Feb 2, 2009

Trivia for All!

Yesterday (Super Bowl Sunday):
  • If the Super Bowl were a nation, it's gross national product would be roughly equal to that of North Korea.
  • Antacid sales increase 20% on the day after the Super Bowl.
  • The use of Roman numerals to denote which Super Bowl it is started with Super Bowl V and was used solely because the guy in charge of it (I can't remember what the position is called; NFL management is not an area where I have a lot of broad knowledge) at the time hated the name "Super Bowl" and wanted to make it a little more classy. (Also, I'm convinced the sole reason today's children are taught Roman numerals past Rocky V, is so they can know what Super Bowl we're on.)
  • More guacamole is consumed in America on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year except Cinqo de Mayo.
Today (Groundhog Day):
  • Punxsutawney (known for their Groundhog Day celebrations simply because they put the most effort into it) has predicted six more weeks of winter over 90% of the time (since 1887), but this has been correct only 39% of the time.
  • Groundhog Day started as some combination of the Christian holiday of Candlemas, (celebrating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple) and the pagan holiday Imbolc (which marks the day exactly between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox). I'm not exactly sure how this progressed into a groundhog predicting the weather. But Germans were involved. And possibly Native Americans.
  • Punxsutawney Phil lives off of dog food and ice cream and lives in a local library.
  • There is a plaque in Woodstock, IL (where most of the Groundhog Day film was shot) on the curb where Bill Murray's character continuously steps into a puddle that reads "Bill Murray stepped here". I really hope that someday human life is destroyed but this plaque survives and space explorers centuries later assume that Bill Murray had religious significance in our lives.
  • Alberto Gonzales was confirmed as Attorney General on Feb 3, 2005.
  • February 3rd is completely useless.

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