#CoolFacts 151

1-5 CoolFacts

Kim Schmitz

1. In 2001 Kim ‘Dotcom’ purchased €375,000 of shares of a nearly bankrupt company, announced he would invest €50 million in the company, and caused the share value to jump nearly 300%. He then sold his shares a few days later for €1,568,000. He’d never had the money available to invest. –Source

2. The Chernobyl fireman who claimed they didn’t know that the Chernobyl meltdown flames were radioactive, 20 years later said “Of course we knew! If we’d followed regulations, we would never have gone near the reactor. But it was a moral obligation, our duty. We were like kamikaze.” – Source

3. Harry D. Andrews (1890-1981) was declared dead from spinal meningitis and then revived with experimental adrenaline. He then served for France in WWI. He later found out that his fiancé left him. He then proceeded to carry 56,000 pails of stone from a river to build his own three story castle. –Source

4. James D. French was an American murderer who was put to death in 1966 by the electric chair. His last words were: “How’s this for your headline? ‘French Fries’”. – Source

5. Despite very heavy resistance, the Canadians made it farther inland than any other landing force on D-Day. – Source

6-10 CoolFacts

Wile E Coyote Roadrunner

6. Wile E. Coyote catches Roadrunner only once on the 31st anniversary episode of the series. He then holds up a sign that says “Okay wise guys, you always wanted me to catch him. Now what do I do?” –Source

7. If each star in our galaxy had a trillion planets, with a trillion people living on them, and each of these people has a trillion packs of cards and somehow they manage to make unique shuffles 1,000 times per second since the Big Bang, they’d only be starting to repeat shuffles now. – Source

8. British prisoners of war during WW2 were a huge morale drain on the German people. Often they’d get their captors arrested by filing fallacious complaints about their treatment in the camps. – Source

9. African-Americans gained Irish surnames (e.g. Shaquille O’Neal) because Irish and Blacks lived side by side in the poorest parts of port towns in 19th century America. – Source

10. Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries will sometimes intentionally injure themselves on the lower body (e.g. break a toe), causing their bodies to respond by raising blood pressure and enhancing their performance. This practice has been banned as cheating. – Source