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Interesting Facts By Trivial Topics

Deanna Mascle

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Question: What was the first animal to fly in a manmade device?

Answer: If you answered a sheep, duck, rooster or dog you were right!

Interesting Fact: A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.

Question: What is the fastest creature in the sea?

Answer: Sailfish

Interesting Fact: The fastest fish is the Cosmopolitan Sailfish. It swims at about 109kms an hour! Sailfish are found in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with different scientific names assigned to the fish in either ocean (Pacific - Istiophorus albicans; Atlantic - Istiophorus platypterus). However, scientists now believe that these fish are actually the same species, the only difference being the ocean in which they live and their size - the Pacific ocean sailfish tend to grow significantly larger (up to 10 feet).

Question: What is the wettest place in the world?

Answer: Cherrapunji, India

Interesting Fact: It's ironic that the wettest place in the world manages to thirst for water each winter when no rain falls at all for months at a time. The type of weather phenomenon that brings so much rain to this part of the world is called the monsoons. Monsoons are seasonal winds that blow from one direction for approximately six months, bringing torrential rains, and then blow from the opposite direction for the remaining six months, during which little rain falls.

Question: What was the original meaning of third world?

Answer: Less developed countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America

Interesting Fact: The Third World is a term used, along with First World and Second World, to broadly categorise the nations of the Earth to three social, political, and economic divisions. Economist Alfred Sauvy coined the term Third World in referring to countries currently called either “developing" or “under-developed", especially in Latin America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia, that were unaligned with either the Communist Soviet bloc or the Capitalist NATO bloc during the Cold War (1945-1989). Today, Third World is synonymous with all countries in the developing world, regardless of their political status.

Question: Who invented the Frisbee?

Answer: Walter Fredrick Morrison

Interesting Fact:The Frisbie Baking Company (1871-1958) of Bridgeport, Connecticut, made pies that were sold to many New England colleges. Hungry college students soon discovered that the empty pie tins could be tossed and caught, providing endless hours of game and sport. In 1948, a Los Angeles building inspector named Walter Frederick Morrison invented a plastic version of the Frisbie that could fly further and with better accuracy than a tin pie plate. Morrison produced a plastic Frisbie called the Pluto Platter, to cash in on the growing popularity of UFOs with the American public. The Pluto Platter has become the basic design for all Frisbies. The outer third of the Frisbie disc is called the ‘Morrison Slope', listed in the patent. Rich Knerr and A. K. ‘Spud’ Melin were the owners of a new toy company called ‘Wham-O’ which marketed the Hula-Hoop, Super Ball and Water Wiggle. They convinced Morrison to sell them the rights to his design. Morrison received over one million dollars in royalties for his invention.

Question: Which is our nearest star? (after the sun)

Answer: Proxima Centauri

Interesting Fact: Proxima Centauri is the nearest known star to the sun, at a distance of about 4.2 light years. It is an intrinsically faint red star, more than ten magnitudes (ten thousand times) fainter than the Sun. It is also much cooler, with a surface temperature of about 3100 C. Its visual (apparent) magnitude is eleven, so it is only visible with a good telescope, and only then from southern latitudes. Proxima is about one-tenth the mass of the sun, which accounts for its low surface temperature. It is possibly an outlying member of the triple alpha Centauri system just a few light days closer to us than the other, much brighter stars in the group.

Question: Where did Hershey kisses get their name?

Answer: From the machine “kissing" the conveyor belt

Interesting Fact: Hershey kisses were first introduced in 1907. While it's not known exactly how Hershey kisses got their name, it is a popular theory that the candy was named for the sound or motion of the chocolate being deposited during the manufacturing process.

Question: What color must gondolas in Venice, Italy, be painted?

Answer: Black

Interesting Fact: During the black plague all gondolas were painted black to signify morning of the dead. Before that time they were painted all colors.

Question: What are the origins of the word “testify"?

Answer: Men swore in Roman courts by swearing on their testicles

Interesting Fact: The origins of the word testimony and testify are closely related to that of testis. Some historians believe that the Romans placed their right hands on their testicles and swore by them before giving a testimony. This is part of the reasons that eunuchs and women weren't allowed to testify in in court. It is documented Roman law though that no man could bear witness unless he possessed both testes.

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