Flamingo Trivia

July 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

The greater flamingo is the largest flamingo species.  – Photo © William Warby By Melissa Mayntz Updated May 25, 2016. Flamingos are the most instantly recognizable wading birds in the world, but what makes them so special that they capture the hearts of birders and non-birders alike? These fun flamingo facts and trivia may surprise you! Flamingo Trivia There are only six species of flamingos in the world, though several of those species have subspecies divisions and could eventually be split into different unique species. Flamingos are found around the world from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. They are also popular guests in many zoos, aviaries, aquariums and botanical gardens well outside their native ranges. The word “flamingo” comes from the Spanish and Latin word “flamenco” which means fire, and refers to the bright color of the birds’ feathers. Not all flamingos are brightly colored, however, and some [...]

4th Of July Trivia Facts

July 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

  By Maria Vultaggio  To many revelers, the Fourth of July is an excuse to relax under the hot sun with cold beers while indulging in high-calorie foods, but the history of America’s Independence Day is richer than anything on their holiday bill of fare. Here are 15 fun facts about the U.S. birthday likely to surprise family and friends: 1. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July? Two. 2. Which day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually put their John Hancocks on the document? Aug. 2, 1776. 3. Which president was born on the Fourth of July? Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872. 4. How did the Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Contest begin? Legend has it that four immigrants got into an argument over who was more patriotic. They decided to settle the disagreement by seeing who could eat the most wieners. 5. When did the Fourth of July become a paid federal holiday? 1938. 6. Is there something written on the [...]

Indian Why the Turkey Gobbles

November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

According to Cherokee legends, in the old days, Grouse had a good voice and Turkey had none. Therefore Turkey asked Grouse to teach him. But Grouse wanted pay, so Turkey promised to give him some feathers for a collar. That is how the Grouse got his collar of turkey feathers.   So the Grouse began to teach Turkey. At last Grouse said, “Now you must try your voice. You must halloo.” Turkey said, “Yes.” Grouse said, “I’ll stand on this hollow log, and when I tap on it, you must halloo as loudly as you can.” So Grouse climbed upon a log, ready to tap on it, but when he did so, Turkey became so excited that when he opened his mouth, he only said, “Gobble, gobble, gobble!” That is why the Turkey gobbles whenever he hears a noise. [...]

Turkey Trivia

November 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Find fast facts about wild and domesticated turkeys in the United States. How the Turkey Got Its Name How the Turkey Got Its Name There are a number of explanations for the origin of the name of Thanksgiving’s favorite dinner guest. Some believe Christopher Columbus thought that the land he discovered was connected to India, and believed the bird he discovered (the turkey) was a type of peacock. He therefore called it ‘tuka,’ which is ‘peacock’ in Tamil, an Indian language. Though the turkey is actually a type of pheasant, one can’t blame the explorer for trying. The Native American name for turkey is ‘firkee’; some say this is how turkeys got their name. Simple facts, however, sometimes produce the best answers—when a turkey is scared, it makes a “turk, turk, turk” noise. Turkey Facts At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin was one of those who [...]

Trivia about Chocolate

November 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Trivia about chocolate (41 facts) A 1.5 oz. milk chocolate bar has only 220 calories. A 1.75 oz. serving of potato chips has 230 calories. A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate. American and Russian space flights have always included chocolate. American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5 billion pounds of milk — only surpassed by the cheese and ice cream industries. Americans consumed over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate in 2001, which is almost half of the total world’s production. Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate every day. It was thick, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers. Bittersweet chocolate is what is usually called for in baking. It contains more chocolate liquor (at least 35%) and less sugar than sweet chocolate. Semisweet chocolate contains 15% – 35% chocolate liquor. Caffeine: there are 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine in [...]

Trivia about coffee

October 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

trivia about coffe – Trivial Trivia Collections   Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and as sweet as love” – Turkish Proverb 52% of Americans drink coffee. A acre of coffee trees can produce up to 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries. That amounts to approximately 2000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling. A scientific report form the University of California found that the steam rising from a cup of coffee contains the same amounts of antioxidants as three oranges. The antioxidants are heterocyclic compounds which prevents cancer and heart disease. It’s good for you! Adding sugar to coffee is believed to have started in 1715, in the court of King Louis XIV, the French monarch. Advertisements for coffee in London in 1657 claimed that the beverage was a cure for scurvy, gout and other ills. After the decaffeinating process, processing companies no longer throw the caffeine away; they sell it to pharmaceutical companies. After they are roasted, [...]

Animal Trivia 5

October 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

animal trivia, uncommon facts about animals – Trivial Trivia Collections The largest Great White Shark ever caught measured 37 feet and weighed 24,000 pounds. It was found in a herring weir in New Brunswick in 1930.The largest pig on record was a Poland-China hog named Big Bill, who weighed 2,552 lbs.The last member of the famous Bonaparte family, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, died in 1945, of injuries sustained from tripping over his dog’s leash. The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate. During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight. The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings. The mouse is the most common mammal in the US. The name of the dog from “The Grinch Who Stole [...]

Animal Trivia 4

October 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Trivial Trivia Collections Rats can’t throw-up.Sharks apparently are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known, they are immune to every known disease including cancer.Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.Snakes are immune to their own poison.Some baby giraffes are more than six feet tall at birth.Swans are the only birds with penises.Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length. The “caduceus” the classical medical symbol of two serpents wrapped around a staff – comes from an ancient Greek legend in which snakes revealed the practice of medicine to human beings. The 1st buffalo ever born in captivity was born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in 1884. The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was formed in 1866. The [...]

Art and Architecture Trivia 2

October 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Although construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg started in 1015, it was not until 1439 that the spire was completed. Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women’s feet. At the age of 26, Michelangelo began sculpting his monumental statue of David. He finished it seventeen months later, in January, 1504. Currently the world’s tallest building is the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Towers measures 1,483ft. During a severe windstorm or rainstorm the Empire State Building may sway several feet to either side. England’s Stonehenge is 1500 years older than Rome’s Colosseum. Evard Ericksen sculpted “The Little Mermaid” statue which is located in Copenhagen harbor. First occupied by John Adams in 1800, the White House has witnessed one presidential wedding, five first-family weddings, 11 births, and seven presidential funerals. Recent additions include John F. Kennedy’s swimming pool, Richard Nixon’s [...]

Animal Trivia 3

October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

uncommon facts about animals – Trivial Trivia Collections Female chickens, or hens, need about 24 to 26 hours to produce one egg. Thirty minutes later they start the process all over again. In addition to the half-hour rests, some hens rest every three to five days and others rest every 10 days.George Washington’s favorite horse was named Lexington. Napoleon’s favorite was Marengo. U.S. Grant had three favorite horses: Egypt, Cincinnati, and Jeff Davis.German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog. Goldfish lose their color if they are kept in dim light or are placed in a body of running water, such as a stream. Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa – more than any other wild animal. Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away. Human tapeworms can grow up to 22.9m. Hummingbirds are the smallest birds – so tiny that one of their enemies is an insect, the praying mantis. In its entire [...]