Diamond Trivia# 99

What is the Largest Diamond in the World? Known as the “Star of Africa,” or the Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond in the world is a whopping 3,106 carats for a weight of 1.3 pounds. The diamond was originally found in 1905 in the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa by Thomas Evan Powell.

UFO Trivia#97

Where is Area 51 located?

AREA 51, sometimes referred to as “Dreamland” or “Groom Lake”, is a secret military facility located about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. A block of land 6 miles north-to-south by 10 miles east-to-west, it is bordered by Nellis Air Force Base on the northwest, north, east, and south, and by the Nevada Test Site on the southwest. Although the government will not discuss its existence, many highly classified national defense projects have been conducted at AREA 51 since the 1950s and the airspace around the base is off-limits even to most military pilots. Spy planes such as the U-2, SR-71, YF-12A, and F-117A were developed there, as well as the technology associated with the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka “Star Wars”). AREA 51 is also the approximate location where scientist Robert Lazar claims to have worked for the U.S. government reverse-engineering the propulsion mechanism of a captured alien spacecraft. In the past, there were actually two viewpoints from which the public could legally view this secret facility — from White Sides and Freedom Ridge — but the Air Force closed down both locations in 1995. It is still possible to view the base, however, from a distant mountain, Tikaboo Peak. However, it requires a strenuous 1 1/2 hour hike from a remote dirt road to reach this vantage point.

Collectable Trivia#93

The Barbie doll, invented by Ruth Handler in 1959, was named after her own daughter. The Ken Doll, likewise, was named after her son. Barbie was first introduced to the world at the 1959 American Toy Fair in New York City sporting a ponytail and a black-and-white striped swimsuit. If she were a real person, the original Barbie doll’s measurements would have been an incredible 39-18-33. In response to criticism that these measurements might create unrealistic expections for young girls to live up to, Mattel has since adjusted the chest measurement down and the waist measurement up. Some Barbie Doll milestones: Barbie is introduced to the world (1959), Ken, her boyfriend, is introduced (1961), Fashion Queen Barbie debuts with three interchangeable wigs (1963), Skipper, Barbie’s little sister, is introduced (1964), Barbie gets bendable legs (1965), a speaking Barbie is released (1968), Malibu Barbie debuts (1971), Superstar Barbie debuts (1977), Black Barbie and Hispanic Barbie are introduced (1980), Barbie gets her own web site (1996), Barbie runs for President (2000), Barbie and Ken split up (2004).

Monster Trivia#92

According to legend, a basilisk was produced when a chicken egg was hatched under a toad or a serpent. There were, according to legend, several species of this animal. One species burned up whatever they approached; a second were a kind of wandering Medusa’s heads, and their look caused an instant horror which was immediately followed by death. The basilisks were called kings of serpents because all other serpents and snakes, behaving like good subjects and wisely not wishing to be burned up or struck dead, fled the moment they heard the distant hiss of their king, although they might be in full feed upon the most delicious prey, leaving the sole enjoyment of the banquet to the royal monster.

Entertaining Trivia#91

David Copperfield is most famous for making the Statue of Liberty disappear, levitating over the Grand Canyon, and walking through the Great Wall of China. The youngest person ever admitted to the Society of American Magicians, Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin) was teaching magic at New York University by the age of sixteen. His magic has appeared in decades of network television specials which have aired in over 40 countries and reached an estimated audience of more than 3 billion people. Along the way, he has won dozens of Emmy Awards as well as two “Entertainer of the Year” awards. His tours have set box office records across four continents, and he has been named a “Living Legend” by the United States Library of Congress. According to Forbes Magazine, Copperfield earned $57 million in 2003, making him the 10th highest paid celebrity in the world.