On the Twitter recently (@turnerwatson) I’ve seen a lot of so-called “facts” Many of these Tweets are not, in fact, actually based in any sort of reality. In response, I started Tweeting what I call “Turner Watson Facts, or #twfacts for short. Yes, I know that it looks like either “Twitter Facts” or even worse “Twat Facts” but goddammit, that’s not the point. Most of what I post under that hashtag is completely made up. I’ve assembled some of them here, along with some ones from my little iPod notepad PLUS as an added bonus, there are some real honest-to-goodness facts sprinkled in to keep you guessing. It’s like a big Easter Egg hunt, but without a crazy duck following you around trying to eat you. That’s an “Adventure” joke, by the way. See? An Easter Egg inside of an Easter Egg in a blog that casually mentions Easter Eggs! It’s the INCEPTION BLOG!!!
White Midwestern kids love Bob Marley 73% more than actual Jamaicans.
The current railway gauge used in the US and Europe is actually based on the width of Roman chariots. Roads, and eventually railways, were measured using the ruts made by chariots that spanned the Roman Empire. In Asia, the railway gauge is different, so railway travelers entering parts of Russia from Europe must actually switch trains.
Scientists have proven that it is 82% more difficult to get out of bed on a Saturday morning when surrounded by purring housecats. This rate doubles in Winter.
Leonard Cohen wrote “The Safety Dance” and intended to record it himself, but thought that the tone was too somber.
Eating too much granola can give you a granuloma.
The original name of “Special K” cereal was “Bowl O’ Scabs” due to its high iron content.
In the 1800’s most swim caps were made of whale foreskin.
During the Great Depression, “Peanut Brittle” was temporarily replaced with “Flea-Nut Brittle” (Flea nuts were cheap and abundant.)
The multi-layer space suits worn by the astronauts to the moon weighed 180 pounds on earth, but thirty pounds on the moon due to the lower gravity.
A moon that is “growing full” is known as a “waxing moon.” A moon transitioning to “new” is called a “waning moon.” A moon shot over the shoulder in a bathroom mirror is called “Scarlett Johanssoning.”
The sexual term “fisting” was coined by mistake. “Penthouse Letters” simply misspelled “fishing.”
It was physically impossible for John Belushi to ice skate, so his part in “Slap Shot” was handed to Paul Newman.
In August of 1972, a girl totally said “Bloody Mary” into a darkened mirror, and was, like, totally never heard from again.