Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • The day after Thanksgiving is generally the busiest day of the year for plumbers. They refer to it as “Brown Friday.”
  • Someone named Armand Hammer once sat on the board of directors for the company Arm & Hammer.
  • The woman responsible for introducing the idea of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, Sarah Josepha Hale, was the same woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
  • Most airlines will require the pilot and co-pilot of a flight to not eat the same meals in case one causes food poisoning.
  • In the 18th century, many people grew concerned about “reading rage,” saying that children were spending too much of their time reading.
  • Some cable networks speed up reruns of shows so that they can fit more ads. Speeding up the show by just 7.5% allows them to shave off almost two minutes to be used for additional ads.
  • Julius Caesar’s body was the subject of one of the earliest recorded autopsies. Of the 23 stab wounds recorded, only one was potentially fatal on its own. The physician ruled his death was due “mostly to blood loss.”

            Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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