Friday, February 3, 2012

47 Random Facts, Part 2

25.   In the United States, 514 avalanche fatalities have been reported in 15 states from 1950 to 1997.

26.      Ground hogs whistle when they are alarmed and in the spring when they begin courting.

27.      Ground hogs are one of the few animals that actually hibernate.

      28.      The NFC has 24 super bowl wins over the AFC’s 21 wins.

29.      The New England Patriots have played in the super bowl 7 times and Sunday will make 8 times.

30.      The New York Giants first played football in October 1925.

31.      Ernest Hemingway published his first piece at 17 years old.

      32.      Stephen King met his wife, Tabitha, in the library at University of Maine at Orono. They married in January 1971.

33.      The Kings lived in Boulder, CO for less than a year in 1974 and 1975. King wrote The Shining while in Boulder.

34.  Tabitha King has published 8 novels of her own.

35.  Colorado is the 38th state and became a state on August 1, 1876.

36.  The Battle of the Bulge occurred toward the end of World War II. The dates of the battle were 12/16/44 – 01/25/45.

37.  Primitive elevators are thought to first come into use in the 3rd century BC and were powered by human, animal or water wheel.

38.  Trivial Pursuit was invented in 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

39.  Benjamin Franklin was the 10th son of a soap maker.

40.  President Gerald Ford signed legislation on October 7, 1975 allowing women to attend military academies.

41.  Women first attended the Air Force Academy in June 1976.

42.  The first Thunderbird team included twin brothers, Bill and Buck Patillo, who flew left and right wing.

43.  Koko, the gorilla, has a sign language vocabulary of over 1000 signs.

44.  A single Renaissance printing press could produce 3,600 pages a day.

45.  The 57 on Heinz Ketchup bottles represents the varieties of pickle the company once had.

46.  The most money ever paid for a cow in auction was $1.3 million.

47.  This week’s randomness has been brought to you by the number 47 and the letter R.


  1. Where are you finding all these random facts? They are really interesting.

  2. Lisa, I have just used Google. When I decided to do this I started with one idea about Tom Hanks because really, where else would a girl like me start! I then just sat and allowed my brain to wander. When I came about something I would Google to find the info and have somewhere to point people to and then I would go of to something else.

    Thanks, Paula, this was a fun thing to do.

    Kathy, I don't know that I could do Jeopardy becuase I used Google so much, but I do like to play along with Jeopardy to see if I am "smarter" than the contestants. That's my competitive side!

    PS, in case you're wondering, I did one fact for every year I've been alive :o)