Fun Facts and Strange News

Apparently, we SHOULD faint every time we stand up

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

 Fun (or not-so-fun) Facts:

  • The African spiny mouse is the only known mammal that can lose up to 60% of its skin and grow it all back.  Their skins are brittle and can easily tear to help them escape their predators.

  • Isaac Newton believed the world would end in 2060 . . . not based on his scientific studies or findings but based on the extreme religious beliefs he developed late in his life.

  • There’s a place called Inaccessible Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and, because of weather patterns, it’s only possible to get there one week a year.

  • The world’s first cyberattack happened in 1988 when a student at Cornell University wrote a program to detect how many computers were connected to the Internet . . . and he wound up clogging up the entire thing.

  • Based on the way our bodies are built, we SHOULD faint every time we stand up . . . and scientists are just now figuring out why we don’t.  They believe it has to do with some special neurons that keep it from happening.

(Nature / NY Post / Atlas Obscura / Live Science / Science Alert)

Strange and trending news:

  • 65% of people say they “feel too much pressure” on their vacations to actually enjoy it.  (Full Story)

  • 23% of parents say they were more excited to get a pet than their kids.  (Full Story(To be clear, the parents said they were more excited about getting the pet than the kids were . . . not more excited about getting a pet than having kids.  Although that may also be true.)  (???)

  • If you had a child, which do you think would be worse . . . finding out they were being bullied . . . or finding out they ARE a bully?  In a poll, 35% say them being bulled would be worse.  45% say it’s finding out they ARE a bully.  (Full Story)

  • Chocolate makers are reporting booming sales . . . and not just because of Halloween.  (Full Story)

  • A 36-year-old man in Massachusetts was caught driving nearly 110 miles per hour on a highway . . . with a child in the car.  (Full Story)

  • A 38-year-old man in Texas was caught stuffing a bottle of eggnog in his pants . . . and hair brushes in his pocket . . . at a grocery store.  And then, he FOUGHT with store employees.  (Full Story)

  • A 35-year-old man named Jason Bourne was arrested for assault in the U.K. recently.  And yeah, that’s apparently his real name.  (Full Story)

  • Election Fall-Out:  Pennsylvania State Representative Tony DeLuca won re-election in the state’s 32nd Legislative District . . . but sadly, he isn’t still around to know about it.  He died on October 9th of lymphoma.  He was 85.  (Full Story)

  • Recreational weed is now legal in 21 states.  The potheads at“USA Today” have a rundown of where it passed, and where it was rejected this week.  (Full Story)

  • 5% of Americans think we have the worst electoral system in the world . . . and the people who were MOST likely to say it’s the worst are:  Independents and others who aren’t aligned with one particular party.  (Full Story)

  • Voters in North Carolina just elected a 21-year-old college student with no experience to be a county tax collector.  He’s still in school . . . but now he’s also responsible for collecting $40 million annually in property taxes.  In an interview, he said he thinks he can handle both school AND the job.  (Full Story)