Fun Facts and Strange News

You won’t see any billboards in these states…

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

Fun (and not-so-fun) facts:  

  • The average American spends $971.87 on clothes annually.

  • There are four states where billboards are banned:  Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine.

  • The Chinese invented fireworks, but the Italians were the first to give them colors.

  • T. Barnum of Barnum & Bailey Circus never said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”  It’s not clear who originally said it, but Barnum wasn’t the type to criticize his audience.

  • Despite what cartoons led you to believe, coyotes are actually twice as fast as roadrunners.  Coyotes top out at 43 miles-an-hour . . . roadrunners can only hit 20.

(The Atlantic / Wikipedia / Smithsonian / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • Pizza Hut is poking fun at Taco Bell and their Mexican Pizza by announcing that they’re making an “Italian Taco,” which is basically just a regular slice of pizza, but FOLDED.  It’s just a social media joke though.  (Full Story)

  • Fred Franzia passed away on Tuesday at the age of 79.  He was the guy who created Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine, a.k.a. “Two Buck Chuck.”  (Full Story)

  • A new study found that two-thirds of young adults . . . ages 18 to 29 . . . have “work-from-home back,” probably from bad posture.  (Full Story)

  • Here’s a new philosophical question for young people:  Can it be a REAL VACATION . . . if you haven’t posted about it on social media?  (Full Story)

  • A shocking new study is out, which claims that wearing a face mask makes you harder to recognize.  (Full Story)

  • Drinking water can help you pass kidney stones.  But doctors in Indonesia say that having sex three or four times a week can have the same effect . . . in fact, it can be a quicker, more “pleasurable” method.  (Full Story)

  • The Behr Paint Company has announced that the Color of the Year is “Blank Canvas.”  It’s a “welcoming warm white.”  (Full Story)