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Greg's Useless Trivia #56 (1 Viewer)


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

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1) Though not the largest US state in population, this state consumes the most Spam. According to a 2012 article, over 7 million cans a year.

Hawaii. According to the SPAM website, the island’s love affair with Spam began in World War II, when GIs were served the salty luncheon meat because it didn’t require refrigeration and had a long shelf life. The Hormel Corporation, which manufactures Spam, provided 15 million cans to Allied troops every week. Between 1941 and 1945, Hormel had shipped over 100 million pounds overseas.
2) What do the following characters from HBO's Game of Thrones series all have in common?   (Hint: It has to do with a movie franchise)

Eddard Stark
Tywin Lannister
Olenna Tyrell
The High Sparrow
Grand Maester Pycelle
Balon Greyjoy
Edmure Tully
Talisa Stark (Robb's wife)
The Three-eyed Raven

These characters were all portrayed by actors who also appeared in James Bond films.

Eddard Stark               - GoldenEye villain
Tywin Lannister            - For Your Eyes Only henchman
Olenna Tyrell              - On Her Majesty's Secret Service love interest
The High Sparrow           - Tomorrow Never Dies villain.
Grand Maester Pycelle      - For Your Eyes Only villain
Balon Greyjoy              - The World Is Not Enough banker
Edmure Tully               - Casino Royale aid to M
Talisa Stark (Robb's wife) - Quantum of Solace hotel receptionist
The Three-eyed Raven       - Never Say Never Again villain

Perhaps the most interesting one there is that Tywin Lannister's actor played a mere henchman of Grand Maester Pycelle.

3) True or False.  A spaghetto is a one strand of spaghetti.

True. Spaghetti is plural, a single strand of spaghetti is a spaghetto. Similarly, canoli and ravioli are plural and their singular forms are canolo and raviolo.
4) What do the following characters have in common?

Vera Peterson
Charlie Townsend
The Terrible Zodin
Maris Crane
The US President
Robin Masters

None of those TV characters actually appear on screen in their shows.  

Vera Peterson       - Norm's wife from Cheers
Charlie Townsend    - The "Charlie" in "Charlie's Angels"
The Terrible Zodin  - Dr Who's third most wanted criminal in the galaxy
Maris Crane         - Niles' wife on Fraser
Diane               - recipient of Dale Cooper's recordings on Twin Peaks
The US President    - From Veep
Robin Masters       - Owner of the mansion in Magnum PI. 

5) True or False. During a 1996 flight of space shuttle Columbia, NASA astronauts conducted experiments into reproduction in weightless environments, including testing different means to remain in coitus while being thrusted upon by an outside force.

False. A hoax document claiming this did emerge in 1989, but NASA eventually got around to publicly denying the report when the document was used as a source in a Pierre Kohler novel.  Clarification on the years: The hoax document, first seen in 1989, named a shuttle mission, STS-75.  At the time the hoax emerged, shuttle missions were still numbered in the 30s, making it easy to debunk. It wasn't until 1996 that STS-75 would take place.  With an all-male crew, no less.
6) The title of the 1983 James Bond film "Never Say Never Again" was a message to her husband from the wife of actor Sean Connery. What does it refer to?

In 1971 after "Diamonds Are Forever", Connery had insisted to his wife that he would never play James Bond again. The movie title was her comment to him 12 years later when he again took up the role.
7) The Aztec word we use for this fruit also means "testicle".

Avocado. Remains of avocado plants as old as 8,000 years old have been found, and fossil evidence finds similar species of plants were widespread even millions of years ago. The palnts were commonly called ahuacate or alligator pear until 1915, when the California Avocado Assocation began to champion the term that we know today.
8) True or False. According to the author, the original inspiration for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was the real life tale of a boy who broke into a candy factory at night and drowned in a vat of chocolate.

False. Totally made that one up.
9) The "clearance rate" is the percentage of cases that end in an arrest or with identification of a culprit without possibility of an arrest (such as they are already deceased). Fifty years ago, the clearance rate for murder was about 90% according to the FBI. Per an article, about what was the 2015 clearance rate?

a) 66%
b) 70%
c) 90%
d) 96%
e) 99.9%

a) about 2/3, or 64.1% to be more exact. According to a retired NYPD detective who wrote a definitive manual on solving homicides, the drop in clearance rate is mainly due to higher standards today for charging someone.

10) True or False. Ikea ran a magazine ad asking women to dab their urine on the advertisement, which would reveal a coupon for a crib if they were pregnant.

True per Snopes. Swedish ad agency Akestam Holst confirmed it created and ran the ad, which appears in what IKEA called "a limited edition" of the women’s magazine Amelia and reads, in part, "Peeing on this ad may change your life".

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I deserve about a 2/10 for all the posting issues that had to be sorted out.  Forgot you can't add a spoiler box with returns in it if there are other spoiler boxes after it.  Have to add the box, then go populate the contents.


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