3. In 1959, a South Carolina librarian called the police because a 9-year-old
black boy did not want to leave. The boy later earned a Ph.D. in physics from
MIT and died in 1986 as one of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
The library that in the past did not let him pick up books now bears his name, Ronald McNair. (Source)
4. Angelina Jolie tried to hire a hit man to kill her when she was young, because
she believed that murder would be easier for her family to cope with than suicide.
The hit man in question ended up talking to her and managed to convince her
to wait a month and be able to seek treatment for her depression. (Source)
5. In 1880, the director of the Harvard Astronomical Observatory was so frustrated
with his team that he often said, "My Scottish maid would do a thousand times better!"
And he did. The director hired his maid, William Fleming, who became a team manager
for decades, classified dozens of stars, and discovered the Horsehead Nebula in the
Orion Constellation (Source)
6. Singer Billy Joel never sells the front row seats to see his true fans in front of him.
He usually gives them to people with cheap tickets, to show that the front row is not
always for rich people. (Source)
7. Carrie Fisher sent a package containing a cow's tongue to a producer who had
abused a friend of hers. The actress sent a note along with the package that said:
"The next thing I send will be something of yours in a much smaller box" (Source)
8. Lionel Royce, a Jewish actor, lost his job in Nazi Germany. Without giving up,
he went to the Alps, grew a beard and dyed all his hair by bathing in hydrogen peroxide.
He returned to the stage posing as an actor from the countryside, and was praised
by the Nazis in his career for the "superiority" that he demonstrated with his "Aryan blood." (Source)
9. After Nintendo's failure to launch its Wii U console, company president Satoru Iwata
cut his salary in half for half a year so that his employees wouldn't have to suffer the
consequences of a mistake he knew yours. (Source)
10. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not allowed to dub his own role in "Terminator" into
German, his mother tongue, because his accent was considered very "village" by Germanic
standards, and the production company considered that it would be very ridiculous to have
a killing machine from the future going back in time to talk to a villager. (Source)
11. Kate Winslet keeps her Oscar in the bathroom so that her guests can hold it up and
improvise their own thank you speeches without feeling observed. (Source)
12. There is a restaurant in New York that does not have renowned chefs or cooks,
as it employs grandmothers. Every day, a grandmother from a different part of the world
designs her own menu, which is offered in the restaurant. ()
13. In 2015, when Queen Elizabeth II of England visited the set of "Game of Thrones"
she refused to sit on the Iron Throne because, according to protocol, as a queen she is
prohibited from sitting on a foreign throne. ()
14. In 1992 Nirvana gave a concert in Buenos Aires where people did not seem satisfied with
the opening act, Calamity Jane, a female group that they threw mud and trash at. Kurt Cobain
was so concerned that he sabotaged the concert by playing the group's lesser-known songs and
made a pretense of playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” his biggest hit, but never did. (Source)
15. “Lose Yourself” was the first rap song to win an Oscar for Best Original Song, but Eminem,
its author, neither saw the ceremony nor showed up to pick up the award because as he believed
he was not going to win, he stayed taking care and watching cartoons with her daughter. It was the
first time in 14 years that the award winner did not perform at the gala. (Source)
16. In Iceland there is a tradition called Jólabókaflóðið, where everyone gives each other books on
Christmas Eve and they spend the night reading them and eating chocolate. (Source)
17. The psychologist László Polgár launched an interesting theory: any child can become
a prodigy in any field if you work with them from the time they are very young. As an
experiment to prove it, he trained his daughters in the art of chess from the age of four.
The three girls became chess prodigies; the youngest, Judit, is considered the best player in history. (Source)
18. As a teenager, actor Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” received a letter
confirming a place in a prestigious theater program at Oxford University, but could not
afford to go. He obtained a scholarship through a private benefactor whose identity he did
not know. The patron turned out to be the Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, who was able to
thank in first person for his gesture at the premiere of "Black Panther." ()
19.- One of the odd bits of knowledge which visitors to Chile sometimes pick up
is that it is the only country in the world to span three continents.
20.- Shakespeare incorporates more than 1000 words into English.