By Adam Alexander

Why do we call grapefruits, grapefruits?  Why do we call “step” family members “step”?  How many movies have won 11 Oscars?  All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:

1. Grapefruit got its name because they grow on trees in bunches, so they look like large, yellow grapes. (Google Books)

2. Most snails have both male and female genitalia, so they can quickly and easily mate with basically any other snail. (UCSB)

3. The “step” in words like “stepmother” or “stepchild” doesn’t come from that fact that you’re one step away from being blood related. It comes from an Old English word spelled “s-t-e-o-p,” which meant “deprived of a relative.” So orphans were called steopchildren. (Wiktionary)

4. Even though it’s a much bigger and more famous city now, Vancouver, British Columbia was actually incorporated nine years after Vancouver, Washington. (Wikipedia)

5. The record for the number of Oscars for one movie is 11. Three movies have done it: “Ben-Hur” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”. (Wikipedia)


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