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.)