Every morning around 8:15am Brooks gives you one minute of Useless Facts to impress your friends with…
- In 1947, a woman went to Johns Hopkins to cure her hives. She received an experimental drug called Compound 1694, for hay fever and allergies. Her hives cleared up . . . AND she reported that, weirdly, she’d stopped getting nauseous while riding on public transportation. Doctors immediately tested the drug for motion sickness, and Compound 1694 became . . . Dramamine.
- The biggest park in the U.S. is Adirondack Park in upstate New York . . . it’s bigger than Death Valley and Yellowstone combined. It’s six million acres, which also makes it bigger than five entire states.
- “U Can’t Touch This” is only M.C. Hammer’s FIFTH highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at #8. Four of his other songs did better: “Pray”, “Have You Seen Her”, “2 Legit 2 Quit”, and “Addams Groove”.
- Tijuana, Mexico is further north than Savannah, Georgia.
- When Sega was marketing “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” in 1992, they decided to build hype by releasing it on a Tuesday. It stuck . . . and for decades, Tuesday was the official release date for video games. Things are a little less structured now . . . but Tuesdays are still the most common release day of the week.