Top 20 Trinidad & Tobago Trivia
Like to know stuff that most other people don't care about? In no particular order here goes:
20.The only new acoustic instrument to be invented and accepted worldwide in the 20th century originated in Trinidad and Tobago. You can learn more about the history of pan at PanTrinbago and Wikipedia. Check out the steelpan store to buy one for your friends internationally.
19.Trinidad and Tobago is home to the world’s largest traffic roundabout around the Queen’s Park Savannah.
18. In 2006, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country ever to qualify for the 2006 Football World Cup. Thanks to a great team (the Soca Warriors), a great coach (Leo Beenhakker) and ex FIFA Vice-President: (Jack Warner).
17. Trinidad and Tobago contestant Ms Janelle Penny Commissiong was the first Black Miss Universe in 1977. (And she still looking great.)
16. Trinidad and Tobago’s Brian Charles Lara holds the record for the highest individual score in a test innings (400 not out against England, Antigua 2004). He is also the only batsman to have ever scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career. For you baseball lovers, imagine a baseball player with a lifetime batting average of .4 Well if Lara was a baseball player that's what we talking about (and no steroids).
15. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the oldest hydrocarbon producers in the world, with commercial production dating as early as 1908. Trinidad and Tobago is also a major petrochemical hub and is the one of the world’s largest exporters of ammonia, ethanol and liquefied natural gas. The two largest methanol plants in the world are found in Trinidad. Learn more courtesy of Unit Trust.
14. The Leatherback Turtle: the largest of all living turtles chooses the shores of Trinidad and Tobago as one of its nesting grounds. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most important leatherback nesting sites.
12. Trinidad and Tobago is the birthplace of calypso, a style of Afro-Caribbean music that gained international popularity in the 1950s, primarily through the music of Harry Belafonte. You can learn more about our rich Calypso tradition at TUCO (Trinbago's Unified Calypsonians Organisation). Soca (also from Trinidad) is now the dominant musical form in TnT.
11. Trinidad and Tobago Carnival has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten Carnival celebrations in the world. It is popularly known as ‘The GreatestShow on Earth’, (despite it not being a show). If you're new to Trinidad, take my advice and 'Play Mas' sooner rather than later. Why? If you like it then you can play each year thereafter. Would be a shame to wait till your last year in Trinidad to realize, "Damn! I like this winin' business, and now I have to leave." (Just looking out for you.)
10. The limbo dance originated as an event that took place at wakes in Trinidad and Tobago, but became internationally renowned through the work of Julia Edwards and her dance company in the 1960s.
9. The oldest rainforest reserve in the Western Hemisphere is located in Tobago. Little Tobago is home to the world’s largest brain coral. Trinidad and Tobago has over 400 species of birds, making it one of the richest birding countries per square mile.
8. Tobago was the location of Daniel Defoe’s classic Robinson Crusoe. Tobago is also widely believed to be the place Robert Louis Stevenson had in mind when he penned Treasure Island. (Don't you love unprovables?)
7. According to TriniBats (not about unattractive older people or cricket) there are over 70 species of bats native to Trinidad & Tobago. Have no idea where that ranks internationally but it has to be a record in some respect. Help me out here naturalists.
6. Trinidad and Tobago’s Dr Joseph Lennox Pawan achieved international acclaim for the discovery of the transmission of the rabies virus by vampire bats. This led to the development of a vaccine for the virus. Just 'biggin-up' Dr. Pawan not bad-talkin' our helpful batty friends.
5. In 2013, the Trinidad Moruga ‘Scorpion’ Pepper was officially ranked as the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of Records. (The people from Moruga are also reputed to be hot and saucy, but no linkage to the peppah.)
4. We does talk nice and sexy. Is true!. The Trinidadian accent ranks 10th on the CNN’s top ten sexiest accents in the world. They describe the way we speak (sorry 'does talk') as "sex on a pogo stick." Hmmmmm. We'll take it! Dammit! (smile)
3. On August 1, 1985 Trinidad and Tobago became the world’s first country to declare a public holiday in commemoration of the abolition of slavery. (True? Don't know can't corroborate it anywhere.)
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