January 19, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Even More Random Trivia

If you read my post on Friday and yesterday, you'll know that my computer has been causing me some major headaches.  So I'm continuing the Random Trivia theme for this week's Random Tuesday Thoughts just so I can play along.  Trivia is Fun.  And I need some Fun right about now!  Enjoy!

The most played song on American radio during the twentieth century was You've Lost That Loving Feeling which was written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weil.  Although recorded by different artists, the song is the only one in history to be played over 8 million times on the radio. That amounts to about 45 years if the song was played back to back!  Three songs were played 7 million times: Never My Love, Yesterday, and Stand By Me (in that order).

There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

From space, the brightest man-made place is Las Vegas, Nevada.

The most common invention of the 19th century was the washing machine.  Between 1804 and 1873, at least 1676 patents were issued by the United States Patent Office for various forms of this device.

The five most stolen items in a drugstore are batteries, cosmetics, film, sunglasses, and - get this - Preparation H. Apparently people are just too embarrassed to purchase the last item.  And, just in case you are curious, one of Preparation H's main ingredient is shark liver oil.  The oil not only helps shrink hemorrhoids, but will shrink any tissue.  As a result, many older women in Florida use the stuff to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles!

It's widely (or not) known that Alexander Graham Bell beat Elisha Gray to the patent office by a mere two hours with his application to patent the telephone.  However, ten years after Bell's patent was issued, patent examiner Zenas Wilber admitted in a sworn affidavit that he had taken a $100 bribe from Bell, had taken a loan from Bell's patent attorney, and had given Bell the complete details of Gray's caveat.

In four separate instances between October 1987 and February 1988, small pink frogs rained down from the sky on to various parts of Great Britain. Scientists are still uncertain as to where these frogs originated, although some have traced them back to the Sahara desert.

The Malaysian government decided to solve their disease-carrying mosquito problem by spraying the infested areas with DDT.  This worked, but the cockroaches then devoured the dead mosquitoes.  This was followed by the region's gecko lizards consuming the roaches.  The geckos did not die from the residual poison (surprisingly), but their central nervous systems were greatly affected, causing the lizards to slow down. Moving up the food chain, the cats ate the slow-moving lizards and started to die off in large quantities. Of course, fewer cats meant more rats, and the country's rat population soared.  As a result, the World Health Organization was forced to step in and ban the DDT.  In an effort to restore the ecological balance, they flew in plane loads of cats to kill the rats.

Two hundred and twenty six soldiers lost their lives way back in 1850 when they crossed a suspension bridge that spanned the Maine at Angers, France. It turns out that they were all marching in step and had caused an increased resonance (vibration) to the bridge. Ever since, troops are ordered to rout step (march out of step) when crossing a bridge.

The phrase "Often a bridesmaid but never a bride" actually comes from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash.  The text was written by Milton Feasley and first appeared in 1925.  The advertisement was so successful that it ran for more than ten years.

Richard Milhous Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.

If you want actual Random Thoughts, head over to Keely's place for some Random Fun!

Quick Note:  If you're reading this is in IE7 or earlier, you won't be able to leave a comment - I'm still trying to find out why...meanwhile, if you insist on using IE as your browser of choice, upgrading to IE8 resolves the issue and comments can be left.  Or you can jump on the bandwagon of Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome and have way less headaches... ;)

25 Random Sassy Comments:

dysfunctional mom said...

Sorry about your computer issues. Very interesting trivia, and I had heard that about Preperation H and wrinkles before! I think it's time for me to try it.....

Otin said...

I am loving this trivia post! I knew two of them, the Las Vegas thing and I heard about the frog incident, as a matter of fact, there was a movie that used the concept, I cannot remember it's name. Happy Tuesday!
.-= Otin´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughts =-.

Justine said...

OMG, these were GREAT! I cannot believe the whole Malaysian thing! They really air lifted cats there? OMG, hysterical!

Hmmm... now I have an urge to try and fold a piece of paper more than 7 times.

Justine :o )
.-= Justine´s last blog ..I've Got Nothing But An Idea =-.

Christopher (AKA: CaJoh) said...

Random trivia for Random Tuesday's Thoughts brought to you by Stacy's Random Thoughts. Even in randomness, there seems to be a sense of order.

Some of those pieces of trivia were tested by the Myth Busters-- the bridge and the folding of paper. I found the paper one most interesting since they got a piece of paper the size of a gym and still couldn't fold it more than 7 times.

Thank you for your randomness,
.-= Christopher (AKA: CaJoh)´s last blog ..RTT: Spinning Wheels =-.

Shelly said...

Great Random Trivia.

Knew about the paper folding but the rest was all new info. Pink frogs? That would be cool to watch. I've heard about the prep H for wrinkles, maybe I'll steal some and see if it works, lol.
.-= Shelly´s last blog ..Random Tuesday~ Wii Fit, Just Dance, and Pants on the Ground =-.

Emma said...

Ooo. That is random! I never knew that about the paper!!

Anne said...

I am so sorry about your computer problems. Let me know if there is any way I can help (although I lean towards the throw it out the window type of solutions). I don't know what I would do if it started to rain pink frogs. I can't even imagine my reaction. Probably call my husband and ask him to fix it. I have to admit, I tried the paper folding thing. I haven't found one yet, but I am still looking :).
.-= Anne´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughts =-.

Raven said...

This was an awesome trivia post. I love trivia! The bit about the frogs in Britain was extra weird. The DDT thing was interesting. It doesn't surprise me that it screwed up their whole ecosystem.

Have a great day!

.-= Raven´s last blog ..Randomly Yours =-.

Mama Zen said...

Pink frogs? Seriously?
.-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Helpful Hints For The Homicidal Homemaker =-.

kyooty said...

You discrediting my Bell? :P You should see his Silver Dart! :P

Mama Badger said...

"There was a Malaysian who swallowed a fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly, perhaps she'll die"?

Did they air drop the cats? That could get dangerous.
.-= Mama Badger´s last blog ..RTT- Hoochie Mama! =-.

Harriet said...

I can't believe IE is the number one browser and it is such a problem. Let's blow it up :)

My site is a work in progress, thanks for stopping by.
Take care.
.-= Harriet´s last blog ..I'm flying next week and here is one more reason why I HATE to fly. US Airways is raising baggage fees =-.

Barb said...

Really fun trivia! Thanks! Have a great Tuesday!
.-= Barb´s last blog ..Random Thoughts Tuesday =-.

Sara said...

Loved the trivia. The Prepartion H blew my mind. I had no idea people stealed it so often

Mom in High Heels said...

Fantastic! I love random trivia.
.-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..Random Thoughts Tuesday: The ranty but proud to be American edition =-.

Michele said...

I love that song. In fact, I like all those songs.
.-= Michele´s last blog ..RTT - conversations =-.

Jan said...

I was SO going to call you on the paper folding thing.

But I can't.

Dang it.
.-= Jan´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Office Moving (and other minor thoughts) =-.

Terra Heck said...

Wow, some facts I did not know! Hope you're computer probs get solved quickly.
.-= Terra Heck´s last blog ..Spin & Win with Frigidaire =-.

Gina said...

At least the frogs were pink!
I've lost the lovin feelin for "You've Lost that Lovin Feeling."
I'm getting a piece of paper and seeing if I can fold it 8 times. Oh I will do it!

Happy Random!
.-= Gina´s last blog ..200 FRIEND REQUESTS! 96 PAGE SUGGESTIONS! THAT'S RANDOM! =-.

Sprite's Keeper said...

I must challenge that theory of not being able to fold paper more than 7 times...........
.-= Sprite's Keeper´s last blog ..RTT: Sometimes this site catches up with me. =-.

Jennifer said...

Wonderful! I love random trivia, and have added quite a bit today. Best one, in my opinion, is the song. Not one of my favorites but it's on ALL THE TIME!

Happy RTT!
.-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughts =-.

blueviolet said...

You know I'm going to be folding paper for the rest of the day now. ;)
.-= blueviolet´s last blog ..Nintendo DS Puzzler World {Review and Giveaway} =-.

storyteller said...

Sorry about the continuing computer problems ... hope they get resolved soon. Loved the trivia ... never heard of pink frogs and as for the DDT, let's hear it for unintended consequences. I used to tell my students about the 7 fold thing ... they always tried to prove me wrong ;-)
Hugs and blessings,
.-= storyteller´s last blog ..What on my mind ... =-.

mrsbear said...

Come on, what could possibly be embarrassing about hemorrhoid ointment...

Of course the washing machine was popular, can you imagine doing five loads of laundry on a washboard.

Yaya said...

I love random facts!!!!