Trivia Matters

9 Mar

For the last post, I did some major searching for all things 601. During that process, I went to the bookshelf and grabbed this huge trivia encyclopedia. It is a book that has been in my possession for a long time and has done an excellent job of filling my mind with useless information.Trivia

To borrow a quote from a friend, “I know all kinds of stuff that will not make any money or get me into heaven.”

Skimming this book, the idea popped into my mind that it may lead to a semi-interesting blog post. I will randomly flip through the pages a pick a piece of trivia for each letter.

A – Frederick Austerlitz is the real name of Fred Astaire.

B – Bowie, Arizona is the birthplace of John Rambo in the Rambo movies.

C – Caledonia is the ancient Roman name for Scotland.

D – William Driver, a sea captain from Salem, Massachusetts, coined the term “Old Glory” for the American flag.

E – John Etherington invented the top hat.

F – Jai Alai is played in a fronton.

G – Janet Guthrie was the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500.

H – Professor Harold Hill is the title character in The Music Man.

I – “I Darrin, Take This Witch Samantha” was the debut episode of Bewitched.

J – The J.D. in J.D. Salinger stands for Jerome David.

K – The Baby Ruth candy bar was originally called the Kandy Kake.

L – “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety” is the motto of the Lions Club.

MMon Lei was a 50-foot Chinese junk owned by Robert L. Ripley.

N – A notaphilist collects paper currency.

O – Castor Oyl is the brother of Olive Oyl.

PPitching and Wooing is the autobiography of Bo Belinsky.

Q – Mary Quant created the miniskirt.

RWinston Churchill’s pet poodle was named Rufus.

S – Barbara Stanwyck’s real name was Ruby Stevens.

T – TCB were the letters on a gold pendant worn by Elvis Presley.

U – Upton Machine Company was the original name of Whirlpool.

V – Benedict Arnold fled to England on a ship named Vulture.

W – Woolworth is the bowling term for a 5-10 split.

X – XERB was Wolfman Jack’s radio station in American Graffiti.

Y – Yarrow, Stookey and Travers are the last names of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Z – Zog I was the last king of Albania.

That is the list. Yep, trivia matters.

 

 

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15 Responses to “Trivia Matters”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong March 9, 2015 at 02:55 #

    What’s really scary is that I knew about half of that. No wonder I can’t remember anything important. My head is stuff with trivia.

    • Rick March 9, 2015 at 02:56 #

      However, you could win on a quiz show.

      • Marilyn Armstrong March 9, 2015 at 02:59 #

        I’d probably have a brain freeze and look like a deer caught in headlights.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong March 9, 2015 at 02:56 #

    stuffed stuffed

  3. Bantering Ram March 9, 2015 at 05:05 #

    Used to be a quizzer and so remembered quite a bit of this. A little correction, Rick – it’s Olive Oyl.

    • Rick March 9, 2015 at 12:59 #

      Did I not spell it right?

      • Bantering Ram March 10, 2015 at 04:27 #

        It was Olive Oil. Corrected now.

  4. Andrew Petcher March 9, 2015 at 11:10 #

    Great list. What did TCB stand for?

    • Rick March 9, 2015 at 12:59 #

      Taking Care of Business

      • Andrew Petcher March 9, 2015 at 13:11 #

        so what did that mean?

      • Rick March 9, 2015 at 21:13 #

        I’m not sure. There was also a lightning bolt at the end. Taking Care of Business in a Flash.

  5. jcalberta March 9, 2015 at 22:18 #

    Castor Oyl !!
    OK … i’ll remember that one.

    • Rick March 10, 2015 at 00:43 #

      It’s a piece of trivia that will make your stomach rumble.

  6. shutterbugshea March 9, 2015 at 22:21 #

    Wow!
    I only knew one..TCB šŸ˜ƒ!

    • Rick March 10, 2015 at 00:44 #

      That’s the one everyone should know.

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