Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

February 18, 2016 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting

Shaq was one of the original investors in Google and VitaminWater, but passed up on Starbucks because he didn’t drink coffee. (article)

When I do business, it has nothing to do with money. You can’t come to me and say, “I’ll offer you this and I’ll offer you that.” Well, what are we talking about here? If I don’t like it, I won’t do it. I always tell people the Wheaties story.

After my first championship, Wheaties said, “We’ll put you on the cover.” And I said, “I never ate Wheaties. Call Frosted Flakes or call Fruity Pebbles.” Championship two, Wheaties comes again. I never ate Wheaties, I don’t know what it tastes like.

Last year, I was on the cover of two million Fruity Pebbles—that’s how long I was trying to get on Frosted Flakes or Fruity Pebbles.



In 2008 two judges were found to be accepting money from two juvenile detention centres in return for increasing the number of residents, offences were as minimal as mocking a principal on Myspace, trespassing in a vacant building, or shoplifting DVDs from Wal-mart. (Documentary is on Netflix)



Robert Landsburg, while filming Mount St. Helens volcano eruption in 1980 realized he could not survive it, so he rewound the film back into its case, put his camera in his backpack, and then lay himself on top of the backpack to protect the film for future researchers.

His body was found 17 days later, buried in the ash. The film was recovered in full.



 During the height of the cold war, Neil Armstrong’s final task on the moon was to place memorial items honoring fallen Russian cosmonauts.

“On the morning of 21 July 1969 everyone forgot, for a few moments, that we were all citizens of different countries on Earth. That moment really united the human race. Even in the military center where I stood, where military men were observing the achievements of our rival superpower, there was loud applause

– Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov



The CIA created a gun that could shoot darts that caused heart attack. Upon penetration of skin the dart left just a tiny red dot. The poison itself worked rapidly and denatured quickly afterwards. It was revealed in 1975 in a Congressional testimony.



Two con men sold a fake painting for €1.5 million, only to find out that all the money was counterfeit (article)

Apparently, the brothers verified the cash was legit with a machine, but the middleman managed to switch it before they left for Switzerland.

To add insult to injury, the brothers had also given a €300,000 premium to the middleman who had introduced them to the sheikh. In order to do so, they had asked a friend to lend them the money, promising to give it back the following day, with an extra €80,000.



A local fisherman in Costa Rica nursed a crocodile back to health after it had being shot in the head, and released the reptile back to its home. The next day, the man discovered “Pocho” had followed him home and was sleeping on the mans porch. For 20 years Pocho became part of the mans family

Horrocks speculated in his documentary that the gunshot wound to Pocho’s head might have damaged the crocodile’s brain, whereby the usual instinctive behavior of the crocodile changed as a result, allowing the crocodile to be susceptible to human emotions when it was rescued from near death. 



When Lawrence Anthony, an international conservationist famously known as the ‘Elephant Whisperer’, died, some of the elephants he worked to save came to his family’s home in accordance with the way elephants usually mourn the death of one of their own. (Story)

Fun fact: poaching orphans who were raised by humans at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, have been known to return to the nursery as adults with their wild-born offspring to introduce them to their former caretakers.



Tom Hanks was asked how he wanted Michael Conner Humphreys (Young Forrest) to speak so that there was continuity from young Forrest to grown up Forrest. Instead, Tom decided to imitate Humphreys’ thick Mississippi accent, and thus the iconic Gump accent was born. 



In 1985, a Colombian girl was trapped in a volcanic mudflow, and was trapped up to her waist. She was mostly alert and was interviewed. Knowing she would die, volunteers and rescuer did their best to comfort her. She died after 60 hours, and her photo became iconic. 

Each time a person pulled her, the water pooled around her, rising so that it seemed she would drown if they let her go, so rescue workers placed a tire around her body to keep her afloat. Divers discovered that Sánchez’s legs were caught under a door made of bricks, with her aunt’s arms clutched tightly around her legs and feet.

Hours later the workers returned with a pump and tried to save her, but her legs were bent under the concrete as if she was kneeling, and it was impossible to free her without severing her legs. Lacking the surgical equipment to save her from the effects of an amputation, the doctors present agreed that it would be more humane to let her die.



Steven Spielberg completed his degree course, 33 years after dropping out, by submitting Schindler’s List as his final project. (article)



Jack Gleeson, the actor who portrayed King Joffrey in Game of Thrones, has retired from acting to pursue an academic career (article)

Jack Gleeson has decided to quit acting following the conclusion of his character King Joffrey’s part in Game of Thrones, saying he only intended for it to be a hobby and it is ‘not what I want to do’ in future.

Asked why he was retiring by Entertainment Weekly, he replied: “The answer isn’t interesting or long-winded. I’ve been acting since age 8. I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to.

“And now there’s the prospect of doing it for a living, whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it. When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.”



A boy who got his own NASA space suit. He lived in a bubble for all his life since he had a disease that left him defenseless against germs. The suit allowed him to go outside and play. And although the procedure to put it on was complicated, he could finally go and learn with kids his age (article)



Schopenhauer called the post-orgasm moment of clarity as “devil’s laughter” because it’s when we realize we’re slaves to a biological imperative uncaring of our happiness