whats a “fun fact” that isn’t fun at all?

whats a “fun fact” that isn’t fun at all?

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  1. Hush puppies got their name from a really dark context. When slaves would escape, to distract the dogs they would throw little pieces of fried corn bread to hush them up

  2. Vultures have interesting adaptations for digging into the decaying flesh of dead animals. One is their *bald heads*:

    It’s like if you stuck your head in a plate of spaghetti and then tried to clean that out of your hair. (It would be disgusting.) But if you had a bald head, like a vulture, you could just wipe it off.

  3. The porn industry has the biggest economic influence of any industry and adversely effects laws and media that have nothing to do with porn

    It’s a bigger economic powerhouse than Netflix, Hollywood,the NBA the NFL and Viacom

    Despite how frequently people use porn—Pornhub alone claims it racked up 28.5 billion views last year—its economic power remains hidden among the masses. Unlike other forms of entertainment, whose news regularly gets splashed across the front page of consumer publications, rumblings within the adult entertainment industry are typically only followed by niche trade audiences. Due to the taboo shrouding sexual content, a porn company can make hundreds of millions of dollars through monopolistic practices while remaining unknown to most consumers.

    Many companies that seemingly have nothing to do with sex also indirectly profit off porn. As Frontline laid bare, phone carriers like AT&T, satellite TV providers like DirecTV, and hotel chains like Marriott have earned millions by piping in porn to their customers.

    “It’s the crazy aunt in the attic,” an AT&T official told the New York Times. “Everyone knows she’s there, but you can’t say anything about it.”

    Meanwhile, people now surf for porn from the comfort of their basements thanks to technologies that the industry helped popularize. The internet gave people a way to privatize their unmentionable habits, and this dynamic pushed porn firms to become early adopters of many tech features, such as digital credit-card transactions, instant messaging, and video streaming. Current emerging technologies like VR are getting boosts from porn, too.

    The porn industry’s adaptability also transfers to how they do business. Similar to the music industry’s woes, piracy cut into porn’s profits. Porn companies adapted by designing new business models around licensing, educational courses, live camming, crowdsourcing, event hosting, and commerce. Porn also has its own trade publications, industry events, talent agents, and lobbyists.

    Cities that don’t play by porn’s rules risk losing lucrative its tax revenue. Due to concerns that HIV was being transmitted on porn sets, Los Angeles County stipulated in 2012 that porn actors wear condoms when filming. The county subsequently saw a 95% drop in porn permit requests over the next four years. Meanwhile, the number of total film productions in Las Vegas, where condoms were not required, jumped 50% from 2012 to 2013. Several observers attributed this to the condom law nudging porn production companies to leave LA for Vegas.

    Seemingly unperturbed, in 2016 California lawmakers proposed a ballot measure requiring porn performers throughout the state to use condoms on set. California’s secretary of state and its nonpartisan legislative analyst’s office each warned that if this became law, it would reduce state and local tax revenues by millions of dollars per year.

    Not coincidentally, the regulation never came to be.

    Porn is therefore an economic contender in the US economy just as much as any other entertainment property. The amount of cash it makes, the companies who indirectly make money from it, its experimentation with new business models, and its ability to influence lawmakers attest to the industry’s economic strength.


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