Five Random Facts for Thursday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  Bell peppers and many chilies are the SAME species.  Bell peppers just have a mutation that makes them incapable of producing the chemical capsaicin, which gives chilies their fieriness.

2.  CBS used to artificially add bird sounds to their golf coverage, until the year 2000 when a bird expert noticed the noises didn’t match birds that lived in the area and exposed the scam.

3.  Ten people have died inside the White House in its 221 years.  That includes two presidents:  William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor.

4.  We say “o’clock” because in the 13th through 17th centuries, clocks weren’t prominent.  So when someone was telling you the time from a clock and not a sundial or just guessing, they’d say, “It’s four of the clock.”  And that became “o’clock”.

5.  Kellogg’s picked the name Pop-Tarts because Andy Warhol’s pop-art movement was huge when they introduced the product in the 1960s.


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