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What president refused his paycheck and other entertaining trivia

Posted by mandyf on October 16, 2011

Random trivia is entertaining and sometimes even educational. Do you know who the only 6 star American General was? Do you know what US President never accepted his salary? Do you know how many cows it takes to make enough footballs to last an entire NFL season? Do you know what the “YKK” on the zippers on Levi’s jeans stands for? How about the original name of the Grateful Dead? Wonder no more, those answers are here along with loads of other oddities and bits of sometimes useless, bit fun, information!

        • Gail Borden, who invented condensed milk, is buried beneath a headstone which is shaped like a milk can.
        • On average, office chairs with wheels move about 8 miles every year.
        • An adult human body reproduces 300 billion new cells every day.
        • The instructions supplied to US military cooks to make a fruitcake are 18 pages long!
        • Frank Sinatra, yes, that Frank Sinatra, boxed under the pseudonym Marty O’Brien.
        • The real name of the television show horse, Mr. Ed, was Bamboo Harvester.
        • In the US alone, on an average day, 4.8 billion gallons of water is used flushing toilets.
        • When George Washington was POTUS, there were only around 350 federal employees. Today, there are nearly 2 million!
        • The inventors of Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper were all US Civil War veterans.
        • It is impossible to lick your own elbow.
        • Cowboy star, Tom Mix, had custom made tires on his car that had “TM” in the groove so that when he drove down dirt roads he would leave a trail of “TM” behind him.
        • The average No. 2 pencil has enough graphite to draw a line 35 miles long.
        • The Incas measured time based on how long it took to cook a potato.
        • During the 4 month lifespan of a red blood cell, it makes about 75,00 trips to the lungs and back again.
        • In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was honored as TIME magazine’s “Man of the Year.”
        • The first tropical storm ever named after a male was called “Bud.”
        • The first US president actually born in the US was Andrew Jackson.
        • The one millionth patent ever issued by the US Patent Office was to the artificial sweetener, Sweet ‘N Low.
        • Paul Revere billed Massachusetts 10 pounds and 4 shillings as compensation for his famous midnight ride.
        • Technically, a football (US style) is classified as a prolate spheroid.
        • Rats are as susceptible to poison as they are because they are unable to vomit.
        • There is more genuine lemon in Lemon Pledge than there is in Country Time Lemonade.
        • Queen Anne of England (1665-1714) outlived all 17 of her children!
        • Anne Boleyn had 6 fingers on her left hand.
        • Under certain circumstances, in the US, you can get a tax deduction for ransom paid on behalf of a kidnapping victim. The only question is – how do you get a receipt for that?
        • At the 1900 Olympics, “sports” they had then which have been done away with included: Checkers, fishing,billiards and croquet.
        • Ida May Fuller was the first person to receive a Social Security check.
        • The Kilt originated in France, not Scotland.
        • When Sophia Loren turned 40, her husband gave her a 14k gold toilet seat to mark the occasion.
        • Super oil tankers only get about 30 feet to the gallon!
        • Giraffes communicate with their tails because they have no vocal chords.
        • The stomach of an adult hippopotamus can hold 400 pounds of food!
        • The diary entry made by King George II on July 4, 1776 read only “Nothing of importance happened today.”
        • A popular cure for measles in the 1700’s was ingesting ladybugs.
        • Poison ivy and Poison oak are neither members of the ivy or oak families – they are actually members of the cashew family.
        • The two most used words in US television commercials are “new” and “improved.”
        • Herbert Hoover never accepted his salary for being POTUS while in office or after leaving.
        • While serving as POTUS, US Grant appointed 13 relatives to federal jobs.
        • When presiding over the Senate, VP Martin Van Buren wore a pair of pistols for what he called “peace keeping purposes.”
        • It takes about 27,000 average sized spider webs to produce just one pound of spider silk.
        • The official name the CIA gave to it’s assassination squad was the “Health Alteration Committee.”It has officially done away with that name and will not remark on whether or not the CIA does actually have an assassination team.
        • It is estimated, based on sales figures, that a can of SPAM is opened every 4 seconds.
        • It takes 11.5 days for one million seconds to pass.
        • The most recognizable smell in the world is coffee.
        • Before Abraham Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, there were two previous attempts on his life.
        • Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
        • Shakespeare invented the word “assassination”
        • Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
        • The continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.
        • A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night!.
        • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
        •  Americans revealed that Banana was their favorite smell.
        • There are more collect calls on Father’s Day than any other day of the year.
        • It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
        • The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
        • All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
        • The dot over the lower case i is called a Tittle.
        • 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
        • Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. it was sold as Dr. Miles’s Compound Extract of Tomato.
        • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
        • Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.
        • The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
        • The almond is a member of the peach family.
        • The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.
        • In the 1983 film “JAWS 3D” the shark blows up. Some of the shark guts were the stuffed ET dolls being sold at the time.
        • Elton John’s uncle was a professional soccer player. He broke his leg playing for Nottingham Forest in the 1959 English FA Cup Final.
        • Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an aligator while he hosted “Lorne Greene’s Wild Kingdom.”
        • Jamie Farr (who played Klinger on M*A*S*H) was the only member of the cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean war.
        • Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
        • The real name of “the” Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III, although he is known as Bill Gates (III). If you convert the letters of his current name to the ASCII-values and adding his (III), you get the following:
        • B       66
          I       73
          L       76
          L       76
          G       71
          A       65
          T       84
          E       69
          S       83
          I        1
          I        1
          I        1
          ————–
          666 !!!
        • A byte, in computer terms, means 8 bits. A nibble is half that: 4 bits. (Two nibbles make a byte!)
        • The YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the worlds largest zipper manufacturer.
        • Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle
        • To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
        • Benito Mussolini would ward off the evil eye by touching his testicles.
        • The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
        • Heroin is the trademarked brand name of morphine once marketed by Bayer.
      • Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
      • Columbia University is the second largest land owner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
      • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns
      • The Roman emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.
      • Writer Edgar Allan Poe and LSD advocate Timothy Leary were both kicked out of West Point.
      • Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada’s Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversiary of Canada’s independence.
      • Isaac Asimov is the only author to be published in every Dewey-decimal category.
      • The only person ever to decline a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was Sinclair Lewis for his book Arrowsmith.
      • Stalin’s left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm was noticably shorter than his right.
      • The woman who has appeared most on the covers of Time magazine is the Virgin Mary — ten times.
      • Ross Perot resigned from the General Motors Board of Directors over the decision to purchase Hughes Aircraft Company.
      • Daniel Webster wanted more than anything else to be President of the United States. He was offered the vice-presidency by William Henry Harrison, but turned it down. Harrison died in office. Again, Webster was offered the vice-presidency, this time by Zachary Taylor. Again, he declined. Taylor died in office. Webster died without  becoming President.
      • After the Civil War the U.S. sued Great Britain for damages that were caused by them building ships for the Confederacy. We originally asked for $1 billion but settled on $25 Million.
      • Gerald Ford was the only man who held both the Presidency and the Vice-Presidency but who was not elected to either post.
      • Gerald Ford was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
      • George Washington who was the commander of the Continental Army as a four-star general received an unusual honor. He was posthumously promoted to the position of six-star “General of the Armies of Congress” by an order of Jimmy Carter, who felt America’s first President should also be America’s highest military official.
      • Ronald Reagan was the only President who studied economics in college.
      • The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When constructed in the 1940s, Virginia had segregation laws requiring separate bathrooms for blacks and whites.
        Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota, became famous after years of littering the landscape with “___ miles to Wall Drug” signs which promised guests a free glass of ice water. To this day, Wall Drug still serves a free glass of ice water, to visitors who request it, to the tune of about 5,000 glasses each day.
        Thanks to Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, Weird Trivia, and a supporting cast of friends and family with way too much weird knowledge in their heads.
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