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:

  • The Great Depression seemed so dire in the U.S. that in 1931, the West African nation of Cameroon sent New York $3.77 in hunger relief.  With inflation, that's around $67 in today's money. (Source: NY Times)
  • There are only two countries in the world that don't have a holiday celebrating their independence day or the day they became a nation:  The U.K. and Denmark. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Boardwalks didn't get their name because they're wooden boards you walk on.  They're named after the guy who came up with the idea to set up the first one in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 1870s:  Alexander Boardman. (Source: US News)
  • Movie previews are called "trailers" because they were originally shown at the END of movies.  The name stuck even once they started showing them first. (Source: Straight Dope)
  • It takes between seven and 14 days to make one jelly bean. (Source: Youtube)
  • Pumbaa from "The Lion King" was the first character to break wind in a Disney movie. (Source: Mirror)
  • "The Oregon Trail" (1971) is actually older than "Pong" (1972).  It was originally developed for use by a student-teacher in Minnesota as a history lesson.
  • By age 32, you've been alive for over one billion seconds. (technically it’s 31.688 years) (Source: Algebra.com)
  • Pink Floyd's album "The Dark Side of the Moon" was on the Billboard 200 album charts for a record 958 weeks and counting . . . but only spent ONE week at number one, in 1973. (Source: Billboard)
  • There's only one song on "Rolling Stone's" list of the 500 greatest songs of all time that's NOT in English . . . "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, which is #345. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • 80% of the pretzels in the U.S. are made in Pennsylvania. (Source: History.com)
  • Prisoners in France do not wear uniforms, and are instead able to buy "normal clothes."  The uniforms were abolished there in 1983.  If they can't afford to buy their own, they can request free clothing, which is provided for by charities. (Source: Prison Observatory)

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