Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

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The “tradition” of spending several months salary on an engagement ring was a marketing campaign created by De Beers in the 1930’s. Before WWII, only 10% of engagement rings contained diamonds. By the end of the 20th Century, 80% did. (article)

Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam


Honey Bees make decisions collectively–and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building, literally (article)


In 2006, Guy Goma showed up at the BBC for a job interview as a computer technician. He was mistaken for Guy Kewney, a computer expert, and put on live TV to discuss a judicial verdict. Despite his amazing performance faking his way through the segment, he did not get the job.


Every November in South Korea, there’s a day where everyone makes silence to help students concentrate for their most important exam of their lives. Planes are grounded, constructions are paused, banks close and even military training ceases. This day is called Suneung. (article)


The town of Rjukan, Norway receives no natural sunlight from September to March due to the steep mountains that surround it. They’ve installed 3 large mirrors to reflect light into the town’s square. The mirrors track the sun’s path and move every 10 secs to create a 600m squared pool of light.


The highest-grossing single-unit independent pizzeria in the nation, Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, is in Anchorage, Alaska. Its annual sales are approximately $6 million. (article)


Human Evolution solves the same problem in different ways. Native Early peoples adapted to high altitudes differently: In the Andes, their hearts got stronger, in Tibet their blood carries oxygen more efficiently. (article)


In Classical Athens, the citizens could vote each year to banish any person who was growing too powerful, as a threat to democracy. This process was called Ostracism (article)

The practice was fairly straightforward. In a yearly assembly, the Athenian people would determine whether it was necessary to have an ostracism.

If so, they would then meet together in a second meeting and cast votes for those who they believed needed to be ostracized. It could be any citizen within Athens, regardless of class or status.


Burger King filed an official complaint against the movie “It” and tried to get it banned from theaters, claiming unlawful free advertising for McDonald’s since Pennywise is “an exact replica” of Ronald McDonald, thus promoting the rival restaurant. (article)


The Shamwow guy, Vince Offer, wrote a comedy film which was considered to be one of the worst films of all time. With a $500,000 budget, it grossed $856 at the box office

In 2000, Offer successfully sued Anna Nicole Smith for $4 million, claiming that Smith had agreed to be in his movie, but backed out in 1996 over fears that appearing in the movie would be detrimental to her career.

But wait, there’s more!

February 7, 2009, Offer was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida on a charge of felony battery after an altercation with a 26-year-old prostitute. Offer contended that he struck the prostitute when she “bit his tongue and would not let go.” Prosecutors later declined to file formal charges

Here’s a clip from his movie The Underground Comedy Movie:


In 2004 215 restaurants in the Chinese province of Guizhou were closed after being charged with lacing their food with opium to make customers addicted. In 2016, 35 restaurants in the entire country were found doing the same thing (article)

The Making Of ‘Gutter Oil’ In China


In 1984, a episode of Thomas The Tank Engine featured an engine, Henry, who refused to go out in the rain. To solve the problem, the workers boarded Henry up in a cave and abandoned him.


Joseph Trombino, Brinks truck driver, who narrowly survived an armed robbery in 1983 and the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, only to be killed in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (article)

Trombino, a career Brinks security guard, was severely wounded during the 1981 Brinks armored truck robbery in Nanuet in which two police officers and his partner, Peter Paige, were killed. Trombino lost the use of one arm, but remained on the job for another 20 years until the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Trombino, 68, of Clifton, N.J., was killed as he attempted to drive the armored truck in his care out of harm’s way during the attacks on the World Trade Center. Years earlier, he had narrowly missed a similar fate, having just left the towers’ garage when terrorists detonated a bomb beneath the soaring skyscrapers.


Mike Tyson’s Training Regiment included waking up at 4am, jogging 5-miles. Then he would do 2000 sit-ups, 500 pushups, 500 dips, 500 shrugs and about 30 minutes of neck bridges daily. He repeated this 6 days a week. (article)



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