Today’s Trivia



There’s evidence the Pyramids in Egypt were not built by slaves, but by paid labourers. (source)


Both Stalin and Hitler were nominated for Nobel Peace Prizes. (source)


The largest cave in the world was discovered in 1991 and houses a rain forest in one of it’s largest chambers. (source)


The Diving Bell Spider lives entirely underwater. It breathes air, which it traps in a bubble held by it’s unusually hairy abdomen and legs. (source)


TRIVIA UPDATE: Following up an earlier piece of trivia noting the US city of Detroit’s level of functional illiteracy… the city filed for bankruptcy overnight making it the largest US city to do so yet. Not saying the two are related or anything. (source)


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  • Michael

    Robin Williams hairy body and legs… too easy.

    • Jimmie

      Might have to rename this post as Michael’s daily cryptic triva post!

    • That’s only thing I could think of. And somewhat gutted I can’t prove it by posting first. Hmm.

    • James Howlett

      Correct Michael. As pointed out below I need to consider my filenames a little more carefully but I suspect you picked this one regardless.

  • Orange

    They went bankrupt because the unions refused to renegotiate redundancy and pension issues affecting 2/3rds of the city staff.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Mork from Ork.
    Na Nu Na Nu

  • Jman

    Detroit is also 80% black. I’m sure their bankruptcy will be blamed on the white man for some half-assed reason or other.

  • P1LL

    James , It would make it harder to guess if you didn’t post the pictures with such obvious labels. This one was Hairy-Man1.jpg .

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Robin Williams is about as funny as a root canal without anaesthesia.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    “it’s” is the abbreviated form of “it is.” Its is the possessive form, but as a third person personal pronoun it cannot possess so an apostrophe is not used. :-) Only nouns can use an apostrophe to indicate possession.

    • James Howlett

      Thanks IWtbLMOD. I know you only point this out because you care. No one even bothers correcting the Herald these days. Also, as Seth Macfarlane illustrated, the worst job in the world is the guy working for Robin Williams as his jump off point. Excruciating.

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        Haha, I watched that very episode of Family Guy yesterday. I’m pleased you noticed my motives in pointing this out. My tip for crash teaching English to pass the criticism of the pedantic mavens is to think of grammar as an anthropomorphic metaphysics. This is actually not as difficult and convoluted sounding a system as the term suggests. It comes from the first chapter of The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker:
        Tenses: denote time – in English you have variants of past, present and future.
        Prepositions: denote spatial relationships
        Nouns: denote matter (this is the important point, only matter can possess because matter is a thing).
        Verbs: are a relationship, but unlike prepositions, they are about what matter is doing.
        Adjectives: describe nouns
        Adverbs: describe the actions
        What matters is that “it” is not a noun, but a personal pronoun. It is a common error for students to write her’s or your’s. “Hers and “yours” are already the possessive form of the personal pronoun and because they aren’t nouns, an apostrophe is not needed.
        Another one I see is “who’s” used in place of “whose.” Who is not a noun, so who’s can only be the abbreviated form of who is.
        My tip is when you see a word with an apostrophe, check if it is abbreviated by experimenting with rephrasing the sentence with the word unabbreviated.
        I love this site, and I know that the types of people who are dismissive of it will point to little errors like these. The haters are desperate, so let’s (let us) keep the fuckers at bay.
        And you’ll need to help me with the last ten or so of the 72 virgins, because Mr Happy gets tired… :-)
        5 Minute break!

  • Thersites

    If President Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.

    • Bunswalla

      If you had a brain, it would look like a pea.

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Oh come on, everybody knows the pyramids were built by little green men with their superior technology. Because if you take the angle of them, and divide it by the number of pyramids, it matches the Tropic of Capricorn, and that is why USA is broke.