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Adam's Fun Facts: Fresh Cut Grass, The White House, Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge & More

5 Facts From Adam

October 3, 2019

Your #FunFacts are coming at you LIVE from the MIX 105.1 studios!!  Here are you daily Fun Facts from Adam:

1.  The smell of fresh-cut grass is a distress signal. The grass is releasing a chemical that makes that smell to try to save itself from the mortal wound you just dealt to it.

2.  The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in New York City was misspelled for 58 years.  It's named after an explorer named Giovanni da Verrazzano, and his last name has two z's.  The bridge only had one from 1960 until it was finally changed last year.

3.  The White House was totally open to the public through the early 1900s.  Andrew Jackson had to spend his first night as president in a hotel because the 20,000 people partying at the White House after his inauguration were too rowdy.

4.  The phrase "blowing smoke up your [you-know-what]" comes from the late 1700s, when doctors would give tobacco enemas to drowning victims to resuscitate them.

5.  The Lakers and the Clippers both play at the Staples Center in L.A., but the arena has different capacities depending on who's playing.  Because of the way they lay out the courtside seats, there are 63 more tickets available when the Clippers play.