Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Hawaii is the only state to honor a monarch. Hawaiians celebrate King Kamehameha Day on June 11, and have since 1872.
  • The first $1 bill was issued during the Civil War and did not feature George Washington as it does today. Instead, Salmon P. Chase, the Secretary of the Treasury at the time, appeared on the bill.
  • During WWII, a U.S. naval destroyer won a battle against a Japanese submarine by throwing potatoes at them. The Japanese thought they were grenades.
  • Times Square was originally called Longacre Square until it was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly-built Times Building.
  • There are only two countries in the world that have the color purple in their flags: Nicaragua and Dominica.
  • By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.
  • There is a company on the U.K. that offers "being Hungover" as a valid reason for calling off work. They are allotted four hungover days per year.


      Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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