Monthly Trivia Archives: August 2011

Week of August 28th – Interesting Dog facts!

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The popular name for a dog in the United States is Max.

The American Kennel Club says the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in America for the 20th straight year.

Spuds McKenzie was  Budweiser’s mascot in the late ’80s. Known as the “original party dog,”  Spuds was actually a female. Gasp! Once word broke, it caused a bit of a scandal but did little to stop Spuds’ popularity.   Spuds real name was Honey Tree Evil Eye.

Twenty-three Presidents have owned a dog in office.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, “Giant George is the Tallest Dog.  George is seven feet and three inches from head to tail and weighing 245 pounds, he’s not just a Great Dane; he’s the ‘greatest’ Dane!

The first dog to win the Westminister Dog Show was a Fox Terrier (smooth) named Champion Warren Remedy in 1907.

The collies who portrayed Lassie  in the old television show were male and were bred a little larger than normal, so that the child actors could grow without anybody noticing too much. And all the Lassies have had canine buddies on set to keep them happy — during one film, two miniature poodles named Buttons and Bows kept the star canine company.

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Week of August 14th – FAST and LONG records

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The fastest marathon in an animal costume  was 3 hr 04 min  by Martin Indge (UK) dressed as an ostrich at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in London, UK, on April 17, 2011.

The fastest marathon in an animal costume was 3 hr 42 min 11 sec by Barbara Stcherbatcheff (USA) dressed as a peacock at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in London, UK, on April 17, 2011.

Tillman the English Bulldog covered a 100-m stretch of level car park in a time of 19.678 seconds during X Games XV in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 30 July 2009.

George Meegan (UK) walked 30,431 km (19,019 miles) in a journey that took him from the southernmost point of South America, at Ushuaia, Argentina, to the northernmost point of North America, at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, USA, taking 2,426 days from 26 January, 26 1977 to September 18 1983.

The fastest 50 m by a human wheelbarrow team is 14.87 sec and was achieved by Josh McCormack (the wheelbarrow) and Arjuna Benson (the pusher), at the Sports campus of Carey Baptist Grammar School, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on September 9, 2008.

The longest beaver dam ever recorded measured 1.5 km (0.9 miles) long.

The longest jump by a guinea pig was achieved by Diesel, who cleared a gap of 20.5 cm (8.07 in) in London, UK, on July 27, 2009.

The longest kiss lasted 46 hr 24 min 9 sec and was achieved by Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat  at an event in Thailand from February 13 – 15  2011.

The world’s longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on May 8, 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13.

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Week of August 7 – How old would they be today?

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Lucille Ball would have turned 100 on August 6, 2011.

John Wayne would have turned 104 on May 26, 2011.

James Dean would have turned 80 on February 8, 2011.

George Washington would have turned 279 on February 22, 2011

Marilyn Monroe would have turned 85 on June 1, 2011

River Phoenix would turn 41 on August 23, 2011

Diana, Princess of Wales would have turned 50 on July 1, 2011.

Kurt Cobain would have turned 44 on February 20, 2011.

Anissa Jones (aka “Buffy” from Family Affair) would have turned 53 on March 11, 2011.

Jim Morrison would turn 68 on December 8, 2011.

John Belushi would have turned 62 on January 24, 2011



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