Friday, February 3, 2012

Twelve Trivial Tidbits

With thanks to Mental Floss, which posted a list of trivia on January 4, National Trivia Day, I present you with some stunning facts. With thanks to me, I give you only 12 of Mental Floss' 119!

1.The string on boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.

2. When the computer mouse was invented, it was called the "X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System."

3. Only one McDonald's in the world has turquoise arches. Government officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought the yellow would look bad with the natural red rock of the city.

4. The term "lawn mullet" refers to a neatly manicured front yard with an unmowed mess in the back.

5. There was a long-lost fourth member of the Snap/Crackle/Pop gang. "Pow" represented Rice Krispies' explosive nutritional value.

6. In Peanuts in 1968, Snoopy trained to become a champion arm-wrestler. In the end, he was disqualified for not having thumbs.

7. For $45, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will sell you a 5-lb bag with $10,000 worth of shredded U.S currency.

8. At an NOAA conference in 1972, Roxcy Bolton proposed naming hurricanes after Senators instead of women, She also preferred "him-i-canes."

9. For one day in 1998, Topeka, Kansas, renamed itself "ToPikachu" to mark Pokemon's U.S. debut.

10. Andy's evil neighbor Sid from Toy Story returns briefly as the garbage man in Toy Story 3.

11. During a 2004 episode of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster said that before he started eating cookies, his name was Sid.

12. The Corduroy Appreciation Club celebrated 11-11-11 as the Day That Most Resembles Corduroy.

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