Facts You Probably don’t Need
- Morgan Freeman didn’t appear in a movie until the age of 34 and didn’t get a big role until he was 52 with “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Glory.”
- The singular form of “spaghetti” is “spaghetto.”
- Peter Benchley, the author of “Jaws,” dedicated the last decade of his life to the preservation of sharks to make up for the mass hysteria that he felt he had helped create.
- When Marco Polo passed through Sumatra, he saw an animal which he thought was a unicorn. He said it was a combination of a wild boar, a buffalo, and an elephant. The animal he was describing was actually a rhinoceros.
- Budapest was once two cities, Buda and Pest. They merged in 1873.
- Christopher Lloyd was only 46 years old when he filmed “Back to the Future.”
- The four vultures in Disney’s “The Jungle Book” were both designed after and originally supposed to be voiced by the Beatles.
- Ancient Greeks believed that redheads turned into vampires after death.
Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.