Oddly True Facts That Are Odd But True

April 1, 2017

Check out these amazing facts. Some are incredible and some are strange but all are true.

James Arness, Henry Kissinger, Charo and Bil Keane all have asteroids named after them.

89% of Millennials do not know how to use an hourglass.

Hitchhiking is illegal in the Canadian village of Binscarth in Manitoba, Canada. Because of its remote location, there have never been any cars in Binscarth.

Writer Stephen King admits he was afraid of the dark well into his late teens and starting writing horror as a form of therapy.

Acceptable plural forms of the word octopus are octopi, octopuses, octopus, octopar, octopax and octotupple.

The most decorated military personage in history was Swedish naval officer Henrik af Trolle.

The Denver Broncos mascot, Miles, was fired in 2004 after throwing his mascot suit off the top of Invesco Field, making thousands of fans think he had committed suicide.

The singer Meat Loaf made most of his money not by selling records but by becoming one of the principle investors in Qdoba.

The “Wiccan Times” voted a mountain in Wales named Craig y Llyn as the most haunted outdoor place in Great Britain.

In the 1940s, Swiss doctors experimented with LSD as a cure for menopause.

The first film to be released on DVD was “Beaches.”

Caskets are one of the largest environmental polluters worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

March 29 Trivia Rankings

March 29, 2017

Thanks to all the Quizlings who came out to play. It was a lovely night and even though that final round gave some a case of the fits I believe most enjoyed themselves.

What did we learn? Napoleon spent time on more than one island … amateur radio buffs may like meat but not acronyms … and old, dead guys can still have some good music.

Oh – and that lake in South America has a funny name…

Now here are this week’s team rankings. See you next week!

Collateral Damage 64
Clear Eyes Full Hearts Can’t Lose 58
No One Makes Up Incredible Team Names Like Gaston 56
Pizza – It’s Not Just For Brexit Anymore 55
Go TarCocks Beat OreGonzaga 55
Obamacare [greater than] IDon’tCare 50
DMC 50
Did James Brown Wear A Wig? 49
Trumps Ratings Lower than The Apprentice 49
Brexit Club 47
There’s Always Money in The Banana Stand 46
The Team With No Name 44
Low Hanging Fruit 43
We Don’t Understand The Question And We Won’t Respond To It 39
Periodic Table Dancers 36
Not My Rodrick 34

Absorbent And Yellow And Tumescent Is He!

March 28, 2017

Basically, I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! (Not really; little shocks me anymore.) But I am amazed that the SpongeBob SquarePants hook seen below got past the planning stages, out of product testing and into stores without someone – anyone – saying, “Hey, is it just me but does that strategically placed hook look kinda like his… ?” I mean, look at that! It couldn’t be more obvious if it said “Sponsored by Viagra” on the packaging.  

Actually, I guess I can believe that it got past the suits and the focus groups and the initial marketing. But I gotta believe that, at the very least, the guy who chose the picture did so knowingly.

So there you have it. An actual SpongeBob SquarePants mountable wall hook I found for sale in a legitimate store. Go buy one today and scar your kids for life!

Costume Drama

March 24, 2017

In college, I had a job working for this business that would supply costumed characters for kids’ birthday parties. To avoid copyright infringement, the company would rent out characters like “Friendly Dinosaur” instead of Barney or “Burger Clown” instead of Ronald McDonald.

In my spare time, just for fun, I liked to dress up as our Mickey Mouse clone (“Fun Park Rat”) and hang around exit ramps holding a sign that said: “Will Carry Plague For Food.”

Spent a night in jail once for that gag. Heh. So totally worth it.

March 22 Trivia Rankings

March 22, 2017

It was windy and chilly outside but the trivia inside Tomato Jake’s was inviting. And – whew! – another close game, Quizlings! One in which we learned that Sparky’s no fun and knows how to disappoint a woman (though that latter point could have easily been guessed). Also there was talk of belly speaking, British toads and token changes.

Oh and check this out:

Now here are the rankings for the week…

Everyone Explodes A Little Early 70
Tomato Jake’s – Because Tomato Glen’s Sounds Stupid 69
Duke Plays Who This Week? 68
We’ll Fight The Duck Sized Horses 65
I’d Wiretap That 62
Cat Skillz 59
Does This Smell Like Chloroform To You? 58
Chuck Buried 😦 58
Save Elmo 57
Casey Is Always Late 53
Tomato Jake’s Doesn’t Allow Fun Names 53
E Pluribus Anus 52
Stephen Hawking’s Football Boots 47
Duke: Is It Still An Upset If Everyone’s Happy About It? 46

Pluck O’ The Irish

March 17, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing green? Drinking excessively? Does it really matter?

Since most Americans’ knowledge of Irish history and culture comes from a Lucky Charms commercial, I thought it might be an apt time to examine the real reasons behind the celebratory revels.

So here are 10 things you didn’t know about Saint Pat, Irish history and culture!

1. Saint Patrick was probably born in Roman Britain, about AD 385. He was originally called Maewyn, a name that, even in that historic era, no doubt got his butt kicked at recess more often than not.

2. Saint Patrick did not in actuality drive the snakes out of Ireland. He merely offered them a lift when their car broke down and only drove them down the road to the nearest pub.

3. The shamrock is the traditional icon of Saint Patrick’s Day, replacing the passed-out Leprechaun in popularity because it was too hard to face paint. Read the rest of this entry »

March 15 Trivia Rankings

March 15, 2017

What a great night, Quizlings! Thanks to all who braved the icy chill and took part in a pretty impressive round of trivia (if I do say so myself – and I do). We got to learn about Scrabble, St. Patrick’s Day legends and how the US of A is apparently nothing but a bunch of gambling addicts. PLUS – one lucky team got their prize doubled thanks to the 100+ attendance!

Oh and there was this, as well …

Now here are the team rankings for this week…

Give This Team A Prize (Not Lemonheads) 68
Smile For The Microwave 67
Why Is It So Cold? 66
Short Ride Home 65
The Helen Keller School Of Interior Design 64
Lorde Of the Dance 62
Micro Hands Microwaving 61
Every Movie Theatre Is A Drive-In If You Don’t Care About Your Car 60
We’re The 16th Seed Of Trivia 60
Trivia Night – Cell Phones Away, Microwaves Out 59
I Just Blue Myself 58
Make Greensboro Great Again 56
There’s Always Money In the Banana Stand 55
The Little President Who Cried Wolf 55
Green Eggs And Hammered 55
Daylight Trivia Time 50
Too Cold For This $#!+ 48
Knowledge, No – Perserverence, Yes 42
I’ll Have Whatever NC Weather Is Drinking 41
The Luck Of The Irish 40

Flickers

March 13, 2017

To the idiots who thought it was a good idea to bring a fussy 2-year-old to the 10pm showing of Logan last night – sleep peacefully knowing that although you were rude, distracting and thoughtless you were NOT the most annoying moviegoers in the auditorium merely because the drunken stoners who loudly stumbled in about 1/3 of the way through (and left just as ninja-like about 20 minutes before the end) edged you out of that dubious honor. Nevertheless, I salute you and your brazen lack moviehouse etiquette and hope some other cinema patron with less of a sense of humor than myself visits you in the night ready, willing and able to shove a large box of popcorn shoved up your backside.

Unfounded

March 10, 2017

When I was ten I played hide and seek with some kids in my neighborhood. There was this one little kid, Brucie, who kept getting found first because his hiding places weren’t very well thought out. He was maybe around 7 or 8 and he started to cry a little because he was so bad at the game. I tried to calm him down by telling him he had to be more creative in his hiding. Standing behind a small tree wasn’t enough. Inside things or under things was good. My stupid little pre-adolescent brain attempted to give this little crybaby a lesson in concealment like I was the head of MI5. Well, we started to play the game again and Brucie got this look on his face like he was going to crack this thing. As he trotted off down the street I heard him mutter, “I’ll show ’em all. They’ll never find me.”

And he was right. We never saw him again. Being kids, we stopped looking after about 10 minutes, figuring he’d gone home or something. But we saw cops at Brucie’s house that night and Missing posters popped up around the neighborhood the next day. His family moved away about a year later. They never found Brucie.

I’d like to imagine that some day, decades from now, somebody’ll be doing some yard work or renovating a garden shed and find an 80-year-old Brucie stashed away in a hole in the ground or behind some lawnmowers and rakes. Still hiding. Because, as he said, he’d show us all.

March 8 Trivia Rankings

March 9, 2017

A fun night, Quizlings. We talked of Instagram stars, Clue weapons and an unfortunate sports outing. Plus we answered some questions with a question, didn’t we?

And there was this tasty morsel …

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Here are this week’s trivia rankings. How’d you do?

Wikileaks Gave Us Our Answers 66
A Day Without A Woman: Glen Knows Too Well 66
The Ceiling Is The Roof 65
A Castle Is Not A Chess Piece 65
Trump Tower Tapp Room 64
Obama Tapped That 61
A Day Without Women = Day Without Brownies 61
Trout Mask Replica 60
Why Doesn’t Oedipus Curse? He Kisses His Mama With That Mouth 57
Ten Of Diamonds 56
Check The Forecast … ‘Snow Joke 55
Wire Tapping For Dummies 55