FACTS YOU CAN JUST THROW OUT THERE DURING AN AWKWARD PAUSE IN THE CONVERSATION

  1. A $6 bottle of wine—La Modeda Reserva Malbec—was just awarded Platinum Best in Show at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards.
  2. Melissa McCarthy based her 'Bridesmaids' character on celebrity chef Guy Fieri.
  3. If drivers adhere to the speed limit on a stretch of Route 66 in New Mexico, the road's rumble strips will play a rendition of "America the Beautiful."
  4. Russian cosmonauts used to pack a shotgun, but not for fighting aliens. It was in case they landed in Siberia and had to fend off bears.
  5. According to a 2015 study, sarcasm can promote creative thinking.
  6. As we continue to evolve, scientists believe that fewer and fewer humans will be born with wisdom teeth.
  7. The light emitted by 200,000 galaxies makes our universe a shade of beige. Scientists at Johns Hopkins christened the color “cosmic latte.”
  8. When a California farmer realized he was discarding 400 tons of carrots a day because they were too bent to be sold, he gave his harvest a makeover and shaved them down to snackable nubs. Today, it's a billion dollar business.
  9. In 2001, Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia in part because anti-porn filters blocked access to the school's website.
  10. The FBI investigated the song “Louie Louie” because the agency thought the lyrics were dirty. After three months, the FBI abandoned the investigation because it couldn’t make out the words.