22 fictional characters whose names you didn’t know

Mental Floss has an article about the full names of some fictional characters. Here are a few:

  • Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. (Ken’s last name is Carson.)
  • Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch
  •  The real name of Monopoly mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags is Milburn Pennybags.
  •  On Night Court, Nostradamus Shannon was better known as Bull.
  • On Entourage, Turtle’s real name is Salvatore Assante.
  • The patient in the classic game Operation is Cavity Sam.
  • On Gilligan’s Island, The Professor was Roy Hinkley.

The complete list


Weird ways people die in America

Every year nearly 120,000 people die from accidents, although over 2/3 of them occur from vehicle collisions and poisonings, there are plenty of other unusual ways people kick the bucket.  Here is a selection of weird fatalities for one year, taken from the most recent government statistics.

Weird death


Official list of street suffix abbreviations

Alley (ALY), Annex (ANX), Arcade (ARC), Avenue (AVE), Beach (BCH), Burg (BG), Bluff (BLF), Boulevard (BLVD), Bend (BND), Branch (BR), Bridge (BRG), Brook (BRK), Bottom (BTM), Bayoo (BYU), Circle (CIR), Club (CLB), Cliff (CLF), Common (CMN), Corner (COR), Camp (CP), Cape (CPE), Crescent (CRES), Creek (CRK), Course (CRSE), Crest (CRST), Causeway (CSWY), Court (CT), Center (CTR), Curve (CURV), Cove (CV), Canyon (CYN), Dale (DL), Dam (DM), Drive (DR), Divide (DV), Estate (EST), Expressway (EXPY), Extension (EXT), Fall (FALL), Field (FLD), Flat (FLT), Ford (FRD), Forge (FRG), Fork (FRK), Forest (FRST), Ferry (FRY), Fort (FT), Freeway (FWY), Garden (GDN), Glen (GLN), Green (GRN), Grove (GRV), Gateway (GTWY), Harbor (HBR), Hill (HL), Hollow (HOLW), Haven (HVN), Highway (HWY), Inlet (INLT), Island (IS), Isle (ISLE), Junction (JCT), Knoll (KNL), Key (KY), Land (LAND), Lock (LCK), Lodge (LDG), Loaf (LF), Light (LGT), Lake (LK), Lane (LN), Landing (LNDG), Loop (LOOP), Mall (MALL), Meadow (MDW), Mill (ML), Manor (MNR), Mission (MSN), Mount (MT), Mountain (MTN), Motorway (MTWY), Neck (NCK), Orchard (ORCH), Oval (OVAL), Park (PARK), Path (PATH), Pike (PIKE), Parkway (PKWY), Place (PL), Plain (PLN), Plaza (PLZ), Pine (PNE), Prairie (PR), Port (PRT), Passage (PSGE), Point (PT), Radial (RADL), Ramp (RAMP), Road (RD), Ridge (RDG), River (RIV), Ranch (RNCH), Row (ROW), Rapid (RPD), Rest (RST), Route (RTE), Rue (RUE), Run (RUN), Shoal (SHL), Shore (SHR), Skyway (SKWY), Summit (SMT), Spring (SPG), Spur (SPUR), Square (SQ), Street (ST), Station (STA), Stravenue (STRA), Stream (STRM), Terrace (TER), Turnpike (TPKE), Track (TRAK), Trace (TRCE), Trafficway (TRFY), Trail (TRL), Throughway (TRWY), Tunnel (TUNL), Union (UN), Viaduct (VIA), Vista (VIS), Ville (VL), Village (VLG), Valley (VLY), View (VW), Walk (WALK), Wall (WALL), Way (WAY), Well (WL), Crossing (XING), Crossroad (XRD).

I had no idea there were so many.