Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

July 14, 2016 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting

Hugh Thompson, an American Huey pilot, stopped the My Lai massacre and risked his own life to save Vietnamese villagers. Landing his Huey between fleeing villagers and approaching U.S. soldiers, he ordered his door gunners to open fire if the troops tried to stop him or opened fire on them. He was labeled a traitor by Congress and ordered not to speak about the event.


American Experience: My Lai


A Jack Russell used to catch the bus to his favourite pub in York, UK all by himself. Jumping on the No.10 near his house, he would visit The Black Bull where he had his own water dish and a regular supply of sausages, before getting a lift home at closing time with one of the barmaids. (article)

Unfortunately, at the height of his fame a change of ownership at The Black Bull saw a new policy that banned animals from the pub.

Unperturbed, the crafty canine started catching the bus to the nearby Rose and Crown instead, where he was welcomed regularly by the delighted owner.



Michael Jordan was fined $5000 for every game that he wore Air Jordans (as shoes violated NBA league policy). He made an estimated $90 million in 2013, more than any other active or retired athlete, largely from Nike royalties. (article)

Jordan debuted Air Jordans on the court in 1985; the shoes violated league policy, so the NBA fined Jordan $5,000 each game he wore them.

The Jordan Brand continues to grow – one of every two basketball shoes sold in the U.S. in 2012 carried the Jordan brand – and Jordan even weighs in on shoe design and Nike’s Jordan endorsement recipients, which include such superstars as Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.

All together, Jordan’s on- and off-court earnings make him the highest paid retired athlete at the ripe young age of 51.



Tim Duncan grew up in the US Virgin Islands where he was gearing up for the 1992 Olympics as a competitive swimmer until Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island’s only Olympic-sized pool. The only alternative was to swim in the ocean, and Duncan was afraid of sharks, so he turned to basketball.

So we’re playing the Spurs and I get the ball on the post. I inside pivot and sweep to the middle for my jump hook and he blocks it. So as we are running down the court he says to me “that was a good move but you have to get more into my body so you can either draw the foul or I can’t block it”.

So I didn’t know if he was talking noise or what so just kind of looked at him confused and said ok. Then, a few plays later I did it again got more into his body and he couldn’t block it. I missed the shot and he looked at me and said much better and kept playing lol. I remember calling my boy Zee Chilton and telling him this story lol Tim Duncan is honestly one of the nicest guys in the NBA and one of the best power forwards ever. Respect



Cristiano Ronaldo funded the education of a 7 y.o. survivor of the horrific 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. The boy was found 21 days after the disaster, alone and wearing a Portuguese national football team jersey. The boy grew up to be a football player and was signed by Sporting Lisbon last year  (article)

On December 26, 2004, Martunis lost his mother and two siblings in Aceh during the catastrophic Boxing Day tsunami that killed over 230,000 people.

Martunis was only seven at the time, and he survived for 21 days stranded on a beach all by himself. When he was found, he was wearing the Portuguese national football team jersey.




Baseball managers sometimes yell nonsense at umpires (e.g. “I had bad wine at an Italian restaurant”) in order to invigorate their teams while preventing themselves from being ejected

One of the greatest ever was when Tommy Lasorda ran out and screamed a the umpire: “I KNOW HE WAS OUT…. YOU KNOW HE WAS OUT… BUT THE FANS THINK I’M YELLING AT YOU!!!” accompanied by wild pointing at himself, the Ump and then the fans. Then he told the Umpire “NOW THROW ME OUT OR I’M GONNA LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT!”. 


A cat named Masha saved a baby’s life. The long-haired red tabby found an abandoned baby in a box in the snow and climbed in to keep the baby warm and meowed to get the attention of a passerby. The abandoned baby was rescued unharmed. (article)



MIT students found out that by buying $600,000 worth of lottery tickets from Massachusetts’ Cash WinAll lottery they could get a 10-15% return on investment. In 5 years they managed to game $8 million out of the lottery through this method. (article)

They were so successful in their caper that they were eventually able to quit their day jobs and bring in investors to front the money they needed to purchase the requisite number of lottery tickets. Several other syndicates sprang up to capitalize on the Cash WinFall loopholes, but the MIT group remained one of the most successful and innovative. By 2005, the group had earned almost $8 million with its system, according to an investigation by the Boston Globe. By 2010, it had figured out how to win the entire jackpot in a single drawing.



Steven Russell escaped from prison by using laxatives to fake the symptoms of AIDS. He then called the prison, posing as a doctor, asking for prisoners interested in an experimental treatment, and volunteered. Once out of Texas, he sent death certificates to the prison stating he had died

Russell posed as a millionaire from Virginia in an attempt to legitimize a $75,000 loan from NationsBank in Dallas; when bank officials became suspicious and alerted the police, Russell feigned a heart attack and was transported to hospital. Russell was placed on security watch but he impersonated an FBI agent and called the hospital on his cell phone to tell them he could be released.



In 2010 a UK man had chronic hiccups for 2 1/2 years, and was told by doctors it was probably heartburn. A Japanese variety show picked up the story, and in the course of filming, discovered a brain tumor. The tumor was removed, his hiccups went away, and this possibly saved his life (article)


In 2013 The Wall Street Journal discovered a cache of files that revealed the U.S. government lobotomized over 2000 veterans against their will after WW2. The veterans were lobotomized for reasons such as PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and occasionally homosexuality. (article)



On August 14 1945, more than 1,000 Japanese officers raided the Imperial palace to destroy the recording of the Emperor’s speech of surrender. Confused by the layout of the palace, the rebels never found the recording. It was later smuggled outside in basket of women’s underwear for broadcast

The speech was probably the first time that an Emperor of Japan had spoken (albeit via a phonograph record) to the common people. It was delivered in the formal, classical Japanese that few ordinary people could easily understand. It made no direct reference to a surrender of Japan, instead stating that the government had been instructed to accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration fully.