Adam's Fun Facts: The Slinky, Mr. T, Under 30 Oscar & More

5 Facts From Adam

February 8, 2019

Photo by Erin Alexander

How did Mr. T come up with his stage name?  What ever happened to the guy that created the Slinky?  How many people under 30 have ever won an Oscar for Best Actor?  All that and more with Adam's Fun Facts:

1.  Mr. T picked that as his stage name because he saw white people disrespect his family members by calling them "boy," so he decided to make sure everyone called him "Mister."

2.  Only one person under 30 has ever won the Oscar for Best Actor:  Adrien Brody won for "The Pianist" when he was 29.         

3.  Coffee tables are a result of prohibition.  Before 1920, the tables in living rooms were called "cocktail tables."  But once alcohol became illegal, people started serving coffee to their guests instead, and the name "coffee table" stuck. 

4.  The guy who invented the Slinky had a nervous breakdown, moved to Bolivia to be a missionary (or possibly join a cult, the details are sketchy) left his company to his wife, and never came back. 

5.  More than 80 countries celebrate Labor Day on May 1st, and call it International Workers' Day.  The U.S. and Canada are the only two that celebrate it on the first Monday of September.