Every morning around 8:15am Brooks gives you one minute of Useless Facts to impress your friends with…
- There’s a German word that literally means “a face in need of a slap.” It’s backpfeifengesicht. (It’s pronounced BACK-fyfe-in-guh-zist.)
- The Big Mac was originally called The Aristocrat. That name bombed, so it was switched to the Blue Ribbon Burger. That also bombed, so they went with Big Mac . . . which obviously stuck.
- On March 12th, 1951, a cartoonist in the U.K. and a cartoonist in America both launched a comic called Dennis the Menace. But they were two separate and unrelated characters, and the creators didn’t know about each other.
- Bobby Pearce from Australia won the gold medal in men’s single sculls rowing at the 1928 Summer Olympics . . . even though he paused during the competition to let a family of ducks swim past him.
- Essential oils get their name because they contain the “essence” of a plant’s smell . . . not because they’re crucial or vital in any way.