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.
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)
- Chick-fil-A is selling merch. (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)