Believe It or No: A Recap of This Week’s Fun Facts (Oct. 9)
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:
- No matter HOW scrambled a Rubik's Cube is, there's a way to solve it within 20 moves. (Source: Cube20.org)
- The opposite side of the world from where you are is called the antipode. For most of the continental U.S., it's somewhere in the Indian Ocean, between southern Africa and Australia. (Source: Life Hacker)
- Red Delicious apples are the most common crop of apples in the U.S. . . . but they've become extremely unpopular because they're bred for looking good over tasting good. So about two-thirds of them are now exported. (Source: The Atlantic)
- The Sutter family from Viking, Alberta, Canada had seven boys. Six of them went on to be NHL players in the '70s and '80s. The seventh one won $10 million in the lottery. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Shakespeare became rich by hoarding grain and then selling it for ridiculous prices during a famine. Then he used THAT money to run a money lending business . . . and he was once charged with tax evasion. (Source: Independent)
- A 7-foot-tall man in the U.S. has a one in seven shot of making it to the NBA. A man under six feet has a one in 1.2 million shot. (Source: The New York Times)
- The word "duds" in Milk Duds came about because the company that created them tried to make them perfectly round but found that was impossible . . . so all of them wound up being duds. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Women blink more often than men. Women blink an average of 19 times per minute, men blink 11 times. (Source: National Library of Medicine)
- The coldest inhabited place on Earth is a village called Oymyakon in Siberia, Russia. If you were to go outside naked on an average day, you'd freeze to death in one minute. Its record low temperature is negative 96 degrees Fahrenheit. (Source: Atlas Obscura)
- The Russian delegation showed up 12 days late to the 1908 Olympics in London, because they were still using the old Julian calendar . . . and didn't realize the rest of the world had switched to the Gregorian calendar. (Source: SI.com)
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