NPR Fun Facts

Jun 01

ABBA's "Dancing Queen" was written about Silvia Sommerlath, and the song was first performed at her royal wedding to Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1973. -

Feb 26

A 16-inch pizza is four times as big as an 8-inch pizza. -

Feb 10

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's ringtone is the "Sex and the City" theme song. -

Though she didn’t realize that’s where it was from until someone pointed it out to her.

Jan 27

Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel has not vomited since March 18, 1977. -

The fear of vomiting is called Emetophobia.

Jan 02

Actor Michael Sheen's father works as a Jack Nicholson impersonator. -

Nov 24

When taken to a recycing plant, the average American automobile is shredded with about $1.65 in change in it. -

Oct 09

Only 32 million people in India pay taxes. -

This despite a population of 1.2 billion. India’s population is projected to overtake China’s in 15 years, and the country has more poor citizens than the 26 poorest African countries combined.

Oct 03

The Beach Boys song "Never Learn Not to Love" was originally written by Charles Manson. -

The original title was “Cease to Exist”:

Sep 26

In Denmark, pigs outnumber people 2 to 1. -

In 2012, the country exported close to $6 billion in pig meat.

Sep 20

Backers of NFL teams eat more, and fattier, food the day after a loss. -

Backers of winning teams, by contrast, eat lighter food, and in moderation.

After a defeat, the researchers found that saturated fat consumption went up by 16 percent, while after a victory it decreased by 9 percent.