Fun Facts and Strange News

Giving someone bunny ears has a not so wholesome history…  

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler…

Fun (and not-so-fun) facts:  

  • The number “420” became associated with marijuana in 1971 when a group of stoners at San Rafael High School in California would meet at 4:20 P.M. to smoke.  They would say 420 as code, and it started spreading from there.

 

  • The “bunny ears” hand gesture was originally called “cuckold’s horns” . . . and people held it up behind a guy’s head if they knew his wife was cheating on him.

 

  • The electricity it takes to charge your phone every night for a year costs about 50 cents.

 

  • There are about 82 million Korean people in the world . . . and all of them use just 250 last names.

 

  • The flag that the Apollo 11 astronauts planted on the moon came from Sears.  A NASA employee bought it off the shelf for $5.50 right before the mission.

 

(Snopes / Wikipedia / Oracle / IB Times / Sky and Telescope)

 

Strange and trending news:

  • A woman in Australia got mad when she saw merchandise for mothers that said “Mom” instead of “MUM,” which is used there.  She said, “I don’t want my kids giving me presents with ‘mom’ on it.  I’m not an American.  This is just un-Australian.”  (Full Story)  (Well, her outrage over this DOES sound very American.)

 

  • Texas state troopers must meet new WAISTLINE requirements or face consequences.  Men with waist sizes over 40 inches and women over 35 inches will now have to track and share their weight loss efforts.  (Full Story)

 

  • Disney ranks #1 in the latest “Brand Intimacy” study, which ranks brands based on EMOTIONS.  Tesla is #2, followed by Apple, Sony, and YouTube.  (Full Story)

 

  • Still frustrated with gas prices?  Autotrader has named the 10 best ELECTRIC vehicles for 2022.  The Chevrolet Bolt / Bolt EUV is #1.  (Full Story)

 

  • A sheriff in Indiana got a special bravery award after being attacked by a SQUIRREL.  It also included a bronzed squirrel.  (Full Story)

 

  • A truck was left stranded on a bridge in Tennessee, and when officers investigated, they found hundreds of pounds of marijuana inside.  A 54-year-old woman has been charged.  She told officers she left it because it ran out of gas.  (Full Story)

 

  • A small, persistent woodpecker in Canada is trying to make a hole in the World’s Largest Hockey Stick.  (Full Story)

 

  • President Biden was asked if people should continue wearing masks on planes, and he said, quote, “That’s up to them.”  (Full Story)