Here are some more trivia for you folks. This week will be trivia week, hehehe. I will be posting trivias and facts until this Sunday. Enjoy!

There are at least 250,000 species of insects constituting the order Coleoptera or beetles, making it the largest order in the animal kingdom. Among the approximately 5,000 widely distributed beetles of the family Coccinellidae is the Ladybird; the name originated in the Middle Ages, when this little beetle was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and called "Beetle of Our Lady"

In early Scotland, a gentleman wore a kilt. There were two types of kilts, one for casual wear, and one for formal affairs. The formal one took 9 yards of tarten. The tailor would inquire to which kilt was needed, and the reply…if it were a formal one was “I’ll take the whole 9 yards” (Obviously, the man in the picture is in casual kilt, duh!)

In the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill , Jack represented the French King, Louis XVI who "Lost his Crown" in the Revolution, while Jill who (or rather her head) came tumbling after, was Marie Antoinette. (Now the rhyme makes sense. Sorry for using Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman heads, but they did play the doomed royals.)

Fish or fishes?? Though often used interchangeably, these words actually mean different things. Fish is used either as singular noun or to describe a group of specimens from a single species. Fishes describes a group containing more than one species. (Ohhh... nosebleed.)

The 1912 Olympics were the last games that gave out gold medals made entirely of gold. Absolute pure gold, is so soft, it can be moulded on your hands.. okay if you get fed up with it and want something else round your neck!!! On a more serious note I think that well used fact should be phrased differently.

In the Andes, time is often measured by how long it takes to smoke a cigarette. (I don't smoke, no offense to smokers but its a really disgusting habit. Colin Farell, stop smoking or I won' kiss you, joke! hehehehe)

More than 20 million seahorses are harvested each year for folk medicinal purposes. The world seahorse population has dropped 70 per cent in the past 10 years. (Poor Horsie! I think there should also be a "Save the Seahorses" movement)

It takes 20,000 light bulbs to make the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night and there are 2,500,000 rivets holding it together; the total weight of the tower is 10,100 tons. They use 60 tons of paint each repainting campaign, every 7 years in it's entirety. 1,665 steps in the East pillar take you to the top, the hieght to the top of the flage pole is 312m, if including the antennas it is 324 m. (uhhh, nosebleed part 2)

In Aztec mythology, a pantheon of 400 rabbit gods known as Centzon Totochtin, led by Ometotchtli or Two Rabbit, represented fertility, parties, and drunkenness. (Imagine, there is actually a Rabbit god!)

Scarlett O'Hara, the heroine of Margret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind' was originally named Pansy. (Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn! Hehehehe)

Hyperpolysyllabicomania is a fondness for big words. (Oh, I wouldn't have known, just reading that word. Its a tongue-twister by itself)

The first genuine French kiss in a Hollywood movie was between Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood in the film "Splendor In The Grass". (allegedly. Probably the people during that time was dying of shock and was rushing to picket the movie)

The African baobab tree (adansonia digitata) blossom opens only to moonlight and it is pollinated by bats .. the fruit bats. (The first time I heard of this tree was from the classic novel of Antoine de Saint Exupery, "The Little Prince". It was mentioned there)

Clint Eastwood's roll of Dirty Harry was turned down by Paul Newman, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra. (They probably gritted their teeth when it became a box-office. Tsk tsk.)

The tongue of a mature Blue Whale has approximately the same mass as that of an entire adult elephant.(That's one big tongue)

You use an average of 43 muscles for a frown and you use an average of 17 muscles for a smile, and they say every two thousand frowns creates one wrinkle. (Wow, that's enough motivation to smile!)

3 nice comments:

lunarhemizphere said...

aww.. I don't know what exactly to say. I'm loaded! Thanks for the added must-knows!

You're interested in witchcraft and the occult?Me too. I read about chants, spells... ghosts. I love odd things.Nice to know you!

line of flight said...

ghosts in the linguistic-historical machine...

Anonymous said...

Las faldas para los varones son muy saludables y comodísimas. el pantalón, los bóxer y la correa o cinturón están promoviendo las enfermedades como la impotencia, esterilidad, y problemas de próstata.
Lo mas sano es usar faldas para varones

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