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.
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)
— FoodSided (@FoodSided) November 13, 2019
– 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)
Twinkies Cereal Will Soon Be in Grocery Stores Nationwide https://t.co/opzglSDXRx
— People (@people) November 13, 2019
– 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)