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.


– Russian cosmonauts used to carry special pistols to space . . . so they could shoot any bears and wolves that attacked them when they landed in Siberia.


–  The official bird of the city of Redondo Beach, California is the Goodyear Blimp.


–  There’s one hour a day where it’s three different dates in three parts of the world.  When it’s 11:00 P.M. Monday in American Samoa, it’s 5:00 A.M. Tuesday in New York, and 12:00 A.M. Wednesday in the Pacific island country Kiribati.


–  The sentence “Anger?  ‘Tis safe never.  Bar it!  Use love!” is a bilingual palindrome, which means it has the same meaning in Latin if you read it backward.


It becomes “Evoles ut ira breve nefas sit; regna,” which translates to “Rise up, in order that your anger may be but a brief madness; control it!”


–  Diarrhea was the leading cause of death for troops in the Civil War, and soldiers had an honor code where they wouldn’t shoot someone who was pooping.


(Wikipedia / Daily Breeze / Time and Date / Twitter / Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences)


Strange and trending news:

– The average American spent 172 hours of the lockdown drunk, according to a new poll.  That’s seven full days, plus four hours.  (Full Story)


–  A survey found the best things about working from home are a more flexible schedule, more quality time with family, you’re more productive, there’s no commute, and you don’t have to dress up.  (Full Story)


–  If the U.S. government knew about a UFO, would they tell us?  According to a new survey, the majority of people say no.  56% think they wouldn’t tell us . . . 22% think they would.  The rest don’t know.  (Full Story)


–  Looking to ride out the pandemic somewhere tropical?  Barbados just announced they’ll be offering 12-month visas to anyone who wants to come to their country to work remotely.  They’ve only had 98 coronavirus cases and seven deaths so far.  (Full Story)


–  Even though most people don’t drink Busch Light for the taste, Anheuser-Busch is rolling out a new fall flavor . . . Busch Light Apple.  It’s starting to hit stores now.  (Full Story)


–  Big Boy just announced they’ve changed their mascot from Big Boy to a girl named Dolly.  And while they’re pretending it might be permanent, this seems similar to when IHOP changed its name to IHOB a few years ago to promote burgers . . . because Big Boy just rolled out a new chicken sandwich called The Dolly.  (Full Story)


–  The police in Chicago found a stolen SUV on Sunday morning and towed it to their station.  But less than two hours later . . . someone else stole the SUV right out of their parking lot.  The cops are now investigating BOTH thefts.  (Full Story)