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Trivia Day: 5 Fun Facts & 1 Fact That Changed from Brainiac Plus 5 Random Facts About Germany

Ken Jenning’s book. Click to see it on Amazon.

Today is Trivia Day. I have a soft spot for trivia. I used to be in quiz bowl in high school and have enjoyed a few trivia nights since (though I haven’t done one in awhile). I also used to watch Jeopardy with my Grandma P, especially while Ken Jennings was playing. He’s the man who won 74 games in a row and over $2.5 million. I read his book Braniac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs in 2010 and found it to be an interesting exploration of the world of trivia. Today I thought I’d flip through it and look for some adventure- and travel-related facts to share. Here’s what I found plus a fact that was a fact but isn’t anymore. I’ll also share five facts I’ve come across about Germany.

5 Facts from Ken Jenning’s book Brainiac:

*Igor Sikorsky invented the helicopter (p. 49).

*The Okefenokee is the swamp whose name means ‘trembling earth’ in Seminole (p. 49).

*The Bay of Fundy, between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, has the world’s highest tides (p. 132).

*Papau New Guinea…is the only country, besides Australia, with native kangaroos” (p. 158).

*Texas is home to Guadalupe Mountains National Park” (p. 228).

Random fact from Brainiac that isn’t one anymore:

*Felix Unger, from The Odd Couple, is the only TV lead character with the initials F. U.” (p. 175).

That may have been true at the time the book was published, but there’s now Francis Underwood from House of Cards. They even make a big deal of his F. U. cufflinks at the end of this scene

5 Random Facts About Germany

* The word snorkel comes from the German word Schnorchel, which was a tube used by German submarine crews in WWII.

* Denial of the Holocaust is a crime punishable by law in Germany.

* Mark Twain wrote about Heidelberg, as well as other areas he visited in Europe, in his book A Tramp Abroad. (That book is free on Kindle, by the way, and on my to-read list.)

*The language with the most native speakers in Europe is German.

*The Guinness Book of World Records lists The Fairy Grottoes (Feengrotten) in Saalfeld, Thuringia, as the world’s most colorful caves.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these facts. Do you have a favorite adventure, travel, or Germany-related fact? If so, please share in the comments. If you liked this post, please pass it along via one of the sharing options below. 

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