Sometimes you’re just looking for fun facts to know – this article is just chockablock full of random facts that you might not have known before!
- According to research performed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham – there are significantly more heart attacks on the Monday and Tuesday after we move our clocks forward due to daylight savings time than average. (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120307162555.htm)
- The Monopoly property that is most likely to be landed on is Illinois avenue. This is because there are cards that send you directly there, to jail, to the nearest railroad, etc… and Illinois is exactly 14 spaces away from jail (with 7 being the most common roll in dice.) B&O railroad comes next and New York Avenue is third. (http://boardgames.about.com/od/monopoly/tp/properties.htm)
- Quixotry – a wild, visionary idea- was the highest point word used by Michael Cresta on his route to an 830 point victory in Scrabble in October 2006. At that point of time, 830 points was the highest point total for a game of Scrabble ever. (http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/gaming/2006/10/830.html)
- Ken Jennings, the man famous for winning more than 70 Jeopardy matches actually has not won the most money on Jeopardy. That honor goes to Brad Rutter, an aspiring actor, who hauled in over $3.4 million in Jeopardy winnings. (http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/entertainment-articles/whats-the-most-money-won-o/)
- States that typically vote Republican tend to receive a lot more money per capita from the federal government than states that typically vote Democrat. Five of the biggest federal dollar hogs are New Mexico, West Virginia, Alaska, Mississippi and Alabama. The biggest reason for this Robin Hood-esque behavior? Many Republican leaning states tend to be rural, so there are state needs that tend to be spread across fewer people. California, Texas and New York get back less than $1 for each dollar they send to the federal government. (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/states-federal-taxes-spending-charts-maps)
- New Yorkers always gripe about drivers from New Jersey being awful, however, it’s actually Louisiana that has the nation’s worst drivers according to CarInsuranceComparison.com. In fact, out of the top ten worst driving states – seven are in the south (North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas), one is in the Midwest (Missouri) and two are in the west (North Dakota and Montana.) (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/15/worst-drivers-states/4025109/)
- However, when it comes to the states with the most tickets issued, none are in the South and only two overlap the nation’s worst drivers (sorry North Dakotans and Montanans). (same link as above.)
- Virginia is officially the Commonwealth of Virginia but its tiny Rhode Island, our smallest state, that actually has the longest name, the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. (https://www.google.com/search?q=longest+state+name&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS472US473&oq=longest+state+name&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1962j0j4&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8)
- –30 Rock actress Jane Krakowski actually changed her name for easier pronunciation, her birth name is Jane Krajkowski (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Krakowski)
- Jane’s not the only person who updated their last name to help people pronounce it better, singer Jason Derulo did the same thing – his birth name is Jason Joel Desrouleaux (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Derulo)
- It’s possible to have more than a dollar in change and not be able to make change for a dollar, but that change can only equal up to $1.19 – 3 quarters, 4 dimes and 4 pennies.
Hope you enjoyed this list of facts!