Fun Facts and Strange News

The shortest Number One hit ever…

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:   


  • Elk antlers can grow by up to half an inch per day during peak periods.


  • None of the original eight “Harry Potter” movies ever won an Oscar.  But the first spin-off, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, won for Best Costume Design.


  • Jeff Goldblum’s only Oscar nomination came in 1996, and not for acting . . . a movie he directed called “Little Surprises” was nominated for Best Live Action Short.


  • There have been 11 different countries with their own version of “The Office”.  And the show is set at a paper company in all of them except Germany, where it’s an insurance company, and Poland, where it’s a bottled water company.


  • The shortest Number One hit ever is the song “Stay” from 1960 by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs . . . it’s just one minute and 38 seconds long.  “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X is the fifth shortest, at one minute and 53 seconds.


(KPAX / Wired / Wikipedia / Wikipedia & BBC / Stereogum)


Strange and trending news:

  • Would you be into this?  General Mills has two new takes on Cheerios:  There’s Banana Caramel Cheerios and Honey Vanilla Cheerios.  Both will be available soon nationwide for a limited time.  (Full Story)


  • An abandoned Russian war DOG has swapped sides . . . and is now saving Ukrainian soldiers on the battlefield as a minesweeping dog.  (Full Story)


  • Belgium’s three confirmed cases of Monkeypox have been linked to . . . a large-scale gay fetish festival.  (Full Story)


  • A woman in Florida allegedly threw a SNAKE at deputies after leading them on a high-speed chase.  They were not hurt.  (Full Story)


  • Mercedes-Benz has sold a luxury car for a record $142 million.  That shatters the previous record of $70 million for the most expensive car ever sold.  (Full Story)


  • A strange, mostly UNDERGROUND house in Illinois is pending after being put on the market for $35,000.  (Full Story)


  • A “secretive group” painted some crosswalks in L.A. because the city refused to.  Now, city officials are on-site REMOVING the “illegal crosswalks.”  (Full Story)


  • A military plane carrying 78,000 pounds of baby formula . . . enough for more than half a million baby bottles . . . arrived yesterday in Indianapolis.  It’s the first of several flights expected from Europe to relieve the shortage.  President Biden authorized the use of Air Force planes for the effort, called “Operation Fly Formula,” because no commercial flights were available.  (Full Story)