Fun Facts and Strange News

Men originally wore corsets?

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: 

  • There are two U.S. presidents with the middle initial “S” . . . Harry S. Truman and Ulysses S. Grant . . . and in both cases, the “S” didn’t actually stand for anything.


  • Before the 1900s, men wore corsets.  They were popular for hunting and exercise, kind of like how weight lifters wear belts today.


  • There are still 18 U.S. states where it’s legal for teachers to use corporal punishment on students . . . in other words, where teachers can legally HIT students.  Four of those states DO prohibit physical punishment “for students with disabilities,” so that’s nice.


  • Frankenstein is the name of the doctor who creates the monster, not the monster itself.


  • India has a larger population than every country in the Western Hemisphere combined.


(Mental Floss / Messy Nessy Chic / Wiki / Wiki / 1,000 Facts About Countries)


Strange and trending news:

  • It’s Friday the 13th.  A recent poll found that only 14% of us think it’s bad luck.  Another 32% aren’t sure though.  (Full Story)


  • It’s also National Lefthanders Day.  Roughly 12% of the world is left-handed, but only 0.5% of guitarists play left-handed.  (Full Story)


  • A couple of weeks ago, a Canadian man took a HELICOPTER to a Dairy Queen.  He landed pretty much right outside the place, and it was NOT an emergency.  He was charged with one count of dangerous operation of an aircraft.  (Full Story)


  • A man in Michigan shot at his older brother, after the older brother made a joke about his ex-wife’s COOKING.  No one was hurt . . . but the older brother says the bullet was just six inches from hitting him.  (Full Story)


  • A hacker stole more than $600 MILLION in cryptocurrency from a decentralized finance platform.  They have returned most of the money, and said they did it, quote, “for fun :).”  It sounds like the rest will also be given back.  The hacker said, quote, “That’s always the plan!  I’m not very interested in money!”  (Full Story)


  • A Cincinnati hand surgeon performed surgery on his own hand last week.  It was a success.  (Full Story)


  • In 1955, the cost of delivering a child and a three-night hospital stay in Belleville, Kansas was less than $60.  That’s equivalent to $610.69 today.  (Full Story)


  • A burned-out home in the Bay Area was put on the market for $850,000, and the offers are “rolling in.”  (Full Story)  That’s REAL news.  But yesterday, The Onionhad a headline that joked, quote, “Desperate California Homebuyers Locked In Bidding War Over Charred Remains Of Ranch House.”