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1-5 CoolFacts

Seth Rogen

1. Seth Rogen paid the bills and was the main wage earner of the family by the age of 16 – Source

2. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years. – Source

3. Keanu Reeves has a private cancer foundation to help children’s hospitals and cancer research, but he does not attach his name to it. He also has spent over 5 million dollars to help his sister in her fight against leukemia. – Source

4. A Lyme vaccine conferring immunity 76% of adults and 100% of children was removed from the market after an outcry by patient advocacy groups; despite no scientific evidence suggesting the vaccine was unsafe. – Source

5. Author Ian McEwan helped his son write his A-level essay about one of his own novels, Enduring Love. The teacher disagreed with his interpretation. – Source

6-10 CoolFacts

Lots-o'-Huggin bear

6. Lots-o’-Huggin bear from Toy Story 3 was originally meant to appear in the first film, but the technology needed to animate his fur did not yet exist. – Source

7. Andre Geim won the satirical Ig Nobel Prize in 2000 for his work on using magnetism to levitate a frog. About 10 years later, his experiments regarding graphene won him the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. This makes him the only ever recipient of both the Ig Nobel and Nobel Prizes. – Source

8. There is a German word “Bulimielernen” [= bulimia learning]. It describes the brainless activity of having to learn a lot of useless stuff in a short time, and “puking” the knowledge into an exam, so it is gone afterwards – Source

9. The Mall of America in Minnesota does not have central heating. Instead, it is heated by solar windows, store electronics, and body heat from shoppers – Source

10. The Huns had no writing system, and thus all records of them were written by their enemies — who universally described them as nearly monstrous in appearance, speech, and behavior. – Source

11-15 CoolFacts

Will Smith

11. During the 1st season of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Will Smith memorized the lines of everyone in the cast. If you go back and watch closely, you can see him lip synching the lines of whoever was speaking in a scene. – Source

12. In the 1950’s, a Texas white man named John Howard Griffin went through extensive physical changes to become a black man and traveled for six weeks on buses through the segregated south. After publishing his experiences, hostility and threats forced him to move to Mexico. – Source

13. After hearing Kennedy’s “end of the decade” speech, an Englishman made a wager with a bookmaker of 10 pounds at 1000/1 “that a man will set foot on the surface of the moon before the first of January 1970.” He thought it was “a common sense bet.” – Source

14. Some men are allergic to their own semen and they experience flu-like symptoms after each ejaculation that can last for up to a week – Source

15. Future King Henry V was struck in the face by an arrow in his first battle leading soldiers. Rather than leaving the field, he reportedly stated that “he would rather die than stain his soldierly reputation by flight.” He was sixteen at that time. – Source