Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Back in the 1800s, composer Franz Liszt was worshiped like a rock star. In fact, he received so many requests for locks of his hair that he eventually bought a dog, only to snip off patches of its fur to send to his admirers. 
  • 2021 will mark the 90th anniversary of the Empire State Building's completion. 
  • LEGO is an abbreviation of the Danish phrase leg godt which means "play well." The company was originally called Billund Maskinsnedkeri. 
  • The most expensive tickets to the first Super Bowl cost $12. 
  • Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1996! 
  • High schools and universities in New Zealand are allowed to keep up to a pound of uranium on the premises for educational purposes. 
  • The original "Mary Poppins" was filmed entirely indoors. 
  • "The Munsters" and "The Addams Family" both debuted in 1964 and both only lasted for two seasons. 
  • The first issue of National Geographic was published in 1888. 
  • The longest word in all of Shakespeare's plays is 'Honorificabilitudinitatibus'. (It's in "Love's Labour's Lost".)


            Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.