Adam’s Fun Facts: Fire Calls, “First Lady”, Howard Johnson’s & More!

By Adam Alexander
What country are Howard Johnson hotels a luxury brand?  Who coined the phrase “First Lady”?  What percentage of calls to the fire department each year are for actual fires?  All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:

1. The three most painful insect stings are from the bullet ant, warrior wasp, and tarantula hawk spider wasp. (Atlas Obscura)

2. When Zachary Taylor was president and he was speaking at Dolley Madison’s funeral, he invented the term “First Lady.” (History)

3. Hawaii has the record for highest low temperature and the lowest high temperature in the U.S. Its all-time low was 15 degrees and its all-time high is only 98. (Wikipedia)

4. Howard Johnson hotels are a luxury brand in China and they are all four or five star hotels. (Consumerist)

5. Only 5% of the calls routed to fire departments in the U.S. are for actual fires. Most of them are for medical emergencies. (Boston Globe)

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