Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

December 17, 2015 | 35 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

While John and Clarence Anglin, 2 of the 3 men who ever escaped from Alcatraz, were officially reported to have drowned in the bay, their mother received flowers anonymously every Mother’s Day until she died, and two very tall unknown women were reported to have attended her funeral. (source)

According to Unsolved Mysteries, a day after the escape a man claiming to be John Anglin had called a lawyer in San Francisco and wanted the lawyer to arrange a meeting with the US Marshals’ Office. When the lawyer refused to do this, the person hung up. The sister of the brothers, Marie Anglin Widner, has told the media she believes that the brothers attented their mother’s funeral in 1973, disguised as women. On October 12, 2015, the History Channel premiered a documentary about the 1962 Alcatraz escape, focusing on John and Clarence Anglin and the possibility that their escape was successful. The program, Alcatraz: Search for the Truth provided viewers with evidence kept by the brothers’ family that included: Christmas cards signed by “John” and “Clarence”; an audio tape of a childhood family friend, Fred Brizzi, telling the family in the early 1990s about a chance encounter in 1975 with the brothers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a photograph taken by the same family friend in 1975 of two men resembling John and Clarence Anglin.

Here is the Christmas card



When Cristiano Ronaldo was asked to donate his cleats for a charity auction benefitting 10-year old Erik Ortiz Cruz, who had a brain disorder that can cause 30 seizures a day, he instead paid the whole $83K for his surgery. (article)

Cristiano Ronaldo tops list of world’s most charitable sports stars…Real Madrid star beats Serena Williams, Neymar, LeBron James and Dan Carter to title of world’s most charitable sports star



In 1944, the British conceived a plan to assassinate Hitler while he was staying at his vacation residence. However, they ultimately decided against it as Hitler was such a poor strategist at that stage that they believed whoever replaced him would do a better job of fighting the Allies. (source)

Thornley also argued that Germany was almost defeated and, if Hitler were assassinated, he would become a martyr to some Germans, and possibly give rise to a myth that Germany might have won if Hitler had survived. Since the idea was not only to defeat Germany but to destroy Nazism in general, that would have been a highly undesirable development.



Thomas Jefferson had his own version of the bible that omitted the parts of the bible that were “contrary to reason” including the resurrection and other miracles. He was only interested in the moral teachings of Jesus and nothing more. (article)

The Jefferson Bible



There were 6500 veteran suicides in 2012, about 17.8 suicides a day. (article)

More veterans have committed suicide than have died in active duty combat roles since the 90’s.

The Veterans Crisis Line is (800) 273-8255, it’s always staffed and is available for friends, family, and Veterans.



There is a Santa Claus University that teaches professional Santa Claus skills like toy knowledge, poses, and how to avoid law suit. A top-level Santa Claus can make up to $100,000 a year.



if Apple didn’t hold $181B overseas, it would owe $59B in US taxes (article)



Scientists recreated a 9th century onion and garlic eye remedy from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, and found that it killed 90% of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria (MRSA). (article)

Awesome Radiolab Podcast about this



Japanese Death Row Inmates Are Not Told Their Date of Execution. They Wake Each Day Wondering if Today May Be Their Last (article)

 Decisions about who is to be executed and when often seem arbitrary, but when the order eventually comes, implementation is swift. The condemned have literally minutes to get their affairs in order before facing the noose. There is no time to say goodbye to families. Because the orders can come at any time, the inmates, in effect, live each day believing it may be their last. 



A man memorized the French dictionary to win the French Scrabble Championship, he does not speak French (article)



Wrestler Chris Benoit had such severe traumatic damage to his brain that it resembled the brain of an 85 year old Alzheimers sufferer when he murdered his wife and child.

Its kind of scary that all these years we spent watching him doing his flying headbutts, we were actually watching man damaging his brain to the point that he wiped out his family and committed suicide.



Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein published a best-selling romance novel that spawned a twenty-episode TV series and a stage musical. (source)

The book was called “Zabibah and the King.” It was a love tale set in medieval Iraq, set around the 7th or 8th century in Tikrit, Saddam’s home town. It was written in 2000, but the author remained anonymous. It was only after Hussein showed interest in his literary ventures and the heavy influence of Hussein’s life in the book that it was believed to be written by their leader. This rumor prompted sales of the cheap book, making it a bestseller.

Even the Central Intelligence Agency thought that the book was written by Hussein himself, perhaps with the help of some ghostwriters. They went through the book with a fine-tooth comb, using the text to analyze and gain insight into Saddam’s mind and thought process.



There is a non-profit organization called “House With A Heart” that takes in and cares for senior dogs, many with special needs, that have been abandoned by their owners. The facility operates as a hospice, seeing to it that older dogs are not consigned to dying in shelters, or worse



Steve Jobs wife is the largest shareholder in The Walt Disney Company. She has more shares in Disney than in Apple. (article)

For the record, the article says her shares are worth $9.5 billion. But if she still has 131 million shares, according to current share price of $112.16, that’s $14,692,960,000. $14.7 Billion worth of Disney.


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  • Tingle

    Maybe the US shouldn’t have such high taxes, corporations wouldn’t flee. Nuts right?!

    • MrBoston

      If the government demanded to take a fucking 3rd of my earnings, I would jump through any loopholes I could to not pay them a cent. Just sayin

      • Anders Larsen

        Move to Norway, the government taxes me as a normal employee just shy of 50%….

    • Red

      Maybe if companies paid their tax, you could afford to give your citizens some education and healthcare.

      • Tingle

        Maybe it’s not the gov’t role to provide those services. We have separation of Church and State. Why not separation of Education and State? Separation of healthcare and State?

        • CommonSense

          Yes, lets have a nation full of uneducated and sick people.

          • MightyMule

            Or maybe, follow me here, a nation of people who take responsibility for themselves.

          • Tingle

            By your logic we wouldn’t be driving because the govt doesn’t provide cars. People would be starving because the govt doesn’t provide cheese burgers.

            • CommonSense

              yes because the Martin Shkreli’s of the world will be screwing everybody over

              • Tingle

                Not an argument. NEXT!

              • Lif the government patent on that product so other companies can produce it thereby lowering it’s cost.

            • Red

              That right there is reduction to absurdity.

              • Tingle

                That right there isn’t addressing the argument.

              • Absolutely not. The Founding Fathers did not attend public school and they turned out just fine.

          • If you’re uneducated in 2015 then it your own damn fault. Also, healthcare was fine before the govt got involved decades ago.

            • Bubba3151

              You are 100 per cent correct! If by fine you mean people were dying because insurance companies refused to pay for medical care they deemed too expensive. The same companies had no such qualms about awarding their executives fat salaries and bonuses.

              • You don’t read too well @disqus_ihd0X6fsnC:disqus

                • Bubba3151

                  Not only can I read but I’m tethered to reality as well. You keep posting, though. Eventually you might come up with something relevant and worthwhile.

                  • And what is your reality then @disqus_ihd0X6fsnC:disqus? So far you’ve posted nothing more than progressive talking points.

                    • Bubba3151

                      Still waiting. You know, that relevant and worthwhile thing you’re lacking.

                    • Please refute a single thing I’ve said @disqus_ihd0X6fsnC:disqus.

                    • Bubba3151

                      You have said nothing of consequence, so there is nothing to refute. You keep posting though!

    • MightyMule

      If a company I invested in didn’t take every advantage to keep it’s money, why would I invest in it. Has nothing to do with the rate of taxation. If the opportunity is there they will take it regardless of the tax rate.

    • Bubba3151

      I paid more in taxes on my $15,000 income than GE and CBS combined. The effective corporate tax rate in the U.S. is one of the lowest of the industrialized nations. You’re right, it’s nuts.

      • @disqus_ihd0X6fsnC:disqus

        Nonsense. At the very least you got everything you paid in taxes back and you probably qualified for the earned income credit (EIC) which gave you an additional refund on top of the monies you already paid.

        • Bubba3151

          Not even close. Sorry to disturb your fantasy.

          • How much did you pay in taxes then @disqus_ihd0X6fsnC:disqus?

            • Bubba3151

              If I paid only one cent I paid more than GE and CBS combined.

              • That’s not what I asked you @disqus_ihd0X6fsnC:disqus

  • ka ms

    She ‘has’ more shares, not “She have more shares”. Better yet, She owns more shares…

  • BiffTheButcher

    Complaining about corporations using tax loopholes is pointless. You can’t expect an entity whose sole purpose is to make money to stop trying to make money. Complain about politicians leaving the loopholes open instead

  • Loeb

    No apple fan, but if what they are doing is legal (not afoul of the tax code), they don’t owe jack shit.

    • UnicornGod

      So if it’s legal to own slaves in fuckistan, we can’t blame a company for abusing slave labor there?

      I recognize companies possess no moral compass and will fuck anyone and everything in the name of profit. What I don’t get is why I’m supposed to get these companies a free pass for it.

      • No one is asking you to do so. Simply do not buy their products.

    • Re-read the meme—–no one is saying that they actually owe the IRS money.