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.

– Peaches and nectarines are the exact same fruit . . . nectarines just have a recessive gene that keeps them from being fuzzy.


–  “Kung fu” isn’t just a term for Chinese martial arts . . . it refers to anything that takes time, patience, and energy to study and learn.


–  Only two of the nine “Jersey Shore” cast members were actually from New Jersey . . . Sammi, and that girl Deena who got added in the later seasons.  The rest of the cast were from New York . . . except Pauly D, who was born in Rhode Island.


–  Kazakhstan is the biggest landlocked country in the world.  But it still has a small navy, mostly for issues they have in the Caspian Sea.


–  The term “pipe dream” comes from the fantasies people would have when they smoked opium.


(University of Arizona / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / The Diplomat / Merriam-Webster)


Strange and trending news:

– The 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest went down this weekend in California.  And the winner was a small mutt who really isn’t THAT ugly.  His signature features are bug eyes and disheveled hair . . . some of which has matted into DREADLOCKS.  (Full Story)


–  According to a new study, up to one in three women say they’ve gone on a date with a guy who they weren’t particularly interested in . . . because they wanted the free meal.  (Full Story)


–  The new owners who bought Toys ‘R’ Us after it went out of business last year say they’re already ready to start opening stores again.  They’re shooting to open about six locations by the end of the year.  (Full Story)


–  One out of five people have gone through their significant other’s phone without permission, according to a new survey.  And 73% of them say they don’t regret it.  (Full Story)


–  A woman who fell asleep on an Air Canada flight earlier this month somehow got LEFT on the plane . . . and when she woke up it was cold, dark, and parked.  She managed to get the plane door open and use a flashlight to signal for help.  Air Canada says it’s investigating how this happened.  (Full Story)


–  Here are the cities where people are most likely to have affairs, based on signups on the cheating website Ashley Madison.  The top five are:   Orlando, Florida . . . Newark, New Jersey . . . St. Louis . . . Pittsburgh . . . and Fremont, California.  (Full Story)


–  A guy who was on trial in Miami for burglary last week threw his POOP at the judge, ate some, and yelled, quote, “It’s protein!  It’s good for you!”  And after he did THAT . . . the jury found him not guilty.  (Full Story)


– A guy in Pennsylvania tried to pull over his ex-girlfriend last week, while driving his red Kia Soul he modified to look like an emergency vehicle, lights and all.  But he accidentally pulled over three city council members instead and got arrested.  (Full Story)


–  A woman in Arizona left her nine-year-old son at a McDonald’s . . . so she could go gamble.  When she eventually came back, she was arrested for child abuse and endangerment.  (Full Story)


–  A 22-year-old in Arkansas was busted for drug possession on Thursday.  And he was wearing a t-shirt with the famous painter Bob Ross on it, with the quote, “Ever make mistakes in life?”  (Full Story)


–  A guy in California burned his Toyota Tundra up last year, rescuing people from the deadliest wildfire in state history.  So, Toyota gave him a brand new one to replace it.  And the burn marks on his old truck were kind of a badge of honor for him.  So, they did a custom paint job and recreated them on the new truck.  (Full Story)