The Good, the Bad and the Unusual: Random Weekend Trivia

I was browsing the internet in anticipation for someone to text me with plans for tonight- trying to get my daily dose of world news and celebrity gossip equally- when I began thinking of a potential blog post. I opened up four tabs on Google Chrome and got my search game on. I found all this cool stuff that I wanted to post, including some fun things that happened this month in history. Pretty interesting. Oh, and if you have not checked out my latest addition, “Calendar,” on the Homepage, take a quick look when you are done. It is a work in progress, as everything in life tends to be.

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Fact of Ha! In Your Face Ciggie Critics: 60% of non-smoking women have had no sexual partners in the past year, while 70% of women who smoke have had more than four lovers over the same timescale.

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Pop Quiz: Which was the first-ever music video by a black artist to be aired on MTV?

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[This weekend in history] November 19, 1620: The Pilgrims have reached Cape Cod, Massachusetts after spending over two months at sea from England. I could not leave this out considering Thanksgiving is next Thursday (and because I wanted to brag about what I learned in my entry-level, mandatory college history course). Their ship, the Mayflower actually landed in December, leaving most immigrants to die due to harsh winter climates and starvation (46 of 121 were lost). They were aided by the help of the Wampanoag Indians, whom the English settlers would eventually feast with the following year in June for three straight days. I am calling for a Thanksgiving reform: present day Turkey Day should be a three-day feast! All in favor say “I!”

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Crazy and sad celebrity death #1: Tennessee Williams

“A Streetcar Named Desire” may have been amongst the books and plays I stupidly skipped out on during high school, but playwright Tennessee Williams is a legend. Unfortunately in 1983,  he choked on the cap from his bottle of eye drops as his head was tilted back inserting the drops. Ouch and wow.

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Fact of Hope: The average woman will have sex more than 3,000 times over the course of her reproductive years.

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[This week in history] November 19, 1954: The Garden State Parkway in New Jersey opens up the country’s very first two toll booths. The automatic collector took correct change at only 25 cents. Such facts are painful and depressing. Upon reading this my eyes were heavy with the forming of tears and there was a lump in my throat. It feels that every time I go through a $5 dollar toll and get my speed back up to 70 mph, I am slowing down again for another toll, or to “take a ticket.” I am usually in the EZ-Pass lane without an EZ-Pass, and run the risk of an accident every time I realize I need to get over four lanes because I have been too busy rocking out to music to pay any attention to the barrage of “Toll Ahead” signs. Sad fact: the George Washington Bridge is now $12 smackaroos going Northbound out of Jersey. Happy travels!

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Fact for Hos: Half of single women have sex by the third date.

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Pop Quiz #1 Answer: Michael Jackson- Billie Jean, 1983

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[This week in history] November 19, 1969: Apollo 12 astronauts take off for a second landing on the moon. Charles Conrad and Alan Bean touch base with the lunar beauty in a quest for further examination of a subjected space environment called the Ocean of Storms. Cut the cynicism already, would ya? It happened. The two astronauts spend a little under four hours walking around the Ocean of Storms, which is a section on the near side of the moon that in ancient times, believed to bring bad weather. Launched during Nixon’s presidency, the Apollo 12 was struck twice by lightning on its way through the atmosphere, and many components within the craft went temporarily offline until a little-practiced procedure was underway back at the headquarters on good ol’ Planet Earth. If taking off in a rocket to space did not give me a heart attack, this surely would.

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Crazy and sad celebrity death #2: David Carradine

The Kill Bill actor was found hanging from a rope in the closet of a Thai hotel room back in 2009. After suspicions of suicide circulated, it was later concluded that he had died due to autoerotic asphyxiation, which is a type of bondage that oftentimes includes choking (such as this case). Authorities came to this theory after finding a shoestring tied around Carradine’s penis, alongside testimony from two of his ex girlfriends who further confirmed that he enjoyed S&M style sex. However, the 72 year-old actor’s ex-wife claimed upon her own personal investigation, Carradine had been murdered. Whichever story is true, boys and girls do not let your lover tie a rope around your next and kick the chair out from under you. Your local adult store is sure to have some great, non-lethal sex toys at an affordable cost.

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Fact of Inspiration: It is possible to relieve depression through masturbation.

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Pop Quiz #2: Which diva musician was nicknamed “Mirage” in high school because she never went to class?

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Celebrity Birthdays for this weekend!

November 19th: Meg Ryan, Calvin Klein, Larry King, Jodie Foster

November 20th: Joel McHale,

November 21st: Troy Aikman, Ken Griffey Jr., Bjork, Goldie Hawn, Nicollette Sheridan

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[This weekend in history] November 19, 1895: German scientist, Wilhelm Roentgen, discovers X-rays. How damn important are X-rays? The answer: so damn important. I am a quarter German, so now is an appropriate time to feel a wee-teeny tiny microscopic percent of happiness towards Germans as this was a huge step forward in technology, and the way we treat the lives of people. Of course, German engineering is some of the best in the world and I am in fact grateful to those smartie-pants for crafting all the things I love, like BMW’s! To read more about his discovery, check out this website.

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Randie Fact: There are over 4,900 species of frogs worldwide. Scientists continue to search for new ones and estimate that more than 1,000 frog species have yet to be described.

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Love My Gays Fact: Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) until 1973. It has since been removed and is now considered an orientation by the APA instead of an illness.

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Pop Quiz #2 Answer: Mariah Carey

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OMG Fact: Some female penguins are prostitutes. Yes, well, maybe they do not exchange money for a quickie but they do exchange pebbles which are necessary for proper nest-building. Penguins mate for life, but just like us promiscuous human beings, penguins will often screw around despite their committed relationships back home. The best part of it all, if the male refuses, the female penguin will kick his ass, or use tricks to get the pebbles without actually giving it up. Damn, these penguins seem to do it better than some of my own friends. Lessons learned!

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[This weekend in history] November 20, 1895: The Beatles release Anthology Vol. 1 which were three double-set CDs and a book that included two never released songs, archival footage and interviews. Anthology Vol. 1 sold 450,000 copies in the first day alone.

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Famous Last Words:

“I can’t sleep.” James M. Barrie, 1937 (author, Peter Pan)

“Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.” John Barrymore, 1942 (American actor)

“Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.” Beethoven, 1827 (German composer)

“I must go in, the fog is rising.” Emily Dickinson, 1886 (poet)

“It’s all been very interesting.”  Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 1762 (writer)

“Lord help my poor soul.” Edgar Allan Poe, 1849

“I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.” James K. Polk, 1849 (US President)

“Moose . . . Indian . . . ” Henry David Thoreau, 1862 (writer)

“Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.” Oscar Wilde, 1900 (writer)

“Drink to me!” Pablo Picasso, 1973 (artist)

“I’m bored with it all.” Winston Churchill, 1965 (English Prime Minister)

Picasso and his gun.

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Stinky Fact: Records prove that in the year 1850 and prior, women tried to practice birth control. The most commonly used method was by mixing crocodile feces with honey and shoving it in and around a woman’s vagina. That would totally work in 2011!

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Happy Birthday month, Scorpios & Sagittarius!

Scorpios are known to be loyal and mysterious but also carry dominant traits of jealousy, obsessiveness and can be manipulating at times. The best part about Scorpios? They are wildly independent. However, friendships can be rocky because of their tendency to go from one mood extreme to another. Overall, Scorpios are intriguing and intelligent human beings with a passion for passion!

Sagittarius’ are adventure seekers and have an itch for the open road and taking risks. The great qualities of a Sagittarius include the need for truth, honesty and respect. The less-favorable traits of a Sagittarius are that they are often fickle and move quickly from one thing to another, as well as people.

Does it not seem that all Zodiac character traits in some way or another, contradict themselves? Well, it is fun to read, so I guess that is all that matters.

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Speaking of Scorpios, Ryan Gosling (aka the most beautiful man in Hollywood) is one. Happy Birthday Ryan. I love you- too much.

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Happy weekend, my friends! Until Monday. C’est La Vie!

*Big ups to: astrology.com, listverse.com, corsinet.com, lustability.com, famousbirthdays.com for the good reads and factoids that I have used here today in part of making this blog post.