Today?s Trivia

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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight? ?

When one hermit crab finds a bigger shell, a gang of them will sometimes form a “vacancy chain” in which they queue up from smallest to largest and all move one shell up. (source) ?

 

A tax auditor in Finland died at his desk, and despite there being 100 staff on the same floor in the department no-one realised he was dead for 2 days. (source)

 

Two Christian monks smuggled silkworms out of China in bamboo canes. Those silkworms were used to give the Byzantine Empire a trade monopoly in Europe, which became the foundation of their economy for the next 650 years. (source)

 

How blogging was born: The infinite monkey theorem, which states that an infinite number of monkeys will eventually write any text, was tested with 5 real monkeys. They managed to type 5 pages largely consisting of the letter S, but they also starting bashing the keyboard with a rock, defecating and urinating on it. (source)

 

The stereotype politician: Ottoman Sultan Murad IV banned coffee, tobacco & alcohol, making consumption a capital offence. He would patrol the streets himself, personally killing offenders. Murad was a habitual drinker himself & died of cirrhosis. (source)

 

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