Today’s Trivia


In Saudi Arabia women are allowed to fly aircraft, though they must be chauffeured to the airport because it’s illegal for them to drive a car. (source)


The first woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science in the United States also earned a Masters degree in Mathematics and Physics, helped develop computer programming languages, and she was a Catholic nun. (source)


British doctor Harold Shipman (AKA ‘Doctor Death’) was proven to have murdered at least 250 of his patients, but may have killed as many as 459 people, making him the most prolific serial killer in recorded human history. (source)


The Guinness Book of Records was created because the director of the Guinness Breweries got in an argument over what was Europe’s fastest game bird while hunting, and thought that there must be other questions debated nightly in pubs throughout Ireland. It was originally a marketing giveaway. (source)


When Steven Spielberg first showed John Williams a cut of Schindler’s List, Williams was so moved that he told Spielberg he deserved a better composer. Spielberg replied, “I know, but they’re all dead.” (source)




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  • P1LL

    I love your trivia posts Pete

    • Thanks. They came about because a reader emailed us and told us that as a blind person, there wasn’t much to coming back to Whaleoil at night, because it was wall-to-wall videos.

      And so Trivia was born.

      We can’t make everyone happy, but we do genuinely listen to feedback and even if it may not be obvious, we take it on board.