35 Random Trivia Facts That Will Blow Your Mind – Fun Facts for National Trivia Day
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The hashtag symbol is technically called an octothorpe.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the “octo-” prefix refers to the eight points on the popular symbol, but the “thorpe” remains a mystery. One theory claims that it comes from the Old English word for “village,” the idea that the symbol looks a village surrounded by eight fields!
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The 100 folds in a chef's hat represent 100 ways to cook an egg.
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The longest wedding veil was longer than 63 football fields.
If you thought Meghan Markle's wedding veil was long, get this: there's a woman in Cyprus who set the Guinness World Record for the longest wedding veil. How long was it, you ask? Nearly 23,000 feet, which is the same length as about 63.5 football fields.
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Some cats are allergic to people.
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Apple Pie isn't actually American at all.
The next time you call something “as American as apple pie,” you might want to consider the fact that neither apple pies nor apples originally came from America. Apples are in fact native to Asia, and the first recorded recipe for apple pie was actually written in England.
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The largest known living organism is an aspen grove.
Pando (Latin for “I spread out”) is a group of genetically identical quaking aspens in Utah with an interconnected root system. It's an estimated 80,000 years old and takes up more than 100 acres.
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M&M stands for Mars and Murrie.
Forrest Mars (son of the Mars Company founder) first spotted the British confection Smarties during the Spanish Civil War and noticed the candy shell prevented the chocolate from melting. He teamed up with Bruce Murrie (son of Hershey Chocolate's president) and the company later trademarked the “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand” slogan.
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Neil Armstrong didn't say “That's one small step for man.”
The astronaut insists he actually stated, “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” “That's the only way the statement makes any sense,” Armstrong told biographer James Hansen. And for the record, no real astronaut ever uttered “Houston, we have a problem” — Tom Hanks only said that in the movie Apollo 13.
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The odds of getting a royal flush are exactly 1 in 649,740.
Poker fiends have a slightly better chance of laying down a straight flush: Try 72,192 to 1. the 7,462 distinct five-card poker hands, you have a 42% chance of getting a single pair though.
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A baby puffin is called a “puffling.”
To feed its chick, a puffin parent will carry around 10 fish in its beak at one time, but the biggest recorded haul is a whopping 62 fish, according to Audubon Project Puffin.
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The lyrebird can mimic almost any sounds it hears — including chainsaws.
Wildlife watchers have recorded the Australian species copying not only other birds but other animals, koalas, and artificial sounds such as car alarms and camera shutters.
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Elvis only won 3 Grammys.
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Coca-Cola was the first soft drink in space.
The Coca-Cola Company has made more than ten billion gallons of syrup since the formula's invention in 1886 by Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton. That's a lot of sugar!
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The speed of a computer mouse is measured in “Mickeys.”
A British scientist first invented the roller-ball device in 1946 while working for the Royal Navy, but the word “mouse” didn't get coined until 1965.
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Pumpkins, squash, and gourds are all technically the same species.
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Only one NFL team has a plant for a logo.
The New Orleans Saints' fleur-de-lis is actually a stylized lily historically associated with the French monarchy. It's also the state symbol of Louisiana and appears on the Quebec flag.
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Not every Model T was black.
For the first few years of production, Ford's famous car came in gray, green, blue, and red. It was only after 1914 that customers could order “any color so long as it is black,” as the dark paint dried faster than other hues.
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You can major in wine at Cornell University.
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The Northern cardinal is the most popular state bird.
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia all picked it as their favorite species. The western meadowlark takes second place as the honoree in six other states.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's son invented Lincoln Logs.
The famous architect's design for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo inspired John Lloyd Wright to produce the interlocking log beams on a much smaller scale for kids.
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About 700 grapes go into one bottle of wine.
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A $1 bill costs 5 cents to make.
According to the Federal Reserve, each buck lasts about six years, and there's about $1.79 trillion of U.S. currency in circulation right now.
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The Spotify track with the most streams in a day is 24 years old.
Just in November, Mariah Carey's “All I Want for Christmas Is You” set the Guinness World Record for the most-streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours — more than two decades after the 1994 holiday hit's release.
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The Crown Jewels contain the two biggest cut diamonds on Earth.
They both came from the Cullinan Diamond, a 3,106-carat gem found in South Africa in 1905. The largest stone, called the Great Star of Africa, is in the Sovereign's Sceptre, while the second largest is mounted in the Imperial State Crown (pictured).