Fun Facts and Strange News

Where is the world’s largest Dairy Queen?

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:

  • Hippos’ skins can naturally produce sunscreen.  They secrete a red fluid that works as an anti-bacterial and a sunscreen against the harsh sun in Africa.

  • A Senator named David Rice Atchison might’ve been president for one day.  James K. Polk’s term ended at noon on Sunday, March 4th, 1849.  And the next president, Zachary Taylor, refused to be sworn in on a Sunday. Since Atchison was the President pro tempore of the Senate, he was next in the line of succession.  So even though he was never sworn in and a lot of historians dispute it, technically he WAS the president for the day.

  • The IRS requires you to pay taxes on money you get illegally.  So if you rob a bank, sell drugs, commit credit card fraud, or anything else, and get CAUGHT, you could get audited if you haven’t paid up.

  • During the Battle of Bunker Hill in the Revolutionary War, most of the fighting didn’t take place on Bunker Hill . . . it happened about 200 yards away on Breed’s Hill.

  • The world’s largest Dairy Queen is in Saudi Arabia.

(How Stuff Works / Wikipedia / New York Times / Wikipedia / Mashed)

Strange and trending news:

  • A guy flying from Cincinnati to Tampa somehow snuck a box cutter on board on Friday, which was Veterans Day.  But a bunch of veterans who happened to be on board helped subdue him.  It sounds like the guy might have some mental health issues.  (Full Story)

  • A stepdad in Florida got arrested for pistol-whipping and shooting his son’s PlayStation 4.  (Full Story)

  • A new cop in Kansas just lost his job two months in . . . after he was caught changing the barcodes on Pokémon cards at a store, so he could buy them cheaper.  (Full Story)

  • A study found rats have rhythm just like us.  They bobbed their heads when researchers played songs, including“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson.  (Full Story)

  • Nordstrom is selling a $4,600 winter coat for women, with extra-long sleeves that go all the way to the floor.  One review we saw said, “Fit:  True to size.  I’m an orangutan, and it’s nice to see clothing designers being more inclusive.”  It looks like Nordstrom has removed that review, for some reason.  (Full Story)

  • A boy in England who was born at 11:11 on Nov. 11th, 2011 just celebrated his 11th birthday, which is pretty cool.  But not as cool as a girl in Scotland born on 11/11/11 at 11:11 in hospital room 11.  (Full Story)

  • Three VERY important world records just got broken:  A guy in Illinois put 509 lanyards around his neck . . . . a 20-year-old in the U.K. solved 6,931 Rubik’s Cubes in 24 hours . . . and a bunch of big-bearded dudes in Wyoming tied their beards together, and made a 150-foot-long beard chain.

  • The remains of a U.S. soldier named Tom Hanks were finally identified 72 years after he died in the Korean War.  (Full Story)

  • Sad news:  Two planes collided and crashed at an airshow in Dallas on Saturday.  All six people on board died.  (Full Story)