Fun Facts and Strange News

Was Larry the Cable Guy actually a cable guy?

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:

  • There are 356,739 religious congregations in the U.S.  That’s one for about every 934 Americans.  But the overall average congregational size is about 451.

  • The best-selling car of all time is the Toyota Corolla.  More than 50 million of them have been sold worldwide since it came out in 1966.  That’s more than twice the runner-up, the Volkswagen Beetle, which sold 21 million units.

  • John Adams argued that people should say “Your Highness” or “Your Majesty” when they were talking to the President of the United States.  But Thomas Jefferson said it was “ridiculous” and Ben Franklin called it “absolutely mad.”

  • The reason gas prices end with nine-tenths of a cent, like $2.499, comes from the Great Depression when Congress created a gas tax of 1.5 cents. The stations had to start calculating tenths of a gallon from then on, and that tradition stuck.

  • Larry the Cable Guy has never worked as a cable guy.

(Aleteia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Gizmodo / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • This is not surprising:  A new study says that people will lose more weight if they’re given money as an incentive.  (Full Story)

  • A couple in Australia are being criticized for throwing a McDonald’s-themed birthday party for their one-year-old kid.  (Full Story)

  • Officers in Oregon are searching for a “Prince Charming” suspect, who left his shoes behind at the scene of the crime.  (Full Story)

  • Kids don’t care about Santa in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  At parades there, everyone wants to see the Mr. Big Stick mascot . . . a “waving, walking, cylindrical stick of bologna.”  (Full Story)

  • 26% of people believe they could land a plane in an emergency with the help of air traffic control.  (Full Story)

  • If you’re feeling drained, you may be dealing with “energy leakage.”  That’s “the invisible ways that we spend energy throughout the day.”  (Full Story)

  • A strange new study looked into why people are afraid to go into their attics, and the top reasons are:  They’re afraid of falling over . . . it’s dirty . . . poor lighting . . . fear of spiders . . . and “it’s cold.”  (Full Story)

  • comhas a ranking of the “Best Holiday-Themed Fast-Food Drinks.”