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Greg's Useless Trivia #41 (1 Viewer)


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

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1) These two rival colleges first played football against each other in 1894, and continued their rivalry for the next 118 years. The two schools were such rivals that both mention the other in their fight songs.

University of Texas and Texas A&M. They stopped playing their rivalry game when A&M joined the SEC in 2012, resulting in a lot of bad blood between the two schools.
2) What was the unusual lead story on the BBC evening news program on April 18, 1930?

a) Reports of an alien invasion
b) Announcement the depression was over
c) Fairies proven to exist
d) A Spaghetti Tree that grows spaghetti
e) That there was no news

e) There wasn't one. Apparently nothing noteworthy happened that day. The announcer said, "There is no news", and then piano music was played for the rest of the 15-minute broadcast. Among the other answers, there was a hoax picture of fairies in Britian though that was in 1917. And the Spaghetti Tree was a real BBC broadcast but it was an April Fool's Day prank by the network in 1957.
3) The Christmas song "Silver Bells" originally had another, less appropriate title, but it was changed at the urging of the wife of one of the writers. What was the original title?

"Tinkle Bells". The writers, Jay Linvinston and Ray Evans, did not know that "tinkle" had a double meaning until Livingston went home and told his wife about the song. She said, "Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?"
4) Pez, and the Pez dispenser, were first marketed in 1927. How did they come up with the name "Pez"?
a) short for "peasant" as it was meant to be a candy for the common man
b) abbreviation of the German word for peppermint
c) dispensers were a tribute to Archibald Pez, a famed New York craftsman of toys
d) Portuguese word for "cute"
e) dispensers and name meant to mock Zippo lighters that were owned by a rival, considered Zippo backwards (Opiz) but shortened it to Pez

b) Pez was created in Austria.  It is an abbreviation of "PfeffErminZ", the German word for peppermint.
5) Up until Watergate, this 1920s bribery case was considered "the greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics".

The Teapot Dome Scandal. It was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1921 to 1922, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding. Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall had leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding. The leases became the subject of a sensational investigation by Senator Thomas J. Walsh. Fall was later convicted of accepting bribes from the oil companies and became the first Cabinet member to go to prison. No person was ever convicted of paying the bribes, however. The scandal damaged the public reputation of the Harding administration.
6) The largest celebration of this type was held, surprisingly, by a Phillipines church, and lasted 1 hour 1 minute and 32 seconds.

Fireworks display. It consisted of 810,904 fireworks and was achieved by Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) (Philippines), at the Countdown to 2016 New Year Celebrations, in the Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria Bocaue Bulacan, Manila, Philippines, on 1 January 2016.
7) This deceased celebrity had a famed tolerance for alcohol. Coworkers have recounted tales of him drinking 102 beers in 45 minutes at an airport, drinking every bottle of vodka on the plane on a flight to Tokyo, responding to a last call by ordering 40 drinks, and in one case had 156 beers in one sitting.

Professional wrestler Andre the Giant. He was a 7-foot-4 titan who weighed well over 500 pounds. Actor Cary Elwes recounted a particularly aggressive binge drinking one night during filming of The Princess Bride that resulted in Andre passing out in the middle of the hotel lobby. The hotel staff decided trying to move him was no use, and so surrounded him with a velvet rope to keep people away and let him sleep it off.
8) What is the most valuable car company in America?

Tesla. It passed both Ford and GM in April, 2017.
9) Which famous American wrote a scientific essay titled, "Fart Proudly", about improving the odor of flatulence?

a) Benjamin Franklin
b) Howard Stern
d) Charles Lindbergh
c) Thomas Edison
d) George Washington Carver

a) Benjamin Franklin. It was composed in response to a call for scientific papers from the Royal Academy of Brussels. Franklin believed that the various academic societies in Europe were increasingly pretentious and concerned with the impractical. The essay was never submitted, but Franklin printed copies of it on his printing press and distributed them to friends.
10) You are at a baseball game. Who is at first base. What is at second base. Give the name of the third baseman.

"I Don't Know".  These are the names of the baseball players from Abbott and Costello's famous comedy baseball routine, "Who's on first".

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El Floppo

Went 0 fer 6 and then got the last 4.

I've been weak with my guessing the last few weeks. Hopefully the farting one will turns thing around for me.


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