Fun Facts and Strange News

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


– There was an organization called BADD in the ’80s . . . it stood for Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons and was for parents who believed Dungeons and Dragons was evil, satanic, and corrupting their children.


–  If you yelled at a cup of coffee for eight years straight, you’d produce enough energy to heat it.


– Before J.D. Salinger became a famous author and then a recluse, he worked as a cruise director.


–  Only two countries use purple on their flag . . . Nicaragua, and the island of Dominica.  Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic nearby.


–  Johnny Depp got divorced from his first wife, Lori Anne Allison, in 1985 . . . which is one year before his second wife, Amber Heard, was born.


(BBC / Science Blogs / Cruise Line History / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)


Strange and trending news:

– The average American spends $2,429 a year on impulse purchases.  And the top things we regret spending money on include clothes and shoes, food and drinks, and expensive gadgets.  (Full Story)


–  A new study found out how much money it would take for us to give up different websites.  We’d need $17,530 per year to give up search engines . . . $8,414 to give up email . . . $1,173 to give up video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix . . . and $576 to give up Facebook.  (Full Story)


–  33% of people say their mom has a favorite child, according to a new survey, and 22% say their dad has a favorite child.  And it ain’t them:  More than two-thirds say the favorite is one of their siblings.  (Full Story)


–  A poll on airplane etiquette found 62% of us think it’s not okay to take your shoes off.  40% say reclining your seat is unacceptable.  And if the person next to you fell asleep on your shoulder, 15% of us WOULDN’T wake them up.  (Full Story)


–  There’s a new Starbucks secret menu item floating around called the Joker Frappuccino.  It’s a Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino . . . and you need to ask the barista to draw a smile inside the cup using strawberry syrup.  (Full Story)


–  Lay’s just rolled out a new limited-edition potato chip flavor:  Grilled cheese and tomato soup.  They’ll hit stores next Monday.  (Full Story)

–  A pineapple-flavored version of Mountain Dew is out now . . . and apparently, people LOVE it.  It’s called Mountain Dew Maui Burst and it’s available at Dollar General.  (Full Story)


–  A guy in Florida called 911 repeatedly on Saturday night to report that his roommate had stolen something from him . . . $20 worth of his weed.  Somehow the cops didn’t arrest him.  (Full Story)


–  Two locksmiths in Scotland are going viral after they somehow locked THEMSELVES out of their shop.  Someone took a picture of them struggling to get back in . . . and shared it online.  (Full Story)


–  A 26-year-old woman from Taiwan was visiting the Philippines last week and was arrested for wearing a TINY bikini to the beach.  She got a fine of around $48 for lewdness.  (Full Story)


–  A woman in Wales was drunk a few months ago and leaned over her fence, topless, to yell at her neighbor.  A dog showed up and was, quote, “licking at her breasts” . . . and now she’s been fined for harassment.  (Full Story)


–  79 cross country runners from New Jersey spent two years raising money for a trip to Orlando to compete in an event this month.  Then their Frontier flight got cancelled last-minute.  But someone at Delta saw their social media posts . . . sent a private plane to pick them up . . . and got them there just in time.  (Full Story)