“Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.” — Werner Herzog
I am an avid reader, nowadays mostly it’s trashy novels, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. They always have these attention-grabbing headlines that never fail to hook me in. Sometimes they are awe-inspiring but oftentimes they are just unbelievably outrageous, frightening, and bizarre. It somehow takes me away from my mundane everyday existence and brings back my sense of wonder.
I guess that’s how the Ripley’s Believe it or Not franchise became so popular. I love visiting their museums — especially the one on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. They display so many yarns it’s hard to believe they are true…but…who am I to question their integrity?
So, as a salute goodbye to the unbelievably crazy year we’ve had — that is 2020, here is a list of strange but true facts that everyone should know about.
Weird but incredibly true facts
- The fastest man in the world has scoliosis.
- Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to have a party.
- The bubble wrap was originally intended to be a wallpaper.
- In Ohio, DUI offenders must use yellow license plates.
- Squirrels are behind most power outages in the U.S.
- Sunglasses were originally designed for Chinese judges to hide their facial expressions in court.
- The Goodyear Blimp is the official bird of Redondo Beach, California
- Grooves in the road on Route 66 play “America the Beautiful.”
- Frankenstein is the scientist’s name, not the monsters.
- Children of identical twins are considered siblings not 1st cousins.
Welcomed and true facts of 2020
- Business donations of $800 Million-Google, $121 Million-Amazon, and Pepsico-$50Million
- Initial Cares Acts-$2T & subsequent COVID Relief Bill-$908B
- $600/week extra Fed dollars added to state unemployment benefits
- Deferred rent and extension of eviction