Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

August 24, 2017 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

For 30 years, Daryl Davis has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. He says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes after talking with him (article)

The best thing you do is you study up on the subject as much as you can. I went in armed, not with a weapon, but with knowledge. I knew as much about the Klan, if not more than many of the Klan people that I interviewed. When they see that you know about their organization, their belief system, they respect you. Whether they like you or not, they respect the fact that you’ve done your homework. Just like any good salesman, you want a return visit and they recognized that I’d done my homework, which allowed me to come back again.

That began to chip away at their ideology because when two enemies are talking, they’re not fighting. It’s when the talking ceases that the ground becomes fertile for violence. If you spend five minutes with your worst enemy — it doesn’t have to be about race, it could be about anything…you will find that you both have something in common. As you build upon those commonalities, you’re forming a relationship and as you build about that relationship, you’re forming a friendship. That’s what would happen. I didn’t convert anybody. They saw the light and converted themselves.

Excellent documentary about this on Netflix called Accidental Courtesy

 

A hitchhiking robot that relied on the kindness of strangers to travel the world was found with its head and arms ripped off, just two weeks into its first American tour (article)

The child-sized robot, known as hitchBOT, was found damaged beyond repair on the streets of Philadelphia early on Saturday. It had earlier hitched across the entire of Canada for 26 days and completed a hitchhiking adventure through Germany.

The robot started its journey across the USA on 17 July in Salem, Massachusetts and visited Boston and New York City before being found dismembered on the streets of Philadelphia. A photo on Twitter showed hitchBOT lying in the dirt with its head missing and arms ripped off.

 

A study found that about one in five corporate executives are psychopaths – roughly the same rate found among prisoners

The study of 261 senior professionals in the United States found that 21 per cent had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits. The rate of psychopathy in the general population is about one in a hundred.

Nathan Brooks, a forensic psychologist who conducted the study, said the findings suggested that businesses should improve their recruitment screening.

He said recruiters tend to focus on skills rather than personality features and this has led to firms hiring “successful psychopaths” who may engage in unethical and illegal practices or have a toxic impact on colleagues.

“Typically psychopaths create a lot of chaos and generally tend to play people off against each other,” he said.

Signs of antisocial personality disorder:

 

In 2015, a tiny Tokyo restaurant with only 9 seats became the first ramen restaurant in the world to obtain a Michelin star

 

For each episode of his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives host Guy Fieri invites a family from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For 363 episodes, he’s made it a point to ensure the whole family’s is invited, not just the child battling an illness. “We don’t want to single a kid out,” he explained (article)

Fieri’s filmed 363 episodes to date, and for each one, he’s invited a family from an organization close to his heart: Make-A-Wish. “I know what the family is going through, to some degree,” he told us last summer, when discussing his sister’s battle with cancer. “I know that heartache and I see that, and if there’s anything I can do to help enlighten or empower those kids, I want to do it.”

It’s something he does for every show he stars in, including Guy’s Big Bite and Guy’s Grocery Games, and he makes it a point to ensure the whole family’s invited, not just the child battling an illness. “We don’t want to single a kid out,” he explained.

 

A Chinese father hired a ‘hitman’ to kill his son’s character in online games so that he would stop playing games and get himself a job. 

A Chinese father fed up with his son’s unemployed ways — which he blamed on his daily feed of video games — hired a virtual “hit man” to knock off the 23-year-old and hopefully give him the motivation to get off the couch and seek a job.

The man, named only as Mr. Feng, lives with his son, Xiao Feng, in central China and reached out to an online high-level player to kill his son’s character every time his name surfaces in the game online, the Daily Mail reported.

He told the Sanging Daily that his son started playing video games in high school and has since faced difficulty holding down a job.

The younger Mr. Feng learned of the plot when he started getting targeted while playing and asked why.

But the plot didn’t work. The 23-year-old told his father: “I can play or I can not play, it doesn’t bother me. I’m not looking for any job — I want to take some time to find one that suits me,”

 

In Japan, The Hiroshima Peace Flame has been burned continuously since it was lit in 1964, and will remain lit until all nuclear bombs on the planet are destroyed and the planet is free from the threat of nuclear annihilation 

 

In an effort to reduce the high number of suicides on South Korea’s Mapo Bridge, it was unofficially renamed the Bridge of Life. It was decorated with positive affirmations and even sympathetic sculptures. Suicides increased sixfold the following year.

 

In 2007, a nine-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named George sacrificed himself to save five children from an attack by two Pit Bulls. All three dogs had to be euthanized, but George was posthumously awarded a PDSA Gold Medal and his heroism was commemorated with a bronze statue

 

A Black Sabbath tribute band dresses up in McDonald’s character costumes and sing black sabbath songs with the lyrics changed to sing about food. They are called “Mac Sabbath”

 

Elvis Presley once flew from Graceland to Denver and back in one night just for a sandwich. ‘The Fool’s Gold Loaf’ is a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with peanut butter, jelly, and a pound of bacon. It has an estimated 8,000 calories 

The sandwich consists of a single warmed, hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with the contents of one jar of creamy peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon.

 

Before being burned alive by the Spaniards, chief Hatuey was asked if he wanted to accept Christianity and go to heaven. Hatuey asked if Spaniards go to heaven, to which the priest that they do. Hatuey then stated that he’d rather go to hell where he wouldn’t see such cruel people. 

Here is the God [pointing to a basket of gold and jewels] the Spaniards worship. For these they fight and kill; for these they persecute us and that is why we have to throw them into the sea… They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a God of peace and equality, and yet they usurp our land and make us their slaves. They speak to us of an immortal soul and of their eternal rewards and punishments, and yet they rob our belongings, seduce our women, violate our daughters. Incapable of matching us in valor, these cowards cover themselves with iron that our weapons cannot break…

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