By Adam Alexander

Where do we get the name for the candy PEZ?  What makes the word “oxymoron” an oxymoron?  Why do British royalty have 2 birthdays?  All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:

1. Pez candies get their name from the German word Pfefferminz, which means peppermint since that was the original flavor. (Digital Synopsis)

2. Our bodies contain 60 of the 118 elements on the periodic table, or about 51%. But there are only large quantities of six of them: Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. (Wikipedia)

3. A runner from Oregon named Forrest Smithson won the 110-meter hurdles at the 1908 Olympics and did it carrying a Bible in his hand. (Wikipedia)

4. Every British king or queen has a second birthday assigned to them if their real birthday isn’t in the summer so there’s good weather for their birthday parade.  For example, Queen Elizabeth II’s real birthday is April 21st, but her “official” birthday is held on a Saturday in June. (

5. The word “oxymoron” is actually an oxymoron. It’s the combination of two Greek words: Oxy, meaning sharp and keen and moron, meaning dull and stupid. (Wikipedia)


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