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Reddit Asks The Question: 'What's Your Favorite Piece of Useless Trivia?'

By Petr Knava | reddit | June 27, 2017 |

By Petr Knava | reddit | June 27, 2017 |

Tuesday is the worst day of the week. It is known. The weekend is a fading memory; the horror of Monday you were prepared for so it turned out better than you thought; on Wednesday you’re halfway done; Thursday it’s almost Friday; and Friday is Friday. Tuesday is the worst day of the week. So here, medicine: gargle some delicious trivia with the help of Reddit and forget about this barren wasteland of a day!


In architecture, it’s only a “gargoyle” if it channels rain. If it’s just a creepy statue, it’s a “grotesque”.

Nissan cars for ads/ racing normally use the number 23 because in Japanese, a 2 is pronounced ‘ni’ and a 3 is pronounced ‘san’.


The door opening noise from star trek was a piece of paper being taken out of an envelope.


The entire reason CS Lewis wrote the lamp post into the Chronicles of Narnia was because JRR Tolkien insisted that no good Fantasy writer would include something as arbitrary as a lamp post in their novel.


Frogs neck muscles are so weak because of the ribbity thing they do that they use their eyes to push food down their throat. It looks like they’re blinking but they suck their eyes down into their bodies to push food into heir stomach


After not shitting for three days, you can have up to thirteen pounds of shit inside of you.


The longest English word having only a single vowel is: strengths


Paul Winchell, the voice of Tigger in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, invented an artificial heart


I won a Jeopardy game back in highschool for knowing that the longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
I’m still a fan of Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers.


Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were college roommates.


Shoelaces are mentioned at least twelve times in the Bible.
Got this from a podcast ‘no such thing as a fish’ where some of the QI researchers get together every week and talk about their favourite fact that they found out about that week. It’s awesome if you like trivia.


There once existed an alleged theoretical state of war that lasted 335 years and 19 days, and was between the Dutch and an archipelago off the coast of southwest England called the Isles of Scilly.
What’s more, there were no casualties (because the Dutch forgot that they were at war with the Isles).
It wasn’t until a Scilly historian contacted the Dutch about the “war” in 1985, and received the information that the “war” was still technically ongoing, that a peace treaty was signed in 1986.


When playing pinball, gently nudge the table to the right if you want the ball to veer left and vice versa. It isn’t cheating, and all modern tables are designed around it being a game mechanic.


Dr. Suess wrote Green Eggs and Ham because someone bet him it was impossible to write a children’s book with less than 50 different words in it.


Penguins have glands under their eyes to extract and secrete excess salt. These are powerful enough that they allow them to drink seawater as their primary water source.


The first man made object to break the sound barrier was the bull whip.


In 2012, Walmart’s most sold item was the banana


Arnold Schwarzeneger was the first civilian to own a Hummer.


Andre the Giant was a teenage groundskeeper of playwright Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot). Andre fell in love with acting because of Samuel Beckett, his friend.


Japanese honeybees cook hornet scouts that enter the hive by swarming them and then vibrating until they reach a temperature they can stand but the hornet can’t.


New York City is further south than Rome, and on about the same latitude as Madrid.
Ireland is further north than all of the US except Alaska.
Switzerland has a navy, and at least 2 underground mountain redoubts.
Parts of Germany and Italy are inside Switzerland’s borders.
Basel international airport is in France, while Geneva’s international airport is on the border between France and Switzerland.
The only international airport on St. Martin/Maarten is on the Dutch side of the island.
Geneva used to be 2 cities, the Calvinist city of Geneva, and the Catholic city of Carrerouge.


In order to appeal to a larger market in the US, Chinese Gooseberry was renamed Kiwifruit (and later shortened to Kiwi).


The Boykin Spaniel breed can be traced back to a stray spaniel-type dog named Dumpy who turned out to be good at hunting


Only a fifth of the Sahara Desert is sand.


The difference between a cemetery and a graveyard - graveyards are attached to churches, cemeteries are stand-alone.


Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s.


Gruntled (the opposite of disgruntled) means pleased, satisfied, and contented.


If you push a living sponge through a fine mesh screen, it will rearrange itself in a few hours.


Spaghetti is plural. I’ll have a single spaghetto please.


The plural of fish can be fish or fishes. If all the fish are the same species, then the plural is fish (two salmon are fish). If there is more than one species, the plural is fishes (a salmon and a haddock comprise fishes).


Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis died on the same day, but nobody heard about it because it was also the day JFK was shot.


The composer Richard Wagner blew most of his money on women’s lingerie. (I’ve got tons of useless classical music facts.)


Before clocks, “clockwise” was called “sunwise” and “counterclockwise” was called “widdershins’”!


This sounds like something ridiculous Abe Simpson would say before/during/or after a rambling story.


In feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.


Psshhht, just sounds like a quick-witted contractor.
“What the — These floors are squeaky as hell!”
“Oh no, this is, uh, the latest in ninja security.”


Petr Knava lives in London and plays music

Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.