Utterly Useless (but totally riveting) Trivia

Some years ago I saw an article in a newspaper that caught my attention. I’m always finding something of interest so I scurried off to find the scissors to clip it. This one has lain in my desk drawer until I recently ran across it while looking for something else. It’s amazing what all I can find sometimes that I had forgotten about.

Did You Know………..

roosterRoosters cannot crow if they cannot fully extend their necks.

A full grown bear can run as fast as a horse.

Reindeer milk has more fat than cow’s milk.

It takes forty minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

Chickens that lay brown eggs have red ear lobes.

It’s physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A group of owls is called a parliament.

Female swine will always have an even number of teats or nipples, usually twelve.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs because their knees cannot bend properly in order to walk to back down. So if you take a cow upstairs you’ll just have to leave him there or lower the unfortunate animal with ropes. LOL

A goat’s eyes have rectangular pupils.

beeBees must collect the nectar from two thousand flowers in order to make one tablespoon of honey.

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t. I don’t know why.

Beaver teeth are so sharp that Native Americans once used them as knife blades.


Now for some human trivia:

Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies.

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.


There were tons of other examples of interesting trivia that made me laugh but I’m saving space. Do you have anything of interest that’s stored away? I’ve love to hear about it.

About LindaBroday

I'm a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of western historical romance. I love stories of the old West and the people who once lived there. I haunt libraries and museums and can hang out in them for hours. To tell all the stories that are in my head would take a lifetime.


Utterly Useless (but totally riveting) Trivia — 14 Comments

    • Hey, I know you’ll need this information sometime in your life. I was in a silly mood last night. Blame it on the weather. HaHaHa! But seriously, where do our bones go? That’s almost 100 bones that disappear. Very very odd. Have a great day my friend.

    • Hi Sarah……thank you for joining me in this bit of end-of-the-year hilarity. But hey, you never know when you’ll need some of this information. Writers’ lives take strange twists. I may have an Indian hero needing to use beaver teeth to cut something! Have a great day and a very Happy New Year!

    • Tanya, now you know. Maybe my trivia isn’t so useless after all. It’s good to be silly once in a while.

      Happy New Year!

  1. Very interesting, and I didn’t know these things but will say this there is nothing like a fresh brown egg right out of the chicken house. They are better then eggs you buy at the store.

    • I totally agree, Quilt Lady! My mom used to work at a chicken house at one time. We always had brown eggs at home.

      Happy New Year!

  2. Linda, glad you found something fun to do during the blizzard. Did you see the photos of the cattle on loop 289 in Lubbock?

    Enjoyed your trivia.

    • Good morning Linda…….No I didn’t see that picture. Bet that was a strange sight. And Dangerous!

      Have a very Happy New Year!

  3. I love factoids like these. A little weird that I know most of them.
    As for the bones, they fuse as we grow older so there aren’t as many individual ones.
    I am going to have to find out more about the donkey-mule-quicksand thing. It doesn’t make any sense.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Pat…..Thank you for explaining about the bone loss. I was really puzzled. Glad I could give you something to pique your interest with the donkey/mule tidbit. Hope you find the answer.

      Wishing you a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2016!