Category Archives: Facts Lists

15 Interesting Mr. Rogers Facts


45 years ago today on February 19, 1968, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood made its national TV debut.  The show’s purpose, as put forth by Mr. Rogers, was to promote: good self esteem, self control, imagination, creativity, curiosity, appreciation of diversity, cooperation, patience, and persistence. In homage to the great Fred Rogers, here are a few interesting Mr. Rogers facts you may […]

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The Origin of 7 Common Phrases


This is a guest post by for more interesting lists, subscribe to their newsletter here. 1) Origin of “Bite the Bullet”:  This phrase was first attested in the late 18th century in the military.  At the time, it was a common practice during emergency, battlefield surgeries to have the person being operated on bite down on a lead bullet […]

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12 Interesting Volcano Facts


1. Where the term Volcano came from: The word “volcano” was derived from the Italian word “vulcano” from the Latin “vulcanus” meaning “burning mountain”. In  ancient Roman mythology, the God of fire/ flames (referred to as the blacksmith of the gods) went by the name “Vulcan”, the etymology  for which is still debated, but is believed to be related to […]

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12 Historic Scientific Hoaxes


This is a guest post by for more interesting lists, subscribe to their newsletter here. 1) In 2002, the BBC aired a report about German scientists who discovered that blond hair would be extinct in the next couple centuries due to being a recessive trait. Barely a year later, the New York Times published a report about how the […]

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10 Common Items That Were Invented by Accident


This is a guest post contributed by 1) Teflon: Roy Plunkett, a chemist who worked for DuPont in the early 20th century, accidentally stumbled across the non-reactive, no stick chemical while experimenting with refrigerants, specifically looking for a non-toxic chemical to use for a refrigerant. After storing tetrafluorethylene (TFE) in gas form in small cylinders and having it frozen, […]

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5 Bizarre Christmas Traditions


Guest post by Jennie Reedy: holiday decorating consultant, author, and blogger. She recommends Charlotte Holiday Lighting Installation for residents of Charlotte, NC looking for professional holiday lighting installation. Christmas around the globe is celebrated with many customs and traditions. Often the traditions are similar with only slight variations from country to country, but some Christmas traditions are truly bizarre. (Note: […]

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15 Harry Potter Facts


This is a guest post contributed by Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double through the first six films, David Holmes, was paralyzed from the waist down during the sixth film while practicing a flying scene that included an explosion. The actress who played Moaning Myrtle, Shirley Henderson, was 37 years old at the time Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets […]

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Interesting United States President Facts Part 4 (33th-44th President)


This is a continuation of the four part “Interesting U.S. President Facts” series.  If you’re interested in the other parts, you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. 33) Harry S. Truman Facts: The “S” in Truman’s middle name doesn’t stand for anything.  His parents picked it to honor both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman […]

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