“Of course Toronto might as well be Buffalo, because we get each other’s TV.”
– Kevin McDonald
1. The man who invented the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk, refused to patent it, and instead gave it away for free.
2. Article II of the U.S. Constitution states that “No person except a natural born citizen … shall be eligible to the Office of President.” In 1790 Congress (which included many of the Founding Fathers) passed a law which states: “The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States.” So it doesn’t matter where Obama was born.
3. When applying for a Dutch residence visa you must watch a film containing nudity and gay kissing, to prove you’re not offended by it.
4. You can’t see the Great Wall of China from space – it’s too narrow.
5. The widespread American belief that humans can or will become angels after death is mostly a result of the films It’s a Wonderful Life and Unlikely Angel. It is not mentioned in the Bible.
6.Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s son was accepted by Yale Law School at 16 and is now a special adviser to President Obama.
7. If you’re on Windows 7, press the Windows button and 1, then 2, then 3. Then come back to this article.
8. “Ye” (“Ye Olde Pub”) is pronounced “The”. Always was.
9. Barry Marshall, in order to prove that ulcers were caused by a bacteria, drank that bacteria and got an ulcer (and won a Nobel Prize for his efforts).
10. While George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers grew industrial-grade hemp, there has never been any evidence that they consumed it. Sorry.
11. Pedro Lopez is a Colombian who has confessed to killing hundreds of children. Authorities didn’t believe him until he led them to his mass graves. He is now considered the most prolific serial killer of all-time. In 1998 he was released on a $50 bail. No one knows where he’s been since then.
12. The Green Bay Packers are a non-profit organization owned by 112,015 fans.
13. MIDI has been in version 1.0 since it was created in 1982.
14. In the 1950s Casa Loma was almost turned into a prison for communists.
15. The Tseax Cone was the 15th deadliest volcanic eruption of all time. It erupted between 1750 and 1775. In British Columbia.
16. As the BNA Act, Section 138, was never repealed, Ontario and Quebec can still officially be called Upper and Lower Canada. Which is what I will do from now on. To an audience of one.
17. The one dollar coin was supposed to have a picture of the voyageurs (French explorers) but the master dies were lost in transit. So they went with the bird instead.
18. 15 % of snails survive digestion by birds.
19. Q: Into what lake does Lake Titicaca drain? A: Lake Poopo.
20. OJ was taken into consideration to portray The Terminator in the original film, but was considered “too nice” for the part.
21. Krusty the Clown is supposed to look and act just like Homer. Bart worships him instead of his dad because he’s famous. Woosh.
22. Einstein was actually a good student. “I never failed in mathematics… Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus.”
23. Sid Meier, creator of the Civilization games, was born and bred in Sarnia.
24. The Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean have been mulling over joining Canada for quite some time, and Nova Scotia has already offered to let them join their province if it happens (so the constitution won’t have to be altered).
25. Our nation’s greatest socialist, Tommy Douglas, sat on the board of Husky Oil after retiring from politics.
26. In October 1989 it was revealed that Garfield was starving to death alone in a house and was making up everything around him. Garfield comics have running stories— everything shown in the weekday comic strips actually happen. This fact, however, was never mentioned again. Jim Davis is cooler than I thought.
27. RapidShare logs IP s and is willing to hand it over to authorities whenever requested.
28. The Beatles were supposed to star in a Lord of the Rings film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
29. Fanta was the brand made by Coca Cola specifically for Nazi Germany. Lemon flavour later became Sprite.
30. Poe’s Law: It is impossible to make a parody of extremism that someone won’t confuse with actual extremism.
Adam’s Trivia appears on PP every Wednesday (Hump Day).