Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

July 6, 2017 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

Artic Explorer Peter Freuchen was caught in a terrible blizzard and buried under a thick layer of snow and ice. When he couldn’t claw his way out, Freuchen whittled his own frozen feces into a knife and used it to chisel his way through. (article)

Standing six feet seven inches, Freuchen was an Arctic explorer, journalist, author, and anthropologist. He participated in several Arctic journeys (including a 1000-mile dogsled trip across Greenland), starred in an Oscar-winning film, wrote more than a dozen books (novels and nonfiction, including his Famous Book of the Eskimos), had a peg leg (he lost his leg to frostbite in 1926; he amputated his gangrenous toes himself), was involved in the Danish resistance against Germany, was imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Nazis before escaping to Sweden, studied to be a doctor at university, his first wife was Inuit and his second was a Danish margarine heiress, became friends with Jean Harlow and Mae West, once escaped from a blizzard shelter by cutting his way out of it with a knife fashioned from his own faeces, and, last but certainly not least, won $64,000 on The $64,000 Question.

 

During the Battle of Loos in 1915, German machine gunners stopped firing out of sheer disgust for the amount of casualties they were inflicting on the British

 

The Plague solved an overpopulation problem in 14th century Europe. In the aftermath wages increased, rent decreased, wealth was more evenly distributed, diet improved and life expectancy increased

 

Most Kpop (Korean Pop) stars are molded for years in ‘bootcamps’ where they are charged for their housing and dance/singing lessons, before being signed under “slave contracts” that allow their agencies to control their wardrobe, diets, love lives, and their behavior (article)

Adding to the tragedy, most K-pop groups have a shelf life of two to three years before they fade into obscurity. The boot camp system is like a factory, constantly pumping out the hottest and youngest stars. Once you reach 25, your chances of getting replaced are nearly certain.

 

When Robert Downey Jr was eight, his father offered him drugs, which led him to a long life of substance and alcohol abuse. RDJ credits Mel Gibson with helping him get sober and narcotic free.

Robert Downey Jr asks forgiveness for Mel Gibson

 

Biotech firm Pembient has managed to 3-D print fake rhino horns that are genetically identical knock offs. The company plans to flood Chinese rhino horn market at one-eighth of the price of the original, undercutting the price poachers can get and forcing them out eventually. (article)

 

35 Restaurants In China Were Busted or Under Investigation For Dosing Food With Opium Poppy In Order To Get Customers Hooked

A restaurant owner there just confessed to police that to keep customers coming back, he had infused his noodles with 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of pulverized poppy buds—which can contain narcotics like morphine and codeine—that he bought in August for 600 yuan ($98).

Apparently, it worked; the restaurant boss said customer numbers leapt after he started using his “special” seasoning. Chinese authorities say doses were enough to addict frequent diners, reports the South China Morning Post

 

The owner of Macy’s died on the Titanic. He refused to get in a lifeboat before women and children, and his wife refused to leave without him. She said, “I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.” They were last seen standing on the deck, arm in arm

Ida insisted her newly hired English maid, Ellen Bird, get into lifeboat #8. She gave Ellen her fur coat, stating she would not be needing it.

 

Actress Mercedes McCambridge who dubbed the voice of the demon in The Exorcist swallowed raw eggs, chain smoked and drank whiskey to make her voice harsh. She was bound to a chair during recordings and requested no credit for the film.

 

In 2012 a Pit Bull named Lilly pulled her unconscious owner from the path of an oncoming freight train. The driver said he saw the dog frantically pulling at the woman, not giving up even though the train didn’t stop in time. The dog saved the woman and survived impact injuries herself. (article)

 

A cat named Simon served on a Royal Navy ship in 1949, and received a medal for raising morale, killing off a rat infestation and surviving cannon shells during his service. Hundreds attended his funeral when he died from infected wounds. 

 

A Catholic priest was strangled and stomped to death while serving a prison sentence for sexually molesting over 130 children in the Boston area

Over a 30-year career in six parishes, John Geoghan was accused of sexual abuse involving more than 130 boys. He was prosecuted in Cambridge, Massachusetts for charges of molestation that took place in 1991. Geoghan was defrocked in 1998 by Pope John Paul II. He was found guilty in January 2002 of indecent assault and battery for grabbing the buttocks of a 10-year-old boy in a swimming pool at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club in 1991, and was sentenced to nine to ten years in prison.

Footage  of correction officers trying to get Joseph Druce out of the cell

 

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  • Charles Martel

    If you want to learn who was responsible for the spread of the black plague, learn where the term “poisoning the well” came from.

    It wiped off 1/3 of Europe I wouldn’t call that “solving a problem” in any sense of the word.

    • MightyMule

      It is if your problem is you need to get rid of 1/3 of your population to be sustainable. Also a big LOL to the conspiracy theory.

      • Tingle

        It’s unfortunate that your ancestors survived. Ah, now is it a problem? I can’t stand that argument “people need to die”. Alright, if you agree with it so much why are you still around?

        • jay

          If you think that the purpose of human life is to sustain the economy, then I guess there are circumstances where killing people solves a problem. Personally, I think the purpose of the economy is to sustain human life.

          • Tingle

            Yes, but every human live is valuable and to flauntingly disregard millions of lives is tragic. Even if there was positive outcomes for those who survived.

            • jay

              Sorry if I wasn’t clear. I’m agreeing with you.

      • Charles Martel

        Are you retarded? Europe’s population now is 3x larger than it was before the plague. But that’s crazy you think killing 1/3 of the people is justified for “sustainability”

        And I can guarantee you did not even look into what I suggested.

  • jay

    Sure, elementary economics would predict that if millions of people die, the price of land will go down, because there’s now a bunch of unused land. Salaries will go up, because there are now fewer available workers. But cost of specialized goods will also go up because there are now fewer producers. Production will become less efficient because people cannot specialize as much. In toto, places with low population densities are consistently poorer than places with high population densities. http://pregnantpause.org/overpop/gnp3.htm