Fun Facts and Strange News

One in six houses in the U.S. are bought by who?

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler…

 Fun (or not-so-fun) Facts: 

  • Investors now snatch up nearly one in six homes sold in America.

  • The Tyrannosaurus rex could run slightly faster than a human being.  Not that they ever competed or anything. (???)  The average person can sprint at about 17.7 miles per hour . . . the T-Rex sprinted at 17.9 miles per hour.

  • Humans and chimps have about the same amount of hair . . . a lot of ours is just super fine and virtually invisible.

  • “Saturday Night Live” was called “NBC’s Saturday Night” from when it debuted in 1975 until midway through its second season.

  • Kit Kats are made by both Hershey’s and Nestle.  Hershey’s has the rights to make them in America, Nestle makes them everywhere else.

(NY Times / LiveScience / The Economist / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)

Strange and trending news:

  • People are sharing the most ridiculous rules that they ever had at work.  They include:  A low income job fining you $25 if you don’t answer the phone . . . being forbidden from using Post-It notes . . . and an office that banned women from wearing scrunchies in their hair.  (Full Story)

  • In a new survey, 63% of workers said that having more PET benefits would increase their desire to stay with their company for the next year.  (Full Story)

  • Lead paint was discovered in a school’s “mental health closet.”  (???) (Full Story)

  • Of all generations, Boomers are the fastest adopters of smart home tech . . . partially because their kids bought it for them.  (Full Story)

  • A new study out of the University of Houston says that living out in the country might make people more anxious . . . depressed . . . less open-minded . . . and more neurotic.  (Full Story)

  • Move over Pizza Rat, it’s Pizza EAGLE.  A nature photographer caught a young bald eagle swooping down to grab a slice of pepperoni pizza in Connecticut.

  • Someone posted a photo of the marker for the “southernmost point of the continental U.S.A.” being hauled NORTH on the back of a truck.

  • There are a few videos online of a woman taking a couple of 80-year-olds for a ride in a self-driving car.  They’re flabbergasted by the whole experience.  (Full Story(Here is Part 1, here’s Part 2, and here’s Part 3.)