Fun Facts and Strange News

South America got potatoes when?!?!?

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:   


  • Potatoes are native to South America.  They were introduced to the rest of the world only in the last 500 years.


  • Pakistan is actually an acronym.  It stands for “Punjab, Afghan border states, Kashmir, Sind, and Baluchistan.”  (It also translates to “land of the pure.”)


  • Steven Tyler came up with “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” when he saw a guy with long blond hair from behind and thought it was a woman.  And that guy was . . . Vince Neil from Motley Crue.


  • Colt 45 malt liquor isn’t named after the .45-caliber Colt handgun.  It was named after a running back on the Baltimore Colts in 1963.  His name was Jerry Hill and he wore the number 45.


  • Pharrell’s first hit song was “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect in 1992.  He co-wrote the lyrics when he was 19.  Way back then, he looked . . . well basically the same as he does now.


(Wikipedia / Acronym Finder / Huff Post / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)


Strange and trending news:


  • 62% of people over 77 years old say that reading their favorite childhood books transports them back to those early years.  (Back when people would actually READ books . . . paper ones that you held in your hands.) (Full Story)


  • Krispy Kreme is giving this year’s high school and college seniors a free dozen donuts next Wednesday . . . just wear “Class of 2022 swag.”  (Full Story)


  • Different schools, different vices:  Four-year college students drink more alcohol . . . but community college students smoke more marijuana.  (Full Story)


  • The mayor of Maywood, Illinois . . . just outside of Chicago . . . was arrested last week after police allegedly found him asleep and intoxicated behind the wheel on the highway.  (Full Story)


  • There’s a new partnership where eBay users can showcase their items on . . . Snapchat?  (Which is PERFECT for all the kids on Snapchat who are looking to buy some antique candlesticks.)(Full Story)


  • Even the FISH in South Florida are on drugs.  Several pharmaceuticals . . . including antidepressants, blood pressure medicine, and VALIUM . . . have been discovered in the blood and tissue of fish.  (Full Story)


  • A woman from Arkansas is going viral after showing off the “fancy” Walmart Marketplace in her town.  (Full Story)


  • News: Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have lost 20 trillion gallons of water over the last two years.  (Full Story)