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7 Random Facts That Might Just Blow Your Mind

Wombat poop is cube-shaped. (But their buttholes aren't square?!)

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Conversations are hard. Each week, two-time Jeopardy! winner and awkward silence warrior Terri Pous makes small talk a little easier by giving you random things to blurt out when you don’t know what else to say. Catch up on last week's here.

1. Wombat poop is cube-shaped.

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And, no, their buttholes aren't square. What is true is that it takes 14-18 days for wombats to digest food, which makes their poop dry and compact; horizontal ridges in their intestines mold the dry matter into cubes. The result? Flat-edged poop that doesn't roll away, which is actually great for helping wombats mark their territory. How fun!


2. The British royal family isn't allowed to play Monopoly.

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Everyone knows that playing Monopoly is a potential relationship-ruiner, and that includes the rulers of the British Empire. When Prince Andrew — Prince Charles's younger brother — was given a Monopoly board as a gift in 2008, he said, "We're not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious." He didn’t say if the queen herself made the rule, but either way, the royals are just like us!

3. Until the Great Depression, movie theaters hated popcorn.

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Movie theaters and popcorn go together like peanut butter and jelly, but when movie theaters were still a newfangled thing in the early 20th century, theaters refused to allow people to chomp away on popcorn during show time. Not only was the sound of chewing loud and distracting, but it didn't fit with the high-class clientele theaters wanted to attract. The Great Depression changed all that — people of all income brackets wanted cheap entertainment and cheap food, and movies and popcorn fit both of those needs. Popcorn vendors started selling their inexpensive snack outside packed movie theaters, which led to theaters just selling popcorn inside, and the rest is history.

4. Turns out, paper bags aren't any better for the environment than plastic ones.

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Paper or plastic? Try neither. The truth is that both have environmental disadvantages — paper bags emit air pollution, consume energy, and aren't as easily recyclable as they're made out to be. If you really want to be kind to Mother Earth, spend a dollar or two on a reusable bag.

5. In the 19th century, experts warned women (and only women) about a disease called bicycle face, which meant getting stuck with the awkward faces they made while biking.

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FOR REAL. "Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one's balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted 'bicycle face,'" Literary Digest said in 1895. Women afflicted with this horrid curse were "usually flushed, but sometimes pale, often with lips more or less drawn, and the beginning of dark shadows under the eyes, and always with an expression of weariness."

The reality is that men saw bicycles as a symbol for feminism; the bikes meant women had free will, easy mobility, and didn't have to wear dresses. Doctors finally backed away from bicycle face fear mongering by the late 1890s.

6. Until the 1980s, it was illegal for a woman to drive a car down Main Street in Waynesboro, Virginia, unless her husband was walking in front of the car waving a red flag.

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The bizarre law was passed when cars first became popular, but in 2013, Sgt. Brian Edwards said it was taken off the books 25-30 years ago. Still...that's a long time to have such a ridiculous law in place. Just sayin'.

7. And the voice of Mickey Mouse and the voice of Minnie Mouse got married IRL.

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Russi Taylor, who's voiced Minnie since 1986, and Wayne Allwine, who voiced Mickey from 1977 until his death in 2009, met in the halls of Disney HQ after Taylor was hired to provide the voice for Mickey's girlfriend. The on-screen and IRL lovebirds were quiet about their marriage, though. "We didn't want it to be about Mickey and Minnie being married," Taylor told the LA Times. "It was about Wayne and Russi being married. We had the best time. We laughed a lot. We were always singing. We always had music in the house." Awwwww.