Useless Facts (5 of 5)

  • Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi’s noses off would and therefore forstall curses.
  • The allele for six fingers and toes is dominant in humans. (Watch out Inigo Montoya…)
  • The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.
  • Medieval knights put sharkskin on their swordhandles to give them a more secure grip; they would dig the sharp scales into their palms.
  • Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
  • The only planet without a ring is earth.
  • Wayne’s World was filmed in two weeks.
  • If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
  • The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots.
  • Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
  • A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
  • Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.”
  • A group of frogs is called an army.
  • A group of rhinos is called a crash.
  • A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
  • A group of whales is called a pod.
  • A group of geese is called a gaggle.
  • A group of ravens is called a murder.
  • A group of officers is called a mess.
  • A group of larks is called an exaltation.
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • The 80s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.
  • Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
  • Starfish don’t have brains.
  • Shrimps’ hearts are in their heads.
  • The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin “tri-” + “via”, which means three streets. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streeets in Rome (or some other Italian place), they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of “trivia.”
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