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:
- Dartmouth’s unofficial mascot is a beer keg called “Keggy the Keg.” It was created in 2003, and even though it was initially controversial, it’s now become an “ingrained part of Dartmouth culture.”
- Sesame seeds are naturally dark brown . . . the ones many of us are used to eating have been bleached.
- During AOL’s peak in the ’90s, half of the CDs being produced in the world were their “Free Trial” discs.
- The Russian term for roller coasters is “amerikanskie gorki,” which translates to “American Mountains.”
- The animal with the longest lifespan is a species of clam called the ocean quahog. (Some people say it kwa-hog, others say co-hog). They live to around 400 years old. The second-longest lifespan is the bowhead whale . . . they live to about 211. The clam is about five inches long, and the whale is about 65 feet.
Strange and trending news:
- Today is National Brother’s Day.
- In a recent poll of single adults on the dating scene, 51% say they’ve secretly had a friend accompany them on a date . . . to make sure things were cool. (Full Story)
- A woman on TikToksays that her boyfriend broke up with her to “focus on his career,” so now she’s going on a date . . . with his boss. (Full Story)
- I know some people are obsessed with true crime, but this is silly . . . more than 65 people are on a WAITLIST for the motel room in Indiana, where the escaped inmate and prison guard from Alabama stayed earlier this month. (Full Story)
- A $6,000 “support cockatoo” named Lemon Grab was stolen from a pet store in Austin, Texas last weekend. They’re offering a $1,000 reward. (Full Story)
- The Sacramento Police Department offered GAS gift cards in exchange for unwanted guns . . . and less than an hour into the event, they ran out of gift cards. (Full Story)
- The average age of vehicles in America is a record 12.2 years old. (Full Story)
- 14% of Americans are “very concerned” about monkeypox. (Full Story)
- Starbucks has joined McDonald’s and Exxon Mobil in pulling out of Russia. Starbucks had 130 locations in Russia, but all of them will be closed. (Full Story)