Fun Facts and Strange News

I suppose football just isn’t that popular in Alaska…maybe?

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 average human excretes 6,500 gallons of mucus in a lifetime.

  • There have only been 13 NFL players ever who were born in Alaska.

  • There’s a town in northwest Texas called Dalhart that’s closer to six other state capitals than it is to Austin:  Santa Fe, New Mexico . . . Oklahoma City . . . Denver, Colorado . . . Cheyenne, Wyoming . . . Topeka, Kansas . . . and Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Both Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali are named after their older brothers who died before they were born.

  • “Nazi” is the Swahili word for coconut.

(UCSD Health / Pro Football Reference / Futility Closet / New Statesman / Word Hippo)

Strange and trending news:

  • Cases of Lyme disease are skyrocketing in rural America.  And “coincidentally,” social media influencers are spreading a conspiracy theory that Lyme disease is a “gift” and “intergalactic substance” for the “most deeply spiritual people.”  (Full Story)  (The CDC has some science-based info on Lyme, here.)

  • Roughly 7-in-10 parents say their kid’s education is worth going into debt for.  Unfortunately, this is about back-to-school shopping, not college.  (Full Story)

  • A man in Idaho got pulled over, so he ran to a riverbank and tried to throw a Tupperware container filled with METH into the river.  But it hit a tree . . . and was recovered by the cops.  (Full Story)

  • The Washington Post” published the results of an investigation into how the batteries of consumer electronics are “designed to die.”  And they revealed the “hidden death dates” for a few gadgets.  (Full Story)

  • Chick-fil-A has revealed “menu hacks” to upgrade your order.  (Full Story)

  • A farm in Minnesota has an incredible, 110-acre corn maze . . . with 32 miles of pathways.  It’s unofficially the world’s LARGEST.  (Full Story)

  • Tito’s vodka is selling $20 empty cans to “troll” the canned cocktail craze.  You can make your own cocktail inside, and the proceeds go to charity.  (Full Story)