Today’s Trivia

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The word “oxymoron” is an oxymoron. The Greek word “oxy” means “sharp” and “moron” means “dull”. (source)

 

Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman ran away from home at age 14 and hitchhiked all over America. Since then, he has worked as a certified dive master, wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, animal wrangler, machinist, concrete inspector, chef, and television show host. (source)

 

110 people once tied for second prize in the Powerball lottery. Officials suspected cheating but discovered that the winners had all used the “lucky numbers” off copies of the same fortune from fortune cookies. (source)

 

The first item bought on Ebay was a broken laser pointer. The buyer? A collector for broken laser pointers. (source)

 

In the USA during the 1920s pedestrian deaths were considered public tragedies with monuments built for killed children, and their mothers were given honorary emblems. Then the automotive industry created the term ‘jaywalker’ to shift the blame onto the victims and ridicule them. (source)

 

 


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