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.
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 Onion” had a headline that joked, quote, “Desperate California Homebuyers Locked In Bidding War Over Charred Remains Of Ranch House.”