Have you ever read something that you know won't be of any use to you but you just can’t stop because of how interesting it is? Fun facts are almost the same thing–they are almost entirely useless unless you’re planning on winning a quiz show with the prospect of earning yourself a huge cash prize. In that case, maybe all this information could actually come in handy.
1. Where does the name ‘pound cake’ come from?
The pound cake was originally named as such because of the original recipe which included a pound of sugar, flour, eggs, and butter. However, the version of pound cake that we eat today is significantly less heavy and smaller but, is still referred to as the pound cake.
2. Mike Tyson once tried to fight a gorilla
Yes, you read that right. In the ‘90s, Mike Tyson had a zoo opened up just for him and his then-wife Robin Givens for a special. During this particular trip, Tyson reportedly bribed the zoo attendant with $10k and in his own words, let him ‘smash that silverback’s snot box.’
3. ABBA rejected a $1 billion reunion tour contract
One of the biggest pop bands in music history, ABBA split up after the divorce of two of its members. But the music group was so loved that fans weren’t ready to let them go. In 2000, they were offered a whopping one billion dollars to do a reunion tour but sadly, they declined, stating that no amount of money would entice them to make a comeback.
4. Abraham Lincoln’s cat had to be fed using a gold fork
You can be the President of the United States but when it comes to your cat, you might as well be the janitor at your nearest laundromat. During his time in office, the Lincoln family had a cat named Tabby which was reportedly fed with a gold fork. Despite protests from his wife, Lincoln would state that if the fork is good enough for former President James Buchanan, then it’s good enough for his cat too.
5. The first-ever alarm was set for 4 am
The first mechanical alarm was developed by Levi Hutchins in the year of 1787 and he made it so it would wake him up just before sunrise. This creation could have been an astronomical success but sadly, Hutchins never patented it or sold his invention commercially.
So, what do you think of these random facts?