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:

– Only 5% of the calls routed to fire departments in the U.S. are for actual fires.  Most of them are for medical emergencies.

 

–  Can openers were invented in 1858 . . . which is 48 years after cans.  During those years in between, the most popular way to open cans was smashing them with a hammer and chisel.

 

–  Your rectum has similar cells to your mouth . . . which is why spicy foods can burn on the way out as much as they do when you’re eating them.

 

–  There are only two companies with a perfect “AAA” credit rating:  Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft.

 

–  Antarctica gets about 44,000 tourists a year . . . that’s up from 5,000 tourists a year in 1990.

 

(Boston Globe / Today I Found Out / Men’s Health / Investopedia / Global News)

 

Strange and trending news:

– A real estate listing in Florida is going viral for, quote, “literally the worst house on the street.”  (Full Story)

 

– Facebook has apologized to an 81-year-old woman who knitted a white pig . . . and the post got flagged for hate speech.  (Full Story)

 

– A sea creature that looks, well, exactly like male genitalia is going viral on Facebook.  (Full Story)

 

– Someone stole every single bottle from a wine store in Manhattan . . . around 2,000 bottles worth $300,000.  (Full Story)

 

– A police standoff in Australia ended after seven hours when the cops stormed the home . . . and found out there was no one inside.  (Full Story)

 

– A popular “1960s Chinese traditional fruit basket” for sale on Amazon is actually a chamber pot that people in China would buy to use as a mobile toilet.  (Full Story)

 

– Night owls are twice as likely to struggle at work as people who naturally wake up early.  (Full Story)

 

– A man survived in open water in the Pacific for 14 HOURS by clinging to a buoy before he was miraculously rescued.  (Full Story)