Random Facts

Every weekday morning around 8:20 Cheryl & Eric share with you 5  interesting, funny & strange Random Facts.

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1.  The word “grima” describes the feeling you get when you hear fingernails on a chalkboard or a knife scratching a plate.

2.  Michigan is the only state where cops are allowed to have sex with prostitutes during investigations.

3.  Stevie Wonder played the harmonica on a song called “My God” on Steven Seagal’s debut album in 2005.

4.  Saddam Hussein wrote a romance novel in 2000 called “Zabibah and the King”.  It was about a woman who leaves her cruel husband for the king in medieval Iraq.

5.  Oregon is the only U.S. state with a flag that’s different on both sides.  One side says “State of Oregon, 1859” and has the state seal . . . the other side shows a beaver chewing a log.

(New Scientist / Michigan Radio / Los Angeles Times / Wikipedia / State Symbols)

 

1.  There are four presidents who didn’t have a vice president:  John Tyler . . . Millard Fillmore . . . Andrew Johnson . . . and Chester A. Arthur.

All four of them were VPs under a president who died in office, and there was nothing in the Constitution about how to pick a new vice president.

2.  14% of American men who are at least seven feet tall play in the NBA.

3.  “SOS” by ABBA is the only top 40 song ever where the song title AND the artist are both palindromes.

4.  Buzz Lightyear’s original name was Lunar Larry.

5.  Stan Lee served in the Army during World War Two . . . as an official Army PLAYWRIGHT.  Dr. Seuss also served as a playwright with him.  They created pamphlets for soldiers about how to avoid getting VD.

(Reference / New York Times / Wikipedia / IMDb / Grantland)

1.  Denmark has had four different prime ministers since 1993.  Three of them had the last name Rasmussen, and none of them are related.

2.  The Atlantic Ocean is much saltier than the Pacific.

3.  The first department store Santa was in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1890.

4.  The day Heath Ledger died in 2008, “Heath Ledger” was the number one term searched on Google.  The number two most-searched term?  “Keith Ledger.”

5.  Mosquitoes prefer certain blood types over others.  If you’re blood type O, you’re most likely to get bit.

(Wikipedia / NASA / Mental Floss / Just Jared / ScienceLine)

Five Random Facts For Thursday

1.  Alexander Graham Bell coined the term “greenhouse effect” in 1917, almost 40 years after he invented the telephone.2.  Steak ‘n Shake and “Maxim” magazine are both owned by the same company from San Antonio called Biglari Holdings.

3.  California produces almost 90% of the wine in the United States.  And if it were its own country, it would be the fourth biggest wine producing country in the world.  (Behind France, Italy, and Spain.)

4.  The word “tragedy” comes from the Greek word “tragoedia” which literally translates to . . . “goat song.”  No one’s quite sure why, but the best theory is that it refers to actors dressing as goats and mythical creatures in plays.

5.  The president gets free rent at the White House . . . but pays for basically everything else.  That includes groceries, housekeeping, parties, vacations, and toiletries.

(Washington Post / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Huffington Post / Marketplace)

Five Random Facts For Wednesday

1.  William Henry Harrison gave the longest inauguration speech ever at two hours, even though there was bad weather in D.C.  He also didn’t wear a coat, to show how tough he was.  But then he got sick . . . and died one month into his term.2.  Philadelphia cream cheese is named after the town of Philadelphia in New York, where cream cheese was originally produced.

3.  Ferris wheels were originally called “pleasure wheels” when they were invented in the 1600s.

4.  The “ZIP” in ZIP code stands for “Zone Improvement Plan.”  They were created in 1963 to help mail carriers deliver mail more efficiently . . . to “zip” along their routes.

5.  Ellen DeGeneres was offered the role of Phoebe on “Friends” and turned it down . . . so Lisa Kudrow ended up getting it.

(The Guardian / Wikipedia / Today I Found Out / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)

Five Random Facts For Monday

1.  The 34 NFL players with the most points in their careers are all kickers.  The 35th highest scoring player is Jerry Rice, who was a wide receiver.

2.  “Lawrence of Arabia” is 220 minutes long, and doesn’t have a single line of dialogue spoken by a woman.

3.  The island of Puerto Rico was originally called San Juan Bautista, and the main city was called Puerto Rico.  But eventually, those switched . . . the island became Puerto Rico and the main city became San Juan.

4.  Sylvester Stallone originally wanted to use Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” for “Rocky 3”.  But when he couldn’t get the rights, he reached out to Survivor to write an original song.  They came up with “Eye of the Tiger”.

5.  Bananas contain about 450 milligrams of potassium . . . and about .01% of it is RADIOACTIVE.  So if you managed to eat 150 trillion bananas in one sitting, you’d die from radiation poisoning.

(Wikipedia / Indiewire / Wikipedia / Guitar World / Physics ISP)

Five Random Facts For Friday

  1. Tea bags were invented by accident in 1908.  A salesman in New York sent samples of tea to people in silk bags, they assumed they were supposed to put the entire bag into the pot, and the trend caught on.

2.  Darius Rucker wasn’t “Hootie” in Hootie and the Blowfish.  Those were the nicknames of two of his best friends in college . . . one of whom had big eyes and looked like an owl, and one who had big cheeks.

3.  Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital, in 1924.

4.  Originally, Steven Spielberg was developing “Cape Fear” and Martin Scorsese was developing “Schindler’s List”.  Neither of them were into their own project, so they decided to trade movies.

5.  Albert Einstein, Edgar Allan Poe, Jesse James, H.G. Wells, and Charles Darwin all married their first cousins.

(Tea.co.uk / South Florida Sun-Sentinel / History / Wikipedia / Listal)

Five Random Facts For Thursday

1.  The two most racially diverse counties in the United States are both in Alaska.  Both of them are no more than one-third of any race.

2.  Only two people have ever played in the World Series and a college basketball Final Four:  Tim Stoddard did it with North Carolina State and the Baltimore Orioles . . . and Kenny Lofton did it with the University of Arizona and Cleveland Indians.

And randomly, they both went to the same high school in Indiana.

3.  The Prime Minister of Sweden was assassinated in 1986 and the case is still unsolved.

4.  The YMCA initially threatened to SUE the Village People over the song “YMCA” . . . but dropped the suit when they found their membership had gone WAY up thanks to the song.

5.  Highlighters were originally yellow because they wouldn’t leave a shadow when a paper was Xeroxed.

 

(The Atlantic / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)

Five Random Facts For Wednesday

1.  The word “escalate” comes from the word “escalator” . . . not vice-versa.  Escalators debuted in the late 1800s, and “escalate” entered the dictionary in 1922.

2.  “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys is about a fictional place.  There’s no island “off the Florida Keys” or in the Caribbean with that name.

 

3.  The best-selling fiction book in history is “Don Quixote” with approximately 500 million copies sold.  Number two is “A Tale of Two Cities” with 200 million.

4.  The only place ever to turn down the Olympics was Colorado.  They were originally awarded the 1976 Winter Olympics, but in 1972, the people of Colorado overwhelmingly voted not to spend tax dollars to have the Games there.

The 1976 Winter Olympics ended up in Innsbruck, Austria instead.

5.  In 1965, before he went to Vietnam, John McCain was on “Jeopardy”.  He was a one-day champion.

(Grammar Phobia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)

Five Random Facts For Tuesday 1/17

1.  The intro music to “Seinfeld” was slightly different in every episode . . . it was composed to match the pace and cadence of Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up in the intro.

2.  Charles Dawes was the vice president under Calvin Coolidge, and he’s the only Vice President with a number one hit.

Before he got into politics, he composed a song called “Melody in A Major”.  A singer named Tommy Edwards recorded a pop version with lyrics in 1958, and it was number one hit on the Billboard chart for six weeks.

3.  In Pakistan’s version of “Sesame Street”, Oscar the Grouch is named Akhtar and he lives in a rusty oil barrel.

4.  Superman was originally supposed to be a BAD GUY.  Jerry Siegel created Superman in 1933 for a short story called “The Reign of the Superman”.  A year later, he decided it made more sense for him to be a hero.

5.  No matter HOW scrambled a Rubik’s Cube is, there’s a way to solve it within 20 moves.

(Twisted Sifter / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Cube20)

Five Random Facts For Monday 1/16

1.  The official name for people living in Indiana is now “Hoosiers,” not “Indianians,” according to the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s style guidelines.

2.  The land speed record for a tortoise is 0.63 miles per hour.  It happened at an amusement park in England in 2014.

3.  When Diet Coke debuted in 1982, it was the first time Coca-Cola used the word “Coke” on any of its products.

4.  Even if you don’t win a medal at the Olympics, there’s a consolation prize for the athletes who finish fourth through eighth.  They all get a certificate called an OLYMPIC DIPLOMA.

5.  Have you ever learned about something new, like a word or a name . . . then suddenly found it keeps coming up in your life?  That’s called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.

(Govinfo / Guinness World Records / New York Times / Wikipedia / Damn Interesting)