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 white dashed lane lines on the highway are each 10 feet long.  Most people estimate them to be around two feet.


–  The three most painful insect stings are from the bullet ant, warrior wasp, and tarantula hawk spider wasp.


–  When Zachary Taylor was president and he was speaking at Dolley Madison’s funeral, he invented the term “First Lady.”


–  Hawaii has the record for highest low temperature and the lowest high temperature in the U.S.  Its all-time low was 15 degrees . . . and its all-time high is 98.


–  Howard Johnson hotels are a luxury brand in China . . . they’re all four- or five-star hotels.


(Ohio State University / Atlas Obscura / History / Wikipedia / Consumerist)


Strange and trending news:

– Today is both National Clam Chowder Day and National Chili Day.  Haven’t the people who make up these holidays ever heard of strategic counterprogramming?  How could both of those be on the same day?


– The USPS just showed off what their new postal trucks will look like . . . and they kind of look like they have faces, which drew a lot of comparisons to cars in Pixar movies.  (Full Story)


– A guy in Alabama was convicted of escaping from jail . . . then breaking BACK IN to smuggle in drugs.  (Full Story)


– American Airlines is not denying that one of its planes encountered a UFO on Sunday . . . and they say any questions need to go to the FBI.  (Full Story)


– Dunkin’ is bringing avocado toast to its menu.  (Full Story)


– Here’s a collection of photos people shared to show they’re “living with a monster.”  Imagine things like bites taken out of sticks of butter, that kind of stuff.  (Full Story)


– Taco Bell announced they’re getting in on the fried chicken sandwich wars by making a fried chicken taco . . . and now Popeyes is trolling them on Twitter.  (Full Story)


– A park in Vancouver called Dude Chilling Park just had its sign stolen for the third time.  (Full Story)


– A man in Massachusetts spray painted a woman after they got in an argument in a parking lot.  (Full Story)


– A birdwatcher in Pennsylvania spotted a rare cardinal that’s half male, half female, split right down the middle . . . red on one side, brownish-white on the other.  (Full Story)


– A library at the University of Michigan had to shut down for two days after a group of venomous spiders was found in the basement.  (Full Story)


– According to Gallup’s latest poll, 5.6% of adults in the U.S. identify as LGBT . . . that’s the highest percentage ever.  (Full Story)