Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thursday Thirteen # 7 – Little Known Facts

I have been really busy this week and contemplated not doing a Thursday Thirteen post, but it is so much fun that I could not resist. Here is a list of thirteen trivia facts. There is no rhyme or reason to the list, but let me know if you knew about some of them.

1. Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.

2. The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".

3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

4. The longest one-syllable word in the English language are "Screeched, Scratched, Scrounged, Scrunched, Splotched, Squinched, and Squelched."

5. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"-and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: "L.A."

6. 60 Minutes is the only television show with no theme music.

7. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

8. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

9. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.

10. According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.

11. In medieval England, beer was often served with breakfast. (I love this one)

12. Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, and chocolate.

13. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

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Malcolm said...

I knew about 1, 2, 6, and 7. I never would have guessed that Mohammed is the most common name in the world. However, it did make sense when I thought about it.

pussreboots said...

Personally I think all Jell-o is nasty. Happy TT.

Sandy Carlson said...

I wouldn't live in LA if I had to stick all that down every time I wrote my address.

I didn't know that about Debra Winger. Thanks for the fun.

Hootin' Anni said...

Now I gotta go find a 5 dollar bill!!!! What interesting facts. I love this kinda stuff.

My T-13 is posted. Won't you join me?

Nicholas said...

I would willingly have tried chocolate Jello!

re #13 ... but not for teddy bears!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Most of this I didn't know. Wow, Thursday Thirteen is always a wonderful lesson each week. Have a great TT. :)

Shesawriter said...

Learn something new every day.


Happy TT!

My Thursday Thirteen: Favorite American Idols

Open Grove Claudia said...

huh. I thought I was the purveyor of all random information. Most of these I didn't know - and how cool to learn something new!

Happy TT!

Cheerio said...

Never knew any. Your #4 is not long enough. The longest word with one syllable is smiles. Why you may ask? Because there is a mile between the two s. (lol)

SJ Reidhead said...

Very impressive!

The Pink Flamingo

Maria said...

Wow, that was totally interesting and definitely entertaining! Neat stuff.

Happy TT!


Candy said...

I'm a trivia buff and I loved this post. Hey, how come chocolate jello flopped? :o)

mom huebert said...

I've never heard of those Jello flavors! Of course, if they flopped, that would be why... They sound awful!

Deanna Dahlsad said...

I didn't know about #2 -- eeiiw, that sounds bad ;)

storyteller said...

What a fun random list this is! I didn’t know many of these things, and now I do. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

Bloggers said...

great 13. i do not like jello.

geek-betty said...

did you know rat only sweat through their tails??
I have a whole book of random info - I love stuff like that.

Anonymous said...

Great list! I love learning fun facts. Thanks for stopping by!

pjazzypar said...

Malcolm, Cookie couldn't believe that Mohammed was the most popular name, but I told her that she has to stop thinking of America as the center of the universe. We have to think globally now.

pussreboots, I am not particularly fond of Jello either.

sandy carlson, I think all Angelenos would beat it to Pasadena, Long Beach, or the Valley in a hurry if they had to write the name of the city out every time they were asked where they live.

hootin'anni, I saw something written on a 5 dollar bill, alas I wish I had know about this fact 20 years ago when I could still read fine print.

Nicholas, Chocolate does not sound too bad to me either.

sandee (comedy+), Every week I learn something new also. By the way I am still laughing about your TT.

shesawriter, We certainly do learn something new everyday, but it seems to come 100 fold on Thursdays.

Open grove claudia, glad you enjoyed the list.

Cherrio, I love your wit and disposition, it's infectious.

sj reidhead, Thanks for stopping by.

maria, thanks for stopping by.

Candy, chocolate Jello probably flopped because it was too much like chocolate pudding.

mom huebert, I don't know how they would think that celery would be a flavor that folks would warm up to.

deanna dahlsad, We see toilets all the time on television.

storyteller, thank you. Glad you stopped by.

blogger, I not fond of Jello either. I do like pudding though.

geek-betty, No I did not know about the rat's sweaty tail (LOL). I love trivia too. Thanks for visiting.

thrivingat30, Thanks for stopping by.

January 17, 2008 3:28 PM

LibAnn said...

I love these types of random facts. Thanks for sharing!!

I have mine up if you would like to stop by.

Happy TT everyone!

The Rock Chick said...

I can understand why celery flavored jello would flop! GROSS!!!

I knew none of these! Does a trivia gene run in your family? Between you and Malcolm, I am learning just tons of things! :)

Happy TT

badpuppydog said...

lol that was most interesting and entertaining! ouch about the cows and footballs! and i can totally picture debra winger doing ET

pjazzypar said...

the rock chick,

I think only Malcolm and myself care about trivia. I always liked knowing about stuff that others find little value in. Thanks for visiting and celery flavored Jello would have been gross. I never bought a package of Jello in my life.


I was shocked by the cow and football thing, until I thought about how much beef eaten by this country alone on an annual basis. When you think about that you know that 300 cows is only the tip of the iceberg. Thanks for visiting.