By Adam Alexander

Why did Sean Connery turn down a $450 million acting gig?  Who invented the name Jessica?  What are the top 2 best selling items at Walmart right before a hurricane hits?  All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:

1. When Queen Elizabeth the Second was just a princess in 1945, she joined the British military for World War Two and trained to be a mechanic. (Mashable)

2. Sean Connery had a chance to play Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, but turned it down because he didn’t understand the scripts. He was even offered a piece of the backend of the movies that now would’ve been worth at least $450 million. (NME)

3. Only four presidents didn’t appoint a single Supreme Court justice. William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Jimmy Carter didn’t have an opportunity . . . and Andrew Johnson nominated one, but he was rejected by the Senate. (Wikipedia)

4. Before a hurricane, the two top-selling items at Walmart are Pop-Tarts and beer. (New York Times)

5. Shakespeare invented the name Jessica in “The Merchant of Venice”. (Behind the Name)

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