Fun Facts and Strange News

Lol – imagine a new “Blockbuster” store every 17 hours…

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:  

  • Scientists estimate that only 5% to 10% of cancer is caused by genes.  Cancer mostly comes from a combination of our environment, lifestyle, chance, and getting older.  But a bad family history of cancer IS a risk factor worth discussing with your doctor.

 

  • In the U.S., you’re twice as likely to die from your pajamas catching on fire than from Ebola during your lifetime.

 

  • In 1989, Blockbuster was growing so fast that a new store was opening every 17 hours.  At its peak in 2004, there were 9,094 stores, and it employed around 84,300 people.  Today, there is only ONE left, and it’s in Bend, Oregon.

 

  • Phyllis Smith, who played the older, motherly woman on “The Office”, was once an NFL cheerleader.  She cheered for the Cardinals back when they were in St. Louis in the 1970s.

 

  • 16 people have won an EGOT . . . Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.  They include Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, and John Legend.

 

(Cancer Research / Washington Post / Wiki / USA Today / Wiki)

 

Strange and trending news:

 

  • IHOP has Reese’s Pieces Pancakes available for a limited time.  (Full Story)

 

  • According to a new study, the best cities in America for a quick getaway are:  New York City, Atlanta, Orlando, and Savannah, Georgia.  (Full Story)

 

  • A man has been fired after serving as the official WIZARD of Christchurch, New Zealand for more than 20 years.  (Full Story)

 

  • Apple is reportedly working on new health-focused features for its AirPods, that could take wearers’ temperature, monitor their posture, and improve their hearing.  (Full Story)

 

  • A young girl in China is apologizing for “deceiving fans” after trying to join a boy band.  She admitted she lied about her gender because she’s “young and ignorant.”  (Full Story)

 

  • A crazy 52-year-old woman in Pennsylvania threatened a neighbor with a knife . . . and she LICKED the knife while maintaining eye contact with the neighbor.  She was arrested.  (Full Story)

 

  • Mushroom consumption may lower risk of depression.  (Full Story)

 

  • A man in Texas created a vomiting skeleton to add to his collection of Halloween decorations.  (Full Story)