Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Government officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought the yellow would look bad with the natural red rock of the city.
The Lebowski-inspired Church of the Latter-Day Dude says it has ordained over 100,000 Dudeist priests.
“Silver Bells” was called “Tinkle Bells” until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” had another meaning.
Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
How did Curious George get to America? He was captured in Africa by The Man With the Yellow Hat — with his yellow hat.
The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.
The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called Last Month’s Newsletter.
A milliHelen is the quantity of beauty required to launch just one ship.
The German word kummerspeck means excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.
At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift won more Grammys (4) than Elvis did his entire career (3).
When Coca-Cola announced the return of Coke’s original formula in 1985, ABC News interrupted General Hospital to break the story.
The giant inflatable rat that shows up at union protests has a name—Scabby.
When the computer mouse was invented, it was called the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.”
The inventor of the AK-47 has said he wishes he’d invented something to help farmers instead — “for example a lawnmower.”
When asked who owned the patent on the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk said, “Well, the people. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
The Q in Q-tips stands for quality. They were originally called Baby Gays.
After an online vote in 2011, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.
In his book, Dick Cheney says his yellow lab Dave was banned from Camp David for attacking President Bush’s dog Barney.
Lyme disease is named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where several cases were identified in 1975.
Editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using no more than 50 different words. The result? Green Eggs and Ham.
Norwegian skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset on why he didn’t win gold at the 2010 Olympics: “I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days.”
When asked why he chose the name Piggly Wiggly, founder Clarence Saunders said, “So people will ask that very question.”
Obsessive nose picking is called Rhinotillexomania.
The same person who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was also the voice of Tony the Tiger (Thurl Ravenscroft).
The only number whose letters are in alphabetical order is 40 (f-o-r-t-y).
Bono was born Paul David Hewson. The Edge’s name is David Howell Evans.
Male students at Brigham Young University need a doctor’s note to grow a beard.
In 1991, Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor—the voice of Minnie.
The Arkansas School for the Deaf’s nickname is the Leopards.
Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys. (Go ahead and try typing the other 49 states.)
At the 1905 wedding of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, President Teddy Roosevelt gave away the bride.
William Faulkner refused a dinner invitation from JFK’s White House. “Why that’s a hundred miles away,” he said. “That’s a long way to go just to eat.”
In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.
Why did the FBI call Ted Kaczynski “The Unabomber”? Because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) & airlines (A).