Adam's Fun Facts: Ukulele Sales Spike, Cheez Whiz, Pianos & More!

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May 17, 2018

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How many keys did the first piano have?  Why did ukulele sales jump 54% in 2013?  What is missing from the 27 ingredients in Cheez Whiz?  All that and more with Adam's Fun Facts:

1. The roles in "Brokeback Mountain" were originally supposed to be Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix but they were uncomfortable with the sex scenes, so they both dropped out. (Wikipedia)

2. There was a 54% jump in ukulele sales in 2013 and the National Association of Music Merchants thinks it's because people wanted to play them in quirky YouTube videos. (The Atlantic)

3. "Cheese" is not one of the 27 ingredients listed on the side of a can of Cheez Whiz. (Gizmodo)

4. The U.K. had a ban on nunchucks in movies until 1999. They even cut a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze" in 1991 that showed one of the turtles using a string of sausages like nunchucks. (BBFC)

5. The original piano was created by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy in the early 1700s and it only had 54 keys, not the 88 keys today's pianos have. (Gizmodo)