1. This week I learned: Bill Nye the Science Guy’s origin story hinges on a Steve Martin lookalike contest, Ronald Reagan saved 77 lives, and more!

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  2. This week I learned: there was a ‘Like’ button way before Facebook, that mathematical profile-based “science” of online dating actually started in India in 1500 BC, and Vladimir Putin has a (very fitting) favorite Beatles song.

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  3. This week I learned the best way to cool your mouth after eating a hot pepper, that humanity’s very first kisses had nothing to do with the lips, and more.

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  5. Fun and interesting facts from around the web!

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  6. This week I learned it takes 42 gallons of water to produce a single slice of pizza, you can use OpenTable as a flu tracker, and you smell different (not in a good way different) when you’re sick.

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  7. 10 things you didn’t know about the Superman movies

    Did you know that Christopher Reeve was only cast as the lead in 1978’s Superman after Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, and James Caan rejected the role? Or that Marlon Brando ended up making over $14 million for his 10 minutes of footage as Jor-El — despite the fact that he refused to memorize any of his lines? Or that producers originally pursued none other than Will Smith to play Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns?

     

     

  8. The formerly familiar swooosh as the caller rotated the dial clockwise on a rotary phone to the “finger stop” and then the click-click-click as the dial returned counter-clockwise to the start position is now a novelty application that you can install on your iPhones for nostalgic yuks. Adolescents waiting in line nearby will wonder what the heck that sound is, while we older fogies will know you’re poking fun at us and our ancient ways.

    11 sounds your kids have probably never heard

    PHOTO: ThinkStock/Comstock

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  9. The telephone undoubtedly improved human communication, but it didn’t quite bring world peace… 

    More from the Bad Opinion Generator

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  10. Incorrect.

    Check out the Bad Opinion Generator for more of history’s worst predictions and opinions.

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  11. Rolling Stones’ ageless frontman Mick Jagger is not technically prehistoric, but paleontologists have long had a weird affinity for him. In 1995, a newly discovered species of trilobite (like the one pictured here) was named aegrotocatellus jaggeri after the gyrating rock singer responsible for hits like “Get Off of My Cloud.” The Latin word aegrotocatellus translates to “sick puppy.”

    6 other species named after famous people

     

  12. The economy may still be floundering. But the Christmas tree business is booming. Americans will spend an estimated $3.4 billion on Christmas trees this year, the highest amount since 2007.

    • 25 million -– Number of real Christmas trees Americans will buy this year
    • $800 million — Estimated retail cost of those trees
    • 10 million — Artificial trees Americans will buy this holiday season
    • $2.6 billion — Estimated retail cost of those artificial trees
    • 80 — Percent of all artificial trees that are manufactured in China

    More Christmas tree facts!

     


  13. The same person who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was also the voice of Tony the Tiger.

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    His name is Thurl Ravenscroft. He’s grrrreat.

    It all makes sense now.