LIVEN UP THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH THESE FACTS

Let's see how your family reacts to non-sequiturs.
  1. Before alarm clocks, “knocker-ups” would get clients to work on time by knocking on their doors.
  2. Researchers have found that swearing when in pain may release pain-killing endorphins.
  3. Foreign Accent Syndrome is a very rare side effect of brain trauma. Patients speak their native language in a foreign dialect.
  4. Before Beverly Hills was home to the rich and famous, the area was better known for its lima beans.
  5. In naked holiday news, Read in the Bathtub Day is February 9th.
  6. J.K. Simmons has been the voice of the Yellow Peanut M&M since the late 1990s.
  7. As a child, Nobel winner William Shockley wasn't allowed to take part in an intelligence study because his IQ was too low.
  8. Portland was named by a coin flip. Had the coin landed the other way, the city would be Boston, Oregon.
  9. Despite Internet rumors, Mister Rogers was not a Navy SEAL “combat tested in Vietnam.”
  10. Snails can survive being digested.
  11. The @ symbol goes by many names: monkeys tail (Dutch), Elephant’s trunk (Sweden), and rolled pickled herring (Czech).
  12. For 67 consecutive years, Mary was America’s most popular female baby name. Linda broke the streak in 1947.
  13. Moxie soda began life in 1876 as Moxie Nerve Food, a patent medicine that claimed to help prevent paralysis, nervousness, and insomnia.
  14. Over 33 million people watched the Joe Millionaire finale in 2003.
  15. Michael J. Fox’s middle name is Andrew.