Page 5 - Fun Facts

The voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo never believed Shaggy was a stoner. Yeah, right!

Scooby Doo has always been a wholesome, enjoyable, and predictable cartoon (the bad guy is always second guy you see!). Despite the family friendly nature of the show, there have always been some subtext that bother the older crows.

The sexual tension between Freddy and Daphne? The fact that the every arrest was just for scaring people? These aren't even the worst offenders.

The biggest is that Shaggy is obviously a stoner, something the voice of the character never realized.

The rumors of Shaggy's recreational uses with marijuana surfaced thanks to his constant hunger, his talking dog, and his crazy, paranoid antics. However, the voice of the character, Casey Kasem, said "there wasn't anything like that at all" when asked about if he had every observed the subtext. He said "guess it's because, I don't know, it was a wholesome show from beginning to end." The first time he ever thought of that viewpoint was when the interviewer brought it up.

The recent Scooby-Doo films had several shots that referred to Shaggy using the drug, but many of them did not make it into the final cut. The character that played Shaggy in the films also didn't believe Shaggy smoked weed. "He just seems like that. He acts a little goofy and high, he's lovable and scared—and just happens to have the munchies."


The average person in Denmark eats around 3 times their weight in meat a year! What makes them so carnivorous?

Consisting mostly of fish and red meats, the yearly diet of the every day person in the Nordic country of Denmark weighs around 322 pounds! This appetite for protein comes from their agricultural past and geography, as well as their long winters. In cold weather it is more difficult to grow vegetables and fruit. Therefore, the people of Denmark have always relied mostly on the farming of animals rather than on agriculture.

Perhaps most surprising about this fact is that the people of Denmark actually beat out America who weighs in at about an average of 215 pounds of meat consumption per person each year. The reason America is known for its culinary indulgences is the plethora of other food groups that they throw in along with their consumption of meat.

The country that eats the least amount of meat per year is India. Though their appetite for protein rich foods is growing, they still hit the scales at a measly 12 pounds per person, per year. That is equivalent to getting only 9 steaks worth of meat per year!


Wile E. Coyote DID catch the Roadrunner once in 1980! What happened next?

If you are one of those people who always root for the underdog, you probably wish that Wile E. Coyote would just once catch the Roadrunner. Well, he did! It was in the 1980 Chuck Jones produced special, ‘Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over’ in a segment called ‘Soup or Sonic’.

But, alas! The poor coyote still did not get to eat him, of course! After the usual fatalistic chase with the Roadrunner far ahead and showing no signs of fatigue, they race through a pipeline of sorts. Wile E. Coyote is shrunk in the process and the Roadrunner looks gigantic compared to his now-tiny nemesis.

The coyote did not so much catch up to the bird, because the bird actually stopped running, conceiving no threat from the tiny predator. At first Wile E. Is very happy and excited and puts on his napkin-bib and reaches for the cutlery. But how will he slay the giant bird?

He asks the audience by means of boards he holds up: “Okay wise guys, you always wanted me to catch him. Now what do I do?” End of episode and Wile E. Coyote still goes to bed hungry! Despite the fact that a lot of people side with Wile E. Coyote, we all know that the Roadrunner will remain immortal, as will Wile E. Coyote, because the one can not exist without the other!


Some awesome lists!

Like math problems? How about figuring out how many ways you can make change for $100. No worries, we have the answer

You know those people in school that always seem a bit too smart for their own good and have enough free time on their hands to put it to really silly uses? Well, get ready for a seriously mind-boggling math fun fact. There are 9,823,546,661,905 ways to break a $100 bill. So, how would you like your change?

Larry King brought up in a 2001 USA Today column that there were 293 ways to make change for one dollar, in currently minted denominations. This is including the one dollar coin that was popular years ago but has since fallen out of favor. Using a half dollar there are 50 combinations and 242 combinations without, getting the 293 grand total.

Warning: Math mumbo-jumbo incoming. To get the answer for any denomination you use trhe coefficient of x^100 in the reciprocal of the following: (1-x)(1-x^5)(1-x^10)(1-x^25)(1-x^50)(1-x^100). That's multiplying everything with every coin denomination (penny, nickel, dime, etc).

$2 bills were allowed and there was no distinguishing between a dollar bill and a dollar coin.

There is some dispute, however, since the dictionary states that "change" is "a number of coins or bills whose total value equals a single larger coin or bill." Therefore, $1 can't be change for $1, skewing the results a bit.


The dust in space tastes like raspberries!

What if we had to travel to space to get our raspberries? Luckily that isn't the case, but there is, in fact, raspberry flavoring in space. Despite what thoughts might come to mind, this doesn’t mean that aliens have lost any of their candy. The truth is a little more scientific than that. The chemical ethyl formate is an ester that is created when ethanol and formic acid react to each other. It happens to be the same chemical that is what gives raspberries their flavor.

Unfortunately, it would probably be a bad idea to go frolicking through these raspberry flavored clouds of dust. Ethyl Methanoate, though generally approved by the FDA, can be hazardous in more concentrated and larger proportions. If you were able to breathe in space and managed to find one of these clouds to walk through with your mouth open wide, then you would probably experience the following symptoms: irritation of the eyes, skin, mucous membranes and respiratory system, along with depression of the nervous system. However, it is safe in moderate doses like those found in raspberries. No worries.



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