Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

May 7, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Facts, Interesting

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Scarlett Johansson really approached random men while filming Under the Skin (2013), asking them “Are you single? What are you doing tonight?” and offering them a lift. None of them were actors and some of the footage ended up in the film. (article)

A lovelorn workman has described the moment he thought he had ‘hit the jackpot’ when a beautiful brunette van driver stopped and asked him: ‘Are you single?’

Kevin McAlinden was completely unaware the siren was Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson disguised in a dark wig – and that he was secretly starring in her new sci-fi movie.

Father-of-two Kevin, 29, had recently separated from his partner when the actress drove up.

Last night, recalling his lucky day, said: ‘What man wouldn’t think, “Wow,” when a good-looking woman has just pulled up in a van and comes out with something like that within minutes?

‘She said: “Are you single? What are you doing tonight?”

‘I thought, “Yes! This is unbelievable!” I’d been having quite a tough time in my personal life, so this was like a lucky break. I should have known it was too good to be true.’


Researchers examined more than 1,000 decisions by eight Israeli judges who ruled on convicts’ parole requests. Judges granted 65 percent of requests they heard at the beginning of the day’s session and almost none at the end. Right after a snack break, approvals jumped back to 65 percent again. (article)


Later in life an Alzheimer stricken Ronald Reagan would rake leaves from his pool for hours, not realizing they were being replenished by his Secret Service agents (article)


There is a restaurant in New York that doesn’t employ professional chefs, instead every day a grandmother from a different country designs a menu that honors her native cuisine


In 1957, five US Air Force officers volunteered to stand at ‘ground zero’ directly under a nuclear explosion 18,500 feet above their heads to ‘prove how safe it was’ (article)


John Belushi’s drug dealer was charged with first degree murder for administering the injection that killed him, and later served 15 months in prison after pleading to involuntary manslaughter.

Caroll O’Connor, Archie Bunker, had a son that killed himself because of drugs. He tried to get his son’s dealer arrested. He also outed him on an interview. The dealer later sued Carroll O’Connor for slander for calling him a “sleazeball” and saying “he was a partner in murder, not an accessory, a partner in murder” in an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Primetime Live. After a highly publicized civil trial, Carroll O’Connor was found not liable. He dedicated much of the rest of his life to speaking out on drug awareness.

O’Connor successfully lobbied to get the state of California to pass legislation that allows family members of an addicted person or anyone injured by a drug dealer’s actions, including employers, to sue for reimbursement for medical treatment and rehabilitation costs. The law, known as the Drug Dealer Liability Act in California, went into effect in 1997. It is an updated version of the Model Drug Dealer Liability Act.


Farmers in USA are hacking their John Deere tractors with Ukrainian firmware, which seems to be the only way to actually *own* the machines and their software, rather than rent them for lifetime from John Deere


Hershey’s once developed a chocolate bar for the US Army that would remain solid up to 49C (120F) and was poison gas proof but was also very bitter to prevent soldiers from eating it unless in an emergency. Troops called it “Hitler’s Secret Weapon” because of what it would do to their bowels. SteveMRE has several videos where he talks about this chocolate


There is a very rare type of insomnia when you just don’t sleep. This leads to insanity and death within 18 months.

The disease has four stages:

1. The person has increasing insomnia, resulting in panic attacks, paranoia, and phobias. This stage lasts for about 4 months.

2. Hallucinationsand panic attacks become noticeable, continuing for about 5 months.

3. Complete inability to sleepis followed by rapid loss of weight. This lasts for about 3 months.

4. Dementia, during which the patient becomes unresponsive or mute over the course of 6 months, is the final stage of the disease, after which death follows.

This YouTube channel shows arc of a man’s illness: old videos show him healthy/doing tattoo work, later he’s diagnosed with fatal insomnia (losing 100% capacity to sleep), getting no sleep for over a year, & mentally unravels [videos about God, conspiracy theories, planetary diagrams, etc] before passing away.


For every mile traveled, motorcyclists have a risk of a fatal accident that is 35 times higher than a car driver (article)

Been riding 35 years – love it, but every time I hear someone talking about getting a motorcycle, I try to talk them out of it. The risk is huge – even if you are super careful. There are so many situations you can absorb in a car that will probably kill you on a bike – gravel, animal running into the road, debris, bad pot hole, not to mention stupid drivers. The discipline it takes to be safe on a bike is not common. Even then, sometimes there’s nothing you can do. Most people have a few fender benders in their car. Those same events on a bike can kill you. I love riding, but you need to treat that risk with constant respect and attention. It’s hard to do until you have a few close calls.


After investigating a possible hack into the Verizon infrastructure, they found that one of their developers had outsourced his job to a Chinese development firm. The firm did such an outstanding job that the developer was widely considered the best developer at Verizon. (article)

Bob had hired a programming firm in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang to do his work. His helpers half a world away worked overnight on a schedule imitating an average 9-to-5 workday in the United States. He paid them one-fifth of his six-figure salary, according to Verizon.

And over the past several years, Bob received excellent performance reviews of his “clean, well written” coding. He had even been noted as “the best developer in the building.”

A forensic image of Bob’s workstation revealed his true work habits and typical day:

9:00 a.m. — Get to work, surf Reddit, watch cat videos

11:30 a.m. — Lunch

1:00 p.m. — Ebay

2:00 p.m or so — Facebook and LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. — Send end-of-day e-mail update to management

5:00 p.m. — Go home


A Catholic Priest in Brazil tried to raise money for charity by taking to the sky strapped to a chair and 1,000 helium balloons, got to 20,000 feet and then realized he didn’t know how to use his GPS, went missing, and two months later was found dead 100km out to sea.


A local fisherman in Costa Rica nursed a crocodile back to health after it had being shot in the head, and released the reptile back to its home. The next day, the man discovered “Pocho” had followed him home and was sleeping on the mans porch. For 20 years Pocho became part of the mans family

Horrocks speculated in his documentary that the gunshot wound to Pocho’s head might have damaged the crocodile’s brain, whereby the usual instinctive behavior of the crocodile changed as a result, allowing the crocodile to be susceptible to human emotions when it was rescued from near death. 


After the Siege of Leningrad was broken, the Soviets wanted to prosecute those who had resorted to cannibalism. However, so many were accused (over two thousand) that the NKVD had to divide them into two groups; ‘corpse-eating’ and ‘person-eating’. The former were jailed, that later were shot

Thirteen cases which range from a mother smothering her eighteen-month-old to feed her three older children to a plumber killing his wife to feed his sons and nieces

(RIA Novosti archive, image #216 / Boris Kudoyarov / CC-BY-SA 3.0 )


In the Marvel Universe, of all the possible timelines and storyarcs, the only one that allows humanity to thrive and prosper in a perfect utopia is when Doctor Doom is allowed to become the absolute ruler. (article)

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