Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.
– A “mulligan” became a do-over in golf because of a guy named David Mulligan in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the 1920s. He hit a bad shot, then he decided to try it over again, so his friends called started calling that move a “Mulligan.”
– “Friends” is the most popular show that people in other countries watch to help themselves learn English. “The Simpsons” is number two.
– “Fancy ketchup” is an actual USDA grade . . . and the highest grade. Ketchups are rated on color, consistency, defects, and flavor.
– Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon.
– Merv Griffin originally wrote the theme song for “Jeopardy” as a lullaby for his son, called “A Time For Tony”. After he decided to use it for the show, he changed the name to “Think!”
Strange and trending news:
– Almost three-quarters of people say FUNNY Halloween costumes are the most attractive, according to a new survey. And more than half of people say POLITICAL costumes are the least attractive. (Full Story)
– Here’s how people are dealing with their bad breath under their masks. 40% of people have started popping MINTS . . . 38% chew more gum . . . and 22% eat hard candies. (Full Story)
– Lowe’s is offering a new service for people who are worried about shopping for a Christmas tree in person. Starting next week, you can order a tree from them and they’ll DELIVER it for FREE in two to five days. (Full Story)
– 4 in 10 Americans plan to spend less on the holidays this year. But the average is still $1,387, or only 7% less than last year. That includes everything from gifts and decorations, to holiday food and plane tickets. (Full Story)
– Dim romantic lighting can actually make food taste WORSE, according to a new study. The researchers say it’s because food is really a “multisensory” experience . . . so it helps you enjoy your food if you can really SEE it. (Full Story)
– A new survey found the most important inventions of all time are electricity, phones, vaccines, lightbulbs, and the internet. Radio is 11th. (Full Story)
– The people who run McDonald’s franchises are tired of losing money when the ice cream machines break down. So, they’re taking it into their own hands . . . and have formed a team to find new machines that don’t break as often. (Full Story)
– You get more food if you order a burrito bowl at Chipotle than if you order a burrito. So, some people get the bowl, then get a free tortilla on the side. But Chipotle is onto that scam . . . and they just started charging for the tortilla. It’s only 25 cents, but it’s all about the principle. (Full Story)
– A guy in Florida was drunk on Monday and got into an argument with his girlfriend . . . and he wound up throwing a PUMPKIN and its innards at her. The police report says she was, quote, “covered in pumpkin seeds and pulp” when the cops got there . . . and the guy was arrested for domestic battery. (Full Story)
– A guy in Florida stole about $1,000 worth of stuff from a Walmart on Sunday by hiding a Kool-Aid packet in his hand at the self-checkout . . . so when it looked like he was scanning the items, he was just scanning the 24-cent pack of Kool-Aid. But a security guard figured him out and he was arrested leaving the store. (Full Story)