Fun Facts and Strange News

You need a permit in Arizona to feed what to pigs?

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:


  • Southern Baptists have 51,379 churches in America . . . more than any other religious group.

  • The first gold record ever went to“Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glenn Miller.  His record company gave it to him in 1942 for selling 1.2 million copies.  The Recording Industry Association of America took over the “gold record” process in 1958.

  • A regular serving of kale is about two cups and has more vitamin C than an orange.

  • You need a permit in Arizona to feed garbage to pigs.

  • In the computer program “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing!” from the 1980s, Mavis Beacon wasn’t real.  The people who developed the software made her up and hired a woman named Renee L’Espérance to play her for the cover photo.

(Aleteia / Wikipedia / Women’s Health / / Vice)

Strange and trending news:

  • 61% of online daters say it’s more difficult to date during the holidays, and some of the reasons include:  Feeling pressure to commit . . . pressure to invite them to family gatherings . . . and anxiety over gift-giving.  (Full Story)

  • Oxford Dictionary has announced that its “word of the year” is “goblin mode,” which seems like two words. (???)  They define it as, “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy behavior.”  (Full Story)

  • There’s a video online that shows some convenience stores are putting beer in locked coolers that you have to open by scanning your ID.  It sounds like it’s less about verifying your age, and more about theft prevention.  (Full Story)

  • 24% of Americans say Christmas is mostly celebrated due to “pressure from commercial entities.”  (Full Story)

  • Remember “quiet quitting”?  The new version is “quiet promotion” . . . when your boss gives you more and more to do, but not an actual promotion.  (Full Story)

  • People were asked how they feel when they see the first snow of the season . . . and 24% of people said “cold.”  (Full Story)

  • 5% of people say kids these days spend “too little time” playing with technology.  70% say “too much time.”  (Full Story)

  • A comedian is sharing some of the amusing “texts from college freshmen” that parents have told him about.  (Full Story)