Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

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Poon Lim survived 133 days adrift in the Pacific ocean on a 8′ square wooden raft. When rescued he was told no one had ever survived longer on a raft at sea, he simply replied “I hope no one will ever have to break that record.”

After approximately two hours in the water, he found an 8′ square wooden raft and climbed into it. The raft had several tins of biscuits, a 40-litre jug of water, some chocolate, a bag of sugar lumps, some flares, two smoke pots, and a flashlight.

Poon Lim initially kept himself alive by drinking the water and eating the food on the raft, but later resorted to fishing and catching rainwater in a canvas life jacket covering. He could not swim very well and often tied a rope from the boat to his wrist, in case he fell into the ocean. He took a wire from the flashlight and made it into a fishhook, and used hemp rope as a fishing line. He also dug a nail out of the boards on the wooden raft and bent it into a hook for larger fish. When he captured a fish, he would cut it open with a knife he fashioned out of a biscuit tin and dry it on a hemp line over the raft. Once, a large storm hit and spoiled his fish and fouled his water. Poon, barely alive, caught a bird and drank its blood to survive.

When he saw sharks, he did not swim. Instead he set out to catch one. He used the remnants of the next bird he caught as bait. The first shark to pick up the taste was only a few feet long. He gulped the bait and hit the line with full force, but in preparation Poon Lim had braided the line so it would have double thickness. He also had wrapped his hands in canvas to enable him to make the catch. The shark attacked him after he brought it aboard the raft, so he used the water jug half-filled with seawater as a weapon. After subduing the shark, Poon Lim cut it open and sucked the blood from its liver. Since it hadn’t rained, he was out of water and this quenched his thirst. He sliced the fins and let them dry in the sun – a Hainan delicacy


In 1916 there was a proposed Amendment to the US Constitution that would put all acts of war to a national vote, and anyone voting yes would have to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army. (article)

While the proposal was supported by around 75 percent of Americans at the time, according to polling, it failed in a congressional vote.


A man named Dean Karnazes has a physiological advantage in that he doesn’t seem to have a lactate threshold; thus was able to run 350 miles in under 81hours without sleep (article)

He started ultra-marathon running after having a drunken epiphany/mid-life crisis on his 30th birthday while running away from a bar to avoid cheating on his wife.

He proceeded to run over 30miles in his underwear while smashed drunk and decided to have a career change.

Dean Karnazes



The first person in history whose name we know is ‘Kushim’, who was not a King, poet or a warrior, but an accountant. He signed a receipt which said “29,086 measures barley 37 months Kushim”, which was found on a clay tablet in Mesopotamia. (article)

Kushim tablet


In Japan, houses are considered depreciating assets. Half of all homes are destroyed by the time they are 38 and rebuilt. There are 4 times as many architects and twice as many construction workers per capita as the US. There is no home equity LOC and virtually no home improvement industry. (article)


In 1992, a man named Stefan Mandel won a $27,036,142 jackpot, 6 second prizes, 132 third prizes, and 135 minor prizes in ONE lottery, by buying EVERY SINGLE COMBINATION possible – Over 5.5 million tickets. All 44 US states with lotteries have since changed their laws to prevent this. (article)


EVE Online hired an economist to oversee the in-game money. Besides writing internal reports, he occasionally intervenes to prevent inflation and unintended market consequences. EVE has about 500k users who partake in the game’s hyper-libertarian online economy. (article)

eve online


The scene in Fight Club where Tyler is explaining the cost of a recall when “A car built by my company crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside” is based on ACTUAL leaked memos from GM and Ford. (article)


Salvador Dali would avoid paying his tabs by drawing on the checks he wrote, making the checks a valuable piece of art

Dali loved money and the finer things in life…this was no secret to anyone. However, it was said that during his later years, Dali created interesting ways to keep his excessive lifestyle afloat. One clever way that Dali avoided paying for things was by scribbling on restaurant checks. He was known to take huge parties of friends and students out for dinner and then when the bill came, he would write a check for the entire meal. However, as the waiter watched, Dali would quickly sketch something on the back of his check. Knowing that the restaurant owner would never cash such a valuable piece of art, Dali basically wrote his own money, and cleverly avoided a large dinner bill.


A Manhattan driver set a record by hitting 240 consecutive green lights


Before there were alarm clocks, there were “knockers-up”, who were hired to shoot dried peas from a blow gun at people’s windows in order to wake them up in the morning (Professional Knocker upper, Mary Smith with Pea Shooter, 1910)


The Kingdom of Bhutan only has one international airport, located at 7,332 ft elevation in a deep valley surrounded by 18,000 ft mountains and only a select number of pilots are certified to land there, due to it being one of the most challenging airports in the world.


Sylvester Stallone kept the two turtles, “Cuff” and “Link” from the 1976 movie Rocky, and they are still alive today at 44


Pablo Escobar’s personal hitman, John J. Velásquez, responsible for 3500 murders, was released from jail in 2014 and is now a YouTube personality with 1million subscribers

How does someone responsible for 3500 murders gets released from jail?

He confessed the murder of 3500, but “was only convicted over one murder – the 1989 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán”



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