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:

  • Princess Diana and Prince Charles had only been together in person 13 times before their wedding day in 1981. (Source: Senior Advisor)
  • President Grover Cleveland was 27 years older than his wife, which isn't necessarily creepy on the surface.  But he was good friends with her father . . . he met her shortly after she was born . . . and he even babysat for her when she was a child. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • The opening scene in "Saving Private Ryan" where American troops storm the beach at Normandy cost $12 million . . . almost one-fifth of the movie's entire budget. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Nike's "Just Do It" slogan is based on a murderer's last words.  Gary Gilmore killed two people in Utah and got the death penalty in 1976 . . . for his last words, he said, "Let's do it."  And Nike admits their slogan was inspired by the quote. (Source: Daily Mail)
  • The opposite of paranoia is called pronoia . . . the belief that everyone's involved in a secret conspiracy to HELP you. (Source: Wikipedia)
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  • The bird in Twitter's logo has a name . . . it's Larry.  As in Larry Bird.  That's because the co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, grew up in Massachusetts and was a huge Boston Celtics fan. (Source: Mashable)
  • When the Beatles were making "Abbey Road", they originally planned on calling it "Everest".  But they didn't want to fly over Mt. Everest to take a cover photo . . . it was easier to just walk outside and take a photo on Abbey Road. (Source: Whizzpast
  • Elton John's song "Philadelphia Freedom" was written as a favor to his friend, Billie Jean King . . . because she was on a professional tennis team called the Philadelphia Freedoms.  The team lasted for one season. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Ireland won its first Olympic medals in 1924 . . . a silver in the PAINTING competition and a bronze in LITERATURE.  Art competitions were held between 1912-1948. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • The world record for the most people on a commercial flight is 1,088.  That number also includes two BABIES that were born on the flight. El Al Airlines helped evacuate Ethiopian Jews in 1991 and flew them to Israel . . . and they fit that many people by removing all of the seats. (Source: Guinness World Records)

Cool Guinness World Records set in Minnesota or by Minnesotans

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