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.

– “Tron” was not nominated for a special effects Oscar in 1983 . . . because the Academy thought using computers to make effects was “cheating.”


–  The only person after the Founding Fathers who authored two Constitutional amendments was a Senator from Indiana named Birch Bayh. He authored the 25th amendment in 1963, which created the line of presidential succession . . . and the 26th in 1971, which lowered the voting age to 18.


–  The trend of men leaving the bottom button of their suit unbuttoned started in the early 1900s, when King Edward the Seventh of England was too chubby to button the bottom of his jacket . . . which started a fashion trend.


–  On men’s dress shirts, the buttons are on the right and the holes are on the left.  But on women’s shirts, it’s the opposite.  Supposedly it was to help chambermaids who dressed rich people, so they knew which shirts were for which person.


–  The highest-rated TV movie ever was “The Day After” on ABC in 1983.  It was about a nuclear war between the U.S. and Soviet Union.  Steve Guttenberg was in it, and more than 100 million people watched.


(San Francisco Chronicle / Wikipedia / Slate / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)


Strange and trending news:

–  The average American only eats breakfast three times a week, according to a new survey.  And 13% of us almost never do.  Our top three breakfast staples are eggs, coffee, and cereal.  (Full Story)


–  Two-thirds of adults say they, quote, “don’t always act their age,” according to a new survey.  And the kid activities we still love to do include playing board games . . . watching cartoons . . . and popping bubble wrap.  (Full Story)


–  How do you handle sitting on toilets in public bathrooms?  According to a new survey, 35% put down a layer of toilet paper or a cover, then sit . . . 31% sit directly on the seat . . . and 20% hover.  (Full Story)


–  Pampers is launching a new line of SMART DIAPERS this fall.  They monitor your baby’s sleep, and they also track when your baby pees and reports it to you immediately on your smartphone app.  The diapers can’t detect poop though.  (Full Story)


–  Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the day we landed on the Moon . . . but 20% of Americans today believe the Moon landing was FAKE.  (Full Story)


–  An anti-littering mural in England is going viral because . . . it looks like a painting of a pigeon having sex with a rabbit.  (Full Story)

–  A news crew from the ABC station in New York City was filming a story about the heat wave on Friday . . . just as two guys tried to rob a jewelry store up the block.  The cops arrested one of the guys, and they’re tracking down the other guy with the footage they got from the news crew.  (Full Story)


–  An apartment building in Philadelphia caught fire on Thursday.  And a guy found out his 65-year-old mom was still inside.  But firefighters wouldn’t let him in.  So, he SCALED THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING, and climbed 15 floors to get to her.  Then it turned out she was fine, and the fire was contained.  (Full Story)