Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler…
Fun (and not-so-fun) facts:
- Comet tails always point away from the sun, because they’re created by solar winds.
- The British had 500,000 cats enlisted in their army during World War One, mostly to kill rats on ships and at bases. One of them named Simon even got a medal of valor for surviving a brutal attack and continuing to kill rats.
- The San Antonio Spurs are the only NBA team that doesn’t have a losing record, all-time, against any other NBA team. And the only team that they have an EVEN record against is the Portland Trail Blazers. They’re 88-88 against them.
- The frozen margarita machine was invented by a guy named Mariano Martinez in Dallas in 1971. He modified a soft-serve ice cream machine to sell drinks at his Mexican restaurant.
- Hewlett-Packard could’ve been called Packard-Hewlett . . . Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard flipped a coin to decide whose name would go first.
Strange and trending news:
- Today is National Father-in-Law Day. No need to call, just an FYI. (Full Story)
- Two British roommates started fighting because one of them was chewing too loudly. The police came, and said it was a “somewhat tense situation.” Neither wanted to press charges. (Full Story)
- Miami is launching its own cryptocurrency: MiamiCoin. It’s unclear if anyone will understand it enough to use it. (Full Story)
- A jewel thief carried out a burglary . . . and got away on a scooter . . . because everyone was distracted by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was in a nearby optometrist’s office. The police have a couple suspects in custody. (Full Story)
- A robber deposited $50 in his credit union, and then came back later and stole $101,000. (Full Story)
- Google is banning “sugar daddy” apps on Android. In September, they’re booting apps that are focused on “compensated sexual relationships.” (Full Story)
- Police in New Zealand went to help a woman who discovered some “suspicious” footprints at her property. They were hers. (Full Story)
- People are still using jetpacks near LAX airport. Don’t do that. (Full Story)