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June 2013 Trivia Time

The 221-year old Panay Church in  Philippines

The 221-year old Panay Church in Philippines

  1. The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay Church in  Philippines. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. Its tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestation of faith and thanksgiving.
  2. Mayonnaise is said to be the invention of the French chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs. When the chef realized that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised, substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece was born, and the chef named it “Mahonnaise” in honor of the Duke’s victory.
  3. X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.
  4. During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
  5. The cicada, a fly found in Africa, spends 17 years of its life sleeping: and is awake for only two weeks during which it mates and then dies.

May 2013 Trivia Time

1. Three of the worlds’ top ten largest malls are located in the Philippines; SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, 4.74 million sq ft, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City with an area of 4.67million sq ft and SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City with an area of 3.75 million sq ft.  SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall.

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

2. Philippines is considered the “text capital of the world.” Every day, 35 million mobile subscribers in the country are sending about 450 million short text messages (SMS). This is more than the total number of daily text messages sent in the United States and Europe together.

3. In parts of Germany and Poland, when a couple marries, guests break a whole lot of porcelain and leave it to the couple to clean up. They do this right in front of the bride’s home, usually the night before the wedding. It’s called “Polterabend” and it’s meant to symbolize the struggles the new couple will face as they build a home together, with an emphasis on working together through those struggles.
4. Lake Baikal in Russia is the deepest lake in the world, and holds as much water as all the five Great Lakes of the U.S. combined!
5. Philippines is considered to be the largest producer of coconuts.

5.	Philippines - Largest producer of coconuts

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April 2013 Trivia Time

  1. The exotic Philippine jeepney is a post-war creation inspired by the GI jeeps that the American soldiers brought to the country in the 1940s. Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They are known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

    Known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become an ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

    Known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become an ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

  2. Glas isn’t solid, but liquid.
  3. In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans.
  4. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from stop producing tears. Try it next time you chop onions!
  5. The tiny Water Bear (Tardigrade) can survive environments extreme enough to kill any other animal – with temperatures as low as -273°C close to Absolute Zero to as high as 151°C.  Tardigrades (commonly known as water bears or moss piglets) are small, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs. Tardigrade - Water Bear

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Trivia Time March 2013

  1. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

  2. Dom Perignon is the name of the monk credited with making the discovery of the bubbled wine, now called champagne.
  3. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.They would give their happy thoughts and well wishes to ward off the evil spirits.
  4. Sunglasses were invented in China in 1200 to conceal the eyes of judges while sitting in court.
  5. A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.Diamonds

 

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February 2013 Trivia Time

  1. The vast seas are rich, holding more than 20 million tons of gold. However,  the metal is so dilute that each liter of seawater contains, on average, about 13 billionths of a gram of gold and if we could extract all of it, each person on Earth could have 9 pounds of the shiny stuff.

    20 billion tons of gold in the oceans

    20 billion tons of gold in the oceans

  2. The biggest organism on the planet is fungus. In 1992, scientists reporting in Nature revealed to the world a Armillaria, or honey mushroom, fungal organism that spans 2,200 acres in Oregon.
  3. With all the talks of global warming and rising sea levels, it is the residents of the Maldives that have the greatest reason to fear. With an average height of around 1.8 meters above sea level their nation is the lowest on Earth.
  4. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
  5. With 99% of the country covered in desert Libya is one of the most arid places in the world and in some regions decades may go by without a single drop of rain.

    99% of the country is desert land

    99% of the country is desert

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January 2013 Trivia Time

  1. When the Titanic departed from port it was documented to have carried approximately 1,000 loaves of bread, 86,000 pounds of meat, 40,000 eggs and 36,000 apples to feed the passengers and crew on the 7 day voyage.Titanic
  2. Ter Sami is the least spoken language of the world that is spoken by just two people. This language was spoken in Kola Peninsula, Russia.
  3. The active ingredient in most toothpastes is called sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride can be lethal, young children using regular toothpaste with this ingredient should be monitored. Even swallowing small amounts can cause stomach problems or worse.
  4. The small island of Nauru holds the record for being the most overweight country in the world, with ninety-five percent of the population obese. The obesity rate is primarily attributed to the importing of western fast food that coincided with the increased standard of living in the twentieth century.
  5. Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Government officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought the yellow would look bad with the natural red rock of the city. Mcdonalds

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December 2012

  1. It is a tradition in the Philippines, that Filipinos focus on all round things during the new year.  They consume round fruits such as grapes and oranges and wear clothing with round shapes such as polka dots in red.  The round shape reminds and celebrates the roundness of coins, as they hope for prosperity in the new year.
Round Fruits remind Filipinos of coins and give hope for prosperity in the New Year

Round Fruits remind Filipinos of coins and give hope for prosperity in the New Year

2. In the city of Talca in Chili, people participate in a mass on New Years Eve and then they all go visit the graveyard, to set up their chairs and wait for the year to arrive with the dead.  They are celebrating the new year with their dead relatives for the past 15 years. The doors of the cemetery are opened for the local public by the Town’s mayor at 11 pm sharp. People are welcomed in the cemetery with light classical music and dim blinking lights making the cemetery a perfect party place.

3. The single women of Ireland wait desperately for the New Year’s night because it is the night that can bring them the love of their life. They place mistletoe leaves under their pillow hoping to catch their future husband. It is also believed in Irish culture that it helps them get rid of bad luck.

4. In Britain, when the Big Ben clocks strikes 12, everyone gathers around to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, a Scottish song. It was written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s, literally meaning “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days”, to remember old and new friends.

New Year's Eve

5. People in countries like Mexico, Bolivia and Italy also follow a weird New Year tradition of wearing red underwear on the eve of the New Year. It is said to bring good luck for the entire year, while yellow underwear is also worn on the New Year’s Day as it symbolizes money. In Brazil most people wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck and peace for the year that will follow.

 

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November Trivia

 

  1. According to historical accounts, the first Christmas in the Philippines was celebrated 200 years before Ferdinand Magellan discovered the country for the western world, likely between the years 1280 and 1320 AD. 
  2. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  3. Sliced bread was patented by a jeweler.  Otto Rohwedder, in 1928. He had been working on it for 16 years, having started in 1912.
  4. The women of an African tribe make themselves more attractive by permanently scaring their faces.
  5. Silver Arowana are primitive, prehistoric fish. They actually have teeth on their tongue that comprise the bite they have for their food.

 

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October 2012 Trivia Time

  1. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. 
  2. The most common situation or scenario that people dream is “being chased or attacked”. According to dream experts, when you have this kind of dream, you are undergoing stress. The bad person or monster chasing you symbolizes any of the following : anger, fear, envy, hatred and anxiety.
  3. The father catfish keeps the eggs in his mouth until they are ready to be hatched.
  4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
  5. Buckingham Palace has over six hundred rooms.

 

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