Fun Facts and Strange News

How to actually day “omicron”

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler…

Fun (and not-so-fun) facts:   

  • Due to the new COVID-19 variant, you might be wondering how to pronounce “omicron,” the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.  And almost ANYTHING works. Both “AH-muh-kraan” and “OH-muh-kraan” are fine. . . the Oxford Dictionary includes “o-MIKE-ron” . . . and in classical Greek, it was pronounced with the second syllable sounding like “me.”


  • If you spell out every number, eight is the first number alphabetically . . . zero is last.  And one billion is the first number that has a “b.”


  • Hitler had a nephew named Paddy Hitler who joined the U.S. Navy during World War Two . . . and had to fill out a form of any relatives who might be fighting for the enemy.


  • You’re required to have a net worth of at least $1.5 million to open a Taco Bell franchise.


  • The main reason Will Smith did “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was that he owed $2.8 million in back taxes and needed the money.  70% of his pay for the first three seasons of the show was garnished by the IRS.


(NY TimesRink Works / Today I Found Out / Business Insider / A.V. Club)


Strange and trending news:

  • There was yet another school shooting yesterday.  This one was at Oxford High School in Michigan.  Three students were killed, and eight others were injured.  The 15-year-old gunman is in custody.  (Full Story)


  • At one point, the gunman tried to infiltrate a classroom by pretending to be a cop . . . but the kids knew something was up when he used the word “bro.”  (Full Story)


  • A man in West Virginia was caught speeding recently, and he tried to distract the cops by calling 911 to report a gas station robbery across town.  (Full Story)


  • A woman was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport after she reportedly ran down onto the tarmac to flag down a Southwest Airlines plane.  (???)  She had a ticket, but it’s unclear if it was for that flight.  (Full Story)


  • A 16-point deer that was hunted and killed in Missouri turned out to be a DOE.  Interesting Fact:  1-in-10,000 female deer have antlers.  (Full Story)


  • CVS drug stores have banned greeting cards “featuring great apes wearing costumes, displayed in studios, or interacting with humans.”  (Full Story)


  • There’s a scandal in the world of bug photography:  The esteemed title of “Bug Photographer of the Year” was awarded to a photographer who drugs his subjects for his ultra-close-up photos.  (Full Story)


  • An eight-ounce hand sanitizer has been voluntarily recalled . . . because the packaging is making some people think it’s BOTTLED WATER.  (Full Story)