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Greg's Useless Trivia #32 (1 Viewer)

GregR

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

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1) Do camels store water in their humps?

It's not water as commonly believed. Instead their humps just store fatty tissue. It is believed this is an adaptation to their desert environments, as this minimizes the amount of body fat elsewhere in their bodies that would serve as heat trapping insulation.
 
 
 
2) According to Wikipedia, what show has had the most TV and radio episodes?

Guiding Light, with 18,262 episodes over 57 years. 15,762 were TV. Second place is in the 13k range. Guiding Light has been off the air since 2009, but it will be years before it is caught by another show.
 
 
 
3) A 2011 study estimated that what percent of Earth's species have not yet been fully described.

a) 16%
b) 36%
c) 56%
d) 86%

d) 86% of a predicted 8.7 million species. The study made its prediction based on analysis of the rate at which new genera, families, orders, classes, phyla, and species have been added over time.
 
 
 
4) Take the richest people in history and adjust their fortunes for inflation so they compare directly, and this non-American ruler comes out on top as the richest man in history.

While lists can vary, most showed Mansa Musa I of Mali at the top, worth $400 billion in 2013 dollars. Mansa Musa lived from 1280 – 1337 and ruled the Malian Empire which covered modern day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali in West Africa. Mansa Musa's shocking wealth came from his country's vast production of more than half the world's supply of salt and gold. His kingdom and wealth didn't last much longer after his death. His heirs were not able to fend off civil war and invading conquerors. Just two generations later, his world record net worth was gone.
 
 
 
5) True or False. Hippos sweat blood.

False. Their skin does secrete a red fluid which is the source of stories that they sweat blood. It is not blood, but is instead believed to be an antibiotic, suncreen and skin moisturizer. Hippos must stay moist or their skin will dry out and crack.
 
 
 
6) Most people know that Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Probably fewer remember that Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon. But who was third?
 

Charles "Pete" Conrad.
 
 
 
7) Seven cities have hosted the Olympic Games more than once. Four hosted multiple Summer Olympics games, and three hosted multiple Winter Olympics games. Name any three of the seven.

Athens (1896, and 2004 Summer Olympics), Paris (1900 and 1924 Summer Olympics), London (1908, 1948 and 2012 Summer Olympics), St. Moritz (1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics), Lake Placid (1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics), Los Angeles (1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics), and Innsbruck, Austria (1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics).  Tokyo will join the list in 2020, and Beijing in 2022.
 
 
 
8) On January 15, 1919, the streets of Boston's North End were flooded. A wave that reached as high as 15 feet and traveled at an estimated 35mph flowed through the streets. It demolished buildings, tearing them from their foundations. It carried off vehicles and drowned horses. People who tried to outrun the wave were engulfed and drowned where they fell. In all, 21 people were killed and 150 injured. But the flood was not water. What fluid was it?

Molasses. A 90-foot wide cast iron tank containing two-and-a-half million gallons of crude molasses for rum manufacture exploded, probably because its contents had expanded during a rapid overnight change in temperature. The tank was set 50 feet above street level. Its entire contents spilled within a few seconds and with no warning. The event is known as the Great Molasses Flood or the Boston Molasses Disaster. According to eye-witnesses, the injured arrived at hospitals “looking like toffee-apples”.
 
 
 
9) This children's nursery rhyme was based on true events that happened to Bostonian Mary Sawyer in 1817.

Mary Had a Little Lamb. And it actually did follow her to school one day. She credits the poem to a man named John Roulstone, though a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale may have penned some of the final lines. In the late 1860s, Mary was trying to raise money to save an old church in Boston and took a pair of woolen stockings that had been made from the famous lamb, unravelled the wool and sold small pieces of it attached to commemorative cards at 10 cents each.
 
 
 
10) From 1912 to 1948, this competition awarded medals in architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture.

The Olympics. The competitions were part of the original intention of the Olympic Movement's founder, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin. In 1949, a report was presented at the IOC meeting in Rome which concluded that practically all contestants in the art competitions were professionals, and that the competitions should therefore be abolished and replaced with an exhibition without awards or medals. Several attempts have been made to re-include them, but without success. The Olympics continue to be connected with art exhibitions, however. The Olympic Charter required organisers of the Olympic Games to include a programme of cultural events, to "serve to promote harmonious relations, mutual understanding and friendship among the participants and others attending the Olympic Games".
 
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Zow

Footballguy
4/10 got more than usual thanks to the true/false and the olympics questions. 

 

icecat4270

Footballguy
3/10

Should have gotten a couple more. I'd heard 2 before and knew it was a Soap Opera but guessed the wrong one.

 

Jayrod

Footballguy
4/10  tied a personal best.

So pumped I got #7, but pissed I missed #5.  Knew #1 & #8 without looking.  Guessed right on #10.

 

Corporation

Angry Bovine
5/10.  Guessed the species one and got both olympics, along with the true/false ones.  Never heard of the richest dude.  Thanks Greg!

 

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