1-5 CoolFacts

universe

1. The theory of an infinite universe was first proposed by a Greek philosopher named Archytas of Tarentum ~400 B.C., reasoning that even if he did reach the end of the universe he would still be able extend his staff beyond the boundary. – Source

2. In 1981, 8 of the top 10 grossing movies were original stories; in 2011, none of the top 10 were original stories. – Source

3. Vanilla Ice originally released “Ice Ice Baby” as a B-Side to his first single, “Play That Funky Music.” The song did not do well, but a DJ in Columbus, Georgia accidentally played the B-Side giving birth to the mainstream success. – Source

4. When Google became a publicly traded enterprise, founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt requested that their salary be cut to $1. Subsequent offers by the company to increase their salaries have been declined because their main compensation comes from owning stock in Google. – Source

5. Despite being a minor background detail, the roaches in Half-Life had AI that would seek out food and react to other creatures and changes in the environment – Source

6-10 CoolFacts

Edith Macefield

6. There was a woman named Edith Macefield who did not sell her house to make way for a commercial development project in Seattle. When she died, she willed the house to the leader of the construction project “in gratitude for the friendship he had shown her during the construction.” –Source

7. As a peasant in the feudal age, you had no right to mill you own grain. Millwrights would come to your house and break your milling equipment to enforce their monopoly. This is the reason many quern-stones are found in broken condition. – Source

8. John C. Mcginley (the actor who played Dr. Cox in Scrubs) uses girl names to refer to all his real friends. He also uses Cox’ signature whistles in regular conversation, calling it “a bad habit”. – Source

9. One of the most powerful earthquakes recorded in US history, the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812, were so powerful that they reversed the flow of the Mississippi River, rang church bells in Boston, and cracked sidewalks in Washington D.C. – Source

10. On the Price is Right taping in September 2008, the Showcase results were halted for 45 minutes because a contestant had bid the EXACT price ($23,743). Drew Carey claimed he read out the result on-air as deadpan as possible because he was worried the show was crooked and he’d go to jail. –Source

11-15 CoolFacts

Eli Roth

11. To get into character as The Bear Jew in Inglourious Basterds, Eli Roth listened to Hannah Montana songs and thought about what it’d be like if he was Hannah Montana because it took him “to a place of insanity.” – Source

12. Zach Galifianakis once asked the grand wizard of the KKK if he’d ever seen Big Momma’s House 3. – Source

13. After the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933, Yuengling sent a truckload of “Winner Beer” to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in appreciation, which arrived the day the amendment, was repealed. It is particularly notable since Yuengling beer takes almost three weeks to brew and age. – Source

14. John Lennon once called an ’emergency board meeting’ of the Beatles in order to inform his band mates that he’d realized, while tripping on acid, that he was the second coming of Jesus. – Source

15. Albert Einstein used to charge people $1 for an autograph. He then donated this money to charity. – Source