Marlon Brandon was in the Civil Rights movement throughout his career, and later advocated for the rights of indigenous Americans. His outspoken activism, in the midst of the harshly segregated ’60s, earned him a reserved place near the podium of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream”.
Legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese, best known for his violent gangster films, has used the same female editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, on every movie he’s made since Raging Bull in 1980.
Frank Sinatra died the night of Seinfeld’s finale and his ambulance made it to the hospital in record time because traffic was so light due to everyone watching the show.
In Bolivia, when an inmate enters San Pedro Prison they have to purchase a cell. They can purchase a cell from the prison mayor or freelance agents who typically advertises avaliable cells in restaurants and bulletin boards. Housing in the prison varies between $20 and $5,000 depending on the quality.
The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow.
A con artist asked Al Capone for $50,000, claiming he could double it in two months. However, he did nothing with the money and after the two months gave it back to Capone, who, impressed by his integrity, gave him a tenth of the loaned money. That $5,000 was what he wanted in the first place.
When filming the original Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen never washed Borat’s suit or wore deodorant when in character. He said it gave Borat a “kind of dreadful Soviet-bloc smell the moment I walk in”.
Nelson Mandela was adopted by the leader of the Thembu tribe after his father died in 1927. His adopted father, Jongintaba Dalindyebo, saw potential in him and helped encourage him to be a young leader in the tribe.
When Bill Withers was in his 30s earning $3 an hour, he went to a Lou Rawls concert. He overheard that Rawls (who didn’t arrive) was to be paid $2000 for the show. Withers immediately bought a cheap guitar and started writing songs.
There is a man called José Salvador Alvarenga who holds the Guinness World Record for longest time being lost at sea. He was lost for 438 days in a boat that was about 7 meters long and almost one meter wide. He survived by eating raw fish, turtles and birds and by drinking rain water.