Fun Facts and Strange News

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 most valuable stamp in the world is a one cent 1856 British Guiana stamp.  It sold at an auction a few years ago for $9.5 million.

 

–  Hawaii’s state fish is the humuhumunukunukuapua’a.  (Pronounced hoo moo hoo moo noo koo noo koo ah poo ah ah.)

 

–  When you get a kidney transplant, the doctors usually don’t remove your own failing kidney . . . they just leave it there and put the new kidney in your pelvis.

 

–  The Magic 8-Ball failed when it first came out in the 1940s because it wasn’t an 8-ball . . . it was just a regular ball called the Syco-Seer.  But a billiards company in Cincinnati commissioned a line of them that looked like 8-balls and they took off.

 

–  About 75% of the tornados in the world happen in the U.S.

 

(Nerdable / State Symbols / UCSF Health / Toy Tales / U.S. Tornados)

 

Strange and trending news:

– Two guys in Illinois had to be rescued when they were sitting on a mattress ice fishing in a river . . . and the chunk of ice broke free and started floating away.  (Full Story)

 

– 83% of companies now use some form of artificial intelligence in their HR process . . . and there’s a good possibility you could have job interviews with robots in the near future.  (Full Story)

 

– The world’s first space hotel could begin construction in just a few years.  (Full Story)

 

– Here are the best and worst states for women in the U.S.  (Full Story)

 

There’s a picture going viral of a guy sitting on the floor of a train and eating his dinner off a seat.  (Full Story)

 

– A woman in North Carolina was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after she tried to get out of a car to dance next to it . . . but got stuck in the seatbelt and dragged almost 1,200 feet.  (Full Story)