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.

– Oranges are usually sold in red net bags because it makes the color of the fruit look brighter.


–  Vermont was a British territory until the Revolutionary War.  After that, in 1777, it became its own independent country called the Vermont Republic.  It finally joined the U.S. as the 14th state in 1791 . . . the first state that wasn’t one of the original colonies.


–  “SpongeBob SquarePants” was created by a guy named Stephen Hillenburg . . . who had degrees in both animation AND marine biology.


–  The Internet as we know it is just around 11,000 days old.


–  The city of Dallas was founded by a guy named John Bryan, who named it after his friend Dallas.  Only, no one knows exactly who that “Dallas” was.


(University of Hannover / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / How Old Is the Internet? / Dallas City Hall)


Strange and trending news:

– Two-thirds of people say they’ve bought something JUST to feel the, quote, “rush,” according to a new survey.  And the things we buy that make us the happiest are:  Clothes . . . shoes . . . and a computer.  (Full Story)


–  A new survey asked chief financial officers to name the RIDICULOUS things they’d seen people submit on expense reports.  Some of the best ones are:  300 tacos . . . 59 cents for parking . . . a pogo stick . . . a Lamborghini . . . and a bear rug.  (Full Story)


–  Back in January, KFC started testing a new fried chicken sandwich with Cheetos as a topping and a Cheetos-flavored sauce.  Well, the tests went well . . . so they’re taking it nationwide for four weeks, starting on July 1st.  (Full Story)


–  Taco Bell is opening up a new LUXURY HOTEL in Palm Springs, California for the weekend of August 9th.  And they just announced they’ll start taking reservations online next Thursday at 1:00 P.M. Eastern.  (Full Story)


–  A woman tweeted a photo earlier this week from back when she got married . . . and her mother-in-law wore a WEDDING DRESS to the wedding.  And believe it or not, she wasn’t THAT furious . . . because she knew her mother-in-law grew up extremely poor, so when she saw the wedding dress on sale, she knew it was, quote, “an incredible bargain she couldn’t turn down.”  (Full Story)


–  A new study found women are spending more time at work than ever . . . and men are spending the least time at work since the 2008 recession.  But women also do 30 more minutes of household chores a day than men . . . and men spend 49 more minutes per day on leisure and relaxing.  (Full Story)


–  A new study found that working only one day a week is good for your mental health.  The researchers found that if you work anymore than that, you’re not getting the mental benefits from a job, like feeling productive.  (Full Story)


–  70% of parents say they’re STRESSED about the summer, according to a new survey . . . and the majority of them say they’d be fine sending their kids back to school after just one week off.  (Full Story)


–  A new survey found the top things on people’s “family bucket lists” . . . which are the trips and activities parents want to do with their kids.  The top three are:  Take a road trip . . . teach them how to ride a bike . . . and go camping.  (Full Story)


–  A 75-year-old Walmart greeter in Texas stopped a guy leaving the store last week with some Gatorade in his cart he hadn’t paid for.  And the guy responded by . . . punching the greeter in the face.  He was just arrested on a felony charge of causing injury to an elderly individual.  (Full Story)


– Someone backed their car into a river in Maryland on Tuesday and couldn’t get out.  But a worker at a nearby nursing home saw it.  And he used to be a lifeguard.  So he dove in, pulled them out, and saved their life.  (Full Story)

Great job to our hero civilian from today’s car in the water!!!

Posted by Salisbury Fire Department on Tuesday, June 18, 2019