Fun Facts and Strange News

Of course a bag of weed was the first thing sold on the internet…

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: 

 

  • They’re apparently rebooting the 1988 classic “Working Girl”, but did you know NBC tried it as a TV show back in 1990?  It only lasted 12 episodes, and it starred an unknown actress named . . . Sandra Bullock.

Sandra’s only notable credit before that was the 1989 TV movie “Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman”. (Amusing side note:  In 1990, the “Washington Post” reported that Sandra was their SECOND CHOICE.  It was supposed to go to Nancy McKeon, a.k.a. Jo from “The Facts of Life”, but she backed out when she could tell it was going to be a lemon. And, in their review, the “Post” said:  “She’s been replaced by the nondescript Sandra Bullock, who’s perfectly nice and about as memorable as your average bus ride.”  Interesting choice of words.  “Speed” would come out four years later.)

  • There are more KFC locations in China than the United States . . . a LOT more.  There are 7,166 KFCs in China . . . and 3,943 in America.

  • The fast-food chain Popeyes isn’t named after the cartoon character . . . it’s named after Gene Hackman’s character Popeye Doyle from the movie “The French Connection”.

  • The first thing anyone ever purchased online was . . . a bag of weed.  Some students from Stanford University sold a tiny amount of marijuana to some guys from MIT using an early version of the Internet called “Arpanet” in 1972.

  • A woman’s rights leader named Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president.  She ran in 1872 against Ulysses S. Grant and couldn’t vote for herself . . . because it was 48 years before women got the right.

(Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Gizmodo / History.com)

Strange and trending news:

  • The mattress company Casper is looking to hire “professional nappers” with “exceptional sleeping ability.”  You’d sleep in their stores, and in “unexpected settings.”  They’re accepting applications until Thursday.  (Full Story)

  • Qantas is struggling to hire people . . . so they’re asking their EXECUTIVES to pull shifts as baggage handlers for the next three months.  (Full Story)

  • There’s a list of the 10 best AND worst places to live in the world, and the U.S. isn’t on either list.  The BEST place is Vienna, Austria.  The worst is Tehran, Iran.  Atlanta ranked as the most livable U.S. city, at #26.  (Full Story)

  • Yes or No?  The Kansas City Royals are selling a sandwich at their stadium, which is packed with pulled pork . . . Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce . . . Bacon . . . and REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS.  (Photo)

  • Starbucks might want to stick with Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  They have a new “featured drink” that’s “Cold Brew with Lemonade.”  (Full Story)  (There’s an UNCENSORED video of a barista trying it on TikTok.)

  • An 18-year-old in Tennessee was arrested after he allegedly tried to drag race with an undercover cop.  (Full Story)

  • A woman is suing because Delaware won’t let her have a personalized license plate that says “FCANCER.”  She’s a cancer survivor . . . but Delaware says the message “doesn’t represent the state in a positive manner.”  (Full Story)

  • Heartwarming Video of the Day:  A nine-year-old boy in South Dakota was the STAR of his baseball game . . . and then he signed the game-ball for his grandpa, who taught him the game.  (Full Story)  (Here’s video.)

  • According to a study, the best states to have a baby are Massachusetts and Vermont.  The worst are Alabama and Mississippi.  They considered stuff like costs . . . infant mortality rates . . . midwives and OB-GYNs per capita . . . and childcare centers.  (Full Story)

  • Not everyone is concerned about the monkeypox spread.  The demo that’s the LEAST worried is:  White men, 65 and older, living in the Midwest.  (Full Story)

  • News:  Travis and Greg McMichael . . . the white father and son who killed Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia two years ago . . . were handed a SECOND life sentence for committing federal hate crimes.  A third man, William “Roddie” Bryan, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.  (Full Story)