Fun facts and strange news

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.

– Almost 99.9% of the mass in our solar system is the sun.

 

–  There are 28 fireplaces in the White House.

 

–  There have only been two First Ladies born outside of the U.S.  John Quincy Adams’ wife, Louisa Adams was born in England . . . and Melania Trump was born in Yugoslavia.

 

–  AIDS was originally called GRID, which stood for gay-related immunodeficiency.  The CDC realized that term was wrong since heterosexual people were getting it too, and they changed the name to AIDS in September of 1982.

 

–  “Playboy” didn’t have a black Playmate of the Month in its first decade.  A black woman named Jennifer Jackson broke the Playmate race barrier in March of 1965, which was more than 11 years after “Playboy” started.

 

(UCSD / White House / History / New York Times / Wikipedia)

 

Strange and trending news:

– Scientists just studied the sea life in Loch Ness in Scotland to figure out if there really MIGHT be a monster in there.  And their conclusion is . . . no, there’s no DNA evidence.  Their best guess is the Loch Ness monster is actually a BIG EEL.  (Full Story)

 

–  Would you rather binge watch a TV show, or watch one episode a week?  According to a new survey, 58% of people like binge watching . . . 28% prefer one episode a week . . . and the rest don’t know.  (Full Story)

 

–  Has ranch dressing passed ketchup in popularity?  It looks like last year, ranch outsold ketchup . . . and Hidden Valley found that 70% of ranch ISN’T used on salads, it’s used as a dip or topping.  (Full Story)

 

– A new survey found sitting in traffic is the most annoying thing we wait for.  The rest of the top five are being stuck on hold . . . waiting at the DMV . . . waiting for your food at a restaurant . . . and waiting in line to use a public restroom.  (Full Story)

 

–  Is this really true?  34% of parents in a new poll said they prefer their pet to their KIDS.  The top signs you’re too obsessed with your pets are:  They have their own social media account . . . and you’ve thrown them a birthday party.  (Full Story)

 

–  Here’s your first new Christmas product of the season, and it’s a weird one.  A distillery in Scotland is selling ornaments filled with gin . . . and one is a BRUSSELS SPROUT-flavored gin.  (Full Story)

 

–  A new survey asked people which they prefer:  A Pumpkin Spice Latte . . . or hot apple cider.  And the winner is . . . hot apple cider by a slight margin.  (Full Story)

 

–  A new study says the reason marriage rates are going down is . . . women don’t want no scrubs.  When the researchers asked women to describe their dream husband, he had an average income 58% higher than the average real single man, so the researchers say, quote, “Many young men today have little to bring to the marriage bargain.”  (Full Story)

 

–  Some thieves in Oregon stole a ’95 Jeep from a guy last month . . . and they took selfies with the disposable film camera they found in the glovebox before they ditched the car.  The guy had the pictures developed and has the thieves’ pictures . . . but he says he doesn’t want to bother turning them over to the cops.  (Full Story)

 

–  A couple in Michigan were busted getting-it-on in the backseat of a Maserati last month . . . because they parked at a police headquarters.  And the guy told the cops it was because, quote, “the parking was free, and the police department is a safe place.”  (Full Story)

 

–  Thieves were able to scam $240,000 from a British energy company earlier this year . . . by using “deepfake” artificial intelligence software to perfectly mimic an executive’s voice.  They got an employee to wire the money to a bank account in Hungary.  (Full Story)

 

–  We’ve seen some inspiring stories around Hurricane Dorian:  A guy in Florida who’s involved in a GoFundMe campaign bought over a HUNDRED generators at Costco to send to the Bahamas.  And a kid in South Carolina skipped his big birthday trip to Disney World, and used the money to hand out hot dogs to evacuees.  (Full Story)