Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

May 31, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Facts

Donnie Yen (Ip Man) was once leaving a Hong Kong nightclub with his girlfriend when they were attacked by a gang who had been bothering them earlier in the night. Donnie hospitalised 8 of them. 

Yen joined a Chinatown gang in Boston, MA, in his early years. He was a very curious teenager who sought to exchange martial arts knowledge with people from different martial arts backgrounds, which led to him gaining profound knowledge in practical martial arts and having a reputation as a street brawler.

 

IP Man vs 10 Blackbelts

 

The “ah-choo” sound people make when sneezing is a cultural learned behavior. For example, in the Phillipines they instead say “ha-ching”, the Japanese say “hakashun”, and deaf people don’t add any sounds at all. (article)

 

Gino Bartali, a cyclist who used his fame as a winner of the Tour de France to smuggle counterfeit documents hidden inside his bicycle through Nazi checkpoints in WWII Italy under the guise of training. These documents allowed as many as 800 Jews to escape persecution by the Nazis. (article)

The part he played went largely unknown until after the death of an Italian Resistance leader in 2000. When going through his diaries, Bartali’s work was revealed. Until that point, only his son had known what he did during the war.

His son: “When I asked my father why I couldn’t tell anyone, he said, ‘You must do good, but you must not talk about it. If you talk about it you’re taking advantage of others misfortunes’ for your own gain.”

Bartali also gave refuge to the family of a Jewish friend during the war, hiding them in his house.

 

Hershey Bars contain only 11% cacao, only 1% more than the FDA legal minimum to be called chocolate

 

According to research, there are four types of drunks: the Hemmingway, whose personality doesn’t change a bit, the Mary Poppins, those who gets sweeter and happier, the Nutty Professor, who becomes more social, and the Mr. Hyde, who becomes more hostile and less responsible around booze. (article)

 

American WWII pilot Charlie Brown was struggling to keep his damaged bomber airborne in the skies over Germany in 1943 when Luftwaffe ace Hanz Stigler flew alongside. Instead of firing due to how much damage the bomber had taken as he thought it would be dishonorable, Stigler gave a salute. (nypost.com)

On the afternoon of his first mission, Roedel decided he’d join the young pilot. Before takeoff, they talked. “Let what I’m about to say to you act as a warning,” Roedel said. “Honor is everything here.”

“Every single time you go up, you’ll be outnumbered,” Roedel said.

Stigler nodded, but said nothing.

What did Roedel mean by that? Stigler was overwhelmed. There never seemed to be a right way to respond, and the irony that he couldn’t, above all, trust his fellow soldiers was not lost on him.

Roedel kept on: “What will you do, for instance, if you find your enemy floating in a parachute?”

How to answer? How to answer? A hedge.

“I guess I’ve never thought that far ahead,” Stigler said.

“If I ever see or hear of you shooting at a man in a parachute,” Roedel said, “I will shoot you down myself. You follow the rules of war for you — not for your enemy. You fight by rules to keep your humanity.”

 

Hajimi Fuji, who volunteered for the kamikaze but was refused acceptance because he had a wife and two young children. To honour his wish his wife drowned her two young girls and drowned herself. Hajimi then flew as a kamikaze pilot, meeting his death on the 28th May 1945. (article)

 

‘Kung-Fu Panda’ (2008) was so successful in China that it caused a national debate on why Westerners made a better film about Chinese culture than the Chinese themselves (article)

Viewers here have praised Hollywood’s ability to nail the cultural elements of the film so accurately, from the martial arts scenes to its depiction of family expectations and how the ancients were believed to pass into the afterlife. While the humor is distinctly American, the matching Chinese subtitles are sharp and witty.

“I was looking for flaws, but it was very authentic,” Huang says. “Kung Fu Panda’s” filmmakers consulted experts on Chinese culture to shape the content and look of the film, according to DreamWorks Animation.

 

Approximately 80% of “close door” elevator buttons aren’t connected to anything

 

Jean-Claude Romand pretended to work for the World Health Organization, fooling friends and family for 18 years. Instead of working, he hid in hotels to study medicine and maps of countries he claimed to visit. When afraid of being exposed, he killed his entire family and burned down his house (article)

 

Douglas Williams, an administrator of Lie Detector Tests for the OK City PD, has spent the last 35 years trying to expose the fact that they don’t work and are easily defeated with a technique (explained in the vid) learned in under 2 minutes

 

An Italian pronstar, who was a member of Parliament, while continuing to make hardcore pron videos while in office. She often made speeches with one breast exposed, and offered to have sex with Saddam Hussein in exchange for peace in the region

In 1979, Staller was presented as a candidate to the Italian parliament by the Lista del Sole, Italy’s first Green party. In 1985, she switched to the Partito Radicale, campaigning on a libertarian platform against nuclear energy and NATO membership, as well as for human rights. She was elected to the Italian parliament in 1987, with approximately 20,000 votes. While in office, and before the outset of the Gulf War, she offered to have sex with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in return for peace in the region. She was not re-elected at the end of her term in 1991.

 

Ponso, a roughly 40-year-old chimp, who was dumped on an abandoned island off the Ivory Coast more than 30 years ago after being used for medical testing. He relies on the kindness of a nearby villager, Germain, who’s dropped off bananas and bread for him ever since he was left to die (article)