A minor collection of trivia. I have not verified anything trivia listed here.

• Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
• The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.
• A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
• Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
• The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
• The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
• A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh sparkling water will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
• A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
• A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
• A 2x4 is 1 1/2x 3 12.
• 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
• Every person has a unique tongue print.
• The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was albino.
• 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
• During the chariot scene in Ben Hur a small red car can be seen in the distance.
• On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
• John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.
• Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
• Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate effects a dogs heart and nervous system, a few ounces enough to kill a small sized dog.
• Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.
• Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
• Most lipstick contains fish scales.
• Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
• Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
• Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice.
• Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
• Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. He also invented scissors and took 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
• During the California Gold Rush of 1849 miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years it was deemed more feasible to send the shirts to Hawaii for servicing.
• American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. • Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood. • The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000. • Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower', because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters. • There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos. • There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple and silver! • The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S.$5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
• The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!
• The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
• There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a $10 dollar bill. • If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. • Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm. • If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have$1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
• The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA.
• The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
• The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby"!
• The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
• The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
• By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
• Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.
• Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. Yes, now we can all eat and never have to diet again!!
• Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look a like contest.
• In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than 100 years before either moon was discovered.
• Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
• Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson".
• An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
• Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokes model.
• The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
• Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
• Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
• Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
• Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
• Jesus and company spoke in Aramaic but the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) were written in Greek.

Chicago History

STORY #1

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gage and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He could not save enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

As he was returning to the carrier, he saw something that turned is blood cold. A squadron of Japanese Zeroes was speeding its way toward he American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie and his fleet was all but defenseless.

He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them in time to save the fleet. Nor, could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He had to somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.

Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until finally all his ammunition was spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault.

He dove at the Zeroes, trying to at least clip off a wing or tail, in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly.

He was desperate to do anything he could to keep them from reaching the American ships.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival he reported in and related the events surrounding his return. The film from the camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet.

He was recognized as a hero and given one of the nation's highest military honors.

And today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

STORY # 2

Some years earlier there was a man in Chicago called Easy Eddie. At that time, Al Capone virtually owned the city. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic.

His exploits were anything but praiseworthy. He was, however, notorious for enmeshing the city of Chicago in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Easy Eddie was Capone's lawyer and for a good reason. He was very good! In fact, his skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big; Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago city block.

Yes, Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son whom he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything; clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach his son right from wrong. Yes, Eddie tried to teach his son to rise above his own sordid life.

He wanted him to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things that Eddie couldn't give his son, two things that Eddie sacrificed to the Capone mob that he could not pass on to his beloved son...a good name and a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Offering his son a good name was far more important than all the riches he could lavish on him. He had to rectify all the wrong that he had done. He would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Scar-face Al Capone. He would try to clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.

To do this he must testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. But more than anything, he wanted to be an example to his son. He wanted to do his best to make restitution and hopefully have a good name to leave his son.

So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago street.

He had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer at the greatest price he would ever pay.

What do these two stories have to do with one another?

Well you see, Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's son.

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

• 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (north and south), 8 Africans
• 52 would be female, 48 would be male
• 70 would be non-white, 30 would be white
• 70 would be non-Christian, 30 would be Christian
• 89 would be heterosexual, 11 would be homosexual
• 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States

80 would live in substandard housing, 70 would be unable to read, 50 would suffer from malnutrition, 1 would be near death, 1 would be near birth ,1 (yes, only 1) would have a university education, 1 would own a computer.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following is also something to ponder:

• If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
• If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
•  If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
• If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.
• If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
• If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.
• If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Chicago Baseball

1839 Baseball is invented.
1906 The White Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs to become the World Champions
1907 & 08 The Cubs become back-to-back World Champs.
1910 Comiskey Park opens
1914 Weegham Park opens, later renamed Wrigley Field
1917 The White Sox become the World Champs
1922 The Cubs win the highest-scoring game, 26-23
1933 The first All-Star Game is played at Comiskey
1937 The bleachers and current scoreboard are constructed at Wrigley Field
1939 The first Chicago night game is played at Comiskey Aug 14
1941 Wrigley Field is the first ballpark to play organ music
1945 William Sianis and his goat are turned away from a World Series game at Wrigley Field. The curse begins.
1960 The exploding scoreboard debuts at Comiskey
1968 Artificial turf is installed in Comiskey's infield (later replaced with natural grass)
1973 The designated hitter debuts
1984 The Sox win a game that lasts 2 day and goes 25 innings. Cubs clinch their Division title to advance to the playoffs
1988 Wrigley Field's 1st official night game is played Aug 9
1991 The new Comiskey park opens across the street from the previous park
1997 The Cubs and Sox meet for the first time in regular-season play
2000 The Cubs play their season opener in Tokyo. The Sox win their Division title
2003 The Cubs lost game 7, the very game they needed to get to the World Series.

Fire authorities in California found a corpse in a burned out section of forest while assessing the damage done by forest fire. The deceased male was dressed in a full west suit, complete with scuba tanks on his back, flippers, and face mask in the middle of the forest. A post-mortem test revealed that the man died not from burns, but from massive internal injuries. Dental records provided identification. Investigators then set about to determine how a fully clad diver ended up in the middle of a forest fire. It was revealed that on the day of the fire, the man went diving off the coast, some 20 miles from the forest. The fire-fighters seeking to control the fire as quickly as possible had called in a fleet of helicopters with very large dip buckets. Water was dipped from the ocean and emptied at the site of the forest fire. You guessed it: One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific, the next, he was doing the breast stroke in a fire dip bucket 300 feet in the air and then airborne into smoke heaven.

Page Modified: (Hand noted: ) (Auto noted: )