24 Deliciously Silly Facts About Our Wonky World

Ah, random knowledge about random things… here are 24 fun facts that are unlikely to help you in life, other than to impress your friends with your ninja-like trivia skillz!

24. Untaken

Liam Neeson had two hit movies with Taken and Taken 2. In 2014, Neeson announced he’d agreed to do the third film in the franchise, but only under one condition: he said of directors, “They called me up and I said “I’ll do it… but only as long as nobody gets Taken.”

23. Doesn’t Have the Same Ring to It

It’s hard to remember a time before Facebook’s “Like” button, but the button was only integrated into the platform in 2010—six years after Facebook debuted in 2004, and four years after it opened to the general public in 2006. According to engineers at Facebook, the “Like” button was originally called the “Awesome” button—I wonder how many “Awesomes” this post would have gotten?

22. Supreme Dunk

In the US judicial system, it goes state court, federal court, Supreme court and…. basketball court? On the fifth floor of the Supreme Court Building in Washington DC, there is a full gym that includes a basketball court—it’s known as “the Highest Court in the Land.”

21. Love Thy Neighbour

Mr. Rogers made a legacy out of teaching children to be good neighbors, a value he was taught by his parents. When he was a teenager in the 1930s, Rogers’ parents took in an African-American teenager named George as a foster child. Mr. Rogers considered George to be his older brother: George would go on to become an instructor for the Tuskeegee Airmen, and he taught Rogers to fly!

20. Why Not Five Times?

According to the specifications of the United States mint, a nickel weighs exactly twice as much as a penny!

19. Comfort Food

Wal-Mart knows what their customers want! The retail giant keeps close track of customer’s shopping habits and adapts their supply chain to make sure that shoppers can get what they need and desire whenever they want it. Their data showed that (in addition to staples like bread and canned food) sales of certain items skyrocket ahead of hurricanes—for example, sales of strawberry Pop-Tarts! So when a hurricane is approaching, Wal-Mart sends trucks full of the toaster pastries to their stores!

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