Pope John Paul II was many things, but did you know he was an honorary member of the Harlem Globetrotters? He was given the title in 2000.
That's just one of 101 interesting facts in this week's video from our sister site, Mental Floss, hosted by author John Green. Did you know Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was kicked out of Jackson's funeral because it was cursing? (Did you know Andrew Jackson had a pet parrot?)
Some of the other tidbits include the fact that Norway knighted a penguin — named Sir Nils Olav — in 2008, and Shakespeare invented the name "Jessica." Check out all of the facts in the video below. —Meghan DeMaria
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