Fun Facts and Strange News

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

– Six Flags got its name from the six flags that flew at its original park in Arlington, Texas . . . one of which was the Confederate flag.  They finally stopped flying it in 2017 after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


– Cucumbers are 96% water . . . that’s even more than watermelons, which are 92% water.


–  The most popular song in the history of Norway is “Love Hurts” by Nazareth.  It was the number one song there for 61 STRAIGHT WEEKS in 1976 and 1977.  It never got higher than number eight over here.


–  There’s a place called Pheasant Island that’s co-owned by Spain and France . . . they trade off who controls it every six months.  And they’ve been doing it for almost 400 years.


–  Kiwis were originally called Chinese gooseberries.  But when New Zealand wanted to export them to the United States, they changed the name . . . because China was communist, which made them unpopular in America during the Cold War.


(Money / SF Gate / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / New Zealand History)


Strange and trending news:

– What’s the weirdest thing you saw at your parents’ house over Thanksgiving?  People are sharing their answers on Twitter, including edible strawberry body lotion . . . a calendar on the wall turned to September 2006 . . . and a shrine to former Atlanta Braves player Chipper Jones.  (Full Story)


–  60% of us think it’s fine to look through someone’s medicine cabinet.  And 21% of us would use someone’s TOOTHBRUSH if we needed to.  The products we’re most likely to use without asking are shampoo, toothpaste, and conditioner.  (Full Story)


–  According to Adobe Analytics, we spent a total of $7.4 BILLION online on Black Friday, which is the highest total ever.  That works out to an average of $168-per-person, up about 6% from last year.  (Full Story)


–  Hasbro just released a new LONGER version of Monopoly.  There are two or three versions of every property, you only use one die instead of two, so you move around slower – and the game doesn’t end until someone owns every single property.  (Full Story)


–  A new survey asked people what ages they felt different parts of their bodies start to fall apart . . . and basically everything starts going south around 40.  That includes back pain at an average age of 44 . . . bad knees at 47 . . . and hearing loss at 49.  (Full Story)


–  McDonald’s just posted a diagram with instructions on how to eat an entire meal ONE-HANDED.  Basically, you poke a hole in the “hinge” of the sandwich container with your straw, so it rests on your cup horizontally, then you dump your fries on the other side.  People on social media are skeptical.  (Full Story)


–  If you want a BABY YODA FRAPPUCCINO at Starbucks, here’s how to order it:  Get a Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino . . . get a caramel drizzle in the cup to look like Yoda’s cloak . . . and get whipped cream on top with caramel and caramel ribbon crunch.  (Full Story)


–  A dietician in Australia says that if you want to lose weight, you should eat BANANA PEELS.  And she says all of the fiber and vitamins in the peels will also improve your sleep and give you better skin.  (Full Story)


–  A food critic at the “Washington Post” got a message from a reader last week thanking him for a recent review for an unexpected reason.  Quote, “Your latest review is accompanied by a picture of my husband dining with a woman who isn’t me!  Once confronted with photographic evidence, he confessed to having an affair.”  (Full Story)


–  A female cop in India caught a guy who was wanted for murder by calling him up . . . pretending it was a wrong number . . . starting a conversation . . . and, eventually, PROPOSING to him.  And when they got together for their “wedding” on Thursday, she arrested him.  (Full Story)


–  Three churches in Chicago raised $38,000 and used it to pay off millions of dollars in medical debt for 6,000 families.  One woman owed $450 for her mother, who’s since passed away.  And she was so touched, she and her son scraped together the $450, and donated it back to the church to feed a family of five for a week.  (Full Story)