Monday, June 19, 2017

Ten of . . Trivia


Australia has 20% of the world’s poker machines, but only .33% of the world’s population.


The chameleon has a tongue that is 1.5 times the length of its body! It can rocket in and out with blinding speed and can catch a fly in mid air.  

Oops, that's the wrong pic, that's Gene Simmons from KISS.

By the way:

This is 18 year old Eighteen-year-old Adrianne Lewis whose tongue may be the world's longest. See videos of her, and her tongue, plus those of others, at:

Your forearm (from inside of elbow to inside of wrist) is the same length as your foot.


In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.

There is even a 400-year-old Japanese tradition at various festivals where the sumo wrestlers attempt to make the babies gathered in a ring cry. The one who cries first is the winner.

Sumo wrestlers hold up crying babies in front of a referee during the event at the Kamegaike-Hachiman Shrine in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, on May 14, 2017

Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.

England beating the US team at the Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, 1920.

Google was originally known as Backrub, it logo being a hand massaging a back with the word appearing as an overlay. It was so named for its analysis of the web's "back links."

The name “Google” was first suggested by a graduate student, Sean Anderson, who suggested the word “googolplex” during a brainstorming session. Google exec Page countered with the shorter “googol.” Googol is the digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes, while googolplex is 1 followed by a googol zeros. Anderson checked to see if that domain name was taken but accidentally searched for “” instead of “” The other exec liked that name even better and registered that.


Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Brooklyn.

Jeanette Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill (1854 – 1921) was raised in Brooklyn, Paris and New York City. She was a noted beauty and an admirer, Lord d'Abernon, said that there was "more of the panther than of the woman in her look.”


Japan has square watermelons, intended to fit more compactly in fridges and be able to be cut more easily. The melons are grown in boxes and assume the shape of the container. They cost quite a bit more so appeal to wealthy or fashionable consumers.

Since the advent of the square watermelon, other watermelon shapes have been introduced, such as hearts, pyramids and faces.


Melania Trump speaks five languages: her native Slovenian, Serbian, English, French, and German.

Melania Trump, third from the left, front row, high school photo in Sevnica, 1984, age 14. 

There are 5 countries larger than Australia: Russia, Canada, China, USA, Brazil.

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