Welcome to the very first officially sanctioned event of 2019 – World National Trivia Day.
You can be forgiven for not having circled this one on the calendar. Trivia is after all by definition something you don’t NEED to know.
But now that you do, let’s play it for all it’s worth…
For two years, from 1835-1837, the city now known as Melbourne was named Batmania after Australian grazier, entrepreneur and explorer John Batman.
Some suspect this might be a case of a well-known quote being misattributed to a famous identity – but according to the theory: no more bees – no more pollination – no more plants – no more animals – no more us. (I thought there were other creatures that pollinate flowers – butterflies, hummingbirds, hoover flies, even bats?)
American teenager Adrianne Lewis (her picture is NOT photoshopped) makes Gene Simmons from KISS look tongue-tied by comparison.
1823 – German chemist Wolfgang Debereiner invents the first cigarette lighter. 1826 – English chemist John Walker invents the first self-igniting match.
The Blue Whale and the sperm whale are the two loudest animals in the world and can both make a sound up to about 188 decibals (dB). For comparison, a jet engine at take off is about 140 dB, and the human pain threshold is about 120dB. Humpback Whales are not as loud, but they’re more like the Mariah Carey of the whale world as they have really complex whale songs with a really wide frequency range.
The world record for the fastest growing plant belongs to certain species of the 45 genera of bamboo, which have been found to grow at up to 90 cm (35 inches) per day or at a rate of 0.00003 km/h (0.00002 mph).
Slapstick outlandish but interesting all round I reckon.
And absolutely perfect fodder on WORLD TRIVIA DAY.
Ps. Your bonus this week is my end-of-year tribute to another blog I read ACCIDENTALLY INSPIRED. Take it in HERE