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1-5 CoolFacts

Matthew McConaughey chest bump

1. It was Leonardo DiCaprio’s idea to include Matthew McConaughey chest bump in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ after spotting McConaughey beating his chest as a way of relaxing himself before shooting scenes. – Source

2. While almost all weight lifting records are from modern day athletes, the current record for a one-handed dead lift was set by Hermann Görner in 1920. He lifted 330 kg (727.5 lb). – Source

3. There is a fruit by the name of Black Sapote or “chocolate pudding fruit,” which tastes like chocolate pudding and is actually low in fat and has about “4 times as much vitamin C as an orange.” – Source

4. Acronyms are said like words, while initialisms are individual letters. For example, NATO is an acronym and FBI is an initialism. – Source

5. No insurance company underwrites Jackie Chan’s productions. As such, he personally trains his stuntmen and pays their medical bills out of his own pocket. – Source

 

6-10 CoolFacts

Scrabble

6. It is a common tactic in Scrabble to use words not in the dictionary, which is a legal move as long as the other player doesn’t call you out. – Source

7. In Sept 1940, UK sent to US documents for improved radar, the jet engine, feasibility of an atomic bomb, rocket designs, plastic explosives & more; tech that would lead to victory, the nuclear age, jet age and said to be the “most valuable cargo ever brought to our shores”; in a single trunk. – Source

8. Ise Jingu, one of the most sacred shrines in Japan is torn down and rebuilt every 20 years. This has been going on for over 1,000 years, and some records indicate it may have started 2,000 years ago. –Source

9. US military suicides surpassed combat deaths in 2012. – Source

10. A 16-year veteran Police Officer of Mendham Township Police Department filed suit against his department alleging he was twice passed up for promotion and denied chances for overtime because he refused to profile young drivers for traffic tickets. – Source

11-15 CoolFacts

Louis Armstrong

11. During his 1955 tour in Ghana, Louis Armstrong suddenly stopped playing, moved by the fact that one of the dancers resembled his mother, who had died 20 years before. He said: “I know it now. I came from here, way back. At least my people did. Now I know this is my country too.” – Source

12. In Forrest Gump, Forrest’s Washington D.C. speech apparently has actual dialogue. According to Tom Hanks, he says, “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” – Source

13. Studies have shown that girls with absentee fathers go through puberty earlier than their peers. –Source

14. Famed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt was in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Despite Django being a gypsy, handicapped, a player of a banned music style, and a known friend of blacks and Jews, the Nazis left him alone because some higher Nazi officers were huge fans of his music. – Source

15. In its 44-year history, “Sesame Street” has won 153 Emmys and 8 Grammys. An estimated 77 million Americans watched the show as children, and 120 million people watch its various international versions. – Source