Skip To Content

    13 Random And Interesting Facts You'll Want To Share With Everyone Immediately

    Cap’n Crunch's name isn't Cap’n Crunch.

    1. The word "podcast" is a portmanteau — a combination of the words "iPod" and "broadcast." The term itself was actually created by accident in 2004.

    A hand holding a Classic silver iPod
    Cate Gillon / Getty Images

    The term was first coined by journalist Ben Hammersley in an article he was writing for the UK's the Guardian about the new-emerging technology of being able to download audio programs and radio. According to Hammersley, he turned in the article, but was told it was a few words too short. In order to pad it out a bit more, he added the line: "But what to call it? Audioblogging? Podcasting? GuerillaMedia?" And the rest, is well, history!

    2. The first text message sent to a cellphone happened almost 30 years ago (!) — in 1992 — and the message sent was "Merry Christmas."

    Teenage boy sending text message on mobile phone
    Jeff Overs / BBC News & Current Affairs via G

    The text happened in the UK, where an engineer who worked for the telecommunications company Vodafone sent the message from his computer to the cellphone of an executive who worked at Vodafone. At the time, cellphones couldn't respond to texts, though.

    3. In 1953, Swanson was basically forced to invent TV dinners because they had around 260 tons of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys and needed a way to get rid of them.

    A color photo from the 1950s of a housewife opening her freezer and pulling out a Swanson TV Dinner
    Steven Gottlieb / Getty Images

    A Swanson salesman was inspired to create them based on the pre-made food they served on trays on planes.

    4. In 2002, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first TV show to ever use "google" as a verb.

    Two screenshots from Buffy of Willow asking Buffy "Have you googled her yet?" and "It's a search engine"
    Sony Television

    5. In 2005, Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" became the first song to sell a million digital downloads.

    The single cover for Hollaback Girl featuring a collage of scenes from the music video for it
    UMG

    6. Missy Elliott recently clarified that Tweet's "Oops (Oh My)" was NOT at all about masturbation:

    #Funfact this song was never bout Masturbation it was always about her appreciating her Dark Skin (Self Love)when she looked in the mirror🙂 it was the listeners that thought it was about sex & just ran with it... & we just let the consumers mind create what they wanted🙌🏾 https://t.co/Vd9NHfuzJR

    Twitter: @MissyElliott

    7. The word "meme" isn't new, and was first coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene — albeit, it did have a bit of a different meaning.

    The meme of Fry from Futurama squinting his eyes
    20th Television

    According to Merriam-Webster, they define Dawkins' use of the word as "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture." They also didn't add the word into the dictionary until 1998.

    8. Douglas Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought was the first book ever sold on Amazon in 1995.

    The cover for the book
    amazon.com

    According to the computer scientist who bought it, John Wainwright, the transaction is still in his order history.

    9. McDonald's created Chicken McNuggets because of changing dietary habits in the late '70s (aka people — because of health concerns — were eating less red meat and were eating more chicken).

    A photo of a woman's hand pulling a Chicken McNugget out of a open McNugget box
    Picture Alliance / picture alliance via Getty Image

    10. It wasn't until the Great Depression that movie theaters began selling popcorn as a snack to eat during movies.

    With eyes glued to the screen, a young boy eats a bag of popcorn while attending a Saturday matinee at the movie theater
    Josef Scaylea / Getty Images

    Early on, movie theaters were trying to re-create a real "going to the theater" experience by building grand movies palaces with fancy carpets and curtains — of course, like a real theater, you couldn't eat snacks in them either. By the mid-'30s, theater owners realized selling inexpensive popcorn was a way to increase profits as attendance numbers went down.

    11. The first Disney Channel Original Movie was 1997's Northern Lights, starring Diane Keaton.

    Diane Keaton in a blonde bob cut sitting on a bed next to a little boy looking at her
    Alliance Communication Corp. / Alliance Communication Corp. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

    Prior to 1997, Disney Channel TV movies were called Disney Channel Premiere Films, and those date back to 1983, when the channel launched.

    12. Cap’n Crunch has a full name — it's Horatio Magellan Crunch.

    A box of Cap' N Crunch

    13. And finally, the urban legend about the ghost of a boy appearing in Three Men and a Baby actually started after the film was released on home video.

    A screen shot from Three Men a Baby which features the Ted Danson cutout in the window
    Disney

    The story goes that in the background of one of the scenes, you can see the ghost of a 9-year-old boy who killed himself in the apartment where Three Men and a Baby was filmed. But the "ghost" is actually a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson's character (which can be seen earlier in the film). Also, the apartment was a set built on a soundstage.

    There are a few theories as to how this rumor started — like how it was the studio trying to drive up VHS rentals. It could just be that the low resolution of VHS tapes, and the fact that TVs were smaller in the '80s and '90s, just made it hard to determine what the figure was.

    Nostalgia Trip

    Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF

    Newsletter signup form