Fun Facts and Strange News

So…the escalator came before “escalate”?

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: 

  • Nutmeg is a hallucinogen.  The spice contains ‘myristicin,’ which is a natural compound that has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses.

  • LeBron James and Steph Curry were both born at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio . . . 38 months and 14 days apart.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger made $21,429 for every word he said in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”.  He only said 700 words and made $15 million, so that’s $21,429 per word.

  • There’s at least one U.S. city named after every single planet, except Uranus.  (There’s a place called “Uranus, Missouri,” but it’s not a real town, it’s just a name that a bunch of shops use to draw in tourists.)

  • The word “escalate” comes from the word “escalator,” not vice versa.  The escalator was invented in the late 1800s, and the word “escalate” originated in 1922.

(ABC News / Uproxx / IMDb / Senselist / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • Sunday is August 14th . . . exactly six months after Valentine’s Day . . . and someone deemed it “National Honeymoon Day.”  And they can be a good idea.  In a new poll, 84% of married couples who rate their relationship as “excellent” also say they travel together regularly.  (Full Story)

  • On Monday, a naked man in Florida threw a machete at another man and demanded his clothes.  The man began to comply, but then the naked guy ran off.  The other guy wasn’t hurt . . . he was hit by the machete’s HANDLE.  (Full Story)

  • A woman in Florida has made more than 11,000 harassing phone calls to an emergency line this year alone.  She reportedly admitted that she “loves playing this game.”  (Full Story)

  • This probably isn’t shocking, but teens aren’t into Facebook anymore.  In 2022, only 32% of teens aged 13 to 17 use Facebook . . . but in a previous survey from 2014, that figure was 71%.  (Full Story)

  • A special education teacher at a public school in Florida resigned because he had pictures of historic Black American heroes on his classroom walls . . . and another staff member yanked them down.  The school is investigating.  (Full Story)