Posts in category "Trivia"

7 fascinating facts about sharks for Shark Week and beyond

7 fascinating facts about sharks for Shark Week and beyond
Sharks are incredible creatures that strike fear in the heart of many, but how much do you really know about them? Sharks are often misunderstood. In preparation for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, learn some fascinating facts about sharks here: * Sharks are smaller than you probably think they are. Half of sharks are... Read more »

A patriotic quiz for the 4th of July

A patriotic quiz for the 4th of July
Happy birthday, USA! While celebrating Independence Day, there’s often a lot of waiting – for fireworks, for parades to start, for burgers to cook. Pass the time by testing friends and family on their knowledge of our country with this patriotic quiz, or just share some fun trivia about American history. How well do you... Read more »

11 facts about the World Cup

11 facts about the World Cup
The World Cup happens once every four years and lasts for a month in the summer. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 stadiums in Brazil, the host country of the FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12, 2014. See how much you know and test your soccer/football knowledge with these... Read more »
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13 facts about the Scripps National Spelling Bee

13 facts about the Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place in late May. This year, the finals of the 87th annual National Spelling Bee will be televised on ESPN the evening of May 29th. It has become a source of fascination for many, spawning plays and movies like Akeelah and the Bee. Here some fascinating facts about the... Read more »

9 facts every American should know about Memorial Day

Memorial Day started at Decoration Day, created by General John Alexander Logan , commander in chief of an organization of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic,  to honor Union soldiers killed in the Civil War by decorating their graves.
Memorial Day is this Monday. My tween is excited about marching in the local parade with her junior high band. Beyond the concerns that come with sixth graders trying to walking in a straight line while playing instruments, the holiday means cook outs and pool openings and the unofficial kick off of summer. Memorial Day,... Read more »

Kentucky Derby trivia and fun facts

Kentucky Derby trivia and fun facts
The Kentucky Derby is knowing as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, and also known as the Run for the Roses. The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Test your knowledge or just learn some fun facts to impress your friends and family at your Kentucky Derby... Read more »
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8 different May Day celebrations from around the world

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Perhaps the most obviously named celebration, May Day often included a maypole. Dancing around the pole, most often while intertwining ribbons, was a tradition common in Germanic areas of Europe and in England. Experts agree that there is significance to the pole, ribbons and dance, but they disagree over exactly just what it is symbolic of. A decent contingent think it was just celebrating the arrival of nicer, warmer weather, and I'm in that camps.
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The Puritans were not fans of May Day and its pagan origins (pretty sure they never met a party they liked), and took the fun away, going so far as to outlawing maypoles in England in 1644 despite the fact that they had been popular for centuries by that point. Historians believe it was the Puritan dislike of the tradition that kept it from catching on in America.
May 1 is more than just the start of a new month. Depending on where you are in the world and what you observe, May Day can be a seasonal Spring holiday, a saint’s feast day, Labor Day, an occasion to honor native culture, or a combination of events. Check out some of the various... Read more »

10 Facts about Mother's Day

10 Facts about Mother's Day
The second Sunday is May is Mother’s Day and in 2014, the holiday falls on May 11th. Mother’s Day became an official national holiday in the United States in 1914, making Mother’s Day 2014 the 100th official observance. Learn some fun facts about Mother’s Day, its history and how we celebrate today, below. * “Mothering... Read more »

10 Facts about Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day, a celebration of our amazing planet and chance to learn how we can best care for it. Here are some facts about the history of Earth Day and events marking the occasion this year. * The first celebration of Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970,  making 2014′s observance... Read more »
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Hunting for Easter egg trivia? Find 11 fun facts here

<strong>What do eggs represent?</strong><br><br>  Historians believe people have eggs for thousands of years to celebrate the spring equinox, which was often around the start of the new year prior to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. Christians missionaries adopted the existing pagan celebrations and began using eggs as a symbol of new life and resurrection and to represent Jesus's emergence from the tomb. Many cultures still decorate eggs to mark the start of spring and new life.<br><br>
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The Easter season brings Easter baskets and all kind of eggs: chocolate eggs, candy eggs, egg hunts, Easter egg dyeing and decorating. Hippety hop (or just click) your way through the gallery below impress your friends, family and even the Easter Bunny with these fun facts and learn some of the history behind treasured traditions... Read more »