Five Random Facts for Wednesday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  “Bookkeeper” is the only unhyphenated English word that has three consecutive double letters.

2.  Stop signs were originally yellow, red didn’t become the standard color until 1954.

3.  There are words in the Oxford English Dictionary that don’t have any vowels but have other letters that make vowel sounds, like TV or nth.  There’s only one word without any vowels OR vowel sounds:  psst.

4.  Remember the ’80s hit “Mickey” by Toni Basil?  “Oh Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine, you blow my mind”?  She was dressed as a high school cheerleader in the video, but she was 39 when “Mickey” was released.  She’s 78 now.

 

 

5.  The guy who invented the Keurig K-cup coffee system sold his stake in the company for $50,000 in 1997.  Now he says he regrets inventing it in the first place, because the little cups are terrible for the environment and the machines are way too expensive.

 

(Lexico / New York Times / Reference.com / Wikipedia / Yahoo)