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As most people who have met me can testify, I love trivia.
This page is merely designed to share my trivia with you.

*Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
*John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
*Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
*John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
*Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
*Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
*Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
*Both Presidents were shot in the head.
*Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
*Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.
*Both were assassinated by Southerners.
*Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
*Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
*Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
*John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
*Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
*Both assassins were known by their three names.
*Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
*Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
*Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln.'
*Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
*Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
*Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
*A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
*A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Lord of the Rings:
The nine members of the Fellowship got a small tattoo, the elvish symbol for '9' at a tattoo parlor in Wellington, New Zealand, to commemorate the experience of the movie. Ian McKellen, won't tell where his tattoo is.

Nevada has the highest marriage rate in the nation, with nearly 80 people getting hitched for every 1,000 residents. It also has the highest divorce rate, with 6.8 per 1,000 residents.

If you lived in Atlanta, Los Angeles or Seattle, you got to spend an extra 53 hours or more stuck in traffic in the course of a year.

Shirely Temple was the original choice for the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Mel Gibson auditioned for the role of Mozart in Amadeus

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

Leonardo da Vinci spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa's lips.

"Hang On Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio.

40% of McDonald's profits come from the sale of Happy Meals.

Every year, over 8,800 people injure themselves with a toothpick.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.

In Gilligan's Island, thr professor's real name is Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann is really Mary Ann Summers, the Skipper's real name is Jonas Grumby and Gilligan's first name is Willy.

Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the US from England in the late 1800s. Barnum's circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree.

Bananas are the most popular fruit in America. The average person eats 33 pounds of bananas a year. Over 4 million tons of bananas are imported into the United States every year.

It is estimated that the average person living in North America opens the fridge 22 times daily.

A chameleon's eyes can move independently. Therefore, it can see in two different directions at the same time.

Charlie Chaplin once lost a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Elvis was once told: "Stick to driving a truck, because you'll never make it as a singer."

Defenestrate: "throw somebody or something out of window: to throw something or somebody out of a window"

Garbology: "study of waste materials: the study of a cultural group by an examination of what it discards"

Digerati: "computer experts: people who have or claim to have a sophisticated expertise in the area of computers, the Internet, and the World Wide Web"

1. "places at opposite sides of world: places at opposite sides of the world from each other, or the areas at the side of the world opposite from a given place"
2. "opposites: two points, places, or things that are diametrically opposite each other"

Hallux: "first digit on the foot: the big toe on the human foot, or the first digit on the hind foot of some mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians"

1. "not effective: with no useful result or practical purpose"
2. "worthless: with little or no value"
3. "lazy: unwilling or uninterested in working or being active (archaic)"

Cullet: "glass to be recycled: broken or waste glass returned for recycling"

1. "clear in meaning: easy to understand or clear in meaning (formal)"
2. "transparent: allowing all or most light to pass through (literary)"

Borborygmus: "stomach rumble: the rumbling sounds made by the movement of gases in the stomach and intestine (technical)"

Embrangle: "perplex somebody: to confuse, perplex, or entangle somebody or something (archaic)"

America has 587,755 bridges.

America has 807 racetracks, 607 amusement parks, 5,590 bowling alleys, or 269 zoos and botanical gardens.

The cast of Ocean's 11 gambled during off hours. While there's disagreement between who won the most, George Clooney says Matt Damon did, Damon says Brad Pitt. George Clooney managed to lose 25 hands of blackjack in a row.

The Little Mermaid was the last Disney animated feature to be painted by hand. 1,000 different colors were used on 1,100 backgrounds. Over one million drawings were done in total.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese translation for As Good as it Gets' title was "Mr. Cat Poop."

The signs that Maurice encounters in the forest show the names of California cities: one points to "Anaheim", while another points down a dark and sinister-looking path to "Valencia".

4,000 people are injured by tea pots every year.

Gone With the Wind is the only Civil War epic ever filmed without a single battle scene.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

Strange Laws:
~In Alaska it is illegal to shoot at a moose from the window of an aeroplane or other flying vehicle
~It is illegal to eat oranges while bathing in California.
~It is illegal to frown at cows in Bladworth, Saskatchewan.
~It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.

In Bambi there are only 800 words spoken.

Elephants can use their trunks like a snorkel when swimming in the water.

Charlie Chaplin's remains were stolen and held for ransom.

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