Bones found at Seymour Island revealed that penguins used to stand at 6 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds. This was about 37-40 million years ago.
Venetia Burney was an 11-year-old English girl who suggested the name “Pluto” for the ninth planet in 1930. She lived to see it be demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.
The first item ever sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer.
The world’s oldest surviving piano, currently in the MOMA, dates back to 1720.
Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham after an editor challenged him to write a book using only 50 different words.
The bladder of a lobster is located in the head.
Antarctica has a five-story waterfall that spews red liquid. It’s called Blood Falls and gets its color form iron oxides.
Ray Bradbury wrote the first draft of Fahrenheit 451 in just 9 days. He rented a typewriter and worked on the book in the basement of the UCLA library.
Andrew Jackson had a parrot named Poll that picked up the former president’s colorful vocabulary. The bird got so riled up at his funeral that he cussed up a storm and had to be escorted from the service.
“Flyting” was basically the old school version of rap battles. People would have verbal throwdowns in England and Scotland up until the 16th century.
A group of pugs is called a grumble.
According to studies, sarcasm can help promote creative thinking.
Patricia Highsmith, a novelist, kept about 300 snails as pets and would take some with her in a purse to parties.
Murmurations are the patterns made by starlings when they fly together.
Frank Sinatra got offered the lead in Die Hard.
Africa is the only continent that has land in all four hemispheres.
“The Gruen Transfer” refers to the feeling of losing your sense of place and time while inside a mall. It is similar to the feeling people have in casinos.
Bubble gum was originally pink because it was the only food dye color at the factory where it was produced.
The Goodyear Blimp was adopted as the official city bird of Redondo Beach, California.
Alcohol was discovered before we invented the wheel.
Ozzy Osbourne worked at a slaughterhouse before becoming a star.
Red Dawn was the first movie to be released with a rating of PG-13 back in August of 1984.
Madame Tussaud, known for her wax models, was almost executed by guillotine during the French Revolution.
People in London used to keep “fart jars” to protect themselves from the bubonic plague. They believed the potent smell of gas would “purify” the air around them.