By Adam Alexander

Where did we get the word “turquoise” from?  Was Humpty Dumpty really and egg?  What 4 numbers are banned from college basketball jersey’s and why?  All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:

1. The word “turquoise” is based on the word “Turkish,” because it described the color of the Mediterranean off the coast of southern Turkey. (Fact Retriever)

2. Mort Walker, the guy who created the “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois” comic strips, came up with the idea for using random symbols like exclamation points and hashtags to represent swear words in cartoons. And the official term for it is grawlix. (Wikipedia)

3. College basketball players aren’t allowed to have a jersey number that includes a six, seven, eight, or nine. That’s because after a foul, the refs signal the player’s number to the scorer’s table with both hands, and small numbers make it easier. (New York Times)

4. In the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme, there’s no mention of him being an egg, that’s just how he’s evolved to look in pop culture. (Poetry Foundation)

5. Cleopatra lived closer to the debut of the iPhone than the building of the Great Pyramid.  The Pyramid was finished in 2,540 B.C. Cleopatra was born 2,471 years later, in 69 B.C. And the iPhone debuted in 2007, just 2,076 years after her birth.  (Wikipedia)

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