FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.
– There was a radioactive tonic called Radithor sold in the U.S. from 1918 to 1928. It promised to cure lots of issues, including impotence. But it killed people who drank it, and they were buried in lead coffins to keep the radiation from spreading.
– There’s only one state that doesn’t have a bicameral legislature . . . that means two houses, like a state Senate and state House. Nebraska only has one.
– There have been seven prison escapes in U.S. history where the inmates got away in a helicopter . . . but they were caught again every time.
– The 4 Non Blondes were a one-hit wonder in 1993, and their song was called “What’s Up?” . . . even though that’s not one of its lyrics. The lyrics say, “What’s going on?”, but Marvin Gaye already had a famous song with that title.
– The passengers in the first hot air balloon ride were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster. It happened in France in 1783, and the king was worried about how the altitude would affect people . . . so he wanted it tested on animals first.
Strange and trending news:
– The average American overspends by $143 a week, according to a new poll. Or just over $7,400 a year. And the top things we know we overspend on are online shopping, groceries, subscription services, gadgets, and buying lunch every day. (Full Story)
– Here are some of the things parents love doing after their kids finally go back to school, according to a new survey: Watching the TV shows and movies that THEY want to watch . . . planning a weekend trip . . . catching up with friends . . . and exercising. (Full Story)
– Merriam-Webster just added a bunch of new words to the dictionary including dad joke . . . escape room . . . vacay . . . and deep state. (Full Story)
– Back in December of 2017, three videos were posted online that showed footage taken by Navy pilots that supposedly showed UFOs. Well the Navy just addressed them . . . said they’re real . . . they can’t identify the flying objects . . . and the videos never should’ve been released to the public. (Full Story)
– Pizza Hut just announced it’s teamed up with Kellogg’s to create a new CHEEZ-IT PIZZA. They took dough, gave it the Cheez-It flavor and color, and then stuffed it with cheese. They’re on sale now for a limited time. (Full Story)
– KFC just started testing a new chicken sandwich . . . that uses a donut as the bun. They’re in parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania right now, but there’s no word on when they might go on sale nationwide. (Full Story)
— Mashable (@mashable) September 17, 2019
– McDonald’s is running a deal tomorrow night where if you order at least $10 worth of food from them on Uber Eats, they’ll give you a free piece of McDonald’s CLOTHING. (Full Story)
– There was an explosion earlier this week at a storage facility in Victoria, Australia. And what is stored there? BULL SPERM. The fire department says about 100 cylinders’ worth exploded and splattered all over the building. (Full Story)
– Cops in Ohio pulled over an Amish horse-and-buggy the other night with a massive SPEAKER SYSTEM built into it. The people driving it abandoned their horse . . . and their 12-pack of Michelob Ultra . . . and ran off into the woods. (Full Story)
– A guy in Florida was busted for spray painting a slur on the wall of a bar bathroom on Sunday . . . literally just the word “slur.” He was arrested for criminal mischief. (Full Story)
– A cop in Oregon thought he spotted a missing person on Saturday . . . but it turned out to be a different guy. And that guy was pleasuring himself onto a piece of rusted metal . . . so he was arrested. (Full Story)
– A fashion company created hoodies that have bullet holes . . . and feature schools that had mass shootings like Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech. The comments on Instagram have been almost universally negative. (Full Story)
– A 37-year-old cancer survivor from Colorado named Sarah Thomas just became the first person to swim across the English Channel FOUR TIMES, back to back. She swam 130 miles in 54 hours, then celebrated with champagne and M&M’s. (Full Story)