Fun Facts and Strange News

What rule made seven million kids disappear from IRS forms in the 80s?

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: 

  • Lemons float . . . and limes sink.  Lemons and limes both have densities that are very close to water, but limes are slightly denser, which is why they sink.

  • Whoopi Goldberg worked as a phone sex operator early in her career.

  • When MTV launched on August 1st, 1981, it was only available to people who subscribed to cable in a few different parts of New Jersey.

  • The only state with a one-syllable name is . . . Maine.

  • In 1987, the IRS started making people list their kids’ Social Security numbers on their tax forms when they counted them as dependents, to cut down on fraud.  And suddenly, seven million children who were claimed the year before disappeared.

(Best Food Facts / HuffPost / History.com / Geography Realm / Snopes)

Strange and trending news:

  • A 20-year-old man in New York was arrested after police allegedly found 420 POUNDS of marijuana in his car.  “420” couldn’t have been a coincidence, right?  He was charged with possession with the intent to distribute.  (Full Story)

  • People on social media are freaking out over an eco-friendly, “reusable toilet cloth,” which you clean in a WASHING MACHINE after use.   (Full Story)

  • People who have used Paxlovid to treat COVID-19 are complaining about “Paxlovid Mouth,” which is an unpleasant aftertaste that tastes like “a mouthful of dirty pennies and rotten soymilk.”  (Full Story)

  • According to a new survey, men are more likely than women to buy their kids’ books, 54% vs. 44%.  (Full Story)

  • Yes or No . . . Pumpkin Spice Goldfish?  They’re graham cracker fish, NOT cheese crackers.  (Full Story)

  • The top domestic destinations for this fall, are:  Las Vegas, New York City, and Orlando.  (Full Story(They didn’t list the LEAST popular destinations, so we can’t say it ISN’T Eau Claire, Wisconsin.) 

  • The WHO wants the internet’s help in re-naming Some of the suggestions so far include:  Mpox and Poxy McPoxface.  (???)  (Full Story)