A bit of trivia#1

I have trawled the internet to bring you these fascinating bits of trivia:

Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale.

Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.

Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”

Susan Sarandon’s last name is from her first husband,  actor Chris Sarandon. He played Prince Humperdinck The Princess Bride.

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Gerald Ford was once a male model.

The term “devil’s advocate” comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should become a saint, a devil’s advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

Dr. Joseph Guillotin did not invent the guillotine; he just persuaded officials to use it as a means of executions because of it’s speed and efficiency. It is a myth that he died by the device.

Director Wes Craven claims to have named Freddy Krueger after a kid who bullied him in school.

In Some Like it Hot Marilyn Monroe required 47 takes to get “It’s me, Sugar” correct, instead saying either “Sugar, it’s me” or “It’s Sugar, me”. After take 30, director Wilder had the line written on a blackboard. Another scene required Monroe to rummage through some drawers and say “Where’s the bourbon?” After 40 takes of Monroe saying “Where’s the whiskey?”, `Where’s the bottle”, or “Where’s the bonbon?”, Wilder pasted the correct line in one of the drawers. After Monroe became confused about which drawer contained the line, Wilder had it pasted in every drawer. 59 takes were required for this scene.

In 1898 the German firm of Bayer devised a wonderful new cough suppressor called diacetylmorphine as a treatment for asthma, catarrh, bronchitis, emphysema and tuberculosis. They gave it the trademark name of Heroin and described it as “non-habit forming.”


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