Fun Facts and Strange News

It is actually illegal to wear high heels in a US city…

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: 

  • The Scott Paper Company was the first company to introduce toilet paper with cardboard rolls, back in 1890.

  • Diners Club issued the first-ever credit cards, in 1950.

  • “Baby One More Time” was originally offered to the group TLC, but they turned it down . . . so it went to Britney Spears for her debut single.

  • The chainsaw was originally invented by a German orthopedic surgeon in 1830 . . . to cut bones in people’s JAWS.  Eventually, a bigger model was created to cut wood.

  • Wearing stiletto high heels on public streets and sidewalks is illegal without a permit in Carmel, California.  It’s so you don’t sue the city if you trip.

(Earth Date / Forbes / Billboard / Wikipedia / Code Publishing)

Strange and trending news:

  • A server is going viral for saying that she confronts people who don’t tip, and shames them by openly asking what she could’ve done better.  (Full Story)

  • A gambling site fired a woman, for using March Madness brackets to teach second graders about math.  She was invited into the classroom by the teacher, who is her sister.  They weren’t actually placing bets or gambling . . . just talking about seeding and probability.  (Full Story)

  • If you miss McDonald’s “Snack Wraps” . . . starting next Tuesday, you can get your fix at a rival:  Wendy’s.  (Full Story)

  • Five boys had to be rescued from the Staten Island sewer system on Tuesday, after they crawled into a tunnel, went deep inside, and got lost.  They should be fine . . . but they spent an hour in there before being rescued.  (Full Story)

  • 1-in-10 pet-owning tenants are “hiding” an animal from a landlord.  (Full Story)

  • A man in Canada was arrested after he failed a driving test . . . and then FREAKED OUT, recklessly tearing through the parking lot.  He nearly hit four people and did several “burnouts.”  (Full Story)

  • Up to 1-in-5 adults suffer from a rare condition called “misophonia,” which means they get angry at the sound of people making irritating noises such as chewing or breathing.  (Full Story)