Fun Facts and Strange News

Lol – “American sauce”

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:

  • African grey parrots are the best species at learning human sounds . . . and they can have a repertoire of about 60 human words.

  • The first player ever drafted in the NFL never played in a game, because of a contract holdout.  Jay Berwanger was taken as the first pick in the first NFL Draft in 1936 by the Philadelphia Eagles, but they refused to pay him a $15,000 salary.

  • The Sahara Desert is bigger than the entire continental U.S.  The Sahara is about 3.6 million square miles . . . the continental U.S. is about three million.

  • When Pluto was discovered, some of the potential names were Minerva, Zeus, Atlas, Persephone, and Kronos.  “Pluto” was suggested by an 11-year-old girl in England.

  • Thousand Island dressing is called “American Sauce” in Germany.

(Eurekalert / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / New York Times / Refinery29)

Strange and trending news:

  • Less than a month after ithappened with a cat, the TSA has announced that a DOG was “accidentally” sent through an airport X-ray machine in Wisconsin.  It sounds like the dog is okay . . . but come on, people.  (Full Story)

  • Walt Disney World recently Tweeted “1939 was a vibe.  #Happy Place.”  They deleted it after everyone pointed out that it was the beginning of World War Two.  (Full Story)

  • A poll asked, “When someone you dislike fails at something, how often do you feel happy?”  10% said always.  15% said “most of the time.”  (Full Story)

  • Cops in Oklahoma are looking for a guy who robbed a store with a FOOTBALL MASK on his head.  Not a helmet.  A full-head mask shaped like a football.  (Full Story)

  • A man in Florida was arrested after stealing over $1,300 in Walgreens toothbrushes.  That’s six ELECTRIC toothbrushes.  (Full Story)

  • Remember the SnackWell’s DIET treats in the green boxes from the ’90s?  The company just folded.  (Full Story)

  • According to a new study, Las Vegas is the MOST fun city in America.  On the flip side, Pearl City, Hawaii ranked last.  (Full Story)