Fun Facts and Strange News

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

– If minimum wage had grown at the same rate as Wall Street bonuses, it would be $33-an-hour today.


–  Cul-de-sac literally translates to “butt of the bag” in French.


–  There are now more than 7,400 breweries in the U.S.  In 1979, there were 90.


–  There’s a rare type of watermelon with a solid black rind that grows on an island called Hokkaido in Japan.  They’re called Densuke watermelons . . . only about 10,000 are produced every year . . . and they sell for an average of $250.


–  It takes about two-and-a-half pounds of grapes just to make one bottle of wine.


(CBS News / Wikipedia / Brewers Association / Wikipedia / Winederlusting)


Strange and trending news:

– A study found the best and worst cities to celebrate the Fourth of July, based on things like whether fireworks are legal, hamburger and beer prices, and weather.  The top two are New York City and Los Angeles . . . and the bottom two are San Bernardino, California and Memphis, Tennessee.  (Full Story)



–  Longhorn Steakhouse is about to roll out a new dessert on July 1st . . . ice cream with actual CHUNKS OF STEAK mixed in.  And it’s covered in a bourbon-flavored caramel sauce and something called, quote, “steak sprinkles.”  (Full Story)


–  Did you know there are only 15 states where it’s totally legal for a kid to run a LEMONADE STAND without a permit?  So, Country Time Lemonade is offering to pay up to $300 in fines and tickets that kids get for their lemonade stands.  (Full Story)


–  Scientists in Germany have found a chemical in SPINACH that’s close to steroids.  And they say it’s so effective that spinach should be a BANNED substance for athletes.  (Full Story)


–  Here are the college majors that people regret the most, according to a new survey.  Number one are humanities majors, which includes history, English, and philosophy.  And number two are physical and life sciences majors, which includes astronomy, chemistry, and biology.  (Full Story)


–  The most expensive home for sale in the entire country right now is a mansion in Bel Air, California . . . which was the house featured on “The Beverly Hillbillies”.  And it just dropped in price from $245 million to $195 million.  (Full Story)


– 27% of us regularly zone out behind the wheel, according to a new survey.  The top things that cause it are having a lot on your mind . . . being tired . . . and driving the same stretch of road all the time.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in upstate New York was upset last week that someone had parked in front of his house and was on his lawn a little bit . . . so he used his demolition derby car to SMASH that car.  He was arrested for felony criminal mischief.  (Full Story)


–  Two women in England were walking home from a bachelorette party on Sunday when they saw an apartment on fire.  So one of them called for help while the other one broke in, pulled a guy out, and saved his life.  (Full Story)