Fun Facts and Strange News

You’re saying Adidas wrong…

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:  

  • In the past, soccer balls were brown and then bleached white.  The black pentagons were introduced for TV at the 1970 World Cup to show viewers the position and rotation of the ball, particularly on black-and-white TVs.

 

  • Americans are drinking less orange juice now than any other time in the past two decades . . . but we still drink more than any other country in the world.

 

  • Matt Groening created “The Simpsons” . . . but he’s only written four episodes, and in three of those cases, he’s a co-writer.  The only episode where he’s the sole writer is from 1992, where Homer manages a country singer.

 

  • When you lose weight, you breathe out the fat as carbon dioxide.

 

  • Americans pronounce Adidas wrong . . . it’s supposed to be AH-dee-das, with a slight emphasis on the FIRST syllable.  Not ah-DEE-das, stressing the second.

 

(Children’s Museum / Mashed / Wikipedia / Business Insider / Complex)

 

  • Strange and trending news
    WalletHub has a new list of the “Best Cities for Jobs.”  They gave the #1 spot to Columbia, Maryland.  (Full Story)

 

  • KFC is about to debut a PLANT-BASED fried chicken.  (Full Story)

 

  • Samsung is releasing a new guitar with LED guide lights on its fretboard . . . somewhat like a real-life “Guitar Hero”(Full Story)

 

  • A TikTok user has gone viral for showing a customer paying a tip NOT with cash . . . but a $25 Amazon gift card.  The Internet is slamming the guy, but he did ask if he could tip with it first, and $25 was MORE than 25% of the bill.  (Full Story)

 

  • Drivers are finally off Interstate 95 in Virginia after being stuck on a 50-mile stretch for more than 24 hours due to weather.  (Full Story)  (And Tim Kaine was among them.)

 

  • Hershey’s Kisses that are filled with vanilla frosting are coming for Easter.  (Full Story)

 

  • A new French law requires car commercials to tell people to walk or bike instead of with disclaimers like “For short trips, choose to walk or cycle” . . . “Think about carpooling” . . . and “Take public transit daily.”  (Full Story)

 

  • The U.S. has set a new daily record for COVID cases.  On Monday, more than 1 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with Covid-19.  (Full Story)