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.

– The guy who created the “Baby on Board” signs made millions from them . . . and doesn’t have kids.


–  The most dangerous job in America is . . . President of the United States.  9% of them have been killed while they had the job . . . four out of 45.  The next highest death rate on the job is loggers, at 0.13%.


(Another four presidents died of natural causes while in office so if you count those, the death rate on the job is closer to 18%.)


–  When “The Simpsons” debuted in 1989, Bart was nine and Homer was 36.  If the characters actually aged, Bart would be older today than Homer was then.


–  The first ever NBA game was held in Canada.  On November 1st, 1946, the New York Knickerbockers played an old team called the Toronto Huskies in Toronto.


–  Helen Keller wasn’t born blind or deaf.  She lost her sight and hearing to a disease when she was one-and-a-half.  It was diagnosed as “brain fever” . . . but it was most likely scarlet fever or meningitis.


(New York Post / Huffington Post / IMDb / Wikipedia / Today I Found Out)


Strange and trending news:

– Researchers tested a bunch of surfaces to see which had the most bacteria on them.  A McDonald’s door handle did the worst . . . and the average credit card had more bacteria on it than a public bathroom.  (Full Story)


– A new survey found the average parent today wants to start preparing their kid for a future career when they’re FIVE-AND-A-HALF years old.  And 56% of parents already have a specific career in mind for their child.  (Full Story)


–  Buzzfeed just put together a list of the snack food that every state is known for.  And it’s hard to argue with a lot of them, like French fries for Idaho . . . salt water taffy for New Jersey . . . and Jell-O for Utah.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in Miami spotted an alligator in his pool over the weekend . . . and the gator was riding on top of an inflatable alligator pool raft.  (Full Story)


–  Hidden Valley Ranch just launched a new line of summer products, including pool floats . . . beach towels . . . and bathing suits.  If you’re interested, you can buy the stuff at the Hidden Valley website.  (Full Story)


–  Coca-Cola is bringing back NEW COKE.  Yes, the drink people HATED in the ’80s.  They’re doing it as a marketing stunt for the new season of “Stranger Things”, which is set in 1985.  The cans will be on sale online starting tomorrow, or in special vending machines through the summer.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in China recently woke up after a night of heavy drinking . . . and found someone had chopped off his PENIS.  Fortunately for him, they left it there, so the guy rushed to the hospital and doctors were able to reattach it.  (Full Story)


–  A woman in India covered her entire car in COW POOP earlier this week . . . because she thought it would help keep it cool.  It’s not clear if her plan worked.  (Full Story)


–  A small village in France is trying to get people to move there by offering them FREE VIAGRA.  It’s been about a week since the mayor announced the plan and so far, no one’s taken him up on it.  (Full Story)


–  An 18-year-old woman in Florida was moving out of her family’s house and said she wanted to take the PET HEDGEHOG.  Her mom said no . . . and the girl wound up pushing and hitting her.  So, she was arrested for domestic battery.  (Full Story)


–  Here’s the most BRITISH CRIME you’ll ever hear of:  A guy in England stole a double-decker bus early yesterday and drove it straight to a pub.  He was arrested on several charges.  (Full Story)


–  A mom in Minnesota just gave one of her kidneys to a volunteer firefighter . . . two years after he showed up to help when her daughter had a seizure.  (Full Story)