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15,003 Answers: The Ultimate Trivia Encyclopedia

 

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An expanded and thoroughly revised edition of the best-selling 10,000 Answers, 15,003 Answers: The Ultimate Trivia Encyclopedia is the largest compendium of fun facts ever published.

As browsable as it is authoritative, 15,003 Answers covers movies and mythology, science and celebrities, plus hundreds of other subjects. A full category index will help you find subjects quickly.

A few sample entries:

222 to 0
Score of the most lopsided game in college football history, in which Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College on October 7, 1916.

879
The U.S. women’s shoe size of the Statue of Liberty, based on the 25-foot length of her sandal.

86,331
Total number of times that the Russian space station Mir orbited the Earth. Mir was launched
February 19, 1986, and was taken out of orbit March 23, 2001.

$3,418,416.01
Total amount of cash in the 26 briefcases on the TV game show Deal or No Deal.

Arachibutyrophobia
Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth.

The Best of Marcel Marceau
1970 album consisting of 19 minutes of silence and one minute of applause on each side.

“The buck starts here”
Motto of Dalton, Massachusetts. The town is the home of Crane & Co., the company that manufactures the paper on which U.S. currency is printed.

The Candyland Hour
Radio show whose theme song, “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” is sung by Shirley Blake (Shirley Temple) in the film Bright Eyes. The title vehicle of the song is an airplane.

H.
Full first name of retired Desert Storm general H. Norman Schwarzkopf. His father, Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, disliked his first name.

Loretta Lynn
Real first and middle names of country singer Lorrie Morgan. She is not named for Loretta Lynn; Morgan was born before Lynn recorded her first record.

“No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie.”
Line in the closing credits of the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Santa Clara
Actual name of the ship used by Christopher Columbus in his 1492 voyage known as the Niña (Spanish for “girl”). The nickname was a pun on the name of the ship’s owner, Juan Niño.

Trademarks, genericized
These product names were all formerly trademarks, whose trademark status was lost because the word became synonymous with the entire category of product.

Allen wrench
aspirin
bikini
cellophane
dry ice
escalator
granola
linoleum
milk of magnesia
mimeograph
yo-yo
zipper

“What mighty contests rise from trivial things”
Quote by poet Alexander Pope that appears on the box of the original Genus Edition of the board game Trivial Pursuit.

 

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