Fun Facts and Strange News

Didn’t think Mr. Rogers could have been more wholesome…

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:

  • In the U.S. Virgin Islands, you drive on the left side of the road.  It’s the only U.S. territory that does that.  And, because most of the vehicles are federalized imports, drivers also sit on the left-hand side of the car.

  • A FALSE claim was once made that Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city.  But it doesn’t even have the most of any city in Pennsylvania.

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the city that DOES have the most is believed to be Hamburg, Germany.  But the exact number isn’t known.

  • The first seven flavors of Life Savers were peppermint, wintergreen, clove, licorice, cinnamon, violet, and chocolate.  But only peppermint and wintergreen are still around.

  • All the sweaters Fred Rogers wore on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” were knitted by his mother.

  • Japan is the only country left in the world with a monarchy that uses “emperor” instead of “king” or “queen.”

(VI Now / Pittsburgh Magazine / Guinness World Records / Wikipedia / HuffPost / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • Tonight is Krampusnacht, which is mostly celebrated in Europe (especially Germany) and Australia.

  • Super 8 is selling candles that smell like ROAD TRIPS.  A set costs $19.74 . . . and it includes eight different four-ounce candles.  (Full Story)

  • In 2016, two twins were accused of cheating on a medical school exam . . . because they had the same answers.  They sued the school, arguing that similar scores are common for twins, and they had not “signaled” answers to each other.  A jury agreed, and they were just awarded $1.5 million.  (Full Story)

  • A woman woke up on a plane and found that a random toddler had colored on her white socks with a marker.  But other people argue that the woman had her foot in the kid’s space, so it was fair game.  (Full Story)

  • First, it was Halloween decorations, now this:  A family in Texas is offering a reward for anyone who can help them find a 16-foot Rudolph reindeer, which was stolen from their front lawn.  (Full Story)

  • “Southern Living” magazine once described “y’all” as “the quintessential Southern pronoun.”  But now, it has gone mainstream.  (Full Story)

  • Someone in Indiana called the authorities to report a bomb, but it was just an alarm clock SHAPED like a bomb with sticks of dynamite.  (Full Story)

  • For what it’s worth, only 25% of Russians support the war in Ukraine.  (Full Story)