Believe It or No: A Recap of This Week’s Fun Facts (Oct. 2)
Every weekday about 3:25pm, 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:
- All of the materials in the human body, including things like bone marrow, DNA, antibodies, and organs, are worth a total of approximately $46 million. But, obviously, if you sold them all, you'd die. (Source: People.well.com)
- The guy who invented cotton candy was a dentist from Tennessee. (Source: Pubmed)
- North Korean women have to get one of 18 different hairstyles that have been approved by the government . . . men have to choose one of 10. (Source: Time)
- People in Costa Rica are only allowed to drive six days a week, to cut down on traffic and pollution. The last digit of your license plate number dictates what day you're not allowed on the road. (Source: CostaRica.com)
- It's estimated that there are about three million ships wrecked and sitting at the bottom of the world's oceans . . . and they're worth billions of dollars between their artifacts and treasure. (Source: CNN)
- Bob Marley gave a songwriting credit on "No Woman, No Cry" to a man named Vincent Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in Jamaica. It was his way of making sure it would be funded forever. (Source: Independent)
- The world's shortest commercial flight is between two islands in northern Scotland. The flight is 1.7 miles and the official time is two minutes . . . but it takes closer to 47 seconds. (Source: Amusing Planet)
- Beverly Hills was named after Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. That was named after Beverley, Yorkshire, England. And that town was named in 700 A.D. because of a colony of beavers. So Beverly Hills is named after medieval English beavers. (Source: Mental Floss)
- It's illegal to own a pet hamster in Hawaii. The climate is too good for hamsters . . . so if a few ever escaped, they could start wild colonies that would devastate Hawaii's native crops. (Source: Humane Society)
- The technical term for the rumbling in your stomach is "borborygmus." (That's pronounced bore-buh-RIG-mus.) (Source: Dictionary.com)
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