Fun Facts

Every Friday we post a trivia question or Fun Fact on our Facebook page.  Answers to the question or more information on the fun fact can be found here each Friday.


Fun Fact (April 13, 2012)


Do you havefriggatriskaidekaphobia?  Friggatriskaidekaphobia is a phobia about Friday the 13th, a day that people associate with bad luck.  This "unlucky" day will strike three times in 2012 (January 13, April 13, and July 13).  The spooky part about those three days?  They are each 13 weeks apart!  Both the number 13 and Friday are considered to be unlucky.  When they are combined, the unluckiness of the day has the potential to be affected exponentially!


To survive Friday the 13th, Yahoo News suggests that people should:


  • Stay away from pavement cracks
  • Knock on wood
  • Keep fingers crossed
  • Avoid walking under ladders
  • Invest in a horseshoe
  • Carry an acorn
  • Don't break a mirror
  • Avoid black cats
  • Don't get up on the wrong side of the bed


Fun Fact (March 30, 2012)


Eggs are very popular during the Easter season. They are hunted (Easter egg hunts), colored (spreading newspaper on the kitchen table and coloring the eggs with egg coloring kits), decorated (with crayons and stickers until they are works of art), hung (on “Easter Egg Trees”), and occasionally eaten. Today’s Friday Fun Facts Quiz is in honor of the colored egg. Most people are familiar with white and brown eggs. However, chickens lay eggs in several different colors, including which of the following:


     a.  Green

     b.  Pink

     c.  Blue

     d.  All of the above


The answer is (d) All of the above.  According to Jones Poultry (, chickens lay different colors of eggs:  white, brown, green, pink and blue.  I guess Dr. Seuss knew what he was talking about when he wrote the classic story "Green Eggs and Ham".

Fun Fact (March 23, 2012)


Bitter Sweet Sinphony ice cream is back!!! This coffee ice cream with bittersweet fudge and fudge chunks is back by popular demand. In celebration of having the “Sinphony” back at Johnny Bear’s, here is today’s Friday Fun Facts Trivia question: How old was Mozart when he composed his first symphony?


a.  Four

b.  Six

c.  Eight

d.  Twelve


Mozart composed his first full symphony (Symphony No. 1 in E Flat) in 1764 at the age of eight.  The child prodigy wrote his first minuet at the age of six.  Between the ages of 8 and 19, Mozart composed 33 symphonies along with numerous minuets, quartets, and operas.

Fun Fact (March 16, 2012)


Here are some more fun facts about St. Patrick's Day (March 17th), the day that everyone claims to have a wee bit o' Irish in them.


  • In Chicago, the rivers are died green on St. Patrick's Day.
  • Traditional St. Patrick's Day food includes Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and Guinness
  • St. Patrick's Day did not become a national holiday in Ireland until 1903 and the first parade wasn't held in Dublin until 1931
  • The color originally associated with St. Patrick's Day was blue; green became associated during the 19th century
  • St. Patrick was known for banishing dangerous animals from Ireland, particularly snakes (according to legend)
  • There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland (36 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry in 2008; the population of Ireland was 4.4 million at that time)
  • March 17th is believed to be the day that St. Patrick died, which is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s day on this date.
  • St. Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat and he was born in Scotland (not Ireland) around 385 A.D. (Can you imagine celebrating St. Maewyn Day?)
  • The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the U.S. was in Boston in 1737.
  • If you are caught NOT wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be pinched!

Fun Fact (March 9, 2012)


Which month is deemed "National Ice Cream Month" and is the month that has the highest sales for ice cream in the U.S.?


a.   May

b.   June

c.   July

d.   August


In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as the month to celebrate one of America's favorite sweets!  American's love this creamy sweet so much that according to Market Research, in 2002 "the American Ice Cream Retail Industry had around $20 billion in sales."

Fun Fact (March 2, 2012)


Which of the following countries is believed to be the location where sauerkraut was invented?


a.  Germany

b.  Holland

c.  America

d.  China


According to The Kitchen Project (, although sauerkraut - German for "sour cabbage" - is thought of as a German invention, Chinese laborers building the Great Wall of China over 2,000 years ago ate it as standard fare.  Chinese sauerkraut is made from shredded cabbage fermented in rice wine.  It was most likely brought to Europe 1000 years later by Gengis Khan after plundering China.

Fun Fact (February 24, 2012)


When was the first ice cream parlor in America opened and where was it located?


According to, the first ice cream parlor in America was opened in New York City in 1776.  American colonists were the first to use the term "ice cream".  The name came from the phrase "iced cream" that was similar to "iced tea".  The name was later abbreviated to "ice cream", the name we know today.

Fun Fact (February 17, 2012)


What is the size of the world’s largest milkshake?

According to the Guiness Book of World Records ( the largest milkshake ever made was 6,000 gallons of pure milkshake.  Six thousand gallons can be served into 50,000 average sized shakes.  The shake was made by Ira Freehof, owner of the Comfort Diners.  Ira paired with Parmalat USA and the American Dairy Association to make his classic Black and White Shake in New York City.

Fun Fact (February 10, 2012)


How many hot dogs do Americans eat each year?


The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council ( estimates that Americans consume 20 BILLION hot dogs each year. Based on the U.S. population of approximately 313 million people, that is over 60 hot dogs for EVERY man, woman and child in the United States each year!

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