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.
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)