Today’s Trivia

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The El Gordo lottery is the world’s largest, “The Fat One”. In 2010 inhabitants of Granen, a practically broke town of about 2000 people, picked up around EUR700m in prize money. (source)

 

Relatively speaking the most devastating military actions in history are the collective invasions of the Mongol Conquests. Over the 13th and 14th centuries these accounted for the deaths of an estimated 17% of the global population. (source)

 

George Washington was bled to death by his doctors. Over the course of just a few hours of ‘blood letting’ treatment they’d removed about half his blood. That’s always going to be tough to come back from. (source)

 

A movie starring Paul Walker and Denise Richards was made in 1994. It involves love, death, wild animals, brain harvesting and a giant robotic T-Rex. (Source – TRAILER)

 

The word ‘trivia’ comes from the ancient definition of the ‘liberal arts’. Grammar, logic and rhetoric were the ‘trivial’, while arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy were considered the ‘quadrivial’. (source)

 


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  • Tom

    Black death killed more than the Mongol invasions, around the same time?

    • Tom

      Ie the black rats.

  • P1LL

    “The most devastating military actions in history are the collective invasions of the Mongol Conquests. Over the 13th and 14th centuries these accounted for the deaths of an estimated 17%”
    This is related to the Black Death , the most devastating plague ever.

  • Nechtan

    Its thought that the Mongol empire inadvertently helped spread the black death to China, hence Europe, by the rats that hitched a ride with them?

  • Max

    The plague used to be treated incorrectly by the practice of bleeding patients. Many patients bled to death. The link is with the George Washington trivia.

  • Black death actually started with Mongolians and marmots. It is the Mongolians that spread the plague and rats/fleas became the secondary ‘vector’ in Europe where there are no marmots.

    And you think this is history?

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57600472/kyrgyz-teen-dies-from-bubonic-plague-after-eating-marmot/

  • Agent BallSack

    inserts quadrivial pause

    • Agent BallSack


      my favourite tritone song

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