Fun Facts and Strange News

Why do zebras have stripes?  

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler…

Fun (and not-so-fun) facts:  

  • Blue whale calves can gain 200 pounds a day, every day, for most of the first year of their lives.  This is while they’re nursing . . . roughly their first eight months.


  • The CEO of the identity protection firm Lifelock once gave out his Social Security number in ads to prove how effective the service was.  His identity was stolen 13 times AND the company was fined $12 million for false advertising.


  • The official birthplace of Kermit the Frog is Leland, Mississippi.  Jim Henson used to spend time there as a child growing up.


  • Burger King can’t call itself Burger King in Australia, because a small restaurant already owns that trademark.  So, all the Australian locations are called Hungry Jack’s.


  • Zebras have stripes to help them keep cool.  Zebras graze longer than other animals, which means they’re out in the sun longer . . . and the stripes help them regulate their body temperature.


(Britannica / Wikipedia / Muppet Wiki / Wikipedia / LiveScience)


Strange and trending news:


  • A large fire broke out in a two-story building in New Jersey yesterday, where one of the tenants is . . . a FIRE SAFETY BUSINESS.  (Full Story)


  • Little Caesars is partnering with the upcoming movie “The Batman” to put out a bat-shaped calzone pizza.  (Full Story)


  • Of all 50 states, the WORST state to retire in is . . . New Jersey.  (Full Story)


  • A Michigan teacher is suggesting that we give students HOCKEY PUCKS to help them protect themselves in the event of an active shooter.  (Full Story)


  • People are sharing things that are WAY more expensive than they should be, and some are:  College textbooks . . . eyeglasses . . . feminine hygiene products . . . and area rugs.  (Full Story)


  • A list of “normalized” coworker things that are actually TOXIC includes:  Coworkers who don’t have kids being consistently expected to work more and longer days than coworkers with kids . . . and when coworkers try to make you feel bad for not hanging out with them outside of work.  (Full Story)


  • 59% of Americans have their “I QUIT” letter ready to go . . . just in case today’s the day.  (Full Story)