I used to host pub trivia every once in a while. I thought it would be very chill but it wasn’t a great gig – it was a lot more work than expected and I’m pretty sure I was getting paid less than the weekly winners were getting.
Still, it did fill my head with a LOT of useless trivia. But nothing quite as useless as these nuggets found on Reddit…
Get ready to know what nobody needs to know.
1. The Star-Spangled Logo
There are 22 stars in the Paramount logo.
I’m just waiting for a pub trivia night where that will be the question that wins me $100
2. Big Ben’s Speed of Sound
If you stand at the base of the clock tower in London commonly called Big Ben with a digital radio tuned to the BBC, you’ll hear the sound of the bell striking the hour via the radio before you hear it live.
In other words, sound travels faster digitally from the microphone in the tower to the BBC studio to their transmitter to your radio, than it does analogically from the bell to you.
3. Inner Knowledge
Your intestines“know” how get back in the right place.
When doing abdominal surgery and the intestines need to be moved or rearranged, the doctor will just stuff them back in.
They will then wriggle back into place.
4. Ginned Up Claims
Gordon’s Gin’s label reads “World’s Number One International Gin.”
This is because it’s the world’s number two selling gin.
The world’s number one selling gin is a brand that is only sold in the Philippines, which sells so much that despite only selling in that country it outsells every other gin brand globally.
5. Pencil-Necked Geeks
A human body can produce enough carbon upon cremation to make 200 pencils.
You can be your own souvenir at your funeral.
6. Greek Exports
Many Buddhist statues are Greek in origin.
Why? It all started with Alexander the Great. His empire was short lived, but it has left a lot of Greek influence in Asia and Africa (Coptic Christians in Egypt use an alphabet based on Greek in Church).
7. A Novel Idea
The 1989 comedy film “Little Monsters” has two entirely separate novelisations by two entirely unrelated authors.
I don’t know why.
Do with this information what you will.
8. Super Soldiers
In the mid-1960’s a group of robbers used a surplus Finnish anti-tank gun with a homemade suppressor to punch a hole into the side of a vault at an armored car facility in NY state.
They stole almost half a million in valuables.
The incident inspired the Clint Eastwood movie “Thunderbolt & Lightfoot”.
9. Smell Me More
Almost all Koreans have a genetic mutation which causes them to not produce body odor.
Source: smelly AF American in Seoul. Riding the bus in summer after working out feels like sitting in a crowded library with your pants full of s**t.
10. Bear With Me
When ancient people found bear skeletons they thought they were humanoid, decided they were demigod skeletons and reburied them with weapons and armour.
11. Terrible Lizard
The horned lizard in general is ridiculous it’s first few lines of defense are normal. Camouflage, sharp horns, being faster than smaller prey the usual defenses. Then it will lift its tail to try and entice a predator to attack that before its head (which they usually will since it has much less armor) so that they can be yeeted away since it’s crazy easy to detach, and if all else fails it’ll jam it’s face into the predators mouth hoping it doesn’t bite down before firing blood from its eyes that tastes poisonous to freak out the predators and give them time to run away
12. Meet the Tylers
Up until last year, John Tyler, born in 1790 and 10th president of the US, had two living grandsons.
One passed away in September but the other one is still alive
13. Berry Interesting
Bananas are berries and technically they don’t grow on trees, it’s a herb that’s part of the lotus family Musaceae family in the Order Zingiberales (ginger-like plants).
14. Honey Badger Don’t Care
Honey badgers have about 50 other species that they consider prey.
One of which is young honey badgers.
They also can almost turn around completely in their skin, because it’s so loose, but also thick as f**k.
They regularly fight animals many times their size, lions, hyenas and have been known to f**king castrate water buffalo’s as an attack move.
I’m not sure, but I think they can also lay traps for prey.
15. We Stan a Queen
Libyan dictator Muhammar Gadhafi had a crush on Condoleezza Rice and they found photo album full of her photos in his bedroom after he died.
Oh yeah. It’s big brain time.
What’s a useless piece of trivia that you know?
Tell us in the comments.