Fun Facts, March 12

OK, here’s your next installment of Thoughtless Trivia Thursday to impress your friends and belittle your enemies….and, as always, please let me know if there is something that is not accurate. Enjoy!

• The world’s largest amphibian is the giant salamander. It can grow up to 5 ft. in length.

• The first Octoberfest was held in 1810 in Munich, Germany. It started as a wedding celebration.

• The world’s oldest existing eatery opened in Kai-Feng, China in 1153.

• In 1975 Junko Tabei from Japan became the first woman to reach the top of Everest.

• Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the movie Barbarella.

• The word “sneaker” was coined by Henry McKinney, an advertising agent for N.W. Ayer & Son.

• The first written account of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was made in 565AD.

• The first Oxford English Dictionary was published in April 1928, 50 years after it was started. It consisted of 400,000 words and phrases in 10 volumes. The latest edition fills 22,000 pages, includes 33,000 Shakespeare quotations, and is bound in 20 volumes. All of which is available on a single CD.

• China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year. 25 million trees are chopped down to make ’em sticks.

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~ by kuiperactive on March 12, 2009.

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