Even more superlative than the Superlative. The questions visibly crumple when the answers are no longer unique. The problem with the Unique One is that determining uniqueness can be incredibly labor-intensive. That damn question about the only mammal that can't jump? I've seen it dozens of times, and yet I'm still skeptical. Did a crack team of Trivial Pursuit researchers track down every other species of mammal on the planet and ask them politely, one at a time, to do a little jump, so that they could tick off a little box on a form and move on to the next species?
Call in the chimpanzee, and tell the chinchilla and the Chinese water deer they'll be next! The Huge Number. It's apparently been decided that any fact with an eye-poppingly big number makes for fascinating trivia.
You see them everywhere. There are eight billion jillion tons of concrete in Hoover Dam. There are eleventy thousand different words for "hockey" in the Canadian language. It would take you 37 zillion years to get to the sun on a Segway. I always feel like I'm missing out on the mind-blowingness of facts like these. First of all, how do you even visualize nine-zero numbers like that? Okay, just picture something so big it goes around the earth 30 million times.
Got it? It's pretty big, right?
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Now double it! But the real problem comes when quiz rookies try to turn these exorbitant numbers into trivia questions. Oooh, no, I'm sorry.
You were four tons off. The answer is eight billion jillion. The Meaningless Coincidence. Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on exactly the same day in , just hours apart. Buzz Aldrin's mother maiden name was "Moon. These remarkable facts are clearly not the result of any kind of design or meaningful pattern.
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Baby Abie and young Charles Darwin were not the subjects of a sinister hospital baby-swap; they were born an ocean apart though Darwin would probably find it interesting that Lincoln was once called "a well-meaning baboon" by no less an authority than Union General George McLellan. They may not be important or meaningful, but they're fun and they're rare, and they remind us that truth can be stranger than fiction.
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Victor Barton enjoyed a successful cricket career with the Army and Hampshire, making one Test appearance for England against South Africa. He was also on the books of Southampton St. Mary's, making an appearace in the semi-final of the Hampshire Senior Cup in The wonderfully named Desire Montgomery Butler made appearances for both the British Virgin Islands' football and cricket teams in a long career, keeping goal and wicket respectively. Tommy Thorpe, who kept goal for Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley and Northampton Town amongst others, played three first class games for Northamptonshire during the County Cricket Championship.
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Aston Villa's Billy George, who won three caps for England before the First World War, made thirteen first-class cricket matches as a batsman for Warwickshire. Steve Adlard never quite made it as either a goalkeeper or a cricketer. A reserve keeper for both Nottingham Forest and Lincoln City, he played one first class game of cricket for Lincolnshire against Derbyshire in the Gillette Cup in before enjoying a career in the Minor Counties.
Scottish goalkeeper Tom Crosskey, who enjoyed spells with Crystal Palace, Hearts and Raith Rovers, played four first class Cricket matches for Scotland betwen and A right-handed batsman, he top-scored with 49 during a tour game against the Australian Invincibles. England international Nigel Martyn played for Cornwall Schoolboys - keeping wicket, naturally - as well as his local side before pursuing a career in football.
Following his retirement, the former Crystal Palace and Leeds United goalkeeper resumed playing cricket, turning out for a team called Old Modernians in the Wetherby League.
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Willis Walker enjoyed a successful cricket career that ran alongside his goalkeeping duties with the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Leeds City and South Shields amongst others. He played County Cricket with Nottinghamshire, scoring 18, runs before retiring in Australian cricketer Ken Grieves, who made first-class appearances for Lancashire and made a county record catches, also pursued a career in football after emigrating to England, turning out for Bury, Bolton Wanderers and Stockport County as a goalkeeper between and Leicester City and Gillingham goalkeeper Jack Beby was something of an all-rounder during his spell with the Grenadier Guards, representing his regiment at cricket and the shot put.
Rebecca Rolls was capped by New Zealand in both football and cricket. George Waller, who kept goal for both Sheffield clubs as well as Middlesbrough before the turn of the 20th Century, also made three first class appearances for Yorkshire Cricket Club taking four wickets and scoring seventeen runs.
David Thomson, one of the founding fathers of Welsh football, was also something of a useful cricketer, regularly turning out for Wynnstay Cricket Club before his unexpected early death in His highest score as a batsman came against the Lords and Commons Cricket Club when he scored 12 while his best bowling figures of 4 for 17 came in a match against the Marylebone Cricket Club.
He scored 59 runs over the course of two innings. Great Britain's Olympic team goalkeeper Haydn Hill, who also had a spell with Sheffield Wednesday, played cricket for Dorset, making 24 appearances in the Minor Counties Cricket Championship between and Antipodean goalkeeper Ken Hough played two Tests against England in and 28 first-class matches for Northern Districts and Auckland. A right-arm fast bowler and something of a useful lower-order batsman, he holds the record for taking the most wickets - six - without having a batsman caught.go to site
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Southampton St. Mary's goalkeeper Jack Barrett tried to carve out a career in County Cricket after deciding to quit football at the age of twenty-one but he was thwarted in his attempts and he had to settle for the odd appearance in the Minor Counties. John Prodger enjoyed a dual career as a goalkeeper for Charlton Athletic, Dartford, Margate and Sittingbourne and a batsman with Kent, where he played for over ten years. Prodger still holds the record for most outfield catches for the country, claiming eight in a match against Gloucestershire in One-time Woolwich Arsenal and Liverpool goalkeeper Harry Storer played six first class matches for Derbyshire during the season.
He was a right-handed batsman and played 10 innings in 6 first class matches. He was also a pretty useful hockey player. Sheffield United goalkeeper Joe Lievesley was a useful cricketer too and also turned out for the club's cricket side during the summer months. Archie Ling enjoyed a long career with Leicester Fosse, Swindon Town and Brentford and also played cricket professionally with Cambridgeshire. After being released by Grimsby Town in , Gary Montgomery swapped his goalkeeper gloves for cricket whites and signed a professional contract with Lancashire County Cricket Club, going on to play three first class matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Competition.
Watford and Southend United goalkeeper Geoff Morton was also a bowler with Middlesex cricket club, turning out in six minor counties matches and two first-class games at Lord's during the County Championship. He later became an umpire. Arthur Staples enjoyed a successful cricket career with Nottinghamshire, playing first-class matches as an all-rounder, scoring over 12, runs and taking wickets.
His football career was slighly less successful, despite spells with Notts County and Mansfield Town, managing just thirteen league appearances. Former Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Harry Fearnley used to spend his summers playing cricket in the local league, representing seven different clubs in total. A quick scoring batsman and a pace bowler, he skippered the Huddersfield League representative team before moving to Oxford United.
England wicket keeper Ian Gould, who represented Middlesex and later captained Sussex, played in goal for Slough Town, having been on Arsenal's books as youth player. Somerset and Kent cricketer Peter Trego turned out for Margate, Weston-super-mare and Bath City among others during his sporting career.
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