I’ll admit I’m oddly mesmerized by strange facts.
This is one of the 25 reasons I love Twitter and, more specifically, Uberfacts. Today’s post is pulled entirely from the bits and pieces I’ve picked up from their posts which sounded too odd to be true.
Alas, with a little research I was able to find backup links for most of these oddities.
Take a quick look and see if you learn anything new!
What’s that called?
A “nurdle” is the name for a small dab of toothpaste. This is also proof that every random thing in our lives does, in fact, have a name!
Math is amazing!
If you take your age and multiply it by 7 then take that number and multiply it by 1,443, the resulting product represents your age three times. Hmmm.
My 9-year-old son showed me how it works!
Disneyland Kills Mice
Or rather Disneyland uses cats to kill mice and other rodents (ewwww).
Read more about it in this fun blog post.
Thomas Jefferson Liked Clothes
Wikipedia shares the credit more broadly, but I prefer to think that our third President just had a thing for clothes!
You Can’t Sink!
SWIMS upside down looks like SWIMS.
Now if you can find a practical application where knowing this would be useful AT ALL, let me know!
English Ain’t Easy
You know the “I before E, except after C” rule that rattles around in the back of your head?
According to Uber, only 44 words in the English language follow that rule while 923 rules break it. I don’t know where Uber found their numbers (I couldn’t replicate the data), but after reading a couple of linguistic posts and the Wikipedia entry on the rule (here), I think if Uber isn’t precise in their figures, they are certainly close.
Queen of Hearts
Finally, Uber tweeted that the modern card deck has 52 cards to symbolize 52 weeks in a year and that the four suits represent the four seasons.
As it turns out, this is an urban legend. Though I like the random connection, I really wish it were true.
I feel better.
Happy Friday everyone!!