I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know…

Ken Jennings' brain via Villard/Random House

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You can be the life of the party;
Or the world’s leading authority of an esoteric knowledge domain;
Or know the special pleasure that comes from stockpiling obscure facts because some day they might, just might, be useful—and that day arrives.

We love trivia.
And because we love food, we love food trivia most of all.

I’ll bet you didn’t know…

  • avocados are poisonous to birds
  • falling coconuts kill more people each year (around 150) than sharks (about 4)
  • internet spam is not named for the canned pork product; it’s an homage to a 1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit in which a group of Vikings sing ‘SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, lovely SPAM, wonderful SPAM!’ drowning out all other conversation
  • a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball
  • a typical American will eat 28 pigs’ worth of pork in their lifetime
  • one calorie is defined as the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius; it is the energy equivalent of one-thousandth of a gram of TNT, which is also measured in calories
  • Russian children blow out the candles on a birthday pie

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Break the ice. Dazzle your friends. Never be at a loss for words.
A massive, limitless, unstoppable repository of food facts is at your fingertips.
Here’s where we like to go:

Today I Found Out

Factsville

Bit of Fun

Fun Factz

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.I’ll bet you didn’t know… that trivia is plural; the singular is trivium.

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10 Responses to I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know…

  1. Pingback: Food Trivia | Gigabiting

  2. Oh gee that was fun I love learning new random things!!

  3. Lora says:

    I only knew the coconut one and also about sharks because I am a scuba freak. Really interesting & fun post!

  4. I don’t know that I knew a single one of those. Of course, now I’m going to have to watch The Holy Grail (it’s the mind just moving from point A to D) and will have the Spam song in my head for hours. If I can’t go to sleep, it’s your fault. I hope you’re happy. 🙂

  5. Amy K. says:

    fun! i always love your posts!

  6. G Martin says:

    Fun post. Didn’t know about the Monty Python bit. It would have been funny skit to watch.

  7. Monet says:

    Love this! I so enjoy learning quirky facts about food. I’m going to visit those sites that you listed. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  8. Joy says:

    I didn’t know those and they are pretty entertaining.

  9. Janice says:

    I knew that at least something would be unfamiliar. It was to me.

  10. You’re right; I only knew 2 of those. Fun facts!

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