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.

–  Lobsters have to be cooked alive because they’re filled with toxic bacteria that multiply quickly after they die.


–  In polo, it’s been illegal to hold your mallet in your left hand since 1974, because if two right handed people are charging at a ball from opposite directions, the horses won’t collide.  But if a righty and lefty are, the horses will hit each other.


–  Ebola is capitalized because it’s named after the Ebola River in Africa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


–  The first basketball was a soccer ball.  When the game was first being played in the 1890s, that was the best option available.


–  “Jerry Maguire” made $5.5 million during its fourth week in theaters in January of 1997 . . . and it was still the number one movie.  No other movie has been number one with a box office total that low.


(Science Focus / Yarra Valley Polo Club / Washington Post / Hooptactics / Best Life)


Strange and trending news:

– A new survey found the “perfect” road trip is three days long and takes place in a convertible.  And the places people want to road trip to the most are the Grand Canyon . . . Yosemite . . . and Yellowstone.  (Full Story)


–  Four of the five most stressful things about the holidays involve our loved ones, according to a new poll.  The top five are hosting a party . . . having people stay with you . . . traveling to see people . . . going out for group dinners . . . and trying to take a vacation.  (Full Story)


–  A family in Texas put up their Christmas decorations on November 1st . . . and got a message from their HOA telling them to take them down until, quote, “closer to the holiday season.”  The family says they’re not going to do it.  (Full Story)


–  The city with the biggest average holiday budget is Palo Alto, California at $3,160.  Providence, Rhode Island has the lowest average budget at $111.  (Full Story)


–  Hidden Valley Ranch is selling a plastic Christmas stocking filled with ranch dressing this year.  You can preorder it for $35 plus tax, and it’ll be delivered early next month.  (Full Story)

–  Miller High Life is selling champagne bottles full of their beer . . . the “champagne of beers” . . . for Christmas.  They’ll hit stores around the country this week.  (Full Story)



–  Pringles is now selling cans of Roasted Turkey-flavored chips nationwide.  And apparently, they taste just like a turkey that’s fresh out of the oven.  (Full Story)


–  Post cereal and Hostess have teamed up to make a TWINKIES CEREAL . . . and it hits stores next month.  (Full Story)

– BarkBox recently sent out a dog toy that’s supposed to look like pigs in a blanket . . . but it looks JUST like a Fleshlight sex toy.  And after people pointed it out, they admitted, quote, “We had no idea.”  (Full Story)


–  A gynecologist in England is warning women NOT to follow what’s apparently a new trend:  Using your electric toothbrush as a vibrating love toy.  She says you risk damaging the sensitive skin down there.  (Full Story)


–  The baby name website Nameberry just put out a list of its predictions for the trendiest baby names in 2020.  Some of the girl names are:  Adah . . . Reese . . . Mika . . . Paisley . . . and Pearl.  And some of the boy names are:  Austin . . . Alva . . . Acacius . . . Tate . . . and Cash.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in Indiana got kicked out of a strip club last week . . . so he tried to blow it up by lighting a gas can on fire.  Fortunately, it didn’t work, and he was arrested for attempted arson and criminal recklessness.  (Full Story)


–  A dog started running around in traffic on the beltway in Houston on Sunday after its owner got in a minor wreck.  So around 20 people stopped their cars . . . blocked traffic . . . and helped catch it.  (Full Story)