Fun Facts and Strange News

The first movie sequel was suuuuuper racist (I suppose this isn’t shocking)…

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:

  • Italy has won more Best Foreign Language / International Film Oscars than any other country, with 14 wins.  France is second with 12.  The country with the most nominations WITHOUT a win is Israel, which is now 0-for-10.

  • “National Geographic” has printed over 500 photos of women with bare breasts since it started in 1896.  They average around four or five a year.

  • Three countries have a DRAGON on their flag:  Bhutan, Wales, and Malta.

  • Heinz ketchup exits its glass bottle at .028 miles per hour, which is around the same speed as the average snail.

  • The first movie sequel was“The Fall of a Nation” in 1916.  It was the sequel to “The Birth of a Nation” in 1915 . . . which is about how heroic the KKK was after the Civil War and is considered one of the most racist movies in history.

(Wikipedia / Frankly Curious / World Atlas / Heinz / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • Vandals freed more than 10,000 minks from a farm in Ohio on Tuesday.  An activist group called the Animal Liberation Front may have been behind it . . . but a lot of minks were killed crossing a road next to the property, so many that a plow was needed to clear the carcasses.  (Full Story)

  • Volkswagen created a high-tech office chair that travels at 12 miles per hour.  It also has “360-degree collision avoidance sensors.”  (Full Story)

  • The WEIRDEST study of the day has found that just 30 seconds of morning sun has more health benefits than . . . eating 2,500 bananas.  (Full Story)

  • A fire chief in Arkansas was fired for using “inappropriate emojis.”  It’s complicated, but apparently, he “accidentally” used a middle-finger emoji instead of a thumbs-up emoji in reacting to a social media post.  (Full Story)

  • Most of us have a “go-to, feel-better comfort movie” . . . and have watched it an average of 34 times.  (Full Story(If you have one, what is it?)

  • Is it weird to order MILK to drink on a first date?  (Full Story)

  • Doctors are seeing more PICKLEBALL injuries.  Nothing serious like blunt force trauma to the head . . . just aches, pains, and lower back issues.  (Full Story)