Today’s Trivia





95% of the world’s top supercomputers run on Linux. (source)


The connective design for the LEGO brick has been unchanged since 1958 – so you can buy bricks today and seamlessly build additions to your 1958 LEGO kit. (source)


16% of Lithuanian people are HIV resistant. (source)


‘Big Ben’ is the name of the bell inside the clocktower – not the tower itself or the clock as widely believed. (source)


In military spending as a proportion of GDP the world is lead by military heavyweight Oman. Although highest in absolute terms, the US comes in at number 19 by GDP. (source)




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  • Thanks Nick, for doing the Trivia Post while James was away – Welcome Back James!

    • James Howlett

      Thanks Petal – appears to have been an eventful time.

      • Day 1 was funny. Nick didn’t know the image had to be obtuse, so just posted something. People went – that’s item 5, but that’s too obvious… and started offering up all sorts of other angles. Very funny.

        Personally over the university level chemistry challenges we’ve had… I suspect that is Nick’s forte’ – yet many readers met the challenge. Easily!

  • Nechtan

    Picture is Ben Roethlisberger aka “Big Ben” famous quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers

  • middleagedwhiteguy

    Link is to Big Ben, which is the nickname of the pictured QB, Ben Roethlisberger

  • thor42

    “95% of the world’s top supercomputers run on Linux”
    Yep, as does my PC….. :)

    • James Howlett

      And my ancient laptop – wouldn’t think of changing.

    • Waihekebloke

      As do all of mine since 2003.

    • Bad__Cat

      Linux is user friendly.
      It’s just very fussy who it makes friends with.

  • Stuarts.burgers

    Was lucky enough to visit Big Ben , the bell, like up in the bell room, at 11.58 am until 12.03 pm when I was in London last year. I got the full 16 quarter bells plus 12 strikes of Big Ben himself, the place had a minor vibration to it, but was a high light of my day at the Palace of Westminster.

    • Bunswalla

      Mine was getting a blowy from Princess Di, but that’s a story for another day.

      • ex-JAFA

        If it was just last year, that’d be quite something!

  • baw

    No I thought North Korea had greater spending by GDP.

    At around 30%

    Which is why they are so poor.

    • Kimbo

      Yes, but you have to qualify that figure.

      To extrapolate, the answer to the question, “What is the national capital of North Kore?” is not Pyongyang

      …but NZ$57.23

  • blokeinmanhattan

    No hope against the Patriots last night.

    • James Howlett

      Gronk made a big difference but so far 2013 is the year of Bizarro AFC North with Steelers and Ravens both looking rubbish.

      • blokeinmanhattan

        You’re right, it’s the team around him that’s the problem. Ravens are definitely not playing like current Superbowl champions.

        • James Howlett

          Great quote I read the other day, that Ravens offence is operating at a ‘sub-Kyle Boller level’. With a Superbowl MVP/ highest paid man in the NFL at QB that stings.