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.

– “Dallas Buyers Club” had such a low budget that the makeup artist, Robin Mathews, only had $250 to spend for the entire movie.  And . . . she still won the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.


–  The part of the watermelon we eat is its placenta.


–  Salmon sushi doesn’t come from Japan.  It was created in Norway in the ’80s because they had a salmon surplus.


–  The legal definition of an “infant” isn’t just a baby . . . it’s anyone under 18.


–  E.L. James wrote “Fifty Shades of Grey” on a Blackberry during her commute to work.


(Vanity Fair / National Geographic / NPR / / Business Insider)


Strange and trending news:

– A new survey asked people what could happen that would make them instantly feel happier.  And the top three are:  Winning the lottery . . . going on a vacation . . . and finding a random $5 bill in your pocket.  (Full Story)


–  A new survey found America’s favorite breakfast foods in 2019 are eggs . . . sausage . . . bacon . . . pancakes . . . toast . . . waffles . . . avocado . . . cereal . . . breakfast sandwiches . . . and bananas.  (Full Story)


–  WATCHING sports is almost as much of a workout as PLAYING sports, according to a new study.  The researchers found that during an important game, fans’ heart rates went up 64%, which is about the same increase as you’d get from a 90-minute walk or a, quote, “moderate cardiovascular workout.”  (Full Story)


–  The hottest job in America is . . . tax manager.  According to a new study, people who create tax plans for businesses or people have the best opportunities for advancing in their careers . . . and the average salary is $112,000.  (Full Story)


–  A 15-year-old girl is trending right now after her mom took her phone away . . . and she resorted to using their SMART REFRIGERATOR to post on Twitter.  (Full Story)


–  A police officer in Seattle spotted a guy parked by the side of the road on Tuesday night . . . playing “Pokemon Go” on eight phones simultaneously.  But since the cop hadn’t caught him playing while he was driving, the guy got off without a ticket.  (Full Story)

–  A new study found the best cities for beer lovers in America, based on the number of breweries per capita.  The top three are:  Asheville, North Carolina . . . Portland, Maine . . . and Bend, Oregon.  (Full Story)


–  A woman in Iowa was in a police chase on Tuesday and called 911 to report her car stolen . . . so the cops wouldn’t think she was driving it.  But her plan blew up when they eventually stopped the car and found her inside.  She’s facing several charges.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in Florida got into an argument with his neighbors over loud music on Monday and tried to hit them with NUNCHUCKS.  But he missed, hit their car . . . and the nunchucks bounced back and hit him in the face.  He was arrested for aggravated battery and assault.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in Tennessee tried to shoplift brisket and propane from Walmart . . . by shoving them down his pants.  But two cops in the store caught him . . . and he tried to kick them, so he was arrested for assault on an officer.  (Full Story)


–  A grandfather named Sam Pratt recently found out his cancer was in remission.  So, he celebrated by cashing in over a MILLION frequent flyer miles and took 33 family members with him to Hawaii last week.  (Full Story)