German Chocolate Cake isn’t German


It has been nineteen days since I last posted anything on my blog, which means that it is now time for me to write something acknowledging this absence, stating my intention to post more stuff in the near future, and sharing a list of interesting trivia facts in order to keep this blog post from being too pointless. Actually, this time, I’m not exactly going to make the second of those three points, because I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post stuff on this blog in the near future. I don’t have a very clear idea of what my schedule will be like over the next several months, but I do know that I’m going to be extremely busy. I’ll try to post things every now and then, but I doubt that I’ll be able to do so very frequently.

With that being said, here is the aforementioned list of interesting trivia facts.


The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

German Chocolate CakeGerman chocolate cake was invented in America, not Germany. The first recipe for German Chocolate Cake was submitted to a newspaper in Dallas in 1957, and it gets its name from the brand of chocolate used, which in turn got its name from a man named Sam German.

Polar bears are always left-pawed.

The first Bible printed in North America was not in English because at that time, it was illegal to print English bibles anyplace other than in England.

Lighters were invented before matches were.

Julia Grant, the wife of President Ulysses S. Grant, was cross-eyed.

The dessert known as Bananas Foster was invented in New Orleans in 1951 by a restaurant owner, who named it after a customer named Richard Foster.

WatchIn advertisements showing watches, it is typical for the time displayed to be 10:10.

It was somewhat controversial when the word “beautiful” was used in a Bible printed in 1524 because “beautiful” was such a new word that some people thought it seemed out of place in the Bible.

The night that the Titanic sank, lifeboat number 13 also sank when it hit a chunk of ice.

Pat Nixon, the wife of President Richard Nixon, was the first First Lady to wear pants in public.

The first advertisement that used a photograph was printed in Philadelphia in 1843.

The word “dinosaur” did not exist until 1841.

KingsIn a typical deck of playing cards, each of the king cards is supposed to represent a certain historical king. The King of Spades is King David, the King of Clubs is Alexander the Great, the King of Hearts is Charlemagne, and the King of Diamonds is Julius Caesar.

The hair of an intelligent person has more zinc and copper than that of a less intelligent person.

Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter.

When Spain joined the European Union, the government began pushing to end the tradition of siestas. The point of this campaign was cultural integration.

After you drink water, it stays in your stomach for five minutes.

Caesar Salad has nothing to do with the Caesars of Rome; rather, it gets its name from a chef called Caesar Cardini, who allegedly invented the Caesar Salad when he didn’t have many ingredients available one day in July 1924.


Never give an avacado to a parrot

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Dear internet,

If anyone has been paying attention, you may have noticed that it has been over three weeks since I have posted stuff on this blog. There are several reasons for this, including such things as final exams, a ballet performance, graduation, and two moves, both of which entailed long road trips. Now, the point of my life is to find a job while trying to remember what it’s like to be a Northerner, which is a thing I have not been for a few years. Meanwhile, I shall hopefully write stuff on my blog more frequently than I have in the recent past.

Whenever I have stopped blogging for a while and am about to get back into it, I feel a need to start with a post like this. The problem is that this is a very boring kind of blog post. In order to solve this problem, I hereby offer the following list of random trivia. Memorize them all and annoy your friends and family.

Never give an avacado to a parrotAvocados are poisonous to parrots.

Doorknobs weren’t invented until 1878. Doorbells were invented in 1831.

The average human brain weighs about 3 pounds. Albert Einstein’s brain was unusually small, weighing only 2.7 pounds.

A headless cockroach can survive for up to a week.

Although chess originated in Asia, probably in northern India, and it spread to Europe by way of Persia, the Vikings played a role in bringing it to central and northern Europe.

The United States officially declared Christmas to be a holiday on June 26, 1870. Before that, it hadn’t been an official national holiday.

Despite the camel’s reputation for being able to survive long periods of time without water, a rat can go even longer without water than a camel can.

Bananas are in season year round.

Scottish people are not supposed to wear green to a wedding.

All mammals have red blood, all insects have yellow blood, and lobsters have blue blood.

Lemonade was evidently invented in Egypt, although I have been unable to track down an approximate year for its origin.

An octopus has three hearts.

The earliest recorded example of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477, and it was given to Mary of Burgundy by King Maximilian I of Germany.

The equal sign (=) was first used in 1557.

Voltaire drank as many as fifty cups of coffee a day.

Napoleon was in fact 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches, but his autopsy mistakenly said that he was 5 feet, 2 inches.

An albatross can sleep and fly at the same time.

Type B blood did not exist among the Native American Indians prior to European colonization.