50 Fascinating Bits of Trivia You’ll Love

When it comes to taking part in pub quizzes more often than not there’s one person in the team who just seems to know all the random stuff.

 

So how can you brush up on your pub quiz skills if you don’t know what they’re likely to ask?

The best thing to do is consume as much random trivia as possible.  Good pub quizzers have been doing this for years so they have a bit of a head start.

 

At White Knight Entertainment we’ve been delivering the biggest and best Trivia nights in the Jacksonville area for nearly a decade.  We know what we’re talking about when it comes to quizzes.

 

Not only can we help you host a top trivia night but we’ll offer prizes, competitions, and camaraderie for a different kind of nightlife fun.

 

We’ll even help you prepare for the onslaught of questions.

 

Trivia JacksonvilleTo get you in the mood, here are 50 bits of intriguing trivia:

  1. The infamous green Sesame Street character, Oscar the Grouch, used to be orange.

  2. The 3 Musketeers bar was originally split into three pieces with three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. When the other flavors became harder to come by during World War II, Mars decided to go all chocolate.

  3. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

  4. In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all their cash.

  5. Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State. 

  6. M&M’s actually stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.

  7. Carly Simon‘s dad is the Simon of the massive publishing house, Simon and Schuster.

  8. In 1999, Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency’s Maryland headquarters because it was feared the toys might repeat national security secrets.

  9. James Avery (“Uncle Phil” on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) was the voice of Shredder on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

  10. Kool-Aid was originally marketed as “Fruit Smack.”

  11. There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

  12. As part of David Hasselhoff’s divorce settlement, he kept possession of the nickname “Hoff” and the catchphrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff.”

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

  14. Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys.

  15. In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.

  16. That thing you use to dot your lowercase “i” is called a tittle.

  17. The only number whose letters are in alphabetical order is 40 (f-o-r-t-y).

  18. The little BIC pen logo guy has a name. It’s BIC Boy.

  19. U2’s Bono was born Paul David Hewson.

  20. Editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using no more than 50 different words. The result? Green Eggs and Ham.

  21. The Q in Q-tips stands for quality. They were originally called Baby Gays.

  22. After an online vote in 2011, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.

  23. Lyme disease is named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where several cases were identified in 1975.

  24. When the computer mouse was invented, it was called the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.”

  25. The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

  26. 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.

  27. On Saved by the Bell: The College Years, A.C. Slater learned his last name was actually Sanchez. His dad changed it to get into the military academy.

  28. Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

  29. There was a long-lost fourth member of the Snap/Crackle/Pop gang. “Pow” represented Rice Krispies’ explosive nutritional value.

  30. After OutKast sang “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” Polaroid released this statement: “Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.”

  31. In France, the Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman movie No Strings Attached was called Sex Friends.

  32. Horses can’t vomit.

  33. Before settling on the Seven Dwarfs we know today, Disney also considered Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy, and Awful.

  34. The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name—Norville Rogers.

  35. In the early stage version of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s faithful companion Toto was replaced by a cow named Imogene.

  36. The first webcam watched a coffee pot. It allowed researchers at Cambridge to monitor the coffee situation without leaving their desks.

  37. Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins also wrote for Clarissa Explains It All.

  38. The final speech by Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird was done in one take.

  39. In a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, Admiral John Fisher used the phrase “O.M.G.”

  40. Bubble wrap was originally intended to be used as 3D wallpaper.

  41. Reed Hasting started Netflix after receiving $40 in late fees when returning Apollo 13

  42. J.K. Rowling became the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. However, she also lost her billionaire status because she donated so much money to charity!

  43. For every human on Earth, there are 1.6 million ants.

  44. The Nobel Committee declined to award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948 because “there was no suitable living candidate.” This was meant as tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated earlier that year without receiving the Prize.

  45. Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for less than $1 million in 1999, but Excite turned them down.

  46. Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in the Matrix. He starred in Wild Wild West instead. 

  47. For 67 consecutive years, Mary was America’s most popular female baby name. Linda broke the streak in 1947.

  48. Wayne Allwine, the voice actor for Mickey Mouse, and Russi Taylor, the voice actress for Minnie Mouse, wed in 1991.

  49. The Amazon Rainforest produces around one fifth of the world’s oxygen.

  50. The current record holder for most prolific mother goes to Valentina Vassilyeva, who had 69 children over the course of her lifetime. Her husband, Feodor Vassilyeva later remarried and had 18 more children, making him father to 87 children total (though only 82 survived).

Now you have a taste for great Trivia why not join us at one of our great Trivia nights or host your own!