Adam’s Fun Facts: Marco Polo, Hot Dogs Name Origin, Unicorns & More!

by: Adam Alexander

What very famous drink was made into an alcoholic beverage in 1969 but failed miserably? How did hot dogs get their name? What country did Marco Polo spell so poorly in his notes yet we still call it by this? All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:

1. Someone patented the process for surgically turning an animal into a unicorn in 1982. (USPTO)

2. Madagascar got its name when Marco Polo sailed there and mistakenly thought he was in Mogadishu, Somalia! He misspelled “Mogadishu” in his notes so badly that it looked like “Madagascar.” (Wikipedia)

3. Hot dogs got their name because people in the 1800s suspected that sausages were stuffed with dog meat. (Wikipedia)

4. Gatorade created an alcoholic mix of their lemon-lime flavor and beer called Hop’n Gator in 1969 but they quickly pulled it off the market when it tanked. (Beer Advocate)

5. From a botanical standpoint, strawberries and raspberries aren’t berries, but bananas and eggplants are. (Wikipedia)

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