12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

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12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

Toss them down in the couch cushions with those old tortilla chip crumbs, and vacuum them up with the Dustbuster that is your brain!

A Literally Goated Holiday

Towns in Sweden erect huge Julbock, or “Yule Goats,” built from straw, every year. The most famous is in a town called Gavle, and it stands 40 feet tall.

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

Arild Vagen

Chupa Chups’ Serious Design Chops

Though not as popular in the U.S., the lollipop brand Chupa Chups is ubiquitous in many parts of the world. It doesnt hurt that theyve got a great logo, and they should: It was designed by Salvador Dali.

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

J Aaron Farr

The Muppets’ Sinister Secret

And by sinister, Im referring to the words roots, meaning “on the left side.” (Bonus trivia!) Have you ever noticed that most of the Muppets are left-handed? Theres a simple reason: Most of their puppeteers are right-handed, which means that hand is used to control the face.

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

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The Oldest U.S. Newspaper in Circulation Today

The Hartford Courant, still available in Connecticut today, was first published in October 1764, under the name The Connecticut Courant.

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

Hartford Courant

The Real Year Out of A Disaster Movie

It might sound like the start of an ecological blockbuster, but in 1816, there really was no summer. A volcanic eruption in Indonesia upset the global climate and dropped the global temperature by two to seven degrees Fahrenheit, with devastating results worldwide.

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

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Coca-Cola Isn’t the Only Medicine-Turned-Food

The fact that Coca-Cola started as medicine is a popular bit of trivia, but a little less well-known? So did ketchup. It was said to cure diarrhea and… jaundice?

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

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When New York’s Five Boroughs Were Formed

New Yorks existed for a long time, but it only became the five-borough conglomeration we know today on January 1, 1898. New York, which then only included Manhattan and the Bronx, absorbed the city of Brooklyn, the county of Queens and Staten Island, then known as Richmond County.

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

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Asia Is Fine With Thirteen, Less So With Four

You wouldnt be too surprised to see an American elevator skip the 13th floor out of superstition. If youre in an Asian country, though, you might be more confused to see the fourth floor missing. In much of the continent, the number four is considered unlucky because it sounds like the word for death.

12 Trivia Tidbits for Sunday, May 5, 2024

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