Be the smartest one at the office today with these fun facts

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Here’s some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.

– Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote one of his most famous books, “The Gambler”, because he needed quick cash to pay off gambling debts.

–  There’s an Aboriginal language in Australia called Mbabaram where the word for dog is “dog.”  It’s a pure coincidence . . . they didn’t know it was called a “dog” in English, that’s just the word they randomly chose themselves.

–  China SHOULD be split into five time zones . . . but since 1949, the entire country has been on the same time zone for, quote, “national unity.” And that creates some crazy time changes at its borders . . . the largest is at its border with Afghanistan.

When you cross over, there’s immediately a three-and-a-half-hour time difference.

–  People have only been using the word “wasted” to describe someone who’s drunk since the late 1960s.  Meanwhile, “high” has been used since 1627.

–  It’s possible that Beethoven had an irregular heartbeat . . . which influenced the innovative and unique rhythms in his compositions.

(Wikipedia / Wikipedia / About Afghanistan / The Atlantic / University of Michigan)

Strange and trending news:

– According to a new survey, the average worker spends 26% of their day “disengaged” . . . a.k.a., slacking off.  And 1 in 5 blame their BOSS for it.  19% say they’d be more engaged at work if they had a better boss.  (Full Story)

–  Today is National Paranormal Day.  And according to a new survey, four out of five Americans believe in ghosts, including 35% of people who’ve seen one . . . and 4% of people say their house is haunted.  (Full Story)

–  A new study of data trends from Urban Dictionary found there are two slang terms that seem to be on the way out:  “On fleek” . . . and “selfie.”  (Full Story)

–  There’s a photo going viral right now of a park bench in L.A. with a poorly-phrased dedication . . . quote, “In loving memory of Nicole Campbell, who never saw a dog and didn’t smile.”  (Full Story)

–  Kraft is launching new Oreo flavors in China that they think will do well over there . . . including things like CHILI and CHEESE.  Yes, cheese flavored cream with chocolate cookies.  There’s no word on whether they’re going to bring these flavors to America, but, you know, no rush guys.  (Full Story)

–  P.F. Chang’s just opened its first location in CHINA.  And they say the people there like it . . . because they look at it as AMERICAN food.  (Full Story)

–  Ketel One just created a “diet vodka.”  It’s got 23 fewer calories than a regular shot of vodka . . . but it’s also only 60 proof, while regular vodka is 80 proof.  (Full Story)

–  A couple in Florida got married on Sunday . . . but then, a few hours later, they got into a drunken BRAWL.  Now they’re both facing battery charges.  (Full Story)

–  A guy in Ohio got out of prison last month for robbing a bank . . . and the next day, he robbed that SAME BANK.  He got caught, so now he’s facing robbery charges . . . again.  (Full Story)

–  A 68-year-old guy in Vermont was arrested on Monday after his smoke detector went off . . . and he silenced it by blasting it twice with a SHOTGUN.  (Full Story)

–  The two black guys who got kicked out of a Starbucks by the cops last month just settled with the city of Philadelphia.  And instead of getting money, they got the city to start a new $200,000 initiative to help high school students who want to be entrepreneurs.  (Full Story)

– A web developer just did a study to figure out the temperatures that make people tweet things like it’s “hot as balls” or “cold as hell.” He found that “hot as balls” is 84 degrees . . . “cold as hell” is 48 degrees . . . and “colder than a witch’s [teat]” is 25 degrees.

– Budweiser has a new beer called Freedom Reserve Red Lager, and it’s based on a recipe written by George Washington in 1757. It uses real molasses, which isn’t very common in beer today, and it’s on sale from now through the end of September.

– According to a new study, the ten states where it’s easiest to have “fun” are California, New York, Nevada, Florida, Illinois, Washington, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.

– The cops in Pennsylvania got a call a few weeks ago about a woman running through traffic. It turns out she has something called mechanophilia, which is a sexual attraction to VEHICLES . . . and she was chasing the cars because she was into them. She’s not facing any charges.

– A drunk guy in California wanted Doritos on Saturday . . . so he broke into a Taco Bell and ate a bunch of the shells. He’s facing a burglary charge.

– A 26-year-old guy in Massachusetts recently joined a Facebook group about the island of “Jersey” in the English Channel, thinking it was about “NEW Jersey.” Then someone over there thought it was funny . . . raised over $1,600 online to FLY him and his girlfriend over . . . and they basically got a $15,000 vacation for free.