Dinner Conversations: More Dinner Table Games

Do you remember the Guiness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not? My brother Eric and I would pour over those fun facts until we couldn’t keep our eyes open. One night I brought one of these to my own family dinner; it was a hit! We passed the book from one to another vying for the most outrageous fact. Your family will love this. Here are some fun facts to get you started. “Did You Know…?”

  • Stubbs has been the Mayor of Talkeetna in Alaska since July 1997. Stubbs is a cat.
  • Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight
  • You cannot snore and dream at the same time.
  • The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn
  • In Spanish “Colgate” means “go hang yourself.”
  • Slugs have 4 noses.
  • Panphobia is the fear of everything.
  • The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
  • Marco Hort has the world record for fitting 264 straws into his mouth at once.
  • There are Caribbean oysters that can climb trees.
  • In Japan, it is completely acceptable to name your child “Buttocks.”
  • The first-ever speeding ticket was given in 1895 to a man for going 6 mph!
  • There are more than 40,000 toilet-related injuries in the US each year.
  • Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.
  • A crocodile can’t poke its tongue out.
  • Sea otters hold hands when they sleep, so they don’t drift away from each other.
  • You will produce enough saliva in your lifetime to fill two swimming pools.
  • If Pinocchio said, “My Nose Will Grow Now,” it would cause a paradox. Let that one sink in!
  • Catnip is 10x more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET.
  • There is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs.