... Pony Express, Hoover Dam, Etch-a-Sketch
Illustrated map of Pony Express route in 1860
by William Henry Jackson
- Courtesy of The Library of Congress-
April 3, 1860 – The Pony Express service began as the first rider departed St. Joseph, Missouri. For
$5 an ounce, letters were delivered 2,000 miles to California within ten days. Pony Express riders each
rode 75 to 100 miles before handing the letters off tothe next rider. A total of 190 way stations were
located about 15 miles apart.
The longest carrot ever grown was measured to be 17 feet long.
Abraham Lincoln never smiled in any photographs.
When people are frightened their ears produce more earwax.
98% of Americans feel better about themselves after they flush the toilet.
Eight million years ago, Guinea pigs were over nine feet long and weighed 1,500 pounds.
The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete in it will not even befully cured for another
The Eiffel Tower receives a fresh coat of 300 tons of reddish-green paint every
The Pillsbury Bake-off has been held every year since 1948.
The Hula-Hoop was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. Merlin and Richard Knerr.
Etch-a-Sketch, invented by Andre Cassagnes in the late 1950’s,was released by
the Ohio Art Company in 1960.
American art student Xavier Roberts created Cabbage Patch Kids in 1978. They were originally called
the Little People.
Buttons made from seashell were used in the Indus Valley Civilization of early Pakistan for ornamental
purposes by 2000 BC. Some buttons had holes pierced into them so they could be attached to clothing with
thread. Functional buttons with buttonholes for fastening/ closing appeared first in Germany in the 13th century.
Fortune telling by the position of moles on the body is called Moleosophy. Generally a round mole signifies
goodness, an oblong mole means a modest share of acquired wealth, and an angular mole suggests both positive
and negative characteristics.
April 1, 2016
Sources: www.historyplace.com; www.triviaplaying.com; www.corsinet.com; www.triviachamp.com;
www.en.wikipedia.org; Encyclopedia of useless information by William Hartston; photo -