Fun Facts and Strange News

Which came first? The phone or the fax machine

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: 

  • There is a word for someone giving an opinion on something they know nothing about.  An ‘ultracrepidarian’ is someone who criticizes, judges or gives advice outside their expertise.  (It’s pronounced“ultra-krep-eh-darian.”)

  • Even though M. Night Shyamalan gets a lot of heat for making a bunch of bombs, all but one of his movies have been profitable.  The only movie he ever made that lost money was his FIRST movie, Wide Awake, in 1998.

  • The fax machine was invented about 30 years before the telephone.

  • Every single Snickers bar, except the tiny Halloween-sized ones, are made in Waco, Texas.  The same plant produces all the Starburst in North America.

  • The official unit of measurement for one million years is a “mega-annus.”  Heh.

(Cambridge / Wikipedia / Fax Authority / KWTX / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • New research shows simply WEARING a fitness tracker encourages you to walk up to 40 minutes more every day, which can result in shedding two pounds in just a few months.  (Full Story)

  • There’s video online of a young bear cub that was HIGH on “hallucinogenic honey” in Turkey.  The honey wasn’t in the turkey . . . Turkey the country.  The bear was rescued and treated by vets.  (Full Story)

  • A cat owner in the U.K. got tired of his cat bringing home dead “gifts” . . . so he created a special flap run by artificial intelligence that stops the cat from bringing its prey inside.  It’s called OnlyCat.   (Full Story)

  • A bank robber in Italy may be wishing he had paid closer attention in physics class.  He dug a tunnel to get into the basement of a bank . . . but he was caught when the tunnel collapsed on him.  Firefighters rescued him, but it took eight hours.  (Full Story)

  • Oscar Mayer Gummy Hot Dogs are out now for the Halloween season.

  • A woman in Australia took out a full-page ad to bust on her ex for cheating and claimed she bought it with the ex’s credit card.  Then, a local bar, responded with a sign out front, apologizing on behalf of all cheating men.  (Full Story)