Tag Archive: weird facts around the world


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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Bakasyon na naman, excited na ang lahat dahil umpisa na nang tag-araw.  Sa mga mag-aaral at sa mga kabataan ang panahon ng summer ang pinakamasaya sa lahat dahil walang iiisipin kundi lakwatsa, bakasyon, kain, tulog, nood ng telebisyon at gala kung saan saan.  Malaking bagay ang pasok ng tag-init o tag-araw sa bansa dahil ang mga tao ay nagbabakasyon sa kani-kanilang probinsya pagkatapos ng mahabang panahon na ginugol sa pag-aaral.  Ang mga dayuhan naman ay talagang sinasadya ang buwan ng Abril at Mayo upang pumunta sa Pilipinas dahil sa napakaraming mga islands at resorts sa Pilipinas na talaga namang patok na patok tuwing summer.  Masarap maglakbay sa ibat ibang sulok at panig ng bansa dahil walang sagabal katulad ng pagbagyo, ulan, at pagbaha  habang nagbabyahe sa mga napakaraming magagandang destinasyon sa bansa.

Perfect tropical white sand beach in Boracay, Philippines

Mga Dapat Gawin Ngayong Summer

  1. Island Hopping – dahil tag-init na napakadaling bisitahin o puntahan ang mahigit na pitong libong isla sa bansa
  2. Swimming – napakasarap maligo at lumangoy sa swimming pool, sa dagat, at kahit na ang mga ilog, talon, at mga sapa
  3. Scuba Diving – matutong mag scuba diving dahil napakalinaw ng ating karagatan at makikita ang iba’t ibang uri ng mga isda, korals, at halamang dagat sa bansa.
  4. Mall Shopping – sa mga mahihilig mag shopping at ayaw umitim sa init ng panahon napakaraming shopping malls sa bansa lalo na sa Maynila ang pwedeng puntahan ngayong summer.
  5. Road Trip / Travelling  – mag-enjoy sa napakagandang mga tanawin sa buong kapaligiran lalo na na’t kung kasama ang barkada o pamilya habang nagbabyahe patungo sa probinsya
  6. Camping – dahil walang ulan at bihira ang bagyo, masarap mag camping kasama ang tropa
  7. Mountain Climbing – para sa mahihilig umakyat sa bundok, maraming matataas na bundok sa bansa na pwedeng akyatin ngayong summer
  8. White water Rafting – para lamang sa malalakas ang loob at mahilig sa adventure, meron mga piling lugar sa bansa kung saan merong water rafting.
  9. Fishing – napakalinaw at napakalawak ng ating karagatan kaya’t pwedeng mangisda lalo’t na at tag-araw dahil ang tubig ay napakalinaw at walang ulan o bagyo kaya’t hind maalon ang karagatan
  10. Sailing – sa mga mahihilig sa sailboat, bangka, at paraw, ito ang magandang gawin sa summer.

Scuba Diving

Napakaraming mga pwedeng gawin tuwing summer sa Pilipinas.  Dahil napakaganda ng panahon at napakasaya ng kapaligiran, hindi natin maitanggi na ang mga pilipino ay napakaswerte dahil ang ating bansang Pilipinas ay paboritong pasyalan ng mga dayuhan upang magbakasyon at bisitahin ang iba’t ibang tanawin, libo-libong isla, at maligo sa napakalinis nating karagatan.  Ang bansa ay binbuo ng napakaraming mga likas na yaman at likas na kagandahan na tunay nga namang maipagmamalaki sa buong mundo.  Bukod pa rito, ang mga Pilipino ay sadya ring masayahin ar marunong makisama kahit kaninuman.

Island Hoping

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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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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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Trivia Time

  1. Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing. 
  2. Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.
  3. The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
  4. The world’s costliest coffee, at $130 a pound , is called Kopi Luwak. It is in the droppings of a type of marsupial that eats only the very best coffee beans. Plantation workers track them and scoop their precious poop.
  5. Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia! 

 

 

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Bakit nga ba mahilig and mga pinoy sa musika, sa karaoke, at sa videoke? Kahit saang sulok ng bansa ka man magpunta halos lahat ay mahilig kumanta. Bata man at matanda, may boses o wala, mahirap o mayaman, sa mall at sa mga bars, me party o wala, ang mahalaga may kantahan, may kasamang inuman, at syempre may masarap na pulutan, umpisa na ang kasiyahan. Sa tutuo lang, mahilig talaga ang mga pinoy sa videoke dahil ang libangang ito ay nakaaliw, pamatid sa pagod, pamatay sa lungkot, magandang pampalipas oras at napakagandang libangan kesa magsugal at magtsismisan. Pag maganda ang boses, sikat ka at maraming tagahanga. Meron ka pang chance na maging singer o artista sa bansa.

Sa mga probinsya, kadalasan din, pag walang magawa ang mga kasambahay, umpisa na ang kantahan at biritan. Mapa araw man o gabi, walang oras ang awitan. Basta naumpisan na, ayun, wala nang urungan, lalo pa at may kasabay na sayawan. Istorbo nga lang sa mga kapitbahay pag inabot ng magdamag ang kasiyahan, lalo na’t medyo nagkakalasingan na. Yan ang pinoy! Talagang mahilig sa musika, kahit walang talent, sige lang hirit ng hirit pa. Pero mas maganda, kung merong alak na kasama. Magandang kumbinasyon ika nga, lalot na kasama ang mga kaibigan at tropa. Bukod sa matipid ang libangang ito, na-eensayo pa ang boses ng bawat isa.

Ang mga kabayan na nagtatrabho sa labas ng bansa ay ganun din. Walang mas magandang libangan kungdi ang kantahan. Mapa birthday man o wala, basta may pagkakataon, walang ibang gagawin kungdi ang videoke kasama ang mga kaibigan. Bukod sa inuman, at kainan, madalas may kantahan. Hindi kumpleto ang isang party pag walang biritan. Walang pinipili ang pinoy pagdating sa musika, mapalokal man o foreign music patok sa kanila. Kahit magdamag na kantahan, walang urungan. Ang videoke ay nagsisilbing gamot na rin sa lungkot na dulot ng pangingibang bansa. Ang sabi nga ng iba, basta’t may pinoy party daw, talagang maingay, magulo, pero sobrang saya, kahit walang tulugan, ang mahalaga, may videoke at kumpleto ang barkada.

Yan ang pinoy, mahal ang musika. Ika nga, kumbaga sa pagkain, ito ang nangunguna sa puso ng masa. Nasa dugo na ng bawat Pilipino ang pagmamahal at hilig sa musika. May talento man o wala, mahilig talaga sa biritan. Kahit ang mga dayuhan ay hanga sa kakaibang hilig ng mga pinoy sa kantahan na hindi kayang pantayan ng kahit ninuman.

Ang Simula ng Karaoke At Videoke

Noong 1974, nakaimbento si James Del Rosario ng Sing-along system na may kasamang microphone at amplifier, kung saan ang music system ay may kakayahan na pagandahin ang boses ng kumakanta. Ito ay naging popular bilang minus one dahil sa kakayahan ng music system na alisin ang vocal channel ng isang kanta. Noong dekada 90, naging popular ang “sing-along”. Kahit saan ka man magpunta may mga singing contest saan mang sulok at kahit na sa tabi ng kalsada. Ang mga kainan at inuman din ay nagkaroon ng kanya-kanyang music system kung saan pwedeng kumanta ng libre, ang sa iba naman ay ginawang sideline kung saan sa halagang limang piso ang bawat musika pwede na mag videoke. Dahil halos karamihan noon ng mga turistang hapon na bumisita sa pilipinas ay mahilig kumanta, ang bansag ng mga hapones sa kantahan ay “karaoke” na naging dahilan na rin ng popularidad nito sa buong bansa. Hanggang sa lumaon, karaoke na ang naging opisyal na bansag ng mga pinoy dito. Ang videoke or Karaoke-TV (KTV) naman ay naimbento dahil na rin sa popularidad ng karaoke kung saan merong kasamang video ang bawat musika para lalong maaliw ang sambayanan.

 

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