Common Knowledge and General Knowledge Series #51

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  • The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five years of service.
  • When the Titanic sank, 2228 people were on it. Only 706 survived.
  • Every day, 7% of the US eats at McDonald’s.
  • During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, “Red Vineyard at Arles”.
  • By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
  • One in ten people lives on an island.
  • It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it, to begin with.
  • 28% of Africa is classified as wilderness. In North America, it’s 38%.
  • Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  • Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.
  • More people are afraid of open spaces (kenophobia) than of tight spaces (claustrophobia).
  • The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Libraries.
  • Thirty-five per cent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • $203,000,000 is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.
  • Every US president has worn glasses (just not always in public).
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  • Jim Henson first coined the word “Muppet”. It is a combination of “marionette” and “puppet.”

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