Thursday, June 25, 2009

Useless Trivia :)

From The Amazing Book of Useless Information, by Noel Botham

The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese, with 885 million speakers in China alone.

The first episode of Joanie Loves Chachi was the highest-rated U.S. television episode in the history of Korean television. Chachi is Korean for "penis."

The number 172 can be found on the back of the five-dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

A pound of gold actually weighs less than a pound of feathers. The reason is that feathers are measured in avoirdupois weight in which there are 16 ounces per pound. Gold is measured in troy weight with 12 ounces per pound.

The first policewoman in the United States was Alice Wells in 1910. She was hired by the Los Angeles Police Department and was allowed to design her own uniform. (Read more on Wikipedia.)

The first woman to be elected a head of state was Sirimavo Bandaraneike in 1960, who became president of Sri Lanka.

In 1846, Albert Tirrell became the first person to successfully use sleepwalking as a defense for murder and arson in the United States. (Read more on Wikipedia.)

The first person to have his diabetes successfully treated was a 14-year old Canadian boy named Leonard Thompson, who was injected with a new discovery called insulin, at Toronto General Hospital in 1922.

The first sheets of toilet paper, each measuring two by three feet, and for use by the emporer, were introduced in China in 1391. The first toilet paper rolls were marketed by the Scott Paper Company in Philadelphia in 1879.

The world's first perfect Pac-Man game was played on July 3, 1999, by Billy Mitchell. It took him six hours to score the maximum possible 3,333,360 points by eating every fruit, Power Pellet, blue ghost, and dot for 256 boards without losing a single life. Interestingly, although the game technically has no end, the 256th and final level contains a bug that has thus far made the level impossible to finish.

Until recently, among some tribes in New Guinea it was the custom for a young fighting man to give his girlfriend a finger cut from the hand of his opponent. She wore the finger on a string around her neck.

Men can read smaller print than women.

In the Middle Ages, many people believed that stars were beams of light shining through the floor of heaven.

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