Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

May 26, 2016 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting

Elvis Presley once asked his limo driver, “Do you own this limo or do you work for the company?” He responded, “I work for the company.” Elvis said “Well, you own it now.” The limo driver’s tip was the limo.


A man created an armored bulldozer in secret, and used it to exact revenge on a town before killing himself. It cost the town $7M in damages 



More United States troops have died from suicide than have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001 (article)


Julian Lennon had to buy the letters he wrote to his father (John Lennon) at an auction, because Yoko Ono wouldn’t give them to him.


Yoko Ono and the dead rat:

Douglas began hanging out with Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. He helped produce some of Ono’s music, heavy on experimentation. That’s putting it kindly. The strangest moment involved a track called Dead Rat. In the middle of the song, Ono left a 20-second gap. “I had a bad feeling about that hole — I kept thinking of it as the dead rat solo,” he says. Sure enough, he recalls, when all the tracks were cut, Ono’s assistant showed up with a shoe box. Inside was a dead rat. Ono wanted it incorporated in the recording. So Douglas had his assistant place it on a stool and set up an expensive mike inches away. “Yoko wanders in like nothing, and says, “I see you have the rat ready to go — let’s get right to it,”‘ he says. “When the 20-second dead spot comes, I push up the fader. I’m listening. There’s no noise, and I stop tape, and say to Yoko, “It’s not quite right, is it?’ And she says, “No, Jack, there’s something wrong.’ ” Douglas had his assistant, stifling laughter, move the mike closer to the rat. “We do it again. I push the fader up, this time with a little smile and I say, “I think that’s much better.’ And she says, “That’s a take.’



 Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year simply by forgetting where they put their acorns (article)



Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, was dropped from delivering a speech on “what the food industry could do to improve public health” – because he exposed the deceptive marketing used by top brands. So he released it on YouTube and got 300,000 views



Indianapolis has a volunteer program called ‘no one dies alone’ (NODA). Their volunteers keep a continuous bedside vigil for dying people who do not have family members to visit them. (article)



Mick Foley became a fan of Tori Amos in 1993. After meeting her in 2008, he got involved in a group she started to aid abused women. He has volunteered extensively, fielding calls from women in difficult circumstances, and logged over 550 hours on the phone over an 18-month period


Conservationists in South Africa are infusing a special red dye into the horns of live rhinos. The mixture renders the horn completely useless to poachers trying to sell it commercially, and is also toxic for human consumption. (article)



There was a Jewish boxer named Salamo Arouch imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners. The losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived more than 2 years and 200 fights, eventually being released when the camp was liberated. (article)



A cat named Artful Dodger, regularly catches the bus by himself in his hometown of Bridport, UK. He waits at the station for the bus to arrive, and travels the 10 mile round trip to neighbouring Charmouth so often, that the drivers bring in tins of cat food and know what stop to let him off at.



North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was elected with 100% of the votes. The ballot listed only him. Citizens are allowed to cross out his name and write in a new one, but they must step outside the election booth to do so, and write down the new name in front of election officials. (en.wikipedia.org)



Arnold Schwarzenegger used to participate in orgies with other bodybuilders in the 70’s as “having chicks around is the kind of thing that breaks up the intense training .. afterward you go back to the serious stuff.” He was antihomophobic, claiming that gays and bodybuilders faced stereotyping. (article)