Once a week, I like to blog about trivia and just general goofy stuff…mainly because I like to laugh and have fun at work. I am very fond of useless trivia. I’m one of those annoying people who do fairly well watching Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and all those other trivia shows. I’ve won Millionaire in my living room twice. Twice! Getting my pie slices in Trivial Pursuit is usually a piece of cake.

But enough about me! The word trivia has come a circuitous route to stand for meaningless information. In Latin, the meaning of the word trivia is “A meeting place of three roads”. Inconsequential facts abound! And what does trivia have to do with meetings and roads? Nothing. That’s the point.

Trivia has grown to be a large part of our culture, although after the scandals of the late fifties, it lost popularity for a while when it was found that quiz shows were rigged. A movie named “Quiz Show” starring John Turturro & Ralph Fiennes was even made about the scandals, and was even nominated for a slew of Academy Awards. How’s that for some trivia?

So to kick off your fabulous, fantastic Friday, here is some trivia for you! Enjoy!

  • Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
  • The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it.
  • Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.
  • There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
  • Giraffes have no vocal cords.
  • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour (and causes brain damage, I’m sure).
  • The dot over the letter ‘i’ and ‘j’ is called a tittle.
  • Every person has a unique tongue print. (Say “aaah”)
  • Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm.

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