Fun Facts and Strange News

Wait, we got the movie “A Christmas Story” from Playboy magazine?!?!  

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 company that makes Swiss Army knives is Victorinox.  They’ve been in business since 1884 . . . and they’ve never laid off an employee.

 

  • The movie “A Christmas Story” is based on some short stories that were originally published in “Playboy”.

 

  • One of the creators of “Baywatch” was legally blind.  Even though 90% of his vision was gone, he wound up directing 40 episodes.

 

  • There have been 1,066 different final score combinations in NFL history.  The most recent addition was the Cleveland Browns beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-to-37 on January 10th . . . there’d never been a 48-to-37 final score before.

The most common final score?  20-17.  It’s happened 269 times in NFL history.

 

  • One of the very first items ever sold on eBay in 1995 was a broken laser pointer, for $14.83.  When the founder of eBay asked why the guy bought it, he said, quote, “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.”

 

(Wiki / NPR / Hollywood Reporter / Pro Football Reference / Wiki)

 

 

Strange and trending news:

  • Today is National Fudge Day.  Just in case you needed an excuse.  (Full Story)

 

  • The husband of the South African woman who gave birth to a record 10 babies wants everyone to stop donating to her until she PROVES it happened.  He hasn’t seen the babies yet, and no doctor has confirmed the birth.  (Full Story)

 

  • There was a time when owning your own home was a part of the American dream.  Now, 1-in-6 Americans would prefer to rent . . . including 1-in-3 young adults under the age of 25.  (Full Story)

 

  • This is random:  Plastic bottles are now being converted into vanilla flavoring using genetically engineered bacteria.  Great.  Now, can we turn something . . . aluminum cans, maybe . . . into pumpkin spice?  (Full Story)

 

  • White Castle was selling cake slices on a stick . . . and now, they’re taking it to the next level by selling a full-on, eight-piece birthday cake on a stick.  (Full Story)

 

  • Someone stole 160 campaign signs from a woman who’s running for mayor in Calgary, Canada.  Then, he called her to complain about the signs . . . using his real name . . . and outright admitted to jacking them.  (Full Story)

 

  • An 18-year-old girl got locked out of her house and then decided to try to get in SANTA-STYLE through the CHIMNEY.  She got stuck and had to be rescued by firefighters.  It took them a half hour to get her out.  (Full Story)