Fun Facts and Strange News

That smell is beef fat…

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 Vietnam War is called the “Resistance War Against America” by the Vietnamese.

  • Fried chicken was introduced to America by immigrants from Scotland who settled in the south.

  • Only one Secret Service member has ever been killed defending the president.  Leslie Coffelt took three bullets for President Truman during an assassination attempt in 1950 and died four hours later.

  • The smell from Crayola crayons comes from beef fat.

  • Maine is the only state that shares a border with just one other state . . . New Hampshire.  Every other state borders at least two other states, except Alaska and Hawaii, which don’t touch any other states.

(Wikipedia / The Daily Meal / Wikipedia / Mental Floss / World Atlas)

Strange and trending news:

  • Taco Bell is bringing back the $10Taco Lover’s Pass for one-day-only next Tuesday.  You buy a pass on the Taco Bell app on Tuesday, and you get one free taco per day, for the next 29 days.  (Full Story)

  • A recent survey shows American consumers are becoming less forgiving of companies when it comes to poor customer service.  (Full Story)

  • Six firefighters in Malaysia spent 20 minutes removing a TRAFFIC CONE after it got stuck on a 10-year-old’s head.  (Full Story)

  • A family of 12 siblings in Spain was awarded a Guinness World Record when their combined age was confirmed as 1,058 years and 249 days.  They range in age from 97 to 76, with the average age being 88.  (Full Story)

  • The most “overrated” item at Trader Joe’s is:  Cauliflower Gnocchi.  (Full Story)

  • A woman in Scotland is selling a coffin on Facebook Marketplace.  She bought it for her husband, but he “lived longer than she’d hoped.”  (Full Story)

  • The storm system Ian has intensified and is back up to a Category 1 hurricane.  And it’s heading toward South Carolina.  (Full Story, Updates)  (Storm chasers put out this wild montage of the devastation in Florida.)