Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I love me some trivia

from The Best Book of Useless Information Ever

One of the country of Liechtenstein's main exports is dental products.

In Tokyo, the cost of placing a three-line classified ad in the newspaper is $3,625 per day.

The annual Notting Hill Carnival is the second largest carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro's.

In Kenya, people don't drive on the right or left side of the street in particular, just on whichever side is smoother.

Saunas outnumber cars in Finland.

The New York Jets were once unable to find hotel rooms for a game in Indianapolis because they had all been booked up by people attending Gencon, a gaming convention.

Vaimonkanto, or "wife carrying," is a popular sport. The championship games are held annually in Sonkajarvi, Finland.

A helicopter installed the world's largest Olympic torch on top of the Calgary tower. The flame was visible for 10 to 12 miles and required 30,000 cubic feet of natural gas per hour.

Researchers have found that doctors who spend at least three hours a week playing video games make about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery than surgeons who didn't play video games at all.

The only golf course on the island of Tonga has fifteen holes and there's no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.

More than 50 percent of people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

The Church of England has appointed its first web pastor to oversee a new parish that will exist only on the net.

Spam filters that catch the word "Cialis" will not allow many work-related emails through because that word is embedded inside the word "specialist."

It took approximately 2.5 million stones to build the Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the pyramids on the Giza Plateau, and the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. If you disassembled it, you would get enough stones to encircle the earth with a brick wall twenty inches high.

The rain in New York carries so much acid from pollution that it has killed all the fish in two hundred lakes in the Adirondack State Park.

A coal-mine fire in Haas Canyon, Colorado, was ignited by spontaneous combustion in 1916 and withstood al efforts to put it out. The 900- to 1,700-degree fire was eventually quenched by heat-resistant foam mixed with grout in 2000.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Great! And I'm going to NYC in a month. I knew it was a polluted city, but that's disgusting.