David Bowie declined the royal honor of Commander of the British Empire, and turned down a knighthood.
Amidst the chaos of WW1, a German unit tried to leave their trenches under a flag of truce on Easter Sunday, 1915. However, they were warned off by the British troops that opposed them.
During the 1932 World Series, while at-bat, Babe Ruth made a pointing gesture towards the center field bleachers. On the next pitch, he hit a home run to center field.
In googol (10^100) years, the universe will be virtually empty.
A man once filed a lawsuit against the Devil. However, the court refused the request to proceed because the plaintiff had not included instructions for how the U.S. Marshal could serve process on Satan.
If we assume that only 5% of all the humans that will ever be born have already been born (about 60 billion), then we can predict that 1.2 trillion humans will ever be born. Assuming that the world population stabilizes at 10 billion at a life expectancy of 80 years, it can be estimated that the remaining 1.14 trillion humans that will ever be born will be born in 9120 years. This is the Doomsday Argument.
The average person will walk approximately the distance of 3 times around the planet in their lifetime.
L = Sd x D / C
L = (7500 steps) (0.672 m) x (71 years x 365 days) / 40 075 000 m
L = 3.26 laps
In seasons 9 and 10 of the popular American sitcom ‘Friends’, each of the star cast members were paid $1 million per episode.
In November 2008, the discovery of an eye-witness account on how Hitler was treated after being shot on the Western Front during World War I was announced in the press. According to the report, Hitler was monorchid.
When Marlon Brando was studying to become an actor in New York, a teacher instructed his class to act like chickens, and added that a nuclear bomb was about to fall on them. Most of the class clucked and ran around wildly, but Brando sat calmly and pretended to lay an egg. Asked by Adler why he had chosen to react this way, he said, “I’m a chicken – What do I know about bombs?” Brando is hailed for bringing realism to film acting.
The tailbone, the appendix, and ‘goose bumps’ are all examples of human vestigiality, or traits that occur in humans which have lost their function through evolution. The tailbone is the remnant of a lost tail, the appendix was used for digestive purposes, and ‘Goose Bumps’ would flare body hair as a defense mechanism or to keep warm.
In his midget season, 10 year old Wayne Gretzky tallied 378 goals and 139 assists in just 85 games. That is 4.4 goals, and 1.6 assists per game.