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.


– One witness of Lincoln’s assassination lived so long he was able to be interviewed about it on TV.  Samuel Seymour was at Ford’s Theater . . . and was interviewed about it in 1956, at age 96, on a show called “I’ve Got a Secret”.


–  Duffel bags are named after a town in Belgium called Duffel, where the fabric for the bags originally came from.


–  “Public school” in England is the equivalent of “private school” in the U.S.  It’s a school you have to pay for.  Our “public schools” are called “state schools” over there.


–  The only planet that’s not named after a Roman god or goddess is . . . Earth.


–  The tradition of presidents wearing an American flag pin started because of a Robert Redford movie from 1972 called “The Candidate”.  He wore one in the movie, Nixon’s chief of staff saw it, and had the REAL president start wearing one.


(History Collection / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Universe Today / Time)


Strange and trending news:

– A new survey found the most stressful life moments are losing your job, moving to a new home, and planning a wedding.  Somehow, divorce and the death of a loved one did NOT make the top ten.  (Full Story)


–  A new survey asked people what deep fried foods they would want to try at a state fair.  The top two are bacon and ice cream . . . and the two that got the fewest votes are butter and soda.  (Full Story)


–  What’s the best food on a STICK?  According to a new survey, the most popular are corn dogs . . . popsicles . . . meat kebabs . . . caramel apples . . . and lollipops.  (Full Story)


–  Pumpkin Spice Spam is now a real thing.  It goes on sale on September 23rd, and it’ll only be available online at and  According to one website that tasted an advanced sample, it, quote, “wasn’t bad” and reminded them of breakfast sausage.  (Full Story)

–  A company is getting mocked for selling a new pair of women’s white and brown tie-dyed pants . . . that make it look like the person wearing them POOPED THEIR PANTS.  (Full Story)

–  A woman in England just tweeted an INSANE list of rules her boyfriend texted her when she was going to a music festival.  It included things like sending photos, so he could approve her outfits and sending video of the room to prove she was alone.  Anyway, they’re broken up now . . . and the list is going viral.  (Full Story)


–  A married couple in California have worn MATCHING OUTFITS every single day . . . for 67 years.  They got married at 19, they’re both 87 now . . . and yep, every day, they wear matching clothes.  (Full Story)


–  A couple in Florida went on a first date to Denny’s last week . . . then got into a high-speed chase with the cops on the way home.  The guy bailed and escaped into the woods . . . and the woman wasn’t arrested because she told the cops she didn’t even know his last name.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in Pennsylvania recently used a stolen credit card . . . and signed the receipt “thief.”  The cops were able to use the security footage from the stores to identify him and arrest him.  (Full Story)


–  3,000 comic books recently got stolen out of a storage unit in St. Louis.  Then the couple who stole them got arrested when they tried to sell them to a comic book store.  Because the guy they stole them from OWNED the place.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in Alabama who was yelling and cursing at a cop on Saturday tried to keep the cop away . . . by dropping his pants, putting his finger in his filthy place, then swinging at the cop with that hand.  The cop backed away . . . but then tased him and arrested him for disorderly conduct and public lewdness.  (Full Story)


–  A 24-year-old guy in England recently hit the lottery and won $12,000 a month for 30 years.  And he’s planning to use a big chunk of his monthly income to care for his brother, who has a severe form of autism.  (Full Story)