Every weekday about 3:25pm, Adam shares some facts and trivia in a fun little segment called Believe it or No (the Minnesotan version, you could say, of Ripley's Believe it or Not!).

Here are this past week's fun facts and trivia from Believe it or No:

  • Rhode Island is 93 times smaller than Wyoming but has nearly twice the population. (Source: Index Mundi)
  • The country of Papua New Guinea has more than 820 languages . . . which represents about 12% of all languages spoken in the world.  Most of their languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • The first song ever played on the radio was "O Holy Night" on Christmas Eve in 1906. (Source: Pulpit and Pen)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber -- the composer who has written songs for musicals like Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -- created a dance song in 1992 called "Tetris" using the pseudonym Doctor Spin. It's a remix of the "Tetris" music . . . and it became a big hit in England. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • White elephant gifts got their name from an old practice by kings in Asia, where if they were upset with a subject, they'd give them a rare albino elephant . . . which was expensive and difficult to maintain. (Source: PR Newswire)
  • The first candy produced by a machine was Necco Wafers.  A guy named Oliver Chase made them with a lozenge cutting machine in 1847. (Source: Smithsonian Mag)
  • The average $1 bill has 3,000 different types of bacteria on it. (Source: ABC News)
  • More nickels were made in 1964 than any other year.  People were hoarding them because they mistakenly thought they were made with silver, so the U.S. Mint increased production.  About three billion nickels wound up being made. (Source: Coinsite)
  • The "DC" in DC Comics originally stood for Detective Comics.  So the full name of their company is technically Detective Comics Comics. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • By age 70, your body has shed 105 pounds of skin. (Source: How Stuff Works)
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