Fun Facts and Strange News

An octopus doesn’t have eight arms???

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:  

  • An octopus doesn’t have eight arms . . . it has six arms and two legs.  Two of its tentacles work like legs and help it move while the six arms grab food.

 

  • Coca-Cola’s Dr. Pepper clone has had four name changes since it was introduced:  It started as Peppo in 1972, became Dr. Pibb later that year, changed to Mr. Pibb in 1973 after Dr. Pepper sued, and then became Pibb Xtra in 2001.

 

  • It costs you approximately 21 to 29 cents every year to use your turn signals, based on the amount of energy they use and the tiny amount of gas that takes.

 

  • The tallest men in the world are in the Netherlands, with an average height of just over six feet.  The shortest are in Indonesia, with an average height of 5-foot-2.  (The American average is 5-foot-9-and-a-half.)

 

  • The word “Ye” . . . like in “Ye Olde Shoppe” . . . is actually pronounced “The.”  In medieval English, people used a “y” to abbreviate “th.”

 

(Reuters / Wikipedia / Jalopnik / World Population Review / Gizmodo)

 

Strange and trending news:

  • At this point in the pandemic, a new study found two-thirds of dog owners think their dog has a better social life than they do.  (Full Story)

 

  • A bottle of wine that spent a year in space on the International Space Station is going up for auction . . . and it might sell for $1 million.  (Full Story)

 

  • A 44-year-old guy in New York who’s had 78 children with 13 women says he, quote, “can’t say no.”  He just told his story on “The Dr. Oz Show”.  (Full Story)

 

  • A guy who was driving in the U.K. swerved to avoid a cat in the road . . . and drove on TOP of a parked car in the process.  (Full Story)

 

  • New Jersey is offering people a free beer at a bunch of craft breweries in the state if they show their Covid vaccine card.  (Full Story)

 

  • Today is the day that Nevada’s legal brothels can finally reopen after being closed for more than a year.  (Full Story)

 

  • The CEO of Zoom admitted in an interview that even HE’S sick of Zoom meetings.  (Full Story)

 

  • A woman in Pennsylvania was arrested after she assaulted someone with pool balls, cue sticks, cookie sheets, and a DVD player.  (Full Story)

 

  • China launched a rocket into space last week, and it’s flying around the planet out of control.  There are small odds it could even CRASH somewhere in the U.S.  (Full Story)