"Friendship that ends was never one; there was at least one sucker in it."
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
What's brown and sticky? A stick!
Peanuts aren’t technically nuts
They’re legumes. According to Merriam-Webster, a nut is only a nut if it’s “a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed with a separable rind or shell and interior kernel.” That means walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios aren’t nuts either. They’re seeds.
Adolf Hitler helped design the Volkswagen Beetle.
That’s right, the fella who gave a big thumbs up to the Holocaust also invented Herbie.
Nothing from your childhood is safe from Nazis.
Between Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche, the iconic and globally-loved Beetle was designed as part of a Hitler-revived German initiative to create “the people’s car” – an affordable and practical car that everyone could own.
In fact, the car manufacturer’s name “Volkswagen” translates to English as “People’s car”.
Daniel Radcliffe was supposed to wear green eye contacts during the Harry Potter movies
Book fans were surprised when Daniel Radcliffe emerged on screen for the first time as Harry Potter and didn’t have the same distinctive green eye colour as Rowling’s literary creation.
In fact, Radcliffe was supposed to wear green eye contacts throughout the filming of every single Harry Potter movie, but the plan had to be scrapped after Radcliffe struggled with the lenses.
When filming commenced on the first ever movie, Radcliffe found the contacts so uncomfortable that producers decided that Harry would just have to have blue eyes instead! The actor later commented: “I tried contacts in the first film because in the book Harry’s eyes are supposed to be a brilliant green and mine are much bluer than they should be.
So we put green contact lenses in but they were excruciatingly painful. So I don’t think we’ll be going back down the contact road if I can avoid it.”
“You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”
On the Waterfront, 1954
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