Lessons From the Trivia King

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Here's the trivia that amazed or amused me:

24-EEE — Shaquille O'Neal's shoe size. (Popeye's girlfriend Olive Oyle slid her tootsies into a 14-AAAAAA shoe.)

24 hours, 18 minutes — The record length of Sen. Strom Thurmond's filibuster of Aug. 28-29, 1957, in opposition to the Civil Rights Act.

6 Sextillion Metric Tons — The estimated weight of the planet Earth.

Big — What the word "Bolshoi" means in Russian.

Pie — What the word "pizza" means in Italian.

Tiberius — The middle name of Capt. James T. Kirk on Star Trek.

H. — The entire first name of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Explanation: He was named after his father, who didn't like to be called by his given name — Herbert.

Jumping Flea — What the word "ukulele" means in Hawaiian.

Toriano — The real first name of Tito Jackson.

Susan — The real first name of Sigourney Weaver.

Stedlendgehawn — The real last name of Goldie Hawn.

Wiley — the last name of Bill Muray's character in What About Bob.

Feminisim — How the word "feminism" was misspelled on the May/June 1996 cover of Ms. magazine.

Pensylvania — How the word "Pennsylvania" is misspelled on the Liberty Bell.

Strange Phobias — Arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth); philemaphobia (fear of kissing) phobophobia (fear of one's own fear) sesquipedalophobia (fear of long words) and panophobia (fear of everything).

Hollywoodland — The original Hollywood sign, when first built in 1923 to promote a nearby housing development, read "Hollywoodland." It was remodeled in the 1940s.

Cantstandya — The high school nickname of George Costanza in Seinfeld, bestowed by his gym teacher.

Tomorrow Is Another Day — Original title of Gone With the Wind.

Fairy Floss — The original name for cotton candy.

"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants." — The motto of Chuckles the Clown on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.