Things I didn’t know

The BBC published a list called 100 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year and though some of them are things I could care less about, some of them I found pretty interesting/funny/cute.  Here are some of the ones I’m happy I now know {with my comments inserted here and there}:

8. Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. {I won’t even attempt to say that word, but if you are afraid of Friday the 13th, you should learn it so that you feel a little less wimpy.}

19. Elephants kiss. {with their trunks? do they have lips?}

20. Grizzly bears hate getting their ears wet. {Chambers totally knows how they feel}

30. A broken heart is known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and it can be cured. {I wonder if this fact has ever made anyone in that state feel any better…}

48. The man who was the voice of Mickey Mouse was married to the woman who did Minnie’s. {That is just too perfect}

49. Stabbing in the buttocks has its own verb in Roman dialect. {That is ridiculous.  Were there lots of Romans going around stabbing their enemies in the butt?  Is that better or worse than being stabbed in the back?}

51. In the 1970 US Census, the number of people who said they were aged over 100 was about 22 times the true number. {What’s the incentive here?  Just to stick it to The Man? Seems appropriate for the time period…}

58. Chilli can be used as a weapon in crowd control. {Not sure if you saw my tweet, but a woman in NC used this as a weapon against her rowdy husband}

97. The BBC rejected Sesame Street in 1971 because it was “too authoritarian”. {Oscar the Grouch is pretty controlling}

98. French babies cry with an accent. {Of course they do.}


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