Believe It Or No: A Recap of This Week’s Fun Facts (3.19.21)
Every weekday during Middays with Adam (10am-3pm), Adam shares some facts and trivia in a fun 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:
- A can of Coke is 90% water . . . a can of Diet Coke is 99% water. (Source: NPR)
- France didn't stop executing people with the guillotine until September of 1977. To put that another way . . . they were still executing people by guillotine when the original "Star Wars" came out. (Source: History.com)
- The word for a group of pugs is a grumble. (Source: Buzzfeed)
- Basketball in North Korea has different rules. Dunks are worth three points, shots in the final three minutes are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four points if the ball doesn't touch the rim, and you lose a point for missing a free throw. (Source: Slate)
- St. Patrick was born in Wales, not in Ireland. When he was 16, he was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave where he took care of animals. He lived there for 6 years before returning to Wales. He eventually returned to Ireland as a missionary. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Ten million pints of Guinness are produced in Dublin every day, but more Guinness is sold in Nigeria than it is in Ireland. (Source: Ireland Before You Die)
- Ireland has won the Eurovision song contest seven times, more times than any other country (in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1996). (Source: Ireland Before You Die)
- The U.S. Forest Service created Smokey the Bear in 1944 after their deal ran out with Disney to use Bambi on their forest fire prevention posters. (Source: History of Smokey Bear)
- Iceland has an official list of legal baby names . . . 1,853 female names and 1,712 male names . . . and you need government permission to give a kid a name that's not on the list. The point of the list is to "preserve the Icelandic language." (Source: The Week)
- Domino's and Pizza Hut are luxury items in Japan . . . a large pizza costs around $35. (Source: Quora)
- The "Transformers" cartoon from the '80s once had a fictional Middle East city named "Carbombya." And Casey Kasem quit as one of their voiceover actors because of it. (Source: Transformers Wiki)
For more fun facts to get you through your workday, tune in to Middays with Adam weekdays from 10am-3pm on Mix 94.9!
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