Fun Facts and Strange News

The states that have never had a female governor… (Spoiler, Indiana is one of them)

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: 

  • 18 states have never had a female governor. They are:  California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

  • Until this year, there were 10 U.S. military bases named after Confederate generals and leaders:  Fort Lee . . . Fort Hood . . . Fort Benning . . . Fort Gordon . . . Fort Bragg . . . Fort Polk . . . Fort Pickett . . . Fort A.P. Hill . . . Fort Rucker . . . and Camp Beauregard. ALL of them are being officially re-designated THIS YEAR with new names.
  • In fact, TODAY Fort Bragg in North Carolina becomes Fort Liberty.  Bragg had been named for Confederate General Braxton Bragg. And on June 13th, Fort Polk in Louisiana will become Fort Johnson, in honor of Sergeant William Henry Johnson, who fought in World War One.

  • The top theory for why Leonardo da Vinci didn’t finish the Mona Lisa is because he fainted and hurt his arm.

  • More than three million Americans over age 60 are still paying their student loans off.  That’s a total of more than $86 billion in unpaid student loans.

  • The outermost part of Earth’s atmosphere stretches so far, it even goes beyond the moon.

(Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Independent / / Daily Mail)

Strange and trending news:

  • A homeowner in Minnesota beat an intruder with a baseball bat, which was “wrapped in barbed wire and studded with screws and nails” . . . fracturing the guy’s skull.  The intruder could get up to 20 years in prison.  The homeowner with the bat was also arrested and could get up to 10 years himself.  (Full Story)

  • Police in Kentucky were called about a skunk stuck in some mud . . . but it just turned out to be a “stinky groundhog.”  (Full Story)

  • People thought they saw an alligator in a channel in Arizona . . . but wildlife officials say it was probably just a beaver.  (Full Story)

  • The “Great Resignation” is over.  Job-quitting rates are back to pre-pandemic levels.  (Full Story)
  • (And maybe because of that . . .) The job search site ZipRecruiter is cutting 20% of its jobs.  (Full Story)

  • Students at 40 Pittsburgh Public Schools were sent home for remote learning yesterday and today . . . due to “extreme heat protocols” for schools without air conditioning.  (Full Story)

  • A man is going viral for asking if he can bring his dog to the gym. (???)  Most people say they DON’T think he should be allowed to do that.  (Full Story)

  • An Illinois high school misspelled the word “graduate” on the stoles the students wore for the graduation ceremony.  (Full Story)