, madam, I’d drink it.”
  • Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep food from freezing.
  • Morgan Robertson published a novel about a ship called the Titan which crashed into an iceberg on its maiden voyage. That was in 1898; the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic in 1912. Both disasters, fictitious and real, occured during the month of April.
  • When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. The nurse at his bedside did not understand German.
  • People in Siberia often buy milk frozen on a stick.
  • The two highest IQs ever recorded on a standard test both belonged to women. (Harumph.)
  • General George Armstrong Custer became a general at the age of 23, the youngest in the history of the US military.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, the great empirical scientist, was obsessed with the occult.
  • The magic word “abracadabra” was originally specific to curing hay fever.
  • The Matami tribe of western Africa plays a game very similar to American football, but the “ball” used is by custom a human skull.

There…don’t you feel smarter already? ;-)

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  1. raincoaster said, on 12/18/06 at 5:47 pm

    Oi, wasn’t Paul Revere a silversmith? People still collect his work, and there was a big scandal about 20 years ago when someone realized that because of silver’s rise in price, the real antiques were selling for less than melt value and people were melting original Paul Revere work.

  2. zilla said, on 12/18/06 at 8:57 pm

    I love the Lady Astor – Churchill exchange. First time I heard it, my mother relayed it to me in advance of a visit I was about to make to Cliveden, in Buckinghamshire, England. (There’s a pic of the joint at wiki — pretty cool.) Anyway, of course we bought the book that told the history of the place and its former inhabitants, and I do believe the antics of the Astors and their Cliveden clan defined debauchery to a T.

    The best part of that trip, by the way, was my 17 year-old daughter telling about accidentally plowing into Pearce Brosnan in the lobby. She died a million agonizing deaths in the space of a nano-second (even though she said later that he’s an “old fart”) and he handled it very graciously.

    Or maybe Mr Brosnan never was at Cliveden that evening and my daughter was lying. It never occurred to me to ask her now that she’s not wearing a tether and is reliable, sober, and responsible :-)

  3. Curtis said, on 12/19/06 at 10:20 am

    You’re right, raincoaster. There still is a Revere Copper Works. Dentist? Well, so much for trustworthy trivia.

  4. Curtis said, on 12/20/06 at 1:12 am

    That’s a good story. I love to say “Buckinghamshire.” “Buckinghamshire.” “Buckingham…


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