Trivia nights and Quizzo have become a staple during weeknights here in America. It’s the perfect cheap, competitive event to be able to go out with some friends, wet the whistle, have a fun time and maybe even win some cash or prizes. We here at COED are inherently trivia buffs and wish to share our astute knowledge of everything that is useless with you. Every Tuesday we’ll give you a number of random facts that are a good bet to be asked at trivia nights. And even if you don’t go to trivia, this should be a good toilet read, too. A win-win if I’ve ever heard of one.
Hall of Fame baseball player Dave Winfield is the only professional athlete to have been drafted in the first round of the NFL, NBA and MLB.
The first president to be born in a hospital? Jimmy Carter.
Conversely, the last president to be born NOT in a hospital? George H.W. Bush.
Before Saturday Night Live, Adam Sandler was a regular on The Cosby Show as the character, Smitty.
December is the most popular month for couples to get engaged.
Louis XIV of France had the longest reign of any European monarch: 72 years from 1643-1715.
Johnny Cash was originally born J.R. Cash. The J.R. didn’t stand for anything because his parents couldn’t think of a name. He took on the first name John when he joined the Air Force because the military wouldn’t accept a name with just initials.
There are 11 squares on one side of a Monopoly board.
Hulk Hogan’s movie debut was as professional wrestler “Thunderlips” in Rocky III.
Woodrow Wilson is the only US President to have a doctorate degree.
In The Simpsons, Mr. Burns’ college Alma mater is Yale.
Moby Dick is a Sperm Whale.
4 NBA teams don’t have their nickname end with an ‘S’ (Magic, Heat, Thunder, Jazz).
The fewest states you can travel through to get from Canada to Mexico is 3 (Washington, Oregon, California).
Venus Fly Trap plants are only native to a small area on the Eastern coast of North America.
Cameron Diaz’s big screen debut was in 1994’s The Mask.
In 1950, statesman Ralph Bunche was the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
The roles of Peter Veinkman and Winston in Ghostbusters were originally written for John Belushi and Eddie Murphy.
Giant Atlantic Squid have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom.
Writer Stephen King has had the most books, short stories and ideas converted into the movies than anyone else (of which includes the short story that was turned into The Shawshank Redemption).
Will Smith received the first Grammy ever given for “Best Rap Performance” in 1989.
The fastest moving ball in all of sports comes from Jai alai with speeds of the hard ball that can reach up to 188mph.
Richard Nixon was the first President to visit all 50 states.
Michael Phelps has won a record 18 Gold Medals in his Olympic career.
A total of 6 US flags are currently on the moon (one per landing).
The euphemism used for UFO’s during WWII was “Foo Fighters.”
A young, short haired Courtney Cox was featured dancing with Bruce Springsteen in his 1984 video, Dancing in the Dark.
Now take this gift of useless knowledge, win some money and buy us thank you beers. Because there is never such a thing as too much thank you beers.