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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

Peculiar People Day: Weird, wacky and downright strange facts

If you tend to march to the beat of a different drummer, today may really float your boat! January 10 is Peculiar People Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates folks who, well, live life a little outside the box!

Merriam-Webster describes peculiar as "different from the usual or normal; special, particular, odd, curious, eccentric." But no matter how you define it, being a little wacky or different makes a person stand out in the crowd. Whether it's the way we dress or quirky traits we possess, today is the perfect opportunity to embrace those qualities.

While the origins of Peculiar People Day are unknown, chances are pretty good a peculiar person came up with the idea. And speaking of peculiar, check out these weird and wacky facts.

Weird & Wacky Facts

  • The Box Jellyfish is the deadliest creature on the planet! One drop of its venom can kill 50 people!

  • Believe it or not, there actually is a Peculiar, Missouri!

  • What crop did George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grow on their farms? (Hemp)

  • Fingernails grow almost four times faster than your toenails!

  • Did you ever notice there are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos?

  • If you are a fan of the popular television series, Seinfeld, did you know Superman is either mentioned or displayed on the set in every episode?

  • The strongest muscle in a human body is the tongue.

  • Children who learn several languages when they are young, have a higher density of gray matter in their brains.

  • What weird ingredient do most lipsticks have? (Fish scales)

  • What was Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb, afraid of? (The dark)

  • What phrase uses every letter in the alphabet? (“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”)

  • How did baseball legend, Babe Ruth, keep his cool? (He kept a cabbage leaf under his cap)

  • All humans have a unique odor, except for identical twins who smell exactly the same.

  • Did you know you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools over your lifetime?

  • If you were ever a kid, chances are pretty good you watched the popular children's television series, Sesame Street. Did you know Bert and Ernie were named after characters with the same name in the popular Christmas film, "It's a Wonderful Life?"

January 10 is also National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, Houseplant Appreciation Day and National Bittersweet Chocolate Day!


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