Fun Facts and Strange News

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.


– Clocks run clockwise because that’s the direction shadows would move around a sundial.  At least in the Northern Hemisphere, where clocks were developed.


–  Samoa and American Samoa are less than 80 miles apart . . . but since they’re on opposite sides of the International Date Line, their time zones are 24 hours apart.


–  Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr worked together as defense attorneys in America’s first murder trial in 1800.  Four years later, Burr killed Hamilton in a duel.


–  Aerosmith has 21 singles that made the top 40, but only one number one:  “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from the “Armageddon” soundtrack in 1998.


–  Stephen Hawking is the only person who’s ever played themselves on an episode of “Star Trek”.  He was on an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” playing poker against holograms of other great scientists.


(Mental Floss / Time and Date / Wikipedia / Wikipedia / Fandom)


Strange and trending news:

– People were asked who the #1 role model in their life has been.  The top answers were Dad, Mom, a teacher, a celebrity, and a coach or instructor.  (Full Story)


–  The new Starbucks holiday cups are here . . . so will anyone get offended that they’re not “Christmas-y” enough?  The four designs SEEM pretty Christmas-y . . . and they all feature red, green, and white patterns.  (Full Story)


–  Starbucks is giving out free reusable red cups today to people who order their new holiday drinks.  And the cups get you a 50-cent discount on those drinks through the first week of January.  But if you want one, you’d better hustle . . . because when they did this same promotion last year, the free cups ran out FAST.  (Full Story)


–  Jimmy Dean is running a holiday promotion again where if you submit a photo of a sausage recipe you cooked, you can get a prize like SAUSAGE-SCENTED wrapping paper . . . or sausage-flavored candy canes.  If you’re interested, check it out at  (Full Story)


–  A new study ranked St. Paul, Minnesota as the best city for Thanksgiving, based on things like food prices and Google searches.  The rest of the top five are Scottsdale, Arizona . . . Virginia Beach . . . Orlando . . . and Denver.  (Full Story)


–  According to a new study, Daylight Saving Time really messes up our biological clocks.  And that can have a long-term negative effect on our brains . . . and even lead to serious health issues like heart attacks and strokes.  (Full Story)


–  A guy sent a message to a stranger on Facebook a few days ago telling her that his grandfather died.  And then he claimed he meant to send it to someone else . . . but then started hitting on her and asking if she was single.  She posted a screenshot of his pickup technique on Twitter, and now it’s going viral.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in England was busted earlier this year for hiring an impersonator to take his driving test for him . . . after he failed 27 times.  He was just given a 14-month suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service.  (Full Story)



–  A registered sex offender was at Disney World in Orlando over the weekend . . . and groped the Disney worker who was playing Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”.  He was arrested for battery.  (Full Story)


–  A 69-year-old Vietnam vet in Texas has been trying to retire from his job at an auto body shop.  But he was waiting to pay off the last $5,000 on his mortgage.  Then last month, his boss paid it off FOR HIM, just so he could retire early.  (Full Story)