Fun Facts and Strange News

I feel like I will exceed 35,000 cookies in my lifetime…  

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:   

 

  • The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in their lifetime.

 

  • “Lb” is the abbreviation for pound because it comes from “Libra” . . . the zodiac sign that’s symbolized by scales.

 

  • The top causes of death in the U.S. in 1900 were the flu and tuberculosis.  In 2020, the top two were heart disease and cancer.  COVID-19 was #3.

 

  • Horses can’t throw up.  Their bodies aren’t built to do it.

 

  • Minnesota has a law banning contests where people try to catch greased pigs or turkeys.

 

(Yankee Magazine / HuffPost / NEJM – JAMA / Equus / State of Minnesota)

 

Strange and trending news:

 

 

  • In a new survey, 61% of people say they’d do almost anything for more “me-time.”  That’s personal time to decompress . . . not something naughty.  (Full Story)

 

  • A man flipped out on a United Airlines flight last week because the flight attendant repeatedly asked him to get off his phone and to keep his mask on.  At one point, he even threatened to break a man’s neck.  (Full Story)

 

  • An anti-vaxxer changed his mind on the COVID-19 vaccine, after a spontaneous three-hour discussion with a neurosurgeon at a bar.  The anti-vaxxer says he’d already done hours of his own “research” online, but the doctor was able to help him sort out what was fact and what was fiction.  (Full Story)

 

  • A British man went to 51 pubs in 24 hours.  He wasn’t talking to people about vaccines . . . he was establishing a new Guinness World Record.  (Full Story)

 

  • Earlier this month, a robbery suspect in India was on the run from the cops when he fell into a 25-foot well.  The police rescued him . . . and he’s okay.  (Full Story)

 

  • A suspicious box was left outside a library in Oregon.  The bomb squad showed up, X-rayed it, and found that it was filled with . . . books.  (Full Story)

 

  • A record 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August.  That’s about 2.9% of the workforce . . . and it marks the highest quit rate since the report began in late 2000.  (Full Story)