Trivial or not, facts are facts! Some are really interesting & do make us think!

@James72 (26832)
Australia
May 1, 2009 2:41am CST
I've downloaded an "Amazing Facts" application on my mobile phone and some of the things I'm reading have been quite eye opening to say the least! Some have just been downright weird and funny too. Here are a few examples that got me thinking: - It takes about 63,000 trees to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of the New York Times! (This is unbelievable!) - George Washington grew marijuana in his garden! (Go George!) - Bluebirds cannot see the colour blue! - The average person spends around 3 years of their life on the toilet! - More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines! (How??? lol) - More people are killed annually by donkey's than are killed in plane crashes! - Termites eat wood twice as fast when heavy metal music is playing! - Astronauts can't burp in space! - The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war! (Surprise, surprise!) - The chances of you dying on your way to BUY a lottery ticket are greater than your chances of actually winning! - 45.2% of people pee in the shower! (Guilty!) I'm not quite sure what I'm asking anyone here and just wanted to share some of these is all. Are you a trivia/facts junkie like me? Do you have any to share yourself? Any comments regarding any of the ones I've shared myself?
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@makingpots (11928)
• United States
1 May 09
I'm not a trivia/facts junkie, meaning I would probably not download one of those applications to my mobile phone. But I do enjoy reading them when a friend has gone to the effort to compile a list of interesting ones. (adding humorous input..... even better ) I also enjoy thumbing through books with information such as this while at a book store, but I'm never inclined to buy such books. Fun! Thanks.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
I've always had this obsession with trivia and consider it to be a major part of my own life learning curriculum for some strange reason! The knowledge is not of any use in most instances, but you just never know when it might come in handy! I used to own many books related to facts and figures etc and especially loved things like "Ripleys Believe it or Not!" books and the like. It's perfectly suitable for someone that has a short attention span like me!
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@makingpots (11928)
• United States
1 May 09
I think you are right about the attention span. My students used to gravitate to the trivia books I had in my classroom library. I often thought about it being like the info they are used to receiving in flashes on the computer/tv.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
Actually it WOULD have similarities to the TV pulses of information, yes! I know that if I'd been taught information in my school years using a trivia type approach, I probably would've retained a heck of a lot more knowledge! I've always preferred short, sweet and straight to the point in most instances anyway, not just in terms of reading and learning. Well, maybe something a little more detailed than that, but not long winded! lol.
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@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
1 May 09
lol! I wouldn't call myself I junkie but I would usually read trivia information before entertainment news. There a good source for a laugh and well, information. I was thinking about the the average person spends around 3 years of their life on the toilet... well what about me? I usually need from 15-30 mins upto an hour (if i'm reading something) of concentration to get my job done at the toilet.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
You just never know when you might need this knowledge, right? It could help us win a million bucks on a game show or something for one! Your toilet habits sound very much like my own actually. If I had it my way, there'd be a PC and a library in there!
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• Somalia
1 May 09
Yeah!! I totally agree with everything including the library and PC center. Now that i've thought about it they probably invented the small tv for precisely this purpose. hehe! Now all I need is a heck of a good memory to not put to waste all these trivias. hehe!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
I've said to people on many an occasion that I seem to have this ability to recall information that's of absolutely no use whatsoever! lol. Hopefully one day I'll be able to do something of merit with it all.....
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@alokn99 (5718)
• India
1 May 09
I quite ejoy reading these Tivia facts myself James. It's really strange about Bluebirds not being able to see the clor Blue. Here are some moe to add tto the list. May not be a bad idea to make a collection of sorts. Green was Coca Cola's original color. Intelligent people have more copper in their hair. Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal. A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can't. A chameleon can move its eyes in two directions at the same time. Ants don't sleep. One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality. An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body. The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap. The largest hailstone ever recorded was 17.5 inches in diameter - bigger than a basketball. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten. Enjoy...
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
Well, the first thing I did when I read your response Alok, was to go and check how much copper colouring was in my hair! Some may disagree, but I reckon there's quite a bit there! I then immediately thought about how many "pregnant goldfish" I've known throughout my life and I bet I'll meet a few more in due course as well. lol. Thanks for sharing these facts, they're great! But I have to set the record straight on 2 of them I'm afraid..... Firstly, the Australian Koala is a mammal that averages around 22 hours of sleep a day, so they give the lazy cat a good run for it's money. And I once saw a science show on TV where they tested the duck quack scenario and it did indeed echo! So there you go. Thanks goodness I don't have to drink a green coke too.
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
1 May 09
Sorry I have to correct one as well: Green was Coca Cola's original color. This is an urban legend http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/green.asp apparently they went with brown in order to hide things that accidentally made it into the bottles back in the day when it was mixed in copper kettles in someone's basement
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
Brown to hide stuff? Good God. And there's already a heap of crap in there that we DO know about already too. I wonder what the heck else is in there?? I read that coffee has over 1000 chemicals in it and scientific tests have covered the long term effects of less than 50 of them. And of these 50 tested chemicals, something like 26 of them cause cancer! There were no dates on this paricular fact, so I have no idea how long ago someone came up with this little snippet of joy! It may have been disproven by now, but still!
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• United States
1 May 09
Oh, man, am I ever a trivia facts junkie!! I have several books contain all sorts of trivia, not to mention a couple of dictionaries, thesaurus, and other reference books. Of course, my working life fits quite nicely: I am a clinical laboratory scientist (I work in a hospital laboratory). Thanks for posting these little tidbits. The only one I knew of was about George Washington - many colonial farmers grew marijauna for the hemp fiber for making rope. And it would not surprise that more than a few would dry the leaves to smoke as a home rememdy.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
I used to own many books on this subject as well and I'd read them over and over again. One in particular was called "The fact a minute book" and I went through this one so many times it fell apart! It does sound like your job is a great fit for an interest such as this too! I think I need to start making me some hemp rope..... lol.
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• United States
1 May 09
And for all those years on the toilet, the is a series of trivia books call "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader". It was first published in 1988. There are now 20+ books in the series. All containing trivia facts and one-page articles of trivia.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
Uncle John sure seems to know his market then!
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@wildcat48 (782)
• United States
1 May 09
hi,did you know it is against thelaw to sell a box of corn flake's in Ohio did you know it was against the law in Ohio to sell a box of corn flakes,on a sunday.
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• United States
1 May 09
sorry about that didn't know it did it twice.you sure can tell it's a friday.lolo .
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
At least I have a better chance of remembering this one now wildcat! The facts I'm reading have a few strange laws included too. One of them was someting about it being illegal to sneeze in a church in Alabama or something??? I'll have to go back and check.....
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@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
1 May 09
These are great! Most of them I have heard before, especially the one about george washington! What mobile phone do you use, and what is the application called? There are some websites that have ridiculous laws for the united states, and some of them are hilarious! There is a link on bored.com The best one on there was actually from my hometown. We outlawed "spaceguns" What the hell is a spacegun!?
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
I have an iphone and this application was from the AppStore free list, so didn't cost a cent. I've been reading through the facts for a day or so now and enjoying myself immensely! I've read some of these silly laws as they've included a few in this application. I'm not sure how current these facts are though as they don't put dates on any of them, but one of them states that in Florida, it's illegal to sing in public while wearing a swimsuit? I'm happy to hear that they've outlawed spaceguns in your hometown too 'cos those things are really dangerous!
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@riyasam (16582)
• India
2 May 09
(huge sigh)facts arw dacts!!someome send me a link whick talked about the good qualities of cockroaches,it says cockroaches can live for a week without head,how bugging is thet but its a fact!!
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• United States
2 May 09
The one about the donkeys really surprises me
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
2 May 09
I've read that about cockroaches too! AND they are likely to survive a nuclear war as well. Now, how is it fair to have something so ugly and disgusting get so many chances like this? lol. I was surprised about the donkey deaths too Blondie, but when you think about it, there aren't too many plane deaths year on year either!
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@marciascott (25557)
• United States
2 May 09
Hi, Mabe, now that is weird! Never heard that one. I hope you have anice weekend!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
That first one about put me off of buying a newspaper. Especially when you can get all your news online. Yep I'm a trivia buff also. With a desire to get on Jeopardy and avenge the family honor (mom was on but didn't win).
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
That first fact is horrifying if you ask me; and that's just one newspaper too! Take into account every newspaper printed around the world each day, then magazines etc as well and the thought of how many trees this must consume is mind boggling. I'd love to go on a trivia type game show one day too, but maybe not Jeopardy as I'm not overly familiar with their format and have seen it only a few times. Good luck showing Mom how it's done one day!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
Good luck is right. I tried out and I couldn't even get on. At least mom made it that far...
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 May 09
Yeah she was, back in the 1960's. Came in 2nd to a 5 time champion.
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• India
2 May 09
Hi James. Interesting to say the least Now I’m too guilty of peeing in the loo, but I thought that was common with all But I couldn’t really understand about being killed by donkey, I mean where, how? But I guess if we knew that, it would no longer be interesing
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• India
3 May 09
And where do they stash the cash..Alladin's cave
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
3 May 09
This might be a possibility you'd think. Shall we put together a search and discovery team and try and find out for sure? lol.
• India
4 May 09
Yeah, sure..50/50 for the loot between you and me
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
1 May 09
very interesting James! One of my daughter's was a big fan of the little trivia facts on the inside of Snapple caps.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
2 May 09
My daughter will swear that she got most of her education from snapple caps!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
2 May 09
What a proud moment! Snapple - Educating the world! lol. You have to admit though, it does sound like a pretty tasty and enjoyable way to learn!
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
2 May 09
I think the vending machines fall on people whose item gets stuck and they then get mad and shake the machine, thinking their item will then fall down and instead, the machine takes revenge.... Crushed person - $1.25
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
2 May 09
Hahahahahaha. $1.25? What a bargain! Trust them not to round it up or down to a whole amount so that needing change doesn't become an issue though.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
9 May 09
That IS pretty stupid??? Maybe it's because the people who have to reload the machine and maintain it etc have to work harder to get to it so they charge more? Makes little sense overall though.
@csrobins (1125)
• United States
4 May 09
I can’t believe the one about George Washington..wow! I wonder if he smoked it or ate it or laced his tea and biscuits with it lol. I’ve heard the one about vending machines, it’s crazy but they actually fall on people and kill them. Hopefully the newspapers will go to all digital one day because that is a waste of trees, the IRS taxing instructions make me sick especially since I had to pay them back this year extra not get any returns, and I am guilty of peeing in the shower too haha. Also, I have heard (sorry no source) that the average person will eat about fifteen miniscule spiders when they are sleeping.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
4 May 09
I've heard that one about spiders too, but it was 8 not 15! Does this mean I'm gonna eat 7 more than I've already mentally prepared myself for??? George Washington apparently was more concerned with the hemp than the hoochie, but I reckon he dabbled for sure! Given that he would've had the constant munchies as a result, he probably ate at LEAST 50 spiders too and loved every minute of it!
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@BrandiR (20)
• United States
1 May 09
Interesting!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 May 09
I thought so too! Welcome to mylot Brandi. The more you type, the more you earn by the way!
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 May 09
This is just great! Here area few more that I dug out from a book. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph. There’s a good reason why you can’t keep your eyes open when you sneeze–that sneeze is rocketing out of your body at close to 100 mph. This is, of course, a good reason to cover your mouth when you sneeze. Coughs clock in at about 60 mph. Viruses and colds get spread around the office and the classroom quickly during cold and flu season. With 60 mph coughs spraying germs far and wide, it’s no wonder. Women blink twice as many times as men do. That’s a lot of blinking every day. The average person, man or woman, blinks about 13 times a minute. A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball. No wonder you have to run to bathroom when you feel the call of the wild. The average bladder holds about 400800 cc of fluid but most people will feel the urge to go long before that at 250 to 300 cc. Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day. With that kind of sweatproducing power it’s no wonder that your gym shoes have a stench that can peel paint. Additionally, men usually have much more active sweat glands than women. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. Saliva plays an important part in beginning the digestive process and keeping the mouth lubricated, and your mouth produces quite a bit of it on a daily basis. Earwax production is necessary for good ear health. While many people find earwax to be disgusting, it’s actually a very important part of your ear’s defense system. It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects. It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal. The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. And the nail on the middle finger of your dominant hand will grow the fastest of all. Why is not entirely known, but nail growth is related to the length of the finger, with the longest fingers growing nails the fastest and shortest the slowest. HUman body is amazing. Ia m hoping to upload the book in MD for you to se.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
5 May 09
Wow, these facts are great, so thanks for sharing them! The saliva fact in particular was interesting from both an amazement AND disgusted standpoint. I sure as heck wouldn't want to be doing laps in one of those 2 pools! I think women blink a heck of a lot more than men because it's us men that are making them do this with constant suprise and incredulity. We have this habit of acting in ways that can't always be described in words, yes?
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 May 09
I better keep my mouth shut now...
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
5 May 09
You started it!
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
4 May 09
I love trivia. Sometimes not sure how much of the trivia you see on websites online is "true" but i love the little tidbits. Thanks for posting them I wonder though " Astronauts can't burp in space! " do they have to hold it in til they land?? or what goes on there?
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
4 May 09
Me too and I always have! Accuracy of the facts is neither here nor there for me either to be honest because I like being able to sound as if I'm knowledgeable and why let a little thing called accuracy get in the way of that? I'm not sure exactly what the Astronauts do with the burps while in space, but I do know that I wouldn't wish to be standing near one when they landed! lol.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
4 May 09
LOL me either!
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
4 May 09
Well as I understand it (I looked it up ;) ) astronauts can't burp in space because you need gravety to separate out the gas from the liquid in your digestive system. Without gravity (or in microgravity) the gas doesn't separate out and gets digested as any other product. I would say this would probably make for stinkier... umm human waste... since it would probably just end up there anyways but not sure.
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@mummymo (23709)
2 May 09
Do you have an iphone by any chance honey? I need a new phone and my other half said I could get an iphone but it is an expensive contract so not sure if it is worth it! I have beaten one of your amazing facts though - I didn't die on my way to buy my lottery ticket today! Great news isn't it? Still I am sure I won't win either! xx
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
3 May 09
Yes I do have an iphone! They are expensive, yes, but I do love it and highly recommend it. It does come down to what type of phone user you are though. I have an orignal model 8GB version and I haven't come close to using even half the available memory! But I don't really use a lot of the features like the ipod player either and if I did, I'd have a lot of music on there that would eat up memory. The phone is a heck of a lot of fun overall and there's so much free stuff you can download onto it! I'm happy to see you didn't meet any mishaps getting your lottery ticket and I hope you win of course! You could buy TWO iphones if this is the case! lol.
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@mummymo (23709)
3 May 09
I would love to buy one and I am keeping an open mind - maybe if the other half gets a job soon then I will! Didn't win the lottery so you can breathe a huge sigh of relief, it means I won't be jetting out with Niamh to meet you! xxxx
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
4 May 09
Now why would you say something like THAT then mummymo? I have my iron underpants and everything, so of course I'd have no issues with the 2 of you jetting on over. Next lottery win then? And I bought a second hand iphone myself and it cost me half as much. It still had a warranty and everything and works perfectly fine.
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@savak03 (6682)
• United States
2 May 09
Boy am I late to this discussion. Anyway here's my take on some of these cool facts. They should stop printing newspapers and just publish them online for the people to read. I'm sure they could come up with some way for people to pay before they read. Save those trees. What do you suppose George did with his plants? Dogs are color blind so why wouldn't birds be? Only two things will survive a nuclear war. Cockroaches and the IRS. That's my 2 cents worth. Good morning James.
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@savak03 (6682)
• United States
2 May 09
No I don't think he ever gets tired. I think he got into someones stash.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
3 May 09
Heya savak! You just had to go and hit me with the logic angle with the dogs being colour blind comment, didn't ya? lol. Most people would argue that George use the plants to make rope and other handy items, but I reckon he probably enjoyed the occasional bender too!
@savak03 (6682)
• United States
3 May 09
I'll just bet he did, especially with his teeth in the shape they were in.
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• United States
6 May 09
Yeah, I love that kind of stuff, although sometimes I wonder if I can believe it. For example 63,000 trees for one Sunday paper?!?! I am VERY HUMONGOUSLY DELERIOUSLY GLAD that I do not contribute to that madness by subscribing or reading, or recommending that anybody else read, an ANY day edition of a newspaper!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
6 May 09
I immediately wondered about the accuracy of the Sunday paper fact too, but when I thought about the size of the Sunday newspaper edition back home and then considered how many copies must go out each weekend, it started to ring true. Anyways, even if this were the case per year, it would still be disgusting! And think about global print runs! I don't get newspapers either at the moment, so I'm doing my bit too.
@cortney09 (1348)
• United States
4 May 09
I love trivia facts. I guess that I love learning new things, on almost any subject. I especially like the kind of trivia that you maybe wouldn't normally see everyday. I don't have any facts that I can think of to share myself. I would have to think about some facts and come back later with them.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
4 May 09
I love learning little snippets of information like this too! And the best thing is that the short format of trivia makes it easy to retain as well. If you do come up with any facts, I look forward to you sharing them!
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
3 May 09
Here is a trivia fact for you. The Texas legislature is considering doing away with school textbooks. They will provide e-books instead. Thus, no trees will be cut down for that purpose.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
3 May 09
Thank goodness something like this was never being considered when I was in school myself! It's great for the trees of course, but I've never been able to read e-books with much enthusiasm. It'll be interesting to see if this goes through or not?