Fun Facts and Strange News

I mean – still kinda seems like punishment…

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:

  • In Victorian times, treadmills were used as a prison punishment to prevent idleness.  Some British convicts in the 1800s were forced to trudge on treadmills for HOURS a day.

  • There are two countries in the world that are “double landlocked” . . . meaning they’re landlocked, and all the countries AROUND them are too:  Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan. (It’s pronounced ‘Lick-tun-stein.’)

  • Snickers candy bars are named after a dead horse. Franklin Mars’ horse named Snickers died in 1930, just before he released the candy bar.

  • World War Two had more deaths than any other war in world history.  Somewhere between 65 million and 85 million people were killed, which was about 3% of the world’s population in 1940.

  • The original plan for the movie“The Crow” was a musical starring Michael Jackson.

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Strange and trending news:

  • American cars are getting TOO BIG for parking spaces . . . and it’s especially a problem in parking garages and paid parking lots where they keep the spaces as small as the basic standards allow.  (Full Story)

  • The best Valentine’s Day candy according to experts is:  Brach’s Valentine’s Day Tiny Conversation Hearts, followed by Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts and Cupid’s Mix M&M’s.  (Full Story)

  • In a new survey of dog owners, 49% of Baby Boomers view their pets as their children, while 34% of Gen Z’ers think of them more as a best friend.  (Full Story)

  • A ranking of “fast food rivalries” is topped by McDonald’s vs. Burger King . . . Pizza Hut vs. Domino’s . . . and Dunkin’ vs. Krispy Kreme.  (Full Story)

  • Burger King will be testing Mozzarella Fries and Churro Fries in Columbus, Ohio.  If they’re a success, it’s possible they could go nationwide.  (Full Story)

  • There are people with a fetish for being INSIDE INFLATABLE POOL TOYS.  Naturally, there are some safety concerns.  (Full Story)

  • Walmart has won a proposed class action lawsuit, which accused them of “deceiving shoppers” by selling Fudge Mint cookies that didn’t actually have fudge and mint.  (Full Story)

  • An interim police chief in Florida is warning citizens about a fake interim police chief POSING as him . . . and asking for money.  (Full Story)