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:

  • There's only one real person mentioned in the "Harry Potter" books . . . a nine-year-old girl in Toronto named Natalie McDonald who was dying of leukemia. She was a huge fan, so a family friend emailed J.K. Rowling, who included her as a student at Hogwarts in the fourth book. (Source: Buzzfeed)
  • The baby Pebbles in "The Flintstones" was originally going to be a boy . . . until a toy company told the creators of the show that baby girl dolls sold a lot better. (Source: Me TV)
  • Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence over Benjamin Franklin . . . because the other members of the committee were afraid Franklin would sneak in a joke. (Source: History.Army.Mil)
  • Elephants grow six different sets of teeth in their lives.  Once the sixth ones fall out, they die of starvation. (Source: Ele Aid)
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese was actually created in Chester, New York. (Source: BillyPenn)
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  • Maine made it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder in 1939. (Source: Movoto)
  • Remember the "Harlem Shake" craze in 2013?  That was the first instrumental song to hit number one on the Billboard chart since the "Miami Vice Theme" in 1985.  (Even though there are a few words, it's classified as an instrumental.) (Source: Wikipedia)
  •   Chuck Lorre . . . the creator of "Two-and-a-Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" . . . wrote and performed the theme song for the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon.  And he says he never received any royalties. (Source: Yahoo)
  • There are 1.5 million more people in California than in the entire country of Canada . . . California's population is 39.5 million, and Canada has 38 million people. (Source: City News)
  • The word "apron" was originally "napron."  But when people would say, "a napron," most people would hear, "an apron" . . . so eventually it just became "apron." (Source: Quick and Dirty Tips)

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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