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:

  • The estimated real estate value of the land in Central Park in New York is over $500 billion. (Source: NY Mag)
  • If all seven billion people on the planet played in a single-elimination rock-paper-scissors tournament, you'd only need to win 33 games to become the champion. (Source: Reddit)
  • If you took all the cardboard that Amazon uses for shipping boxes in a year, it could cover the entire U.S. around two-and-a-half times. (Source: Business Insider)
  • There's a town called Zilwaukee in Michigan.  The founders chose the name in 1848 to try to confuse people who were planning to move to Milwaukee so they'd accidentally move there instead. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Can openers were invented in 1858 . . . which is 48 years after cans.  During those years in between, the most popular way to open cans was smashing them with a hammer and chisel. (Source: Today I Found Out)
  • The world record for bench press was 364 pounds in 1916.  It's now more than TRIPLE that . . . a guy named Will Barotti bench pressed 1,105 pounds in last year. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • There were more than 61 million people using pagers in 1994.  That number is down to about two million today, mostly in hospitals. (Source: Pagers Direct)
  • Movies and TV shows that feature time travel are banned in China.  In 2011 it was decided that such shows “casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.” (Source: Time)
  • Instead of "once upon a time," Korean fairytales usually start with "In the old days, when tigers used to smoke." (Source: Way Word Radio)
  • The expression "My bad" became popular because of the former NBA star Manute Bol.  Originally from the African country of Sudan, he didn't quite have a full grasp of English, so instead of saying "My fault" when something went wrong, he'd say "My bad."  And that spread. (Source: Visual Thesaurus)

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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