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:

  • For almost all of the 1800s, maps of Africa had a mountain range called the Mountains of Kong . . . which didn't actually exist. They still even show up once in a while on modern maps . . . an atlas from 1995 even had them. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Marilyn Monroe had an IQ of 163 . . . Albert Einstein's IQ was 160. According to fact-checking website SNOPES, Monroe’s IQ is rumored, and Einstein’s is speculated. (Source: Express)
  • Yoda was almost played by a monkey. According to the book The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler, George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by an adorable monkey wearing a mask and carrying a cane. (Source: Mashable)
  • The phrase "I have a bad feeling about this" became a running gag for the franchise. The phrase "I have a bad feeling about this" or "I have a very bad feeling about this" is said in every Star Wars movie. (Source: Mashable)
  • 'N Sync nearly had a cameo in Attack of the Clones. Boy band 'N Sync made a cameo in Attack of the Clones at the request of George Lucas' daughter. They were edited out of the final cut. (Source: Mashable)
  • Chewbacca's voice is an eclectic mix of other animals. Chewbacca's voice is a mix of bears, walruses, lions, badgers and other dying animals. (Source: Mashable)
  • The McDonald's character Grimace was originally evil . . . in 1971 he was called Evil Grimace and his goal was to steal milkshakes.  But by 1972 they turned him into a purple monster who's a good guy and not very bright. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Coca-Cola's Dr. Pepper clone has had four name changes since it was introduced:  It started as Peppo in 1972, became Dr. Pibb later that year, changed to Mr. Pibb in 1973 after Dr. Pepper sued, and then became Pibb Xtra in 2001. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Harry S. Truman, Michael J. Fox, and Ulysses S. Grant all have middle initials that don't stand for anything. In Michael J. Fox's case, his real middle name was Andrew.  He went with "J" to distinguish himself from a guy already in the Screen Actors Guild. (Source: Mental Floss)
  • Blink-182 was originally called Blink, but there was an Irish band named Blink that threatened to sue them.  And the Irish Blink wound up opening a show for Blink-182 about four years later. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Disney World is twice the size of Manhattan.  The Disney parks in Florida cover 43 square miles, and Manhattan is 22 square miles.  It also means Disney World is roughly the same size as San Francisco. (Source: Sherman's Travel)
  • The current water speed record is 318 miles-per-hour . . . an Australian guy set that record in his boat in 1978.  Since then, everyone who's tried to break it has DIED.  In fact, since 1940, people trying to set or break the record have an 85% fatality rate. (Source: Wikipedia)

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