Five Random Facts for Friday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  The word “hot” became a synonym for “popular” or “in demand” around 1909.  In the 1920s, its meaning was extended to include sexual desirability.

2.  The Carpenters’ hit “We’ve Only Just Begun” started out as a jingle for a bank commercial.  The writer, Paul Williams, decided to expand it to a complete song, and the Carpenters liked it and recorded it.

3.  Albert Einstein was so sure he was going to win a Nobel Prize that he included the prize money in a divorce settlement three years before he won it.

4.  Sharks are older than trees.  Sharks have been around for 400 million years, and trees, only 350 million.

5.  In the 1800s, there was a superstition in the New England area that tuberculosis was caused by vampires.

 

(New York Times / Huff Post / Wikipedia / Smithsonian / The A.V. Club)