Fun Facts and Strange News

Strippers at funerals are good luck? Rich people in Taiwan think so…

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

Fun (and not-so-fun) facts:    

  • Ben & Jerry’s has an online flavor graveyard for their discontinued ice cream flavors.  Each one has a photo, life span, and epitaph.

 

  • Strippers perform at rich people’s funerals in Taiwan because they believe it pleases the dead.

 

  • The tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere is a TV transmission tower in Blanchard, North Dakota.  It’s 1,987 feet tall.  (The tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere is the CN Tower in Toronto at 1,815 feet.)

 

  • Tony Montana from “Scarface” was named after the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

 

  • The only three U.S. presidents to NOT have a pet were:  President Trump, James Polk, and Andrew Johnson . . . although Johnson DID feed some white mice he found in the bedroom, so maybe that counts?

 

(Ben & Jerry’s / Gizmodo / Wikipedia & Wikipedia / Mental Floss / Wikipedia)

Top and trending news:

  • I know you have a big weekend planned for Memorial Day, but don’t forget to celebrate SUNDAY, which is National Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day.  The Internet says, “The exact origins aren’t known, but it’s probably a modernized version of the old tradition of putting linens in the pantry to bring good luck.” (???)

 

 

  • A creeper in the U.K. is harassing a woman . . . by threatening to burn her house down if she doesn’t email him “two nude photos.”  (Full Story)

 

  • Pepper Dark Berry soda is back for a limited time this summer.  (Full Story)

 

  • Nearly 70% of recent college graduates do GIG WORK.  (Full Story)

 

  • A small business in Thailand is going viral for selling a drink in custom bags that have an “appendage” that looks like a MALE BODY PART.  (Full Story)

 

  • Maybe arming everyone is not the solution.  A 55-year-old father walked into an elementary school in Texas yesterday with a loaded gun in his waistband.  He adjusted his pants . . . hit the trigger . . . and shot himself.  He’ll survive, but he was charged with unlawful carry of a weapon.  (Full Story)

 

  • More sad news:  The husband of one of the teachers who died in Tuesday’s massacre in Uvalde died of a heart attack yesterday.  He was 50.  (Full Story)