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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 23

  • Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
  • A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
  • Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink."
  • A group of frogs is called an army.
  • A group of rhinos is called a crash.
  • A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
  • A group of whales is called a pod.
  • A group of geese is called a gaggle.
  • A group of ravens is called a murder.
  • A group of officers is called a mess.
  • A group of larks is called an exaltation.
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor
  • belt.
  • The physically smallest post office in the United States is in Ochopee, Florida in the heart of the everglades.
  • Physicist Murray Gell-Mann named the sub-atomic particles known as quarks for a random line in James Joyce, "Three quarks for Muster Mark!"
  • Samuel Clemens's pseudonym "Mark Twain" was the nickname of a riverboat pilot about whom Clemens wrote a needless nasty satirical piece. Apparently, Clemens felt guilt later and adopted the name as a nom de plume as some sort of expiation. The phrase does not mean measuring the depth of the river; it means a specific depth, to wit, two fathoms (twelve feet.)
  • Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.
  • Money is made of woven linen, not paper
  • A rhinoceros's horn is made of hair.
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  • The 80s song "Rosanna" from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.
  • Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
  • Jean Harlow was the first actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine.
  • Sylvia Plath was a famous poet who killed herself at age 31 by sticking her head in an oven.
  • Sylvia Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, was married three times, and two of the women he married committed suicide.
  • Jesus Christ died at age 33.
  • Starfish don't have brains.
  • Shrimps' hearts are in their heads.
  • The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin "tri-" + "via", which means three streets. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streeets in Rome (or some other Italian place), they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of "trivia."
  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  • Coca-Cola was originally green.
  • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
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