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Greg's Useless Trivia #64 (1 Viewer)


First of these I've posted in 4 years, so will be posting #63 and #64 today. Enjoy,

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

Links to previous Useless Trivia (first 7 links no longer work)

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1) The liver of this predator can make up 25% if its total body weight, allowing it when fully fed to potentially go 6 months without eating.

a) Polar bear
b) Great white shark
d) Lion
c) Honey badger

b) Great white shark

2) Trying to solve poor image quality at a publishing house led to the first modern invention of this, in 1902.

The air conditioner, trying to solve quality issues related to humidity and temperature.

3) When it comes to the days of the week, the first days of May and June each year always hold a unique distinction. What is it?

The first day of May and of June each fall separately on a day of the week that no other month starts on,

4) Eugene Ceman holds this unique distinction among mankind, dating back to 1972.

Ceman was the last person to walk on the Moon.

5) Which weather phenomena kills the most Americans most years?

Heat waves. Around 658 Americans are killed by extreme heat each year.

6) The number of people searching for this on Google was the inspiration for Google to develop their image search functionality.

a) dramatic chipmunk gif 
b) Janet Jackson Super Bowl
c) Megan Fox fixing car in Transformers
d) Jennifer Lopez dress

d) Jennifer Lopez's green dress she wore to the Grammy's

7) Holding somewhere between 250 and 300 thousand people, this is the largest capacity stadium ever constructed.

Ancient Rome's Circus Maximus.

😎  True or False. Mount Rushmore contains a chamber housing a titanium vault.

True. Gutzon Borglum was having a room excavated inside the mountain, known as the Hall of Records, intended to document key moments of US history. Congress stopped work on it after just the entrance tunnel was excavated. In 1998 a repository of records was placed in the floor of the hall entry. This repository consists of a teakwood box, inside a titanium vault, covered by a granite capstone. The repository contains sixteen porcelain enamel panels. Inscribed on the panels is the story of how Mount Rushmore came to be carved, who carved it, the reasons for selecting the four presidents depicted on the mountain and a short history of the United States.

9) This animal has such a long tongue that it wraps it around its brain, providing it with extra protection.

a) Anteater
b) Giraffe
c) Mountain goat
d) Woodpecker

d) Woodpecker

10) The longest one of these measures about 480 miles across.

a) Tree root system
b) Lightning bolt
c) Underground cavern
d) Manmade wall

b) Lightning bolt. At 477 miles it stretched across parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The largest tree, a Utah aspen cluster named Pando, only covers 104 acres. The Great Wall of China is about 3900 miles long.

11)  True or False.  A person who tried to commit suicide by jumping from the Empire State Building, survived after being blown back to the building by a gust of wind. 

True. In 1979, Elvita Adams jumped from the 86th floor, only to be blown back onto a ledge one floor down. She survived with a broken hip. She isn't the only person to have survived that fall. A man in 2013 also fell one floor before landing on an 85th floor ledge.
12) This actor's career started when he was caught breaking into a theater at the age of seven, intending to vandalize it, but instead was offered a part in the play being produced.

a)  Jack Nicholson
b)  Joe Pesci
c)  Leonardo DiCaprio
d)  Ryan Reynolds
e)  Vin Diesel 

e) Vin Diesel. He remained involved with the theater throughout adolescence before going on to college to study creative writing which got him into screen writing.
13) What do the following list of countries have in common?

Andorra, Dominica, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vatican City. 

They are the sovereign states without any military forces at all.
14) This celebrity feud was so bad that when one of the feuding pair died, the other said: "You should never say bad things about the dead, only good... <Other's Name> is dead.  Good."   Who were the feuding pair? 

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Davis was the one who uttered the above quote. Other Davis quotes about Crawford include, "I wouldn't piss on her if she was on fire", "she has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie", and "Why am I so good at playing #####es? I think it's because I'm not a #####. Maybe that's why Miss Crawford always plays ladies."
15) Why is it that the images seen in night vision goggles are green?

a) Only color a high sensitivity phosphor screen can produce
b) It's the color our eyes are most sensitive to
c) Green wavelengths require the least power to generate
d) Processor uses a method similar to a movie's use of green screen 

b) Green was intentionally chosen due to our eyes being most sensitive to variations in green. The light itself carries all colors but then is converted to black and white when it is processed. It is also easier to look at green screens for long periods of time than to look at black and white ones.
16) JJ Thomson won the 1906 Nobel Prize in physics for showing the electron behaves like a particle. His son, GP Thomson, won the 1937 Nobel Prize for physics. What did the son win it for? 

GP Thomson showed that the electron behaves like a wave.
17) True or False. There is fossil evidence of a crocodile species with long legs capable of galloping on land. 

True. Now try not to dream about that tonight.


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