Fun Facts and Strange News

They are apparently very serious about pickles in Connecticut…

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:

  • Roughly 1-in-3 American adults have criminal records.

  • Bill Nye the Science Guy’s mom worked as a code breaker with the Navy during World War Two.

  • When Franklin Pierce was president, he was arrested for running over an old woman with his horse.  The charges were eventually dropped because of a lack of evidence.

  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s original script for “Good Will Hunting” was about a math genius and his friend outsmarting the government.

  • There’s a regulation in Connecticut that says a pickle has to be able to BOUNCE to be legally classified as a pickle.

(CNN / Marie Claire / Presidential Pet Museum / Factinate / NBC Connecticut)

Strange and trending news:

  • A man in Tennessee was driving drunk when he let his five-year-old son take the wheel.  They crashed their car into a neighbor’s mailbox.  It sounds like the kid will be okay . . . the dad was charged with DUI.  (Full Story)

  • Chipotle sent a customer a message announcing that they’d been awarded “FREE Chipotle for a year.”  But a few hours later, they took it back, and said the message was sent due to a “service error.”  They apologized for any disappointment . . . and offered a coupon for one free entrée.  (Full Story)

  • We’re getting to the point where streaming services and live TV apps are becoming the SAME PRICE as those expensive cable packages.  (Full Story)

  • This sounds like a good idea:  A woman has “given up” on driving after being involved in 13 car accidents before she turned 30.  She says she’s “pushed her luck enough.”  (Full Story)

  • Someone broke into a daycare in Ohio on Tuesday to steal TOILET PAPER?  (Full Story)

  • A new study found that Viagra lowers the risk of heart disease in men by up to 39% . . . and it even helps reduce the risk of early death.  (Full Story)

  • A university in Australia made an embarrassing typo on a banner.  (Full Story)