Every morning around 8:15am Brooks gives you one minute of Useless Facts to impress your friends with…
- “The Oregon Trail” (1971) is actually older than “Pong” (1972). It was originally developed for use by a student-teacher in Minnesota as a history lesson. (Sadly, the teacher died of dysentery. Kidding! He’s still alive.)
- Technically, the president is not supposed to salute military officers, because even though he’s the commander-in-chief, he’s a civilian. The first president who started saluting was Ronald Reagan.
- Apples can be stored for up to a YEAR before they’re sold.
- There was an infamous game of roulette in Monte Carlo on August 18th, 1913, where the ball fell on black 26 times in a row. Gamblers lost millions expecting it to land on red along the way, making “the gambler’s fallacy” famous. That’s the false notion that independent events of chance must somehow even out.
- By age 32, you’ve been alive for over one billion seconds.