Trivial Facts About This and That

Did you know:

  • Americans carry nearly $800 billion in credit card debt. To put it another way, if you were alive during Jesus’s time and spent $1 million every day since, you wouldn’t have reached $798 billion!
  • Less than 4 percent of the world’s population sports naturally red hair (2 percent in the U.S.). And redheads don’t turn grey; rather, they become sandy, then white.
  • When My Favorite Domer was born in 1991, the average U.S. price of a gallon of gas was $1.21.
  • There are between 300 and 500 dimples on a typical golf ball (336 is a common number, though).
  • The most expensive perfume in the world is Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume — $12,721.89 per ounce! They only made 10 bottles (which were of Baccarat crystal, featuring a 5-carat white diamond and an 18-carat gold collar).
  • A 115-lb. person burns 42 calories per hour while peacefully sleeping.
  • Life expectancy in the U.S. is now 78.49 years, compared to Monaco’s 89.68 years and Chad’s 48.69 years.
  • Cardinals typically select one of their own to become Pope, but actually, any baptized Catholic male could be named.
  • March is National Umbrella Month. Churches designated as basilicas contain an honorary papal umbrella striped in red and gold, which is opened during a visit by the Pope.
  • More than 30 years later, the case surrounding the deaths of seven people in the Chicago area from cyanide-laced Tylenol tablets has never been solved.

Now, don’t you feel smarter?!

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22 thoughts on “Trivial Facts About This and That

  1. Both an interesting and fun post, Debbie!

    “When My Favorite Domer was born in 1991, the average U.S. price of a gallon of gas
    was $1.21.”

    OMG….$1.21??!?!? That’s amazing!

    “The most expensive perfume in the world is Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume — $12,721.89 per ounce!”

    I’m actually in the cosmetic and perfume industry, so that was very interesting to read. And it’s funny because I thought $98.00 for a 1.7 ounce of Chanel #5 Eau de Parfum was high.

    Have a faaaaaabulous Wednesday, Debbie!
    X

    • I imagine some of the high cost of that fragrance is due to its packaging, but still. Twelve thousand dollars for a mere ounce is outrageous to me. More so because I can’t seem to keep anything smelling pretty for long, and I wind up having to reapply and use more. And here we complain about the cost of prescription medicine!
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Ron. Have a lovely day yourself!

  2. Great Facts! Interesting that Tylenol case is still unsolved. Fragrance Day is this month(maybe tomorrow) thanks for the fact….I wounder if I should run out and try the tester :-D .

    • If you find any to try, let me know what it smells like — even better, let me know how long it lasts. Something that extravagant ought to do everything but clean my bathroom, ha!

    • I think I was one of the howlers. Funny that we’re like flies in hot water — we seem perfectly accepting of heat when it’s added a bit at a time. Thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts.

  3. What a fun post, Debbie! Very interesting. What in the world would you do with a $12,000+ ounce of perfume?? And I can remember when anything over 99-cents for gas seemed extreme. Was 1991 really 22 years ago. It seems like yesterday. Thanks for brightening my day. All this trivia sent me down all kinds of path recalling memories!

    • Thanks, Kathy. That’s the thing about trivia — one can easily get lost in the interesting statistics! Thanks for stopping by, and I’m glad to have enlightened you a bit!

  4. I remember gas at less than a dollar – and real penny candy! What surprised me most was the news that any male could become Pope. I guess I thought you had to work your way up the ladder – and actually, I guess that’s how it works out, simply because you have to be known to be voted for. ;)

    • I was surprised about the Pope’s selection, too (and I’m a lifelong Catholic!) Something tells me it’s more political than we’d like to think. In fact, some of the TV announcers were saying they do a lot of compromising on the candidate selection, particularly if the conclave starts dragging on. Thanks for visiting and adding to the information!

  5. Why, yes I do Debbie. Little bits of this and that. If I could retain them they’d help in a Jeopardy game or two. The price of that perfume? Makes my Chanel look very inexpensive, indeed!

    • Glad to be of help to a future Jeopardy winner!! I think the perfume was so expensive because of its packaging — and its rarity. Nobody wants to wear the same cologne as everybody else, so I guess they’re banking on prestige to carry the day. Still, that’s a LOT of money!!

  6. Was yesterday National Trivia Day? It ought to be because your post was perfect for it, Debbie. Though it reminds me of a kid back in high school who I remember was fond about saying he had “general knowledge.” That he knew a lot about so little. ;)

    • I think my love of trivia comes from having been a journalist. We had to be able to take a lot of often-difficult information and condense it to where the average reader could understand it. And we had to do a lot of research because most people didn’t want to have to!

  7. I remember those gas prices (that’s about all I miss from my high school days :)) A few weeks ago I was telling my older son about those gas prices. He said, “oh, they had cars back then?” Isn’t he sweet???

    That perfume is just ridiculous. I buy mine on sale and still have a fit when I have to pay $25 for it.

    You had a lot of interesting facts here. I feel smarter now- thanks! (It’s a shame I won’t remember these long enough to share them with someone.)

    • Your son’s comment sounds just like a pre-teen boy! They never think their parents know anything, having lived as they did in the Dark Ages. You wait — he will change his tune as he gets older and suddenly, there you’ll be — all smart and interesting! As for the perfume, I rather think something that seems to vanish an hour after you put it on shouldn’t cost so much!!

  8. “A 115-lb. person burns 42 calories per hour while peacefully sleeping.”

    I Love this one because… at least I’m losing some calories in my sleep! But I betta wake up and get my butt walking if I’m gonna lose these last 29lbs I need to lose to reach my goal weight LOL. Food for thought blog today. P.s.- Happy belated St. Pat’s day!

    • I thought it was interesting, too, that we can lose a few calories while sleeping. I guess it’s just the Good Lord’s design to keep digestion and such operating even when we’re asleep. They say the body’s a machine, but isn’t it just the most amazing machine you’ve ever heard of?!

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