Believe It or No: A Recap of This Week’s Fun Facts (4.9.21)
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:
- The first place in the U.S. to use 911 as its emergency number was Haleyville, Alabama in February of 1968. The second place was Nome, Alaska a few weeks later. (Source: Gizmodo)
- The first in-flight movie was called "Howdy Chicago!", and it was shown on a plane in 1921. It was technically not a feature length film but a commercial for Chicago. Keep in mind, this was also well before TV’s were common household appliances, so it was actually shown from an old-school projector onto a screen at the front of the plane. (Source: Paleo Future)
- The average cloud weighs 1.1 million pounds. But the weight is distributed across such a big space, it still floats. (Source: Mental Floss)
- A study of 20 million married couples found no astrological signs are more likely to wind up with any other astrological signs. (Source: University of Manchester)
- It takes 872 gallons of water to produce one gallon of wine. (Source: Huffington Post)
- The world's oldest beer recipe comes from approximately 1800 B.C. in ancient Mesopotamia. People today have brewed it . . . and found that it tasted dry like a hard apple cider (they didn’t have hops as an ingredient back then). In order to be considered beer, however, at least in the modern sense, four ingredients are required: water, yeast, grain and hops. (Source: Realm of History)
- Jackie Chan did the voice of the Beast in the Chinese version of "Beauty and the Beast" in 1991. He also sang his songs. (Source: Screencrush)
- Sour Patch Kids were originally called Mars Men, after the UFO craze at the time. After Cabbage Patch Kids came out, the brand changed the candy’s name to Sour Patch Kids, which translates to "Very Bad Kids" in France. (Source: Delish)
- The first thing anyone bought online in a secure retail transaction was Sting's CD "Ten Summoner's Tales" in 1994. A guy from Philadelphia bought it from a company called Net Market in New Hampshire. (Source: NY Times)
- The only member of ZZ Top without a beard is the drummer . . . whose name is Frank Beard. To be clear, he’s had facial hair, just never a full beard. (Source: Drummer World)
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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