Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.
– Pigeons have an incredible ability to remember human faces. In fact, if you chase or feed a pigeon even once, it will remember you in the future.
– The first time a computer successfully ran a piece of software was June of 1948. A computer in England ran a program that was, basically, just a calculator.
– When Nokia was founded in Finland in 1865, it made toilet paper and other paper products. They didn’t get into communications until 100 years later.
– In 1990, Crayola’s senior crayon maker retired after 37 years . . . and revealed he was actually colorblind.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger got paid $75,000 for “Terminator” . . . and $15 million for “Terminator 2” seven years later.
Strange and trending news:
– A survey found the top things that can instantly put a smile on your face include hearing some good news, making someone else smile, hearing a joke, being surprised, and listening to music. (Full Story)
– The last Blockbuster in the world is turning itself into an Airbnb next month, and three families will get to stay overnight. Only people who live around Bend, Oregon can apply though. (Full Story)
– Here are the best cities in the U.S. for a quick and easy trip, according to a new survey. They include: Las Vegas . . . San Francisco . . . St. Louis . . . Orlando . . . Charleston, South Carolina . . . and Newport Beach, California. (Full Story)
– Halloween displays, and candy are already hitting stores all over the country . . . about three weeks earlier than usual. Since trick-or-treating is going to be limited this year, the candy brands and stores are trying to use these extra weeks up front to sell more candy so Halloween isn’t a giant loss. (Full Story)
– Brach’s created a Turkey Dinner-flavored candy corn this year, and it’s on sale now at Walgreens. The bag has different flavors like green beans, turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie, and stuffing. (Full Story)
– Mountain Dew is releasing another mystery flavor for Halloween. They did the same thing last year, and the flavor turned out to be candy corn. (Full Story)
– A clothing brand is selling “contactless fashion” . . . which are virtual clothes they just Photoshop onto you. A lot of their “clothes” cost between $30 and $99, but they’ve been getting a lot of attention for a new $700 virtual shirt. Again, you don’t get the clothes, just a picture with the clothes on you. (Full Story)
– A guy in Victoria, Australia was fined for breaking the coronavirus curfew lockdown orders in the area on Sunday night . . . when he left his place because his roommate was having loud sex. He was hit with a $1,200 fine. (Full Story)
– A guy in Florida was busted with drugs in his pockets earlier this week . . . but he told the cops a stranger walking by gave him the pants and he put them on without knowing what was in the pockets. For some reason, the cops didn’t buy that and he was arrested. (Full Story)