Here is some great trivia to amaze your friends and confound your enemies:
1. The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year.
2.Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before the second season of Sesame
Street. How did Oscar explain the color change? He said he went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight.
3. On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.” Instead, they played piano music.
4. When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was issued a passport. Ramses’ occupation? “King (deceased).”
5. In the 1970s, Mattel sold a doll called “Growing Up Skipper.” Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.
6. In 1999, Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency’s Maryland headquarters because it was feared th toys might repeat national security secrets.
7. Only female mosquitoes will bite you.
8. In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.
9. That thing you use to dot your lowercase “i” is called a tittle.
10. Editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using no more than 50 different words. The result? Green
Eggs and Ham.
11. Norwegian skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset on why he didn’t win gold at the 2010 Olympics: “I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days.”
12. In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that one billion pounds are spent on greeting cards every year, with the average person sending 55 cards per year.
13. Obsessive nose picking is called Rhinotillexomania.
14. When asked who owned the patent on the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk said,“Well, the people. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
15.Lyme disease is named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where several cases were identified in 1975.
16. At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift won more Grammys (4) than Elvis did his entire career (3).
17. The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.
18. The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called Last Month’s Newsletter.
19. A milliHelen is the quantity of beauty required to launch just one ship.
20. The German word kummerspeck means excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
21. The first known published Christmas card appeared in London in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends and acquaintances.
22. “Silvern Bells” was called “Tinkle Bells” until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” had another meaning.
23. Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
24. There was a long-lost fourth member of the Snap/Crackle/Pop gang. “Pow”represented Rice Krispies’ explosive nutritional value.
25. About one in every 4 million lobsters is born with a rare genetic defect that turns it blue.
26. Horses can’t vomit.
27. Before settling on the Seven Dwarfs we know today, Disney also considered Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy, and Awful.
28. The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name—Norville Rogers.
29. Andy’s evil neighbor Sid from Toy Story returns briefly as the garbage man in Toy Story 3.
30. Jacuzzi is a brand name. You can also buy Jacuzzi toilets and mattresses.
31. During a 2004 episode of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster said that before he started eating cookies, his name was
32. The word “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint—PfeffErminZ. Failed PEZ flavors include coffee, eucalyptus, menthol, and flower.
33. The duffel bag gets its name from the town of Duffel, Belgium, where the cloth used in the bags was originally sold.
34. Hallmark now sells a line of “encouragement” cards you can send to people who’ve lost their job.