Believe It or No: A Recap of This Week’s Fun Facts (May 15)
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:
- Snapple's Apple Juice doesn't have any apple in it . . . they use pears to simulate the taste of apple. (Source: Consumerist)
- When 3 Musketeers bars were released in 1932, they had three small candy bars in a package: One chocolate, one strawberry, and one vanilla. That's how it got the name . . . which stuck even when it became just one candy bar in 1945. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Coca-Cola was offered the chance to buy Pepsi three times between 1922 and 1933, and they turned it down every time. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The single "American Idiot" by Green Day only made it to #61 on the Billboard chart in America . . . but it was a top five song in Canada, the U.K., South Africa, and New Zealand. It's almost like they're trying to tell us something. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" is based on a real family with the last name Jones. They built a huge mansion in Rhinebeck, New York in the mid 1800s, and other rich families in the area remodeled their homes to try to match them. (Source: New York Upstate)
- Lyndon Johnson is the only president that's ever visited the island territory American Samoa. He went there in 1966. (Source: Wikipedia)
- There are 12 countries that have a weapon on their flag and 6 states. Those states are Delaware, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia. (Source: EnchantedLearning.com)
- Weird Al's song "Eat It" hit number one in Australia in 1984. It's a parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" . . . which only made it to number three in Australia. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The famous British "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters that have now been parodied a million times were never distributed. They made the posters in 1939 but decided not to distribute them because they thought it might cause a panic. (Source: Daily Mail)
- Westerns were once so popular that in 1959, there were 30 prime time Westerns on TV . . . on just three channels. (Source: Wikipedia)
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