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.

– Tiramisu was invented in Italian brothels because they believed it was an aphrodisiac.


–  The highest point in Connecticut is on a mountain called Mount Frissell.  But it’s not even the peak of the mountain . . . that’s across the border in Massachusetts.


–  Ikea started as a mail-order business that sold pencils and postcards.


–  One pound of dimes and one pound of quarters are worth the same amount.  Two hundred dimes weigh one pound and are worth $20 . . . 80 quarters weigh one pound and are worth $20.


–  Dinosaurs existed before flowers.  Scientists believe flowering plants evolved as a response to dinosaurs . . . because plants needed protection against vegetarian dinosaurs. So, they developed toxic flowers, then eventually evolved to have nontoxic flowers once the dinosaurs were gone.



( / Wikipedia / Ikea / Wisegeek / ABC News Australia)


Strange and trending news:

– Police in Toronto pulled over someone whose plates expired in August of 1989.  (Full Story)


– Here are the picks for the worst tech of the year from “USA Today”, including Quibi, the PlayStation 5 rollout, the TikTok ban, and Mark Zuckerberg.  (Full Story)


– A consumer safety group just released its annual list of the 10 worst toys for kids.  (Full Story)


– Fifteen alleged mafia members in Philadelphia have been indicted . . . including guys known as Joey Electric and Tony Meatballs.  (Full Story)


– A man in Australia won a lottery jackpot on his late father’s birthday by playing his dad’s favorite numbers.  (Full Story)


– Vegans have a 43% higher chance of breaking bones than people who eat meat, according to a new study.  (Full Story)


– A helicopter spotted a strange, almost alien looking metal structure in the ground in a remote part of Utah.  (Full Story)


– A new study found people over 45 have a higher risk of catching STDs than ever before.  (Full Story)


– Scientists are now using artificial intelligence to recreate the smell of Europe in the 16th century.  That’s before there was indoor plumbing, so it’s going to be quite a smell.  (Full Story)


– A surgeon in Saudi Arabia had a fatal heart attack in the middle of operating on a patient.  (Full Story)


– A guy in New Hampshire with half a beard was arrested for threatening two cops.  (Full Story)