Fun Facts and Strange News

What did “The boy Jones” steal from Buckingham Palace?

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: 

 

  • In 1838, a 14-year-old boy nicknamed “The boy Jones” broke into Buckingham Palace and stole Queen Victoria’s underwear.

 

  • Glassblowers use three different furnaces to make their glass.  And one of those furnaces is actually called a glory hole.

 

  • Michael Bay directed the video for the Divinyls’ song “I Touch Myself”.

 

  • “No Country For Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” were both shot at the same time, right by each other in Texas . . . and smoke from “There Will Be Blood” wafted onto the “No Country For Old Men” set and caused it to be shut down for a day.

 

  • The most common species of armadillos, the nine-banded armadillo, always gives birth to identical quadruplets.

 

(Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Forbes / Shortlist / Armadillo Online)

 

Strange and trending news:

  • A 40-year-old woman in Ireland is suing IKEA.  She claims she was struck on the head by a falling flat-pack . . . and then was so dazed that it took her THREE HOURS to find her way out.  (Full Story)  (Although, considering the mazes within Ikea, you could probably do worse than three hours.)

 

  • Kia’s newest model in India is called the Kia “Carens“.  (Full Story)  (Does this mean that to get one you’ll have to speak with the manager?)

 

  • There’s a secret Alexa code that unlocks a hidden “super” mode.  It doesn’t do anything, it’s apparently just a fun video game reference.  (Full Story)

 

  • Thanks to “remote” working, the assistant principal of a Washington, D.C. school simultaneously worked as the principal of a school in Rhode Island for more than four months before getting caught.  He lost both jobs.  (Full Story)

 

  • Target is once again selling matching jackets, for you and your DOG.  (Full Story)

 

  • Professional sports games include a lot of American flags . . . national anthem performances . . . and salutes.  But according to a new study, only 47% of people think sports actually promote patriotism.  (Full Story)

 

  • The most expensive city in the world to live in is . . . Tel Aviv, Israel.  (Full Story)

 

  • A man in Missouri is suing Folgers for allegedly “grossly misrepresenting” the number of cups of coffee you’d get out of a single canister.  (Full Story)