If you love impressing your friends with fun facts then you’ll be very happy to know this post is filled with facts that will absolutely (kinda) blow your mind. If you don’t love impressing our friend with fun facts then you’ll still find it really interesting and you can keep it all to yourself.
1. Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.
2. There was a third Apple founder. Ronald Wayne (pictured at home in 2010) sold his 10% stake for $800 in 1976.
3. The famous Aaron Burr “Got Milk?” ad from 1993 was directed by Michael Bay.
4. According to Amazon, the most highlighted Kindle books are the Bible, the Steve Jobs biography, and The Hunger Games.
5. A California woman once tried to sue the makers of Cap’n Crunch because Crunch Berries contained “no berries of any kind.”
6. Wilford Brimley was Howard Hughes’s bodyguard.
7. During WWI, German measles were called “liberty measles” and dachshunds became “liberty hounds.”
8. In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.
9. At one point in the 1990s, 50% of all CDs produced worldwide were for AOL.
10. Toy companies failed to duplicate the success of Theodore Roosevelt’s teddy bear with William Taft’s “Billy Possum.”
11. Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.
12. In response to The Lorax, the forest products industry published Truax to teach kids the importance of logging.
13. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima for work when the first A-bomb hit, made it home to Nagasaki for the second, and lived to be 93.
14. A British man changed his name to Tim Pppppppppprice to make it harder for telemarketers to pronounce.
15. J.P. Morgan once offered $100,000 to anyone who could figure out why his face was so red. No one solved the mystery.
16. Prairie dogs say hello with kisses.
17. In the mid-1980s, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas was the voice of Charlie Brown’s sister Sally.
18. Jonas Salk declined to patent his polio vaccine. “There is no patent,” he said. “Could you patent the sun?”
19. Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Sedona, AZ thought yellow clashed with the natural red rock.
20. The 50-star American flag was designed by an Ohio high school student for a class project. His teacher originally gave him a B–.
21. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most commonly stolen vehicle in 2012 was the 1994 Honda Accord.
22. After leaving office, Lyndon Johnson let his hair grow out.
23. Crabs have their own version of the fist pump. Male crabs wave their claws in the air to attract females.
24. Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is used by researchers to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness.
25. Sean Connery turned down the Gandalf role in Lord of the Rings. “I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it.”
26. E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web fame is the “White” of Strunk and White, who wrote The Elements of Style.
27. Chock Full o’ Nuts coffee does not contain nuts. It’s named for a chain of nut stores that the founder converted into coffee shops.
28. 12+1 = 11+2, and “twelve plus one” is an anagram of “eleven plus two.”
29. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh played Screech’s cousin on a 1996 episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
30. At the height of Rin Tin Tin’s fame, a chef prepared him a daily steak lunch. Classical musicians played to aid his digestion.
31. The Arkansas School for the Deaf’s nickname is the Leopards. The Deaf Leopards.
32. If your dog’s feet smell like corn chips, you’re not alone. The term “Frito Feet” was coined to describe the scent.
33. A sex pheromone found in male mouse urine was named “darcin,” for Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy.
34. Barry Manilow did not write his hit “I Write the Songs.”
35. He did, however, write State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor” jingle.