When I was in the third grade, my teacher Mrs. Hendrix (who also taught us at the church-run daycare, where our parents worked) told us that if we behaved ourselves and did what she said, one day we could enjoy this list of interesting facts. The list contained something called a “Wonder Wheel”, which we were told was a thing that was popular in New York City. I still don't know if it's true or not, but if so, it must have been really neat because Mrs. Hendrix was the kind of person who would tell us the truth. When I asked my parents about the Wonder Wheel, they both just gave me the same response: “I'm sure you've heard this a hundred times, but no.” It wasn't until I was in middle school that I first saw a Wonder Wheel. My friend Gino, who was older and cooler than me, took me there and let me enjoy this list of interesting facts. It was an incredible moment for me.
The condor louse went extinct when the California condor was rehabilitated.
Robin Williams sent someone to the hospital from laughing so hard.
Ice Giants are real, and they live in Uranus.
Monroe didn’t get to finish the movie that showed her topless.
President John Tyler was not officially mourned because he was a Confederate supporter.
Moonshine with a triple X means it is 100% pure alcohol.
Helena Bonham Carter got a little too into her role as Bellatrix Lestrange.
A girl was abducted and got the reward money for rescuing herself.
HIV was cured via a bone marrow transplant.
A rich Canadian man left hundreds of thousands of dollars in his will as a joke.
Corn grown in the US is for the most part not meant to be eaten.
Ethiopia’s “superfood” can’t be exported anymore.
A giant tower in Sweden is made up of lights that anyone can operate.
There is a society for the illegitimate offspring of monarchs.
Nic Cage has his tomb already built in New Orleans.
Soldiers shit-talked each other from their trenches during the first World War.
A South American woodpecker looks like Pikachu.
Credit card companies denied unwed women until the ‘70s.
Maria Sharapova's on-court grunt is as loud as a lion.
The “1984” torture chamber was based on a BBC conference room.