Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • You can’t make a true James Bond vesper martini anymore. Kina Lillet was discontinued and reformulated in 1986.


  • Teddy Roosevelt once knocked out a drunken gunman in a bar brawl, after the man called him “Four Eyes.”


  • The “Despicable Me” franchise has a higher grossing revenue than “Iron Man,” “Terminator” and “Star Trek.”


  • There are two libraries in Portugal that use resident bat colonies to protect the books from insects.


  • Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen, who took a 1,000-mile dogsled trip across Greenland, starred in an Oscar-winning film, amputated his own toes, escaped a Nazi death sentence, cut his way out of a blizzard shelter with a knife made from his frozen feces, and won The $64,000 Question game show.


  • Kurt Lee, the first Chinese American U.S. Marine Corps officer, yelled out orders in Mandarin Chinese to confuse opposing Chinese troops during the Battle of Inchon in the Korean War.


  • The “tidal wave” planet in Interstellar is theoretically possible due to the rapid rotation of the planet.

            Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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