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:
- The Bronx has ‘the’ in front of it because it’s named for the Bronx River . . . and it was originally “the Borough of The Bronx [River].”
- There have been 30 songs with “Sunday” in the title that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart . . . 23 with “Saturday” . . . and only one with “Thursday.” It was Johnny Mathis’ “Sweet Thursday” in 1962.
- Kangaroos don’t burp or break wind. The way their bodies break down food, nothing is converted to methane . . . so they don’t need to release gas.
- The guy who created Ultimate Frisbee was a college student named Joel Silver . . . and after school, he went on to become a huge Hollywood producer. He’s the guy behind the “Lethal Weapon”, “Die Hard”, and “Matrix”
- Astronauts can grow 3% taller in space . . . which is about two inches if you’re six feet tall. It takes a few months on Earth for gravity to pull them back down to their normal height.
Strange and trending news:
- Today is National Receptionists Day. . . not that they’re getting the day off.
- Starbucks has added a new “chocolate cream cold brew” to their summer menu, which launched TODAY. (Full Story)
- Hellmann’s has a new SPICY(Full Story) (They missed an advertising opportunity here. It could’ve been: “If you’re looking to feel a little fire, enter . . . the GATES OF HELLMANN’S.”) (???)
- As part of a fantasy football punishment, a random guy tried to qualify for golf’s U.S. Open. He failed to qualify, and shot a 112, which isn’t totally inept . . . but it was one of the worst scores recorded in a U.S. Open qualifier. (Full Story)
- Heinz wants to be the first ketchup brand . . . in a PAPER bottle. (Full Story)
- A “yellow brick road” has been discovered at the bottom of the ocean. It’s apparently a relic of ancient active volcanic geology. (Full Story)
- Buzzfeed has photos of some unappetizing food “creations” that boyfriends made for their significant others. (Full Story)
- A QAnon “queen” in Canada told her followers to stop paying their taxes, utilities, and credit card bills because she declared them FREE. When her believers were hit with thousands in fines and had their electricity and water shut off, they asked her what they should do, and . . . they’re still waiting to hear back. (Full Story)