Believe It or No: A Recap of This Week’s Fun Facts (June 19)
Every weekday about 3:20pm, Adam shares some facts and trivia in a fun little 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:
- 60% of the geysers in the world are in Yellowstone National Park. (Source: Yellowstone Park)
- Almost every cell phone in Japan is waterproof, and it's been that way for a decade. The reason: Women were so obsessed with their phones, they wouldn't stop taking them into the shower. (Source: Mashable)
- Two years after Rick Astley went number one with "Never Gonna Give You Up", he completely contradicted himself by releasing a song called "Giving Up on Love". It only got to 38th on the Billboard chart. (Source: Wikipedia)
- There’s a Finnish word "kalsarikannit" that means getting drunk at home, alone, in your underwear. (It's pronounced call-SAW-ree-KAHN-eet.) (Source: https://finland.fi/emoji/kalsarikannit/)
- E.T.'s actual name was Zrek. It was going to be revealed in the sequel, which never wound up being made. (Source: Genius.com)
- Samuel Morse, the guy who invented Morse code, really wanted to be an artist . . . and only got into electromagnetics in his 40s once he finally declared his art career a flop. (Source: Artsy.net)
- There was once a three-way pro baseball game. In 1944, the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants played to raise money for World War Two. Each team batted three times against both other teams' pitching and defense. The Dodgers won. (Source: MLB.com)
- Thomas Jefferson's wife died before he became president, so their daughter was the First Lady. (Source: Wikipedia)
- There are 4,700 species of frogs, and only one makes a "ribbit" sound. But we associate it with all frogs, because the frog that "ribbits" is native to California, so it's the one that sound engineers originally recorded for movies. (Source: blogs.oregonstate.edu/)
- The capital of the island Montserrat in the Caribbean is a ghost town. The city Plymouth was abandoned after a volcano destroyed most of it in 1995, but it's still officially the capital. (Source: Wikipedia)
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