factoids or facts?

 A factoid is subtly different from a trivial fact, whatever Steve Wright may claim

Marilyn Monroe
It was in Norman Mailer’s 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe that he coined the word ‘factoid’. Photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

An elephant’s trunk has up to 150,000 muscles.1241698442_snoring-elephant

Trivia Factoids 

Dartboards are made out of horse hairs.A game of pool is referred to as a “frame.”There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

The pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever homerun and that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever homerun where thrown by the same man.

The two quickest goals scored in the NHL were three seconds apart.

Cleopatra used pomegranate seeds for lipstick.The earliest document in Latin in a woman’s handwriting (it is from the first century A.D.) is an invitation to a birthday party.Professional ballerinas use about twelve pairs of toe shoes per week.

 Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
Mary Katherine Campbell was the only woman to win the Miss America title twice, 1922 and 1923.The world’s first TV news helicopter was introduced by KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles on 4 July 1958.The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat”, which means “the king is dead”.

The naval rank of “Admiral” is derived from the Arabic phrase “amir al bahr”, which means “lord of the sea”.

The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.The concerti on the information discs of the two Voyager probes are performed by famed Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis’ middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.

 Each unit on the Richter Scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than a preceding number and an energy release factor of 31.6. An earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter Scale is almost 32 times more powerful than a 5. 2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided. Though the scale goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction.
The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.

 Lucifer is latin for “Light Bringer”. It is a translation of the Hebrew name for Satan, Halael. Satan means “adversary”, devil means “liar”.
The “D” in D-day means “Day” or “on the day” as opposed to D+3 (the planned date plus 3 days).To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.The “L.L.” in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.

Polar bears camouflage themselves more completely during a hunt by covering their black noses with their paws.Polar bears’ fur is not white, it’s clear. Polar bear skin is actually black. Their hair is hollow and acts like fiber optics, directing sunlight to warm their skin.One way to tell seals and sea lions apart is that, sea lions have external ears and testicles.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

An elephant can be pregnant for up to two years.
Reindeer like to eat bananas and rabbits love licorice.



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