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RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazedby the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
edited June 2007 in Social Entropy++
Because metal was scarce; the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster.

King Kong was Adolf Hitler's favorite movie

Crayola is a French word that means 'Oily chalk.'

On average, the life span of an American dollar bill is eighteen months.

Q-Tip Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays.

The first toilet being flushed in a motion picture was in the movie Psycho.

The household wrench was invented by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1922.

The leading cause of poisoning for children under the age of six in the home is liquid dish soap.

The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer.

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    HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I'm trying to get a job with Crayola, since the company was founded in Pennsylvania right near where I live.

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2007
    Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States.

    U-Haul is the world's largest advertiser in the Yellow Pages.

    The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.

    Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation.

    The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.

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    Wrench N RocketsWrench N Rockets Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Grand Rapids, Mi was the first city in the US to add fluoride to it's water.

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    Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    what walks on 4 legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening
    it turns out it's man

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2007
    It is illegal for unmarried couples to have sex in a hotel room in North Carolina.

    Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate every second.

    Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream.

    Women buy four out of every 10 condoms sold.

    Coca-Cola was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space.

    Each year 96 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S.

    Stannous fluoride, which is the cavity fighter found in toothpaste is made from recycled tin.

    Former U.S. President Franklin Pierce was arrested during his term as President for running over an old lady with his horse, but the charges were later dropped.

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    Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2007
    i must read that book

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    Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I feel like rasterbating that

    I wouldn't know what to say if my landlord came by though

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    MonkeybombMonkeybomb Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Rankenphile is spreading his marbles all across the forums.

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    PotUPotU __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    In the 18th century, British people ate their salads with mustard, cress and horse shit.

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2007
    At 120 miles per hour, a Formula One car generates so much downforce that it can drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel.

    There are three golf balls sitting on the moon.

    Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.

    Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of mucous.

    There are 53 Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world.

    Every hour one billion cells in the body must be replaced.

    The penis of a barnacle may reach up to 20 times its body size.

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    MonkeybombMonkeybomb Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Cows can't blink.

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    MonkeybombMonkeybomb Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Babies can actually breathe underwater.

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    FAQFAQ Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    a flys sperm, right, is bigger than it's own body, okay. Now i did not make that up, so deal with it.

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    Lord DaveLord Dave Grief Causer Bitch Free ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut

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    Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for a babysitter to raid the fridge.

    There's one state out west where it's illegal to cross state lines with a camel, I believe.
    Another has a law about having a duck on your head or some shit.

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    Lord DaveLord Dave Grief Causer Bitch Free ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Oh wait, it is a nut.

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    FAQFAQ Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut

    it is a lagoom

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    JordynJordyn Really, Commander? Probing Uranus. Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    The 'rod' was once defined as the length of the left feet of 16 men lined up heel to toe as they emerged from a church.

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    MonkeybombMonkeybomb Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    There have actually only been three U.S. presidents.

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    PotUPotU __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    King Heinrich VIII last words were: "Monks, monks, monks."

    He also had a servant that was only there to wipe the king's butt.

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    Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    In Hamburg, Germany, it's politically correct to call someone a hamburger.

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    Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut

    discuss.

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    FAQFAQ Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    50% of the facts here are from QI

    and we all know it

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    Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    "Rule of thumb" refers to a time when it was legal for a man to beat his wife, so long as the object used was no wider than his thumb.

    This led to problems for women married to dudes with big thumbs.

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2007
    One out of 20 people have an extra rib.

    Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.

    It takes eight and a half minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.

    7-11 sells 10,000 pots of coffee an hour, every hour, every day.

    New Zealand is the first country to allow women to vote.

    A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years.

    During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.

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    Lord DaveLord Dave Grief Causer Bitch Free ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    what the heck is QI

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2007
    FAQ wrote: »
    50% of the facts here are from QI

    and we all know it

    I never said they weren't.

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    Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    In Fahrenheit 451, a book in which books are burned, there are characters named Montag and Faber.
    Montag is a paper manufacturer. Faber is a brand of pencils.
    EDIT: What's QI?

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    iusehappymodiusehappymod Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    There are 4 bits to a nibble

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    Hamlet will be Hamlet
    An ineffable tragedy of the human spirit that still resonates, even today.
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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2007
    The city of Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms in the world.

    The number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia.

    Kermit the frog delivered the commencement address at Southampton College located in the state of New York in 1996.

    The Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal is farther East than the Atlantic entrance.

    First-cousin marriages are legal in Utah, so long as both parties are 65 or older.

    Redheads require more anesthesia to 'go under' than other hair colors do.

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    HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    The phrase "the whole nine yards" come from World War II fighter pilots. The large belts of machine gun ammunition were 9 yards in length. While on strafing missions, they would unleash all of their ammunition into a single target. It became a common term for going all the way or giving something all you had.

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    Lord DaveLord Dave Grief Causer Bitch Free ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Wiggin wrote: »
    "Rule of thumb" refers to a time when it was legal for a man to beat his wife, so long as the object used was no wider than his thumb.

    This led to problems for women married to dudes with big thumbs.

    completely fake trivia is the best trivia

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    PotUPotU __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    I'm getting my facts from the best book ever.

    The Mammoth Book of Tasteless Lists.

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    Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    Wiggin wrote: »
    "Rule of thumb" refers to a time when it was legal for a man to beat his wife, so long as the object used was no wider than his thumb.

    This led to problems for women married to dudes with big thumbs.

    completely fake trivia is the best trivia

    I thought that was true.
    What's QI?
    EDIT: And where are we getting this shit from?

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    JordynJordyn Really, Commander? Probing Uranus. Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Alaska is the eastern most state.

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    FAQFAQ Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Wiggin wrote: »
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    Wiggin wrote: »
    "Rule of thumb" refers to a time when it was legal for a man to beat his wife, so long as the object used was no wider than his thumb.

    This led to problems for women married to dudes with big thumbs.

    completely fake trivia is the best trivia

    I thought that was true.
    What's QI?

    it's a funny and educational little english quiz show,

    also

    Humans use only 10% or less of their brain: Even though many mysteries of brain function persist, every part of the brain has a known function

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    PotUPotU __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2007
    The book Esther is the only book in the Bible were god isn't mentioned.

    In 1994, 14 people died during a burial in the Nigerian Nsukka after they ate the dog of the man who died.

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2007
    The inventor of Vaseline ate a spoonful of the stuff every morning.

    It is illegal to purchase or consume Jack Daniel's Whiskey in the town in which it is produced.

    Pringles light potato chips may not be labled either “Light” or “Potato Chips” per US FDA regulations.

    Most car horns honk in the key of 'F'.

    In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a toll booth.

    It snowed in the Sahara desert on February 18, 1979.

    Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

    Coffee drinkers have sex more frequently than non-coffee drinkers.

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    PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Wiggin wrote: »
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    Wiggin wrote: »
    "Rule of thumb" refers to a time when it was legal for a man to beat his wife, so long as the object used was no wider than his thumb.

    This led to problems for women married to dudes with big thumbs.

    completely fake trivia is the best trivia

    I thought that was true.
    What's QI?
    EDIT: And where are we getting this shit from?
    Domestic violence/discipline

    It is often claimed that the term originally referred to the maximum thickness of a stick with which it was permissible for a man to beat his wife.[1] This explanation for the origin of the term was popularized in the opening of the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints.


    Linguist Michael Quinion, citing the research of Sharon Fenick, notes that there are some examples of a related usage historically — most notably with regard to a supposed pronouncement by a British judge, Sir Francis Buller, that a man may legally beat his wife, provided that he used a stick no thicker than his thumb. However, it is questionable whether Buller ever made such a pronouncement and there is even less evidence that he phrased it as a "rule of thumb"; the rumoured statement was so unpopular that it caused him to be lambasted as "Judge Thumb" in a satirical James Gillray cartoon. According to Quinion, the term "Rule of Thumb" was first documented in English in 1692, long before Buller's reported pronouncement. The first known usage of the phrase "rule of thumb" in direct reference to domestic violence was in 1976, in the book Battered Wives by Del Martin.

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