Vast volcanic eruptions may have turned Venus from paradise (68 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit) into hell. The surface temperature is a sweltering 867 degrees Fahrenheit (464 degrees Celsius), hot enough to melt lead, and there’s a crushing pressure of 90 atmospheres underneath the dense clouds of carbon dioxide laced with corroding sulfuric acid. Venus is a victim of a runaway greenhouse effect.
The guys from Milli Vanilli (Rob & Fab) as well as the original singers were all misled by their record producer in the lip-sync scandal and are the ones that brought it to the press. Rob & Fab were upset they wouldn’t let them sing, and the original singers were upset they weren’t the stars.
After fighting in WWI, A. A. Milne had PTSD so severe, he was reminded of whizzing bullets by buzzing bees, and cannons firing by balloons popping. Wanting a lighthearted distraction and a way to explain to his son the difficulties of war, he wrote Winnie the Pooh stories as his way of doing so.
There is a wooden statue of Rambo from First Blood, in Hope, BC, Canada to commemorate the filming of the movie there. The carver, Ryan Villiers, took the challenge on and he delivered in a big way. Apparently Sylvester Stallone got wind of it and Ryan wanted his blessing before the carving was put up.
“He said ‘Well I like it, I only have one question: How tall is it?”
The statue itself stands 5’10” — Stallone’s height. But a pedestal provides a boost so it stands at 6’3″.
In 1950s, Toyota made their first car called the Toyopet Crown, then they made the Corona and Corolla in the 1960s, which means “Crown” and “Little Crown” in Latin, then they made the Camry which means “Crown” in Japanese, and the car that became the foundation of Lexus is called the Crown RS.
Singapore’s constitution requires the President to have experience as a minister – or as CEO of a large, profitable company.
In 1930, to make way for a new building, the Indiana Bell Building, weighing 11,000 tons, was moved 16 meters and rotated 90°. The work took a month to finish and did not disrupt the building’s essential services, nor its gas, water, and electricity supply. No one inside felt the building move.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, considered by many to be the greatest philosopher of the 20th Century, was asked by his sister to help build a house. He spent a year designing the door handles.
The Great Arkansas Pearl Rush started in 1897 after a 14-grain pink pearl was found in the Black River near Black Rock, Arkansas. It lasted until 1905, but a button-making industry emerged that continued on to the 1940s by using mussel shells that had been discarded.
One of the proposed scientific names of Neanderthals was Homo Stupidus.