Fun Facts and Strange News

Chuck E. Cheese was almost called Rick Rat’s Pizza…

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

 Fun (or not-so-fun) Facts:

  • The NBA’s halftime entertainers . . . you know, the contortionists, acrobats, and Frisbee-catching dogs . . . typically make $1,500 to $5,000 a show.
  • Yosemite Sam almost had a different name.  The other options were Texas Tiny, Wyoming Willie, and Denver Dan.
  • Chuck E. Cheese was almost called Rick Rat’s Pizza.  But their PR agency said the name would turn people off because people don’t want to think of rats when they’re eating.
  • The pie that Jason Biggs has sex with in “American Pie” came from Costco.
  • Barack Obama wasn’t the first president accused of being born in another country.  Chester A. Arthur was always accused of being born in Canada, but it was never proven.

(NY Times / Google Books / Showbiz Pizza / Shortlist / CBS News)

Strange and trending news:

  • A survey found that the most stressful time of the day is 7:23 A.M.  (Full Story)
  • A poll revealed that pet owners spend more than $1,100 during the first six months of pet parenthood . . . more than they’d spend on a vacation.  (Full Story)
  • A new study has found that ALL relationships are good for your blood sugar . . . maybe even unhappy ones.  (Full Story)
  • 59% of Gen Z’ers prefer snacks that leave flavor dust on their fingers.  (Full Story)
  • Creeping is . . . okay?  Over one-third of Gen Z (34%) and Millennials (35%) say they don’t care if they’re being stalked online by a current or former partner . . . as long as they are not being stalked IN-PERSON.  (Full Story)
  • WalletHub has a list of the “best places for Valentine’s Day” . . . and San Francisco is #1.  Even if you leave your heart there, I guess.  (Full Story)
  • Here’s a list of “18 Annoying Things People Hate Reading in a Recipe.”