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Letters From Mr. JB Fact Finder’s Fun Facts –  History Trivia


Fun Facts in History


  • Doris Day was offered the role of Maria Von Trapp, but turned it down. 

  • Julie Andrews nearly turned down the role of Maria because she felt it was too similar to the role of Mary Poppins. 

  • The first recorded ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BC with only one event - the stade. The stade was a unit of measurement (about 600 feet) that also became the name of the footrace because it was the distance run. Since the track for the stade (race) was a stade (length), the location of the race became the stadium. 

  • The five rings on the Olympic Flag symbolize the five significant continents. The colors of the rings were chosen since at least one of the colors could be found on every flag of all the countries. 

  • It took 38 yrs. for the radio, 13 years for television, and 4 years for the internet to reach 50 million users. 

  • Typewriter is the longest word that you can type using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. Stewardesses, is the longest word that can be typed with only the left hand. 

  • Developed in 1925 Mr. Goodbar, 1926 Hershey’s Syrup, 1928 dark chocolate chips, 1938 Krackel bar. 

  • The average number of people who choke to death on a ball point pen each year is 100. 

  • Montblanc means White Mountain. The White Mountains are actual mountains in France. 

  • Jell-O: Started in 1897. Flavors that have come and gone are, in 1918-coffee, 1943-cola. In the early 1900s, the makers of Jell-O offered Ellis Island immigrants a bowl of Jell-O as a “welcome to America” gift. 

  • The candy “PEZ” was originally marketed as a product to help you stop smoking. Instead of smoking, pop a PEZ and eventually stop smoking all together. 

  • The first KFC restaurant was opened outside of Sanders gas station, and was originally called Sanders Court & Café. 

  • At a Waffle House in Johns Creek, Georgia, you can place a reservation for a candlelight meal on Valentine’s Day.

  • In 1892 at the age of 29, William Wrigley from Philadelphia moved to Chicago with $32.00 to start a business selling scouring soap. As an incentive for people to buy the soap, the buyer would get a can of baking powder. Later he switched to selling baking powder. With each can of baking powder the buyer would get 2 packages of chewing gum. The popularity of the chewing gum began to look more promising than baking powder so in 1893, Mr. Wrigley made chewing gum his primary product selling Juicy Fruit, Spearmint, and Doublemint gum. 

  • The logo of Mr. Peanut was the idea of a thirteen year-old schoolboy who in a logo contest sponsored by Planters in 1916 submitted a drawing of a peanut person which the school boy labeled “Mr. Peanut”. Planters awarded the boy $5.00. Later, a professional illustrator added the top hat, cane, monocle, white gloves, and spats. 

  • In 1916, you could get your money “laundered” for free! If your money was in good enough shape, you could take it to Washington, D.C., where it could be washed, ironed and reissued. 

  • Because of the building being built during the depression, and because of its poor location, the Empire State building was not profitable until 1950. Prior to 1950, the Empire was referred to by New Yorkers as the Empty State building. 

  • Due to heavy fog, in 1945 during the 2nd World War, a B-25 bomber plane crashed into the building between the 79th and 80th floor, causing the death of 14 people. At the time of the crash, elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived a plunge of 75 stories inside an elevator. 

  • The Great depression of the 1930s almost managed to completely destroy the US railway industry. 

  • A single locomotive puts out enough electrical power to power your neighborhood. 

  • Germany is the largest consumer of Tupperware, followed by USA, France, Mexico, and then Russia. 

  • In 1884, George Eastman patented a way of storing the film in rolls, but it took four more years before he had perfected the first camera to take advantage of his invention. 

  • After George Washington died, Martha closed the master bedroom and moved to a different bedroom in the house. 

  • When Thomas Jefferson was a boy, he and his best friend, Dabney Carr, used to rest under an oak tree not far from the site on which Monticello was later built. The two boys pledged to each other that when they died, they would be buried together under that oak. While Jefferson was away in Europe, Dabney died and was buried in the local cemetery. When Jefferson returned, he ordered the remains disinterred and buried under the oak tree, as promised. Jefferson and his family were later laid to rest in the same spot.