Fun Facts and Strange News

What were the first VHS tapes and DVDs?

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:

  • There are 38,864 golf courses in the world.  The U.S. has the most, with around 17,000.  And Japan has the second-most, with more than 3,000.

  • Elephants, walruses, bats, lizards, penguins, and monkeys all pleasure themselves.

  • Only one president has died from cancer: Ulysses S. Grant had throat cancer.  (Jimmy Carter survived a cancer scare back in 2015.)

  • Before he got famous, Rob Zombie worked as a production assistant on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse”.

  • The first three movies released on VHS in America were“The Sound of Music”, “Patton”, and “MASH”.  The first movie released on DVD was “Twister”.  The first batch of Blu-rays included “50 First Dates” and “Hitch”.

(Golf Monthly / Gizmodo / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Primer Magazine / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • A new survey has found that people most commonly change the tone of their voice when:  Playing with kids or pets . . . telling a joke . . . arguing or yelling . . . interviewing for a job . . . and calling in sick to work.  (Full Story)

  • Mtn Dew Pitch Black is coming back in January . . . and there will be two new varieties:  A zero-sugar version, and an energy drink one.  (Full Story)

  • Japanese convenience stores will sell bottled water . . . that’s HOT.  They’re targeting people who want to be warmed up with a hot beverage . . . but prefer something more boring than coffee or tea.  (Full Story)

  • A Chinese grandfather ran a marathon . . . while chain-smoking.  He finished with a respectable time of three hours, 28 minutes, and 45 seconds.  (Full Story)

  • In a taste test, the best store-bought turkey gravy is . . . Great Value, which is Walmart’s in-house brand.  (Full Story)

  • There’s a new video game coming to Steam that lets you play as Jesus Christ.  (Full Story(Here’s a trailer.  It seems like it’s taking itself seriously . . . but it obviously has a LOT of meme potential.)

  • Kentucky has launched its first-ever “Name the Plow” program, offering Kentuckians a chance to name 14 snow trucks.  (Full Story)