16. Three Musketeers bars were named for the three flavors they used to come in.
There was strawberery, chocolate, and vanilla. My generation was robbed of these delightful tastes.
17. 38 minutes was the length of the shortest official war in history.
The Anglo-Zanzibar war started when a sultan died and the British did not like the man who took over his duties. The British sent ships to bombard his palace. He fled after 40 minutes or so. The end.
18. Moonquakes exist.
They aren’t caused by tectonic shifts like on Earth, but by “tidal stress” based on the distance between the Earth and the Moon. They are less intense than what we experience.
19. The Statue of Liberty was once a lighthouse.
It remained one for the first 16 years of its existence. Thank you, France.
20. I thought it stood for the noises I make when I eat them.
21. Goosebumps are meant to ward off predators.
Back when we had a lot more bodyhair, gooebumps would cause us to bristle and look more intimidating during fight or flight mode. When you read Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, you feel like you’re ready to fight somebody.
22. PEZ was invented to help people quit smoking.
In 1927, PEZ came on the market to help people kick the habit of smoking. They were originally sold in tins, not fun cartoon dispensers.
23. Only five countries in the world do not have airports.
Well, one of them is Vatican City. Who wants to fly direct to Vatican City besides the Pope? I’m sure he’ll be fine.
24. The White House wasn’t called “The White House” until 1901.
Before Teddy Roosevelt gave it the official name, it was known as the Executive Mansion and “The President’s Palace.”
25. Tornadoes often pick up fish.
Tornadoes that begin over water can pick up fish and fling them onto land. If this is not the premise of a future Sharknado movie, I don’t know what to believe anymore.