Fun Facts and Strange News

Sharks are older than trees????

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 word “hot” became a synonym for “popular” or “in demand” around 1909.  In the 1920s, its meaning was extended to include sexual desirability.

  • The Carpenters’ hit “We’ve Only Just Begun” started out as a jingle for a bank commercial.  The writer, Paul Williams, decided to expand it to a complete song . . . and the Carpenters liked it and recorded it.

  • Albert Einstein was so sure he was going to win a Nobel Prize that he included the prize money in a divorce settlement three years before he won it.

  • Sharks are older than trees.  Sharks have been around for 400 million years . . . and trees, only 350 million.

  • In the 1800s, there was a superstition in the New England area that tuberculosis was caused by vampires.

(New York Times / Huff Post / Wikipedia / Smithsonian / The A.V. Club)

Strange and trending news:

  • Taco Bell has introduced a new “Ultimate GameDay Box” featuring an array of stuff, including a Mexican Pizza, the returning Crispy Chicken Wings, and more.  It’ll be available starting next Thursday for a limited time.  (Full Story)

  • The lights have been on at a Massachusetts school for over a year because no one can turn them off.  There was a software glitch in the system on August 24th of 2021 . . . and they’ve been on 24/7 ever since.  (Full Story)

  • A drunk thief tried to steal from a church in Monterrey, Mexico last weekend . . . but, in the dark, he tripped on a statue of St. Michael the Archangel, and fell on the angel’s sword, injuring his NECK.  He was caught and was taken to a clinic where he was treated for the wound.  (Full Story)

  • Trip Advisor says the #1 “food destination” in the world is Rome.  The top American city is New Orleans, which came in ninth overall.  (Full Story)

  • Nearly 40% of pet owners have made a New Year’s resolution for their PET . . . and the top two are:  “Get more exercise” and “lose weight.”  (Full Story)

  • A couple on TikTok accidentally locked themselves in dog crates.  (Full Story)

  • A list of things people order at restaurants because they’re too lazy to make them includes:  Homemade ravioli . . . sushi . . . and eggs benedict.  (Full Story)

  • The price of eggs is so high that people are apparently trying to sneak them across the border from Mexico, where they’re a lot cheaper.  (Full Story)