“He who delights in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.”
— Francis Bacon
1. Kim-Jong Il loved to surf the web, and called himself an “internet expert”. This series has yet to receive a hit from North Korea, unfortunately.
2. The boy from Jurassic Park also played Dustin Moscovitz in The Social Network.
3. Why can’t you buy cashew nuts in the shell? Because they’re toxic to the touch.
4. Rotten Tomatoes is owned by Warner Brothers.
5. JRR Tolkien typed the LOTR trilogy with two fingers.
6. In 1847, a group of Choctaw raised 710 dollars to send to victims of the Irish Famine.
7. “They have had a fantastic run. But we want people to remember the song fondly and not get sick of it. So, from Monday we will be deleting it.” This quote is from Gnarls Barkley’s spokesman after “Crazy” hit eight weeks at #1. They kept to their word, and stopped selling the single while it remained on top.
8. The leading cause of acute liver failure in the US: Tylenol.
9. There remain 800,000 speakers of the Mayan language. Only their civilization was destroyed, not the people.
10. Just 10% of health-related R&D is spent on the problems primarily affecting 90% of people. This is called the 10/90 Gap.
11. Every year Canada receives 10,000 tulips from the people of the Netherlands, as a thank you gift for liberation during the War.
12. A first class ticket on the Titanic cost $4,375 – almost $100,000 adjusted for inflation.
13. During the filming of “The African Queen”, most of the actors and crew contracted dysentery. Bogie and Huston were the only ones who remained alright, though, as they refused to drink water, they only had whiskey the entire time. Which makes the second half of the movie all the more hilarious.
14. The lyrics are “Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s HOME FROM work we go”, not “OFF TO”. Time to stop the insanity!
15. Taliban means “student” in Arabic.
(Pic via Violent Extremism Knowledge Base)
16. The ancient Romans only read aloud.
17. The first movie with an official website was Stargate.
18. Mormon missionaries can only call home twice a year: on Christmas and Mother’s Day.
19. There exists a script used exclusively by women in Hunan Province, China named “Nüshu” (literally, “Women’s writing”).
20. Peyote is completely legal for anyone to grow and consume in Canada.
(Pic via Get High Now)
Adam will return with more trivia next Wednesday!
Until then, there’s always the [Hump Day Trivia Archives]