I remember the first commercials I heard for Snapple: “Made from the Best stuff on Earth.” Isn’t that wonderful? But I quickly found myself intrigued, not just by the variety of flavors, but by the “Real Facts” located inside each bottle cap. Fascinating! Here are 3 such “facts” I chose at random: “The popsicle was invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old boy.” “In the middle Ages, chicken soup was considered an aphrodisiac.” “There are more people on Facebook today than there were on the Earth 200 years ago.”
Now, I know some of you wonder if all Snapple’s facts are true. The company has someone responsible for fact checking: David Falk. “We go through a pretty vigorous process” he said in 2013. But, no doubt, a few mistakes sneak through. For example, Fact # 904: “If done perfectly, any Rubik’s Cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.” Research said a more accurate answer would be 20 turns. Fact # 77: “No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.” Once again, research said a few more folds were possible.
But, even so, reading Snapple’s facts are fun and fascinating. And, Yes, all 1,504 (last time I checked) facts can be found at Snapple’s website. www.snapple.com
OK, enough teasing. Here are 10 interesting Facts I found within the first 100 Snapple listed = “The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph.” “Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work.” “About 11% of the people in the world are left-handed.” “The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.” (Are baseball players included in calculating that fact? “Americans, on average, eat 18 acres of pizza a day.” (What is the average for NYC residents?) “The average person spends 2 weeks over his/her lifetime waiting for a traffic light to change.” “There are 119 grooves on the edge of a quarter.” “The average raindrop falls at 7 mph.” “Lizards communicate by doing push-ups.” “You burn about 20 calories per hour chewing gum.” (Once again, are baseball folks included in calculating that fact? I’m sure the new Phillies manager, Gabe Kapler skews this stat.)
Speaking of baseball, here are 6 facts Snapple mentioned: “The ‘high five’ was introduced by a professional baseball player in 1977.” “The shortest professional baseball player was 3 feet, 7 inches tall.” (Google Eddie Gaedel) “The average lifespan of a MLB baseball is 5-7 pitches.” “The most valuable baseball card ever is worth about $2.8 million.” (Is that what Honus Wagner’s card is going for now?) “An ‘Immaculate inning’ is when a pitcher strikes out 3 batters with only 9 pitches.” (I think Max Scherzer had one this year.) “A regulation baseball has 108 stitches.” (Ask Annie Savoy in “Bull Durham.”)
And for real trivia fans: “In the U. S., there is an official rock, paper, scissors league.”
Imagine how many more fun and fascinating facts you could find if you went through all 1,504 facts at the Snapple website. Wait; I’ll join you.
PS = In closing, I had to include this picture. (see below) This appears to be a photo taken in Snapple’s new products lab. My guess is the person shown is demonstrating how the flavor “Half ‘n Half” was invented. The combination of iced tea and lemonade is my favorite.