Fun Facts and Strange News

Most of the Founding Fathers were younger than you’d think in 1776

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler…

 Fun (or not-so-fun) Facts:

  • Each year, Americans buy enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas . . . and it can rarely be recycled because it can clog machinery.
  • The guy who founded Adidas was the younger brother of the guy who founded Puma.
  • The “Dee” in Billy Dee Williams is short for his real middle name:  December.  His full real name is William December Williams Jr.
  • There was a movie called“Troll” in 1986 that featured a character named Harry Potter who enters a magical world of witches and wizards.  That was 11 years before K. Rowling’s first “Harry Potter” book came out.
  • Most of the Founding Fathers were younger than you’d think in 1776. Alexander Hamilton was 21 . . .  James Madison was 25 . . . Thomas Jefferson was 33 . . . John Hancock was 39 . . . and George Washington was 44.  Ben Franklin was the old guy . . . he was 70.

(National Geographic / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / All Things Liberty)

Strange and trending news:

  • A Buddhist temple in Thailand has been left without any monks after the four that were there were sent to rehab after testing positive for METH.  (Full Story)
  • This week, Merriam-Webster said their Word of the Year is “gaslighting,” and in a new poll, 40% of people say it’s happened to them.  (Full Story)
  • Jeep is hosting a contest, where they’re giving away a $40,000 ski trip to the first person who names their new SUV.  Submissions are limited to 50 characters or less . . . and entries will be accepted through this Friday.  (Full Story)
  • KFC is testing “Funnel Cake Fries.”  (Full Story)
  • Peeps is bringing back some fan-favorite holiday flavors . . . including Marshmallow Snowmen and Candy Cane Chicks.  (Full Story)
  • A thief in Tennessee accidentally filmed himself stealing a security camera . . . and then selling the stolen camera.  (Full Story)
  • On the fence about sending out Christmas cards this year?  In a poll, 89% of Americans say receiving holiday cards brings them joy.  (Full Story)
  • The TSA says nearly 2.6 million passengers traveled through U.S. airports on Sunday.  That’s the most since 2019, pre-pandemic.  (Full Story)