Here’s a list of interesting facts that will probably make you stop and wonder who in the world would even ask some of these questions.
For example, how in the world Netflix came to be one of the best and most addicting video streaming subscription channels of all time is quite interesting.
Give yourself a decent amount of time to get through all of these interesting facts, there’s 63.
1. 12+1 = 11+2, and “twelve plus one” is an anagram of “eleven plus two.”
2. The 50-star American flag was designed by an Ohio high school student for a class project. His teacher originally gave him a B–.
3. If you start counting at one and spell out the numbers as you go, you won’t use the letter “A” until you reach 1,000.
4. According to Amazon, the most highlighted Kindle books are the Bible, the Steve Jobs biography, and The Hunger Games.
5. Barry Manilow did not write his hit “I Write the Songs.”
6. He did, however, write State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor” jingle.
7. And “I am stuck on Band-Aids, ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me.
8. Chock Full o’ Nuts coffee does not contain nuts. It’s named for a chain of nut stores that the founder converted into coffee shops.
9. In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.
10. Sean Connery turned down the Gandalf role in Lord of the Rings. “I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it.”
11. A California woman once tried to sue the makers of Cap’n Crunch because Crunch Berries contained “no berries of any kind.”
12. Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive. Researchers hoping to view them must sign a disclaimer.
13. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas dropped out of high school but picked up his GED in 1993. His GED class voted him Most Likely to Succeed.
14. In Spain, Mr. Clean is known as Don Limpio.
15. E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web fame is the “White” of Strunk and White, who wrote The Elements of Style.
16. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima for work when the first A-bomb hit, made it home to Nagasaki for the second, and lived to be 93.
17. In the mid-1980s, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas was the voice of Charlie Brown’s sister Sally.
18. Crabs have their own version of the fist pump. Male crabs wave their claws in the air to attract females.
19. If your dog’s feet smell like corn chips, you’re not alone. The term “Frito Feet” was coined to describe the scent.
20. Just before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles. They were carrying the manuscript for Curious George.
21. Redondo Beach, CA adopted the Goodyear Blimp as the city’s official bird in 1983.
22. Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.
23. The famous Aaron Burr “Got Milk?” ad from 1993 was directed by Michael Bay.
24. In the mid-1960s, Slumber Party Barbie came with a book called “How to Lose Weight.” One of the tips was “Don’t eat.”
25. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh played Screech’s cousin on a 1996 episode ofSaved by the Bell: The New Class.
26. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most commonly stolen vehicle in 2012 was the 1994 Honda Accord.
27. The medical term for ice cream headaches is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.
28. Wilford Brimley was Howard Hughes’s bodyguard.
29. Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to “have a ball after I’m gone.”
30. Jonas Salk declined to patent his polio vaccine. “There is no patent,” he said. “Could you patent the sun?”
31. J.P. Morgan once offered $100,000 to anyone who could figure out why his face was so red. No one solved the mystery.
32. Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Brooklyn.
33. When three-letter airport codes became standard, airports that had been using two letters simply added an X.
34. After leaving office, Lyndon Johnson let his hair grow out.
35. The Arkansas School for the Deaf’s nickname is the Leopards. The Deaf Leopards.
36. A 2009 search for the Loch Ness Monster came up empty. Scientists did find over 100,000 golf balls.
37. Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Sedona, AZ thought yellow clashed with the natural red rock.
38. After Leonardo da Vinci’s death, King Francis I of France hung the Mona Lisa in his bathroom
39. In Qaddafi’s compound, Libyan rebels found a photo album filled with pictures of Condoleezza Rice.
40. New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.
41. Officials in Portland, Ore., drained 8 million gallons of water from a reservoir in 2011 because a buzzed 21-year-old peed in it.
42. Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.
43. During WWI, German measles were called “liberty measles” and dachshunds became “liberty hounds.”
44. Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is used by researchers to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness.
45. Peeps Lip Balm is something that exists.
46. On a 1999 episode of The West Wing, Nick Offerman (“Ron Swanson”) played a man lobbying the White House to build a $900 million wolves-only roadway.
47. After OutKast sang “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” Polaroid released a statement that said, “Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.”
48. Toy companies failed to duplicate the success of Theodore Roosevelt’s teddy bear with William Taft’s “Billy Possum.”
49. Prairie dogs say hello with kisses
50. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
51. Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
52. At the height of Rin Tin Tin’s fame, a chef prepared him a daily steak lunch. Classical musicians played to aid his digestion.
53. There was a third Apple founder. Ronald Wayne (pictured at home in 2010) sold his 10% stake for $800 in 1976.
54. Sleeping through winter is hibernation, while sleeping through summer is estivation.
55. There’s a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It’s known as the Highest Court in the Land
56. Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins also wrote for Clarissa Explains It All.
57. Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator on The Golden Girls.
58. A British man changed his name to Tim Pppppppppprice to make it harder for telemarketers to pronounce.
59. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know. But on average, a Licking Machine made at Purdue needed 364.
60. In response to The Lorax, the forest products industry published Truax to teach kids the importance of logging.
61. At one point in the 1990s, 50% of all CDs produced worldwide were for AOL.
62. In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family $16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination.
63. In 2001, Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia in part because anti-porm filters blocked access to the school’s website.
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