Pope John Paul II was made an honorary Harlem Globetrotter in 2000. His number is 75, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Harlem Globetrotters. Other honorary Harlem Globetrotters include Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Kissinger and Bob Hope.
Honey is the only food that never rots, giving it the best shelf life of all time. It's shelf life is so good that when archeologists found jars of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs, they also found that the honey was unspoiled. Talk about eternal life!
The inspiration for Dr. Seuss's classic Green Eggs and Hamwasn't some compelling need to tout the benefits of the culinary dish. It was the result of a bet. Seuss was bet that he couldn't write a children's book using 50 or fewer words. Turns out, he could. And that book is Green Eggs and Ham.
Being afraid that a horse will throw you off is a valid fear, but fortunately you never have to worry about a horse throwing up on you. They can't. The angle at which their esophagus meets their stomach makes it so food can go in, but it can't go back out.
5. The Guy Who Voiced Tigger Created The Artificial Heart
Paul Winchell was the man responsible for the voice of many of your favorite cartoon characters, including Tigger, Gargamel and Mr. Owl in the Tootsie Pop commercials. But he's also an inventor who holds over 30 patents — including one on the artificial heart. Unfortunately, Winchell's artificial heart isn't the same artificial heart that we use today, so it's good he didn't quit his day job!
Now, if eating ketchup might give you a tummy ache, but in the 1830s, it was used to cure them. Dr. John Cooke Bennet added tomatoes to ketchup in 1834 (prior to that it was made from mushrooms and fish). He then began claiming it could cure jaundice, indigestion, rheumatism and diarrhea. However, in 1850, ketchup was no longer able to be touted as medicine due to false claims. No surprise there!
While we might not think of it as a desert because it's, you know, cold, Antarctica is technically the world's largest desert. It's 5.5 million square miles. A desert is defined as a region that receives very little rain, and Antarctica fits the bill. The world's largest desert that is actually hot, though, is the Sahara Desert.
An octopus has three hearts, which shouldn't come as that much of a surprise, considering that is has eight tentacles. There's two hearts to pump blood to the gils and one heart to pump blood throughout its body. An octopus also has nine brains, one main brain and one brain at the base of each arm which is used to control movement. So that must mean that an octopus is super smart and super compassionate, right?
If you eat one single noodle and call it spaghetti, you're doing it wrong. The word "spaghetti" is plural, as in more than one. A single spaghetti is called a "spaghetto." So you can throw spaghetti against the wall to see if one spaghetto sticks.
Taser is a pretty weird word to say, and it's derivation is even weirder. As a kid, John H. "Jack" Cover, the inventor of the taser was a big fan of a series of youth-novels about a character named "Tom Swift." One of the books was titled Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. So when Cover invented his own "electric rifle," he decided to call it Tom A. Swift's Electric Rifle — or Taser for short.
Bad news, calorie counters! When you lick a postage stamp, you actually are consuming a few calories from the action. Each U.S. postage stamp is about 1/10 of a calorie. But be glad you're not in Britain! A regular British postage stamp is 5.9 calories, and a special stamp is 14.5 calories. What a way to blow your diet!
12. The Lamp Post In The Chronicles Of Narnia Is An F-You To J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were in a writer's group together called the Inklings. The men had a bit of a healthy rivalry, so when Tolkien said that fantasy books don't have mundane objects like lamp posts, Lewis took it as a challenge. Now, the lamp post in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is pretty iconic, but it's pretty much a giant middle finger to Tolkien.
13. Bill Clinton, George Bush And Donald Trump Were Born The Same Year
There must have been something in the water in 1946, because that's the year that three of our most recent presidents have been born. This is the first time in U.S. history that there have been three presidents born in the same calendar year. All three men have summer birthdays, which means that they were all born just nine months after V-J Day (aka the end of WWII). Someone must have been celebrating!
14. JFK, C.S. Lewis And Aldous Huxley All Died On The Same Day
Beloved authors C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley both died on the same day - November 22, 1963. Which is a coincidence in of itself. Huxley died just ten minutes before Lewis, but the death that happened less than an hour later overshadowed both of them. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated shortly after both authors' passings.