Today’s Trivia

via wikipedia.org

via wikipedia.org

 

Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

 

The most powerful explosive device ever built or used was detonated in 1961 by the Soviets – “Tsar Bomba”. (source)

 

High-Speed rail goes faster than Higher-Speed Rail. (source)

 

Penny from Big Bang Theory has still not revealed her last name. (source)

 

The Bible was written by 40 guys over 1600 years. (source)

 

About 1 in every 113 people die every year. This link also has a helpful death counter so you can keep up with how many people are dying while you’re reading trivia on the internet… (source)

 


THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

  • Michael

    Richard Feynman was a lecturer/researcher at Caltech Pasadena, the same institute in which The Big Bang Theory is set, link to 3.

  • Cadwallader

    Richard Feynman worked on The Manhattan Project.

    • James Howlett

      Yep! Win for the Cad.

      • Cadwallader

        Thank you. Despite not being a physicist I have always admired Feynman and his hilarious writings. in addition to winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 he was the world champion bongo drum player in 1957/8. He was once described as the “world’s cleverest man.” His mother was reported as saying that “if my son is the cleverest man in the world, then God help the world, he can’t find matching socks!” While at Caltech he took up sketching and his favoured lunchtime place to do this was at a local strip-bar. When the authorities sought to close down the bar all the patrons solemnly said they’d support the bar against closure. Inevitably Feynman was the only one who ultimately did stick up for the bar and the local newspaper headlined it as “Nobel Laureate Loves The Strippers!” Some of his other diversions were all the more hilarious and very “Californian” by nature, despite his being (on his own acknowledgment) “a simple Jew boy from Far Rockaway New York.”

        • James Howlett

          Yep he’s a stone-cold legend. ‘Sure you’re joking…’ is one of the most re-read books in my library.

          • Cadwallader

            “Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman” derived its title from a comment by the rather snotty wife of the Dean of Physics at Princeton after Feynman’s arrival from MIT. Before he got there he was described in correspondence as a “clever Jew Boy.” Anyway as an awkward youth he was invited to the Dean’s home for a cup of tea. The hostess asked whether he wished to have lemon or cream, and not knowing the correct response he replied “both.” She then said “Surely etc…”

  • knight

    Richard Feynman last recorded words are noted as, “I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring”. Link to 5

  • Nechtan

    Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory is a theoretical physicist researching quantum mechanics as was Richard Feynman?

  • Uptheante

    In an episode of BBT, Sheldon had a cat named Richard Feynman. In fact he had several cats all named after Manhattan Project physicists.

40%