Fun Facts and Strange News

“Tangled” cost as much to make as the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy?!?!

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’s a species of Australian grasshopper that’s entirely made up of all-female clones.

  • An adult white rhino can produce as much as 50 pounds of poop in one day.

  • BET originally launched in 1980 as a two-hour block once a week on Nickelodeon.  They played music videos and reruns of classic Black sitcoms.  It spun off as its own network in 1983.

  • The Disney movie “Tangled” cost as much to make as the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy:  $260 million.

  • Melbourne, Australia was briefly called Batmania, since it was founded by a guy named John Batman.

(CBC / Rhinos.org / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • Marine scientists claim dolphins are forming BOY BANDS to attract mates.  They perform synchronized movements and even SING in unison.  (Full Story)

  • A couple in Wisconsin has spent the past four years creating a “Cat Figurine ‘Mewseum.'”  They have 13,000 cat-related pieces . . . and they’re aiming for the Guinness World Record, which would require 21,000.  For now, they’re displaying their collection and raising money for local shelters.  (Full Story)

  • A couple raised money on TikTokfor a boy at a lemonade stand.  His lemonade cost $3.00, and he was raising money to go to Portugal with his soccer team.  But with the money they raised, they were able to give him $1,100.  (Full Story)

  • People in Mexico City are reportedly upset because a lot of English-speaking Americans have been moving there to work remotely . . . and it’s causing rents to go up and areas to be gentrified.  (Full Story)

  • JetBlue Airways announced that they’re purchasing Spirit Airlines to create America’s fifth-largest airline.  Is this the end of Spirit’s cheap fares?  (Full Story)

  • A man was arrested for selling industrial bleach as a COVID-19 cure through his church in Florida.  Authorities say drinking his formula could be fatal.  (Full Story)