Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • The Tour de Donut is a 30-mile bike race in Illinois where riders take five minutes off their time for each donut they eat along the way.
  • In a common year (not a leap year), no other month ends on the same day as July.
  • Madame Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive. Researchers wishing to study them must sign a waiver before doing so.
  • Otters sleep holding hands.
  • The last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, promised his daughter he’d write her initials on the moon. He did, and her initials, “TDC,” will probably be on the moon for tens of thousands of years.
  • In the 1960s, the CIA tried to spy on the Kremlin and Russian embassies by turning cats into listening devices. The program, called Acoustic Kitty, involved surgically implanting batteries, microphones and antennae inside cats.
  • A traffic jam lasted for more than 10 days, with cars only moving 0.6 miles a day. This was in China, not Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
  • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.


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