Be totally honest with yourself. How many of these facts did you know?
Main picture: If officials awarded Lance Armstrong’s 2005 Tour de France title to the next fastest finisher who has never been linked to doping, they would have to give it to the 23rd place finisher.
After 9/11, 1600 people died in automobile accidents, after they switched their travel plans from flying to driving.
Not a single engineer made it off the Titanic. They all stayed on board and kept the power on so that others could escape.
When three people tried to sell Coca Cola’s secret formula to Pepsi, Pepsi informed the management at Coca Cola headquarters and called the FBI
When child actor Jackie Coogan turned 18, he found out all his money ( $68million) had been spent by his mother who argued that “No promises were ever made to give Jackie anything. Every dollar that a kid earns before he is 21, belongs to his parents.” Coogan’s Bill was then passed to protect child actors.
Certain medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics will contain fragments of the meteorite which hit Russia.
During the Siege of Leningrad during WW2, nine Soviet scientists died of starvation while protecting the world’s largest seed bank, refusing to eat what they saw as their country’s future.
In 1999, an Australian, Bill Morgan, was declared dead for 14 minutes. Later, he was revived and lived unscathed. To celebrate his survival, he bought a scratch card and won a $27,000 car. The news team asked him to re-enact the scratch card moment so he bought another card and won a $ 250,000 jackpot in it.
A neuroscientist from California spent 67 years of his life stereoblind as he was unable to experience depth perception. It was only after seeing the movie Hugo with 3D glasses that his brain suddenly clicked and he was able to experience 3D vision.
Hall of Fame boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson backed out of a fight because he had a dream that he was going to kill his opponent in the ring. After a priest and minister convinced Robinson to fight, Robinson went into the ring and killed his opponent, Jimmy Doyle, during the fight.
Speed is now so important in financial trading that a new $300 million cable was laid in order to shave off five milliseconds off communications between New York and London
After needing 13 litres of blood for surgery at the age of 13, James Harrison pledged to donate blood once he turned 18. It was discovered that his blood contained a rare antigen which cured Rhesus disease. He has donated blood a record 1,000 times and saved 2,000,000 lives.
Finally, this is not strictly trivia but rather my brother, Blaine’s comment on a quote by Leonard Cohen:
“I have always been attracted to the voluptuousness of austerity. I never chose the style of my life because it hurt. It was on the contrary. I feel most comfortable and most abundant when things are very simple and I know where everything is and there’s nothing around that I don’t need.”
This quote of Cohen’s resonated with me and it ought be a guiding principle of humanity as we screw up our planet with our conspicuous and gratuitous consumption:
I just love those words. Most people say, “Less is more.” While he talks about the ‘voluptuousness of austerity’.