Welcome to PAW PRINTS, a collection of interesting and humorous trivia about people, animals, places and more.

Want to know something quirky about someone famous? Curious about butterflies or sharks or the Statue of Liberty? Looking for the perfect quote to match an important occasion? Need a joke to cheer up a friend?
Paw Prints has hundreds of anecdotes about the famous and the infamous. Browse through thousands of factoids, quotes, and jokes — all guaranteed to tickle your fancy or your funny bone.

Dashing through the snow...

Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini

(1867–1957)

Every Christmas, composer Giacomo Puccini would have a cake baked for each of his friends. One year, having quarreled with Toscanini just before Christmas, he tried to cancel the order for the conductor’s cake. But it was too late — the...

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Iditarod dogs

Iditarod FAQs

The youngest musher to ever compete in the Iditarod was Simon Kineen in 1994.
Iditarod FAQs

Merry Christmas from Paw Prints
Pengins

Penguins

Can you name a place on Earth that has both orange groves and penguins? The Galapagos Islands!
Penguins Factoids

three gifts

Gifts

“He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.”
Everything is a gift

reindeer

Reindeer & Deer

Laplanders who still herd reindeer use snowmobiles, two-way radios, even helicopters.
Reindeer & Deer Factoids

penguins

A Truck Full of Penguins

A police officer sees a man driving around with a pickup truck full of penguins. He pulls the guy over and says: “You can’t drive around with penguins in this town! Take them to the zoo immediately.” The guy says OK, and drives away...

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Ross Perot

H. Ross Perot

(1930– )

Looking around for a suitable way of serving the community, Mr. Perot decided that he would give a Christmas present to every American prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. Accordingly...

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Pine trees and mountains

Winter Wisdom

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Winter Wisdom

Angel Gabriel by Gaudenzio Ferrari

Angels

Only occasionally are angels given names in the Bible. But they are an important influence in our lives.
Angel quotes

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bears

A grizzly bear cub does not instinctively know how to catch a salmon. Starts out slapping before it learns to pin down or scoop. Then comes practice, practice, practice.
Grizzly...

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St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

(1181–1226)

The popularity of the Nativity scene, one of the most beloved and enduring symbols of the holiday season, originated in Italy. In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi asked a man named Giovanni Vellita of the village of Greccio to create a manger...

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Santa with bag of toys

Christmas Questions

Questions and answers from the New York Public Library Reference Desk
Christmas Questions

On the Road with Rosie
Cocoa from Cokomo
Escape is impossible
Honey Pie

Signs

“Miracles are signs not to them that believe, but to them that do not believe.”

~St. Thomas Aquinas

The Magic of Christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

~Norman Vincent Peale

Miracles

“For those who believe in God no explanation is needed; for those who do not believe in God no explanation is possible.”
Quotes about Miracles

cat on a white picket fence

Cats vs. Dogs

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”

~Mary Bly
Sir Oliver Shewell Franks

Sir Oliver Shewell Franks

(1905–92)

In December 1948, a Washington, DC, radio station telephoned various ambassadors in the capital, asking what they would like for Christmas. The unedited replies were recorded and broadcast in a special program the following week....

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Christmas Q&A

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Since it was first scaled in 1953, Everest expeditions have put more than 550 people on the top, but also killed 95 people.
Mount Everest Factoids

Dreidel

Dreidels

A delightful Chanukah game is a put-and-take game played with a four-sided top (a draydl or trendel), using nuts for the betting. The draydl is marked with four Hebrew letters: nun, gimel, hay...

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Peace

“All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.”

~Thomas à Kempis
bear head

Brown Bear vs. Grizzly Bear

How can you tell a brown bear from a grizzly bear?

Climb a tree. If the bear climbs it and eats you, it’s a brown bear.

If the bear knocks the tree down and eats you, it’s a grizzly.

Joy to you and yours
snowflakes