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Greg's Useless Trivia #23 (1 Viewer)


A collection of mostly useless but sometimes interesting things I've come across.

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1) Having fielded its own military, fought and won wars and ruled nation-sized areas of land, this company is arguably the most powerful company in history.

The East India Company, which amongst other things ruled India from 1757 to 1858.
2) Who was originally orange before a vacation to Swamp Mushy Muddy turned him green overnight?

Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch, who was originally orange in Sesame Street's first season, but was turned green before the second season, with the aforementioned vacation given as the reason for the color change.

3) This popular candy bar originally came in three different flavored pieces, one chocolate, one vanilla, and one strawberry, until the candy bar went all chocolate during World War II when the other flavors became hard to come by.

Three Musketeers, with the three different flavors being the inspiration for the name.
4) Though it will turn 105 years old on March 6th, 2017, this cookie is a knockoff of another well-known brand.

Oreos are a knock-off of Hydrox cookies, and not the other way around as many people today assume. Hydrox were introduced in 1908, and served as the inspiration for the Oreos which were introduced in 1912.
5) Which is the only US state name that can be typed using only one row of keys on the keyboard?

6) This edition of Useless Trivia contains more than one tittle. What is a tittle?

A tittle is the dot on a lower case "i".
7) The voice of Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft, was also the performer of this well known song.

"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". Ravenscroft's name was accidentally left out of the credits of the animated classic, leading many to believe erroneously that the cartoon's narrator, Boris Karloff, sang the song.

8) In 1991, Wayne Allwine married Russi Taylor. Why was this a case of real life imitating art?

Allwine was the voice of Mickey Mouse and Taylor was the voice of Minnie Mouse.
9) If you wish to withdraw money in Latin, this bank's ATMs are the only ones in the world that you can turn to.

The Vatican Bank.

10) The "millihelen" unit of measure may have first been invented by Isaac Asimov while he was a graduate student in the 1940s. What is the definition of a millihelen?

It is the quantity of beauty required to launch just one ship.

"Milli" from the metric term for 1/1000. "Helen" being the Trojan War beauty about whom a famous play asked, "Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?"

11) Dr Ruth is a well known sex therapist and media personality. Around the age of 17 she received expert training for a particular occupation. Which occupation?

Sniper. She was already an excellent shot and due to her diminutive size was trained as a scout and sniper while serving in the military organization that later became the Israeli Defense Force.
12) This somewhat unkempt entertainment figure's real name is Norville Rogers, though he is best known by his nickname.

Norville Rogers is the real name of Shaggy from "Scooby-Doo".
13) Which Sesame Street character's real name is Sid?

Cookie Monster. He revealed in a 2004 episode that before he started eating cookies, he was known as Sid.
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Did reasonably well on this one:  got 1, 4, 5, 6

(also applies to j and has an even broader meaning),
, 9, and 13.  So 6/13.  Should have gotten 3 and 2; on 2, 

guessed Kermit.

No idea as to the others.  Thanks, Greg! 

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