Fun Facts and Strange News

The real reason the Pledge of Allegiance was originally created…

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 Pledge of Allegiance was originally created as a marketing scheme to help sell more flags to public schools.

 

The employees at Disney parks aren’t allowed to point with one finger, because it could be seen as a negative gesture by people from other countries.  So they’ll always point with two fingers.

 

Elephants only need two hours of sleep a day, which is the least of any mammal.

 

A kicker won the NFL MVP award in 1982.  Mark Moseley won it as a member of the Washington Redskins.  He made 20 out of 21 field goals that year, which is . . . good.  It must’ve been a REALLY mediocre season though.

 

Pinball machines were illegal in Oakland, California from the 1930s through 2014.

 

(Pricenomics / Metro / NewScientist / Wiki / SF Gate)

 

Strange and trending news:

Today is National Iced Tea Day, and no . . . it’s not a Federal holiday.  (???)  (Full Story)

 

19% of people have made a “sex playlist.”  (Full Story)

 

There are now Swedish Fish MARSHMALLOWS.  It looks like they’re regular marshmallows that are covered in a Swedish Fish-flavored coating.  (Full Story)

 

A 79-year-old retired nun stole more than $835,000 from a Catholic school in L.A. County.  She did it to fund her gambling addiction.  (Full Story)

 

Several people in Winnipeg, Canada are dealing with wet concrete that got backed up into their houses through the sewer.  (Full Story)

 

A carpet store in the U.K. didn’t have a Pride Flag . . . so they put up a Twister mat?  (Photo)

 

A mysterious black substance has been staining the feet of visitors at Maine beaches.  And experts now say it’s the crushed remains of tiny insects.  (Full Story)

 

A strip club in New Orleans is offering $1,000 signing bonuses because there’s a “national exotic dancer shortage.”  (Full Story)

 

France is sending ANOTHER Statue of Liberty to the U.S.  This one is called the “little sister,” and it’s just 10 feet tall . . . 1/16th the size of the original.  It’ll be erected on Ellis Island next month.  (Full Story)