Trivia Wednesday

I am such a trivia freak I think I am going to start posting some trivia each Wednesday.  Here is this week’s dose:

 1.  “Spermaphobia” isn’t what you think.  It’s the fear of germs.

2.  In truth, the “low man” on the totem pole is actually the most important man in the tribe.

3.  The phrase “ball to the wall” probably doesn’t refer to what you think it does.  It orginated with pilots.  It refers to the ball-shaped grip on the end of a pilot’s throttle.  Pushing the throttle (the ball) toward the wall (the cockpit) meant to go fast.

4.  Dry ice doesn’t melt.  It sublimates.

5.  You might be surprised to learn that Americans visit libraries 3.5 billion times a year – three times as often as the movies.

6.  Statistically speaking, the job of pizza delivery driver is a more dangerous job than that of fire fighting.

7.  Tempura isn’t a Japanese word, nor is it a native Japanese dish.  It’s Portuguese.

8.  Diamonds are not the most valuable gems.  Rubies are.

9.  People in the time of Columbus did not believe the world was flat.  Not since the days of Greece had anyone thought that.

10.  Wedding cake wasn’t always eaten by the bride and groom.  Originally, it was thrown at them.

11.  You might be surprised to learn that a Catholic priest can be married – as long as the marriage takes place before ordination.

12.  Not all cats react to catnip.  The reaction is inherited – some cats are totally unaffected by it.

13.  World hunger isn’t caused by a shortage of food.  If everyone received a fair share of the food being produced worldwide, each person would have about 4.3 pounds of meat, grain, fruits and vegetables every day.

14.  Coffee beans aren’t naturally flavorful.  They have no taste until they are roasted.

15.  Many mistakenly believe that the Gutenberg bible was the first printed book. However, the Chinese were printing with moveable type centuries earlier.

16.  “Golden apples” in Greek mythology weren’t apples.  They were apricots.

17.  People didn’t always put their hand over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.  The pledge was first given with the arm outstretched in front, palm slightly up.  Since that gesture resembled the Hitler salute, Congress changed it during WWII to the arm across the chest.

18.  It might surprise you to know that you are far more likely to get a cold by shaking hands than from kissing.

19.  Forget what you have heard.  There is no scientific proof that cedar chests deter insects.

20.  During the time of King Henry VIII, knitting was the speciality of men, not women.

21.  Most people incorrectly believe that bees are solely responsible for fertilizing flowers, but actually flies (60,000 species of them) fertilize 80% of all flowers.

22.  The names we know for the Marx brothers weren’t their real names.  Their real names were Leonard (Chico), Herbert (Zeppo), Julius (Groucho) and Arthur (Harpo).

23.  Although it’s widely accepted as fact, slaves didn’t build the Egyptian pyramids.  In truth, local farmers were drafted into service at certain times of the year when the Nile flooded (and farming was impossible anyway).  Workers were paid.

24.  Contrary to popular belief, Man is not the world’s largest polluter.  A single volcanic eruption causes many, many times more atmosphere-depleting pollution than we have throughout human history.

25.  Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner,” wasn’t a songwriter – he was a lawyer.  And he didn’t write the music, just the lyrics – the music was actually an old drinking song).

26.  Cold showers actually increase sexual arousal, despite what is commonly believed.