Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

July 24, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Facts

A British bomb detection dog named Theo died from stress a few hours after seeing his handler get shot. The pair had set a record for bomb detection, and the dog was posthumously awarded an honour equivalent to the Victoria Cross. (article)

Tasker and Theo came under fire from Taliban insurgents whilst on patrol with the 1st Irish Guards in the Nahri Saraj District in Helmand Province on 1 March 2011. Tasker was killed by a sniper, and Theo was taken back to the base by fellow soldiers. The dog suffered a seizure after reaching the base and also died, which was thought to be caused by the stress of Tasker’s death.

Tasker’s mother Jane Duffy later said that “I think Theo died of a broken heart, nobody will convince me any different.”


The purpose of the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” was to help young girls accept arranged marriages. (article)

the story of Beauty and the Beast was meant for girls who would likely have their marriages arranged. Beauty is traded by her impoverished father for safety and material wealth, and sent to live with a terrifying stranger. De Beaumont’s story emphasizes the nobility in Beauty’s act of self-sacrifice, while bracing readers…“for an alliance that required effacing their own desires and submitting to the will of a monster.”

Beauty, naturally, sacrifices herself…. Her actions inform readers that to “save” their own families by entering into marriages is noble, while preparing them for the prospect of embarking on their own acts of self-sacrifice…. “Many an arranged marriage must have felt like being tethered to a monster.”

In a Ghanaian story, “Tale of the Girl and the Hyena-Man,” a young woman declares she won’t marry the husband her parents have chosen. She picks a stranger instead…Unfortunately, he turns out to be a hyena in disguise…. The tale concludes succinctly: “The story of her adventures was told to all, and that is why to this day women do not choose husbands for themselves and also that is why children have learned to obey their elders who are wiser than they.”


2 guys, who, without proper permits, equipment and no food and money, climbed Mt. Everest, and then paraglided and kayaked into the Indian Ocean in one trip


The term “mark” originated from the carnival. When dishonest game operators found someone they could entice to keep playing their rigged game, they would “mark” the player by patting their back with a hand that had chalk on it. Other carnies would then keep an eye out for rubes with chalk marks.


There is a mutation that causes bones to become 8 times denser than normal that allow people to walk away from car accidents without a single fracture but with a trade off of being unable to swim. (article)


In 2004, Sylvia Browne, a psychic, told the mother of a Cleveland kidnapping victim (Amanda Berry) on the Montel Williams Show her daughter was dead. In 2006, the mother passed away without ever knowing her daughter was still alive and being held captive


The rivalry between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs extends to their daughters Jennifer Gates and Eve Jobs, who are also equestrian rivals, having competed against each other show jumping (article)


The guy who had that $240,000 gold shirt made for him was invited to a party, but when he arrived was beaten to death in front of his son by 12 assailants (article)


Roselle, a seeing-eye dog that led her blind owner, Michael Hingson, down 1,463 steps from the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Dog and owner exited just before the South Tower collapsed, and both survived. (article)


In 2009, four prison inmates saved a prison guard from another inmate. The heroes were in prison for crimes like assault and armed robbery and saved the guard because he treated them with a lot of respect.


The only known case of “Chromosome 6 Deletion” where a person does not feel pain, hunger, or the need to sleep (and subsequently no sense of fear) is a 7-year-old girl named Olivia Farnsworth. In 2016 she was hit by a car and dragged 30 meters, yet felt nothing and emerged with minor injuries. (article)


Female brown trout will fake ‘orgasms’ when courting with inferior males. She’ll give all the right visual cues as if about to release eggs for fertilisation, but doesn’t; the male will frantically ejaculate, not notice he’s been duped, and swim away. (article)


When world champion boxer Joe Louis voluntarily joined the U.S. Army in 1942 he was asked about his decision to enter the (then) racially segregated organisation, he replied: “Lots of things wrong with America, but Hitler ain’t going to fix them.” 


In 1997, a poacher wounded a tiger and stole part of its kill. The tiger found the poacher’s cabin, destroyed his belongings, waited at least half a day for him to return, then killed and ate him. (article)