Rod Steward used to take cocaine anally, rather than risk destroying his nasal passages. (article)
…we started buying anti-cold capsules from the chemist’s, separating the two halves of the capsules, replacing their contents with a pinch of cocaine, and then taking the capsules anally, where, of course, the human body being a wonderful thing, they would dissolve effortlessly into the system.
Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, a Gurkha soldier who single-handedly held his post against dozens of oncoming Taliban; after firing 250 machine gun rounds, 180 SA80 rounds, throwing 12 grenades and one claymore mine, 30 Taliban lay dead around him (article)
“As Pun defended his position, one Taliban fighter climbed the side of the tower adjacent to the guard house, hopped on to the roof and rushed him. Pun turned to take the fighter out, but his weapon misfired. Pun grabbed the tripod of his machine gun and tossed it at the Taliban’s face, which knocked the enemy fighter off of the roof of the building. Pun continued to fight off the assault until reinforcements arrived. When it was all said and done, 30 Taliban lay dead.
“‘At that time I wasn’t worried, there wasn’t any choice but to fight. The Taliban were all around the checkpoint, I was alone,’ he told the crowd gathered at the ceremony. ‘I had so many of them around me that I thought I was definitely going to die so I thought I’d kill as many of them as I could before they killed me.’
“In all, he fired off 250 machine gun rounds, 180 SA80 rounds, threw six phosphorous grenades and six normal grenades, and one claymore mine.”
In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to show up at your place, watch a sad video with you until you cry, then wipe your tears for you. (article)
A rare mutation among the Bajau people lets them stay underwater longer: natural selection at the PDE10A gene has increased spleen size in the Bajau, providing them with a larger reservoir of oxygenated red blood cells
Hallmark movies take 3 weeks to film with a $2mil budget (article)
Every Hallmark movie ever made:
She’s a highly-paid professional at a job that doesn’t exist anymore. Travel agent, magazine publisher. She’s too busy for love and/or doesn’t have Christmas in her heart. She’s sent to a small town to acquire the local bakery/newspaper. The small town has an outlandish name like “Cookie Jar” or “Elf Sack”.
He’s a charmingly bland or blandly charming local boy whom everyone in the town knows and loves. He loves Christmas with all his heart and has a heartwarming family tradition that is easy to film and doesn’t require any extras. He meets Female Protagonist and there is immediate, non-sexual chemistry in the form of 45 seconds of “witty” banter that your great-grandpa would think is sassy. He takes her to the Local Town Christmas Carnival, reminds her of the true meaning of Christmas, and they fall in love.
But wait! A sudden misunderstanding arises! Male and Female Protagonists might not end up together! It’s act 2!
Act 2 takes literally as long as it took you to read that, the misunderstanding is cleared up and we’re back to smooth sailing. Male Protagonist convinces Female Protagonist that small-town life is the only thing that will make her happy, so she decides to move to Reindeer Pelt and help run the bakery. The final shot is always a kiss. No fucking tongue, you disgusting perverts. If you want porno, go to the Lifetime Channel.
A man spent 60 hours underwater, in total darkness, after his vessel capsized and sunk to the bottom of the sea. He was discovered alive by divers sent to recover dead bodies.
“Shots to roughly 80 percent of targets on the body would not be fatal blows” and that “if a gunshot victim’s heart is still beating upon arrival at a hospital, there is a 95 percent chance of survival” (article)
Serial killer Ed Kemper: “I stabbed her, but she didn’t fall dead. They’re supposed to fall dead, they’re supposed to go ‘oh’ and fall dead, I’d seen it in all the movies, right? It doesn’t work that way. When you stab somebody, they leak to death.”
Alec Guinness agreed to be in Star Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi) only after his initial salary was doubled, and that he would receive 2.25% of all gross royalties paid to George Lucas, and never have to make a publicity appearance.
“So how much did this brilliant maneuver put into Sir Alec’s bank? Thanks, especially, to the re-release of Star Wars in the 90s, Alec Guinness and his estate have earned more than $95 million from Star Wars. Guinness died in 2000, but because of his epic Star Wars deal, his estate has continued to earn millions through royalty checks, licensing and merchandise sales. To put this into perspective: Alec earned more money playing Obi-Wan Kenobi than he had previously earned from his other 40 major film roles… combined, including his Oscar winning role in The Bridge on the River Kwai.
While viewing porn, men tend to focus on a woman’s eyes and lips over breasts or genitals. Researchers speculate that men look at women’s faces to determine how “turned on” the woman is. (article)
Related Viewing: A video of Stoya reading a book while sitting on an unseen vibrator
When 13-year-old Ryan White got AIDS from a blood donor in 1984, he was banned from returning to school by a petition signed by 117 parents. An auction was held to keep him out, a newspaper supporting him got death threats, and his family left town when a gun was fired through their window
Related: Undetectable = Untransmittable
Dalmatians are the official firehouse dog because, in the 1700’s, they would run alongside horse-drawn carriages keeping pace, even at full sprint, and protect the horses from other dogs or animals that could spook them (article)
Enter the dalmatian. According to the American Kennel Club’s Complete Dog Book, quoted on the Dalmatian Club of America website, dalmatians were the perfect carriage dogs because they have the “strength, vitality, fortitude and size to keep going gaily til the journey’s end.” Dalmatians also happened to have a reputation for getting along great with horses, and it wasn’t long before they became the favored carriage dog among wealthy citizens of England and America.
When horsedrawn fire carriages hit the scene in the late 1700s, carriage dogs became fire pups. Dalmatians were perfectly suited for the job, not only because of their carriage-trailing abilities, but their grace under fire. Dalmatians were known to have a calming effect on horses (source), so while firefighters battled a blaze, the fire dog could stay with the horses ease their stress. Back at the station, the fire dog would typically bunk in the stable alongside their equine charges.
12,000 bears are farmed for their bile in Asia which is used in traditional Chinese medicine and generates $2bn per year. Farming always involves surgery on the bears to insert a catheter or to cut a hole through the abdomen by which the bile leaks. Bear bile has no medicinal effect
Here’s a rescued one getting out of his cage for the first time:
“The vet team has been working hard to rehabilitate him after years of having his bile extracted. In fact his gall bladder was so damaged it had to be removed. Examinations had found numerous gallstones, meaning he’d lived in pain for years. That wasn’t the only surgery Tuffy faced. He also had painful, dry, cracked paws. Animals Asia Bear Manager Louise Ellis said: “The cracked paws are common to bile farm bears as they only walk on bars, not grass. Dehydration is likely to have contributed to this too. So for his carers to see him take to the pool so quickly after he first became ready to face the outdoors was an amazing moment.” In fact Tuffy loved being outdoors so much he decided not to return to his den in the evening – choosing instead to sleep under the stars.”
Rapper J. Cole graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA, accepted a scholarship to St. Johns University, was the president of a pan-African student coalition in college, and graduated with a magna cum laude in communication and business
When his eight years as President of the United States ended on January 20, 1953, private citizen Harry Truman took the train home to Independence, Missouri, mingling with other passengers along the way. He had no secret service protection. His only income was an Army pension. (article)
When Lawrence Anthony, known as “The Elephant Whisperer”, passed away. A herd of elephants arrived at his house in South Africa to mourn him. Although the elephants were not alerted to the event, they travelled to his house and stood around for two days, and then dispersed (article)