1. Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before the second season of Sesame Street . How did Oscar explain the color change? He said he went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight.
2. On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, "There is no news." Instead, they played piano music.
3. The 3 Musketeers bar was originally split into three pieces with three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. When the other flavors became harder to come by during World War II, Mars decided to go all chocolate.
4. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
5. In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all their cash.
6. When he appeared on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, Bill Clinton correctly answered three questions about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
7. Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" was penned by beloved children's author Shel Silverstein.
8. Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State . (They decided to split one course.)
9. M&M's actually stands for "Mars & Murrie's," the last names of the candy's founders.
10. Carly Simon's dad is the Simon of Simon and Schuster. He co-founded the company.
11. When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was issued a passport. Ramses' occupation? "King (deceased)."
12. In 1939, Hitler's nephew wrote an article called "Why I Hate My Uncle." He came to the U.S. , served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island .
13. In the 1970s, Mattel sold a doll called "Growing Up Skipper." Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.
14. Reno is farther west than Los Angeles .
15. A 1913 New York Times article on portmanteaus includes the word "alcoholiday," which describes leisure time spent drinking.
16. At Fatburger, you can order a "Hypocrite"—a veggie burger topped with crispy strips of bacon.
17. While many believe Hydrox cookies are an Oreo knock-off, Hydrox actually came first—in 1908, four years before the Oreo.
18. In 1999, Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency's Maryland headquarters because it was feared the toys might repeat national security secrets.
19. Bear Bryant was once asked to contribute $10 to help pay for a sportswriter's funeral. According to legend, he said, "Here's a twenty, bury two."
20. James Avery ("Uncle Phil" on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) was the voice of Shredder on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
21. Kool-Aid was originally marketed as "Fruit Smack."
22. Only female mosquitoes will bite you.
23. The archerfish knocks its insect prey out of over-hanging branches with a stream of spit.
24. There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica .
25. In 1961, Martha Stewart was selected as one of Glamour magazine;s "Ten Best-Dressed College Girls."
26. As part of David Hasselhoff's divorce settlement, he kept possession of the nickname "Hoff" and the catchphrase "Don't Hassle the Hoff."
27. "Jay" used to be slang for "foolish person." So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a "jaywalker."
28. Duncan Hines was a real person. He was a popular restaurant critic who also wrote a book of hotel recommendations.
29. The string on boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.
30. Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys. (Go ahead and try typing the other 49 states. We'll wait.)
31. At the 1905 wedding of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, President Teddy Roosevelt gave away the bride.
32. William Faulkner refused a dinner invitation from JFK's White House. "Why that’s a hundred miles away," he said. "That’s a long way to go just to eat."
33. In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg's Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.
34. Why did the FBI call Ted Kaczynski "The Unabomber"? Because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) & airlines (A).
35. That thing you use to dot your lowercase "i" is called a tittle.
36. The only number whose letters are in alphabetical order is 40 (f-o-r-t-y).
37. The little BIC pen logo guy has a name. It's BIC Boy. Sorry if that's a letdown..
38. Bono was born Paul David Hewson.
39. The Edge's name is David Howell Evans.
40. Male students at Brigham Young University need a doctor's note to grow a beard.