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Who invented the Windsor knot?

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Edward VIII had a highly respected reputation as a leader of fashion. As a result, it was assumed he invented the world-famous Windsor knot after he abdicated in 1936 and became Duke of Windsor. According to Sarah Giddings, fashion trend researcher, the tie knot may well have been the brainchild of his father, George V. George was photographed ...Read more

What is nyctitropism?

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Nyctitropism is the tendency of the leaves or petals of certain plants to assume a different position at night.

Who does tortellini honor?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Legend has it that tortellini was created to honor the Roman goddess Venus's belly button, after an Italian innkeeper spied on her through a keyhole and told the community the titillating details.

What makes a samurai a shogun?

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Shogun is the name of the most powerful samurai, and they would wear two samurai swords. A Katana and a Wakizashi. They had a license to dismember anybody who offended them.

Are cats really so finicky?

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Despite their finickiness, an average cat consumes about 127,750 calories a year, nearly 28 times their own weight in food and the same amount again in liquids. In case you were wondering, cats cannot survive on a vegetarian diet.

What did people eat off of before there were plates?

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The modern dinner plate is a fairly recent development. Until the 15th century, it was customary to eat on a thick slice of stale bread, called a "trencher," that soaked up the juice.

What was significant about Freedom's Journal?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

The first Negro newspaper in the United States, Freedom's Journal, was published in 1827 in New York City by John Russworm and Samuel Cornish.

How stiff was Jannene's husband?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50-pound rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than twenty people.

What popular table game was created by an architect?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

The game that would become Scrabble was created by an unemployed architect, Alfred Mosher Butts in the early 1930s. He called it Lexiko, then Criss Cross Words and then sold the rights to James Brunot. In 1948 it was renamed Scrabble and was manufactured in a converted school house in Connecticut. Bruno sold the game to Selchow and Righter, who ...Read more

How does a fly buzz?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

The buzzing of flies and bees is not produced by any sound-producing apparatus within the insects' bodies. It is simply the sound of their wings moving up and down at a rapid rate.

Does AIDS only affect gay men?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

No, anyone can contract AIDS. One possibility for the misconception that AIDS infects only homosexual men is that AIDS was termed Gay Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome when it was first recognized in 1981 (it was subsequently renamed after it was recognised that there were methods of transmission other than male-male intercourse). HIV appears ...Read more

How long did 19th century Londoners live?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

The average life span of London residents in the middle of the 19th century was 27 years. For members of the working class, that number dropped to 22 years.

How many hearts does an earthworm have?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Five. You wouldn't think something that simple and (usually) small would need five hearts, but it has them. All pump blood just as our single heart does.

Why did Bell invent the telephone?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was originally an instructor for deaf children and invented the telephone to help his deaf wife and mother to hear.

Was the organ in Bach's blood?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

It would seem so. More than 100 descendants of the prolific (and some would say definitive) composer for the grand instrument, Johann Sebastian Bach, have been cathedral organists.

Which was the first Pope to be murdered?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

John VIII (died 882) was the first Pope to be murdered – he was poisoned and then clubbed to death.

How many Legos are there?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Since the Lego Group began manufacturing blocks in 1949, more than 189 billion pieces in 2,000 different shapes have been produced. This is enough for about 30 Lego pieces for every living person on Earth.

When did the first crossword puzzles appear?

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The first crosswords appeared in England during the 19th century. They were of an elementary kind, apparently derived from the word square, a group of words arranged so the letters read alike vertically and horizontally, and printed in children's puzzle books and various periodicals. In the United States, however, the puzzle developed into a ...Read more

How does a squirrel see?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

A squirrel has no color vision, it sees only in black and white. Every part of its field of vision, however, is in perfect focus, not just straight ahead, as with humans.

Can fish walk?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

The mudskipper is a fish that can actually walk on land.

 
 

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