Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • When Canada's Northwest Territories considered renaming itself in the 1990s, one name that gained support was "Bob."
  • Marie Curie remains the only person to earn Nobel prizes in two different sciences.
  • A solar eclipse helped end a six-year war in 585 B.C.E. When the sky suddenly darkened during a battle between the Lydians and the Medes in modern Turkey, soldiers took it as a sign to cease fighting.
  • Scientists have found evidence of takeout restaurants in the remains of Pompeii.
  • Fried chicken was brought to America by Scottish immigrants.
  • There are 71 streets in Atlanta with "Peachtree" in their name.
  • Peter Durand patented the tin can in 1810. Ezra Warner patented a can opener in 1858.
  • The bend in a flamingo's leg isn't a knee—it's an ankle.
  • In 1946, Boston owner Walter Brown chose the nickname Celtics over Whirlwinds, Olympians, and Unicorns.
  • Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 election. She never paid the fine.


        Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.