Fun Facts and Strange News

Cool – even hurricane names are rooted in sexism

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:

 

  • Everything is bigger in Texas . . . except maybe names.  Texas limits baby names to “just” 100 characters, overall.  New York has a similar rule . . . but they break it down as:  30 characters for your first and middle names, and last names max out at 40.

  • July is the deadliest month at hospitals because it’s when new medical school graduates become residents, and last year’s residents take on new duties . . . so no one knows what they’re doing.

  • The tallest statue in the world is a statue in India of its first prime minister.  The statue is 597 feet tall . . . which is WAY bigger than the second-tallest statue, a 420-foot one of Buddha in China.  It’s about twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, and that’s including the pedestal.

  • “The Dukes of Hazzard” was based off of a movie called “Moonrunners” that also had Waylon Jennings as the narrator.

  • Hurricanes didn’t get male names until Hurricane Bob in 1979.  Up to that point, the National Weather Service thought only female names were appropriate because the storms were so unpredictable . . . supposedly like women.

(Birth Certificate Copy / U.S. News & World Report / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Weather Online)

Strange and trending news:

Today is National Boyfriend Day.

  • There’s a “new” parenting trend called “sittervising,” which is allowing kids to play with each other, without direct parental supervision.  Isn’t this what all parents did before, like 2002?  (Full Story)

  • Burger King will launch a new Ghost Pepper Whopper just in time for the Halloween season.  Look for it starting next week.  (Full Story)  And Heinz is bringing back Tomato Blood ketchup for Halloween.  (Full Story)

  • A list of “dead-giveaways” that someone is American includes:  They mention ranch dressing . . . they request ice with their drinks . . . they wear a baseball cap backward . . . and they drink from a can, without a straw.  (Full Story)

  • A man spent a full month living strictly by the U.S. Constitution.  (Full Story)

  • Girl Scout cookies may be going up a buck, to $6.00 a box.  (Full Story)

  • A woman in Vietnam claims to have given up solid food over FOUR DECADES ago and has survived on just WATER, spiked with a bit of salt, sugar, and lemon juice.  (Full Story)

  • A 19-year-old man in Pennsylvania allegedly threatened to “shoot up” a McDonald’s after a 16-year-old employee refused to send him nudes.  (Full Story)