Hump Day Trivia XX

 “A lot of people say they hate Justin Bieber who haven’t even listened to my music. They just hate the idea of me.”

– Justin Bieber

 1. The last white man to run in the Olympics’ 100 meter finals was in 1980.

2. The original VHS copies of Rambo III (1988) included in the credits “Dedicated to the brave Mujaheddin fighters”.

3. Only one Conservative government has balanced the budget. And Sir John A. was PM at the time.

4. In 1971, lighting struck a plane over Peru causing it to explode, and all but one of the passengers were killed. The survivor, 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke, fell two miles to the ground, and walked ten days until she was found by loggers.

5. Cucumbers are typically 95% water, apple juice 90%.

6. Schadenfreude. The Germans really have a word for everything, don’t they? Well so do we, and it’s “epicaricacy”.

7. In the early days of Christianity, there existed a well known rival to Genesis and Exodus named “Jubilees” that talks about fallen angels breeding with humans to create giants. While it no longer exists in Hebrew, Latin, or Greek, it remains a part of the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

8. Northern Quebec hosts a freshwater subspecies of harbour seals.

9. There was one co-founder of Greenpeace with a scientific background: Patrick Moore. He left the organization after it started campaigning for a ban on chlorine.

10. Taiwan doesn’t just claim Mainland China for itself – it also considers the whole of Mongolia as part of its territory, along with sections of Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia, and Japan.

11. The opposite of “sparkle” is “darkle”. According to Webster’s it was first used in 1800.

12. Sergei Eisenstein considered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the greatest film ever made.

13. The northernmost shark is the Greenland shark. Its is comparable in size to the Great White, and has been found with polar bears and reindeer in its stomach.

14. The alkaloid that kills dogs who eat chocolate – theobromine – is also poisonous to humans. We process it much more quickly, so it would take ungodly amounts to make us sick.

15. Antarctica hosts more than 140 subglacial lakes. Yeah, that’s liquid freshwater under the ice. The largest of these is Lake Vostok, which is 4,000 metres under the ice, and about the area of Lake Ontario, but three times the volume because of its depth. It’s been isolated for million years. Drilling to the lake’s surface has just broken through. Russian Prime Minister (/Re-President) Putin was the first to be given a sample just last month.

16. Puma and Adidas were founded by two competing brothers. At least they agreed on one thing, though: they were both members of the Nazi party.

17. Redheads have different levels of pain than the average population: they’ve a lesser tolerance to thermal pain but a greater tolerance to pain such as electrocution. Gingers have also been found to require a greater amount of anaesthetic.

18. What were Einstein’s dying words? Don’t know? You’re not alone… apparently his nurse didn’t understand German.

19. Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed on the White House roof. Ronald Reagan took them down. Sometimes these things really are black and white.

20. J.K. Rowling wanted Terry Gilliam to direct the Harry Potter films but Warner Bros refused.