Fun Facts and Strange News

Treadmills WERE invented as a punishment…  

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:   

  • Brown sugar is no different than white sugar.  The only difference is that some of the molasses that gets removed in the refining process is added back in.

 

  • The idea for tin foil hats came from a science fiction short story called “The Tissue-Culture King” in 1927.  The main character uses a hat made out of foil to block people from reading his mind.

 

  • If there was a hole going all the way through the Earth and you fell in, it would take about 38 minutes for you to get to the other side.

 

  • The “lower bar” on women’s bikes is antiquated.  It was originally designed that way because of the heavy dresses women wore in the late 1800s.

 

  • Treadmills were invented in the early 1800s as a way of punishing prisoners in England.

 

(How Stuff Works / Wikipedia / LiveScience / The Society Pages / InsideBodyBuilding)

 

 

Strange and trending news:

 

  • Today is National No Dirty Dishes Day. . . and the top dishes to eat to AVOID having dirty dishes are:  Pizza, French fries, chicken wings, tacos, and burgers.

 

  • Police in Kansas caught a “poopetrator,” who allegedly defecated in the aisle of a beauty supply store.  Police called her “public enemy number two,” and said that the damage was significant enough that eight wigs were destroyed.  (???)  (Full Story)

 

  • “U.S. News & World Report” unveiled its annual report on the “Best Places to Live,” and the Top Five are:  Huntsville, Alabama . . . Colorado Springs . . . Green Bay, Wisconsin . . . Boulder, Colorado . . . and San Jose, California.  (Full Story)

 

  • Thrifting is surging in popularity.  In a new poll, 93% of people say they’re willing to buy (or HAVE bought) secondhand products.  It’s been increasing every year since at least 2017, when just 52% of people said they would.  (Full Story)

 

  • Have you encountered one of those little delivery robots yet?  Well, someone in England photographed one . . . LOST IN THE WOODS.  (Full Story)

 

  • Mastercard just announced some new tech that lets you pay with your FACE or HAND in stores . . . instead of swiping a card.  (Full Story)

 

  • A suspect broke into a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Philadelphia earlier this month . . . and stole “various items” from the LOSS PREVENTION OFFICE.  (Full Story)

 

  • A park bench in Wales has a plaque that says the bench was dedicated to a man who used to sit on it . . . and shout obscenities at seagulls.  (Full Story)