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.

– The world’s largest cashew tree is in Brazil . . . it’s 80,000 square feet, which means it’s the size of about five football fields.  It’s also the size of 70 normal cashew trees.


–  The “New York Times” has approximately 1,600 to 1,700 obituaries pre-written so they’ll be ready to go when certain people actually die.


–  Three of the first five presidents died on July 4th.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th, 1826 . . . and James Monroe died on July 4th, 1831.


–  All three players on “Jeopardy” can wind up with nothing after betting it all on Final Jeopardy and getting the question wrong.  If they do, they get replaced, and there are three new players the next day.  It’s happened seven times in the show’s history.


–  Cate Blanchett is the only woman who’s been nominated for an Oscar for playing the same character in two different movies.  She got nominations as Queen Elizabeth in “Elizabeth” in 1998 and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” in 2007.


(Atlas Obscura / New York Times / Wikipedia / Fandom / Smithsonian Magazine)


Strange and trending news:

– A new study just ranked all 50 states by how PATRIOTIC they are, based on things like military service and voting and volunteering rates.  The most patriotic are New Hampshire and Wyoming . . . and the least patriotic are New Jersey and New York.  (Full Story)


–  Apparently so many people eat at Ikea that it’s the sixth biggest food chain in the world.  And they’ve just started testing food delivery in Paris.  If it goes well, they could expand it to other places too.  (Full Story)


–  7-Eleven launched a new program yesterday where they’ll deliver stuff to you out in PUBLIC.  There are more than 2,000 “hot spots” in their 7NOW delivery app where they’ll bring you whatever you want for a $4 delivery fee.  (Full Story)


–  When we go to space to colonize other planets one day, a new study found men won’t be needed.  The researchers found that frozen sperm can survive in microgravity situations . . . so the colonies could be started by all-female crews traveling with a frozen sperm bank.  (Full Story)


–  According to a new study, drinking coffee just might help you burn off fat.  The researchers found that coffee can stimulate something called “brown fat” in your body, which heats up and burns calories.  (Full Story)


–  Someone just posted a story to a wedding shaming Facebook group about a bride and maid-of-honor who secretly charged the bridesmaids DOUBLE for their dresses to try to scam money out of them for the bride’s wedding dress.  And when they got caught, four of the bridesmaids immediately dropped out of the wedding.  (Full Story)


–  Is it cool to eat a stranger’s leftovers off a table at a restaurant?  There’s a debate going on right now about it online.  The big pros are free food and cutting down on food waste . . . but the big cons are the germs and the embarrassment from doing something that’s not socially acceptable.  (Full Story)


– A new survey asked people to name the top slang terms they use to describe something that’s “positive or favorable.”  And across ALL generations, the top three are “awesome,” “cool,” and “nice.”  (Full Story)


–  A 21-year-old Hooters waitress who was recently the fifth runner-up in the Miss Hooters Girl Tennessee pageant was arrested earlier this month for destroying her boyfriend’s home after he broke up with her.  She’s facing vandalism and felony aggravated burglary charges.  (Full Story)


–  A drunk driver in England was caught with an open container on Sunday.  But not just a can or bottle.  He had a PINT GLASS in his cup holder that he was pouring his Guinness into.  Stay classy, Brits.  (Full Story)


–  Here’s a reminder you don’t always have to try so hard.  Over 2,000 people in North Carolina hit a lottery jackpot on Saturday . . . by playing the numbers ZERO-ZERO-ZERO-ZERO.  (Full Story)