Legend originally meant “things to be read”, and in an era when both literacy and the written word were rare, to be “legendary” was considered to be worthy of being recorded for future generations to read about.
Jerry Springer, best known for his rowdy talk show, was previously the Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sting sings backup vocals on the Dire Straits hit single Money for Nothing; you can hear him very clearly at the beginning and end of the song singing “I want my, I want my, I want my MTV” in falsetto.
Think your Internet connection is slow? The New Horizons space probe communicated with NASA at a glacial-speed of 1 kilobit per second.
Muppets are almost always left handed; this is due to the fact that the puppeteers that control them use their dominant hand (usually right) to control the head of the muppet and their non-dominant hand (usually left) to control the wand which moves the muppet’s hand.
The iconic photograph of U.S. Marines raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima is the only photograph that has ever won a Pulitzer Prize for Photography the same year it was published.
Looking for a clever palindromic name for your cat? “Taco Cat” is “Taco Cat” spelled backwards.
Cunningham’s Law, named after the inventor of the wiki, Ward Cunningham, states that the best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.
The game of Rock, Paper, Scissors is a long lived one; the game dates all the way back to the time of the Chinese Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).
A jog around the bases of a baseball diamond is the same distance as a jog across a football field.
Although the name “Big Ben” is often used to refer to the bell tower of the Palace of Westminster, the tower itself is actually the Elizabeth Tower—Big Ben is the nickname of the bell inside.
In China, it’s bad form to name a child directly after an older relative (as that would encourage younger members of a family to inappropriately use the personal name of an elder).
The ill-fated New Coke recipe of the mid 1980s was a retooling of Coca-Cola’s Diet Coke recipe with high fructose corn syrup added in and a slightly different balance of ingredients.
Best known as a pet food company, Purina has dabbled in human foods including breakfast cereals (like Cookie Crisp), pizza (Checkerboard Pizza in the mid-1980s), and for a period of time, even owned the bakeries producing Wonder Bread.
The opposite of “ambidextrous” (to be equally coordinated in the use of both hands) is “ambisinister” (to be equally clumsy in the use of both hands).
It took the Lord of the Rings costume designers the better part of two years to make all the costumes for the film and in the process, they handmade 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) worth of chainmail links.
The scaly-foot gastropod (snail), Chrysomallon squamiferum, lives on deep sea thermal vents found in the Indian Ocean and creates armored scales for its foot out of iron sulfide harvested from the vents (the shell is also mineralised with iron sulfide).
Portobello mushrooms are not a distinct mushroom species, but just a fully mature version of the common white and brown mushroom varieties of Agaricus bisporus.
The mechanism in mechanical watches and clocks that transfers energy to the timekeeping element and allows for the counting of oscillations is known as the “escapement”; this key invention, developed in the 13th century, is what made all mechanical clocks even possible.
Although it is widely believed that all calico colored cats are female, both male and female cats can have the coloration (but it’s a rare mutation in males and typically renders them sterile in the process).
In 1958, Crayola changed the crayon color “Prussian Blue” to “Midnight Blue” when research revealed that children had no idea what Prussia was.
Kid gloves, the basis of the metaphor “to handle with kid gloves”, as in to handle very carefully, are a real product traditionally made from kidskin, the skin of young goats.
Just like we call our young children infants, we’ve named the young of other primate species (like apes, gorillas, and monkeys) in the same fashion; the young of primate species are called infants too.