12 Completely Random Facts About Donald Trump

He’s filthy rich, sports a rather strange hair-do, isn’t the most graceful Twitter user, he wants to “make America great again”, and will most likely go down in history as being the most loathed controversial president in US history. Those are basic facts about the current US president. But what else? Let’s get to know the, err… lovely Mr. Trump on a more personal level.

 

1. Trump was a registered Democrat between 2001 and 2009.

2. As of November 2016, his net worth is $3.7 billion.

3. He tried to stop the building of a windfarm in Scotland because it would ruin the view from his golf resort.

4. Speaking of golf, Donald Trump owns and operates around 18 golf courses around the world.

5. Trump has been sued 3,500 times by his business partners, contractors, clients, employees, and banks.

6. Trump started his own steak company, called Trump Steakhouse. It was closed in 2015 due to violating 51 health codes.

7. Growing up, he and his siblings were not allowed to have pets.

8. Because his brother struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981, Trump does not drink alcohol.

9. At 70 years old, Trump is the oldest person ever to become president.

10. In 1988, Trump was considered as a possible running mate for George H. W. Bush.

11. Trump has 5 kids and 8 grandchildren.

12. Trump doesn’t wear a toupee. His do is an epic combover achieved by blowdrying the hair forward, folding it backward and spraying it into place.

Unusual facts about Donald Trump

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SOURCES:

https://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2016/10/facts-about-donald-trump.html/3

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/mar/26/scottish-government-approves-windfarm-donald-trump

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/07/26/10-surprising-facts-about-donald-trump/21439401/

https://www.factretriever.com/donald-trump-facts

https://www.factretriever.com/donald-trump-facts

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About Saddam Hussein’s Best-Selling Romance Novel

In 2000, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein published a best-selling romance novel titled “Zabibah and the King”. The novel spawned a twenty-episode TV series and a stage musical.

So what’s the book about?

“The plot is a love story about a powerful ruler of medieval Iraq and a beautiful commoner girl named Zabibah. Zabibah’s husband is a cruel and unloving man who rapes her. The book is set in 7th or 8th century Tikrit, Hussein’s home town. Although the book is on the surface a romance novel, it is (and was intended to be read as) an allegory. The hero is Hussein and Zabibah represents the Iraqi people. The vicious husband is the United States and his rape of Zabibah represents the U.S. invasion of Iraq at the end of the Gulf War.” — Wikipedia

The book was a best-seller in Iraq and is estimated to have sold one million copies. According to the back cover the royalties were to go to “the poor, the orphans, the miserable, the needy, and charities”.  Did that actually happen? I’m not sure.

The Iraqi publishers used four paintings by Canadian artist Jonathon Earl Bowser, to illustrate the novel, putting his painting “The Awakening” on the cover. Bowser did not authorize the use of his art and has attempted without success to obtain compensation for copyright infringement.

Is the book still for sale? Yup. You can buy a copy HERE on Amazon.

BONUS FACTS: It was once rumored that the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy film The Dictator (2012) was adapted from the novel.

The CIA believes that Zabibah and the King was written by ghostwriters under the direction of Saddam.


SOURCES:

https://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2017/04/weird-facts-2.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zabibah_and_the_King

 

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10 Hard Facts About Human Hair

“Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas,  a hive to bees, a nest for birds
There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair.”

Hair from the Broadway musical “Hair”


Here are 15 unusual facts about human hair. Enjoy!

 

1. Black is the most common hair color in the world

2. Blond beards grow faster than dark beards.

3. Hair doesn’t grow on the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet, and on your lips and mucous membranes.

4. In 1972, Cicely Tyson was the first celebrity to wear cornrows on television.

5. The Melanesians of New Guinea are the only dark-skinned group of humans known to have a high blonde hair rate.

6. If a man never shaves his beard, it can grow up to 30-feet long!

7. Upper-class women of the Renaissance pluck the entire front of their hairline, to give themselves a higher forehead.

8. On average, hair grows .3 – .5 mm per day, 1.25 centimeters or 0.5 inches per month, and 15 centimeters or 6 inches per year.

9. The scientific name of grey hair is canities

10. German blondes were kidnapped during the Roman era and had their hair cut off to be made into wigs for women.

11. The first curling iron was invented in France by Marcel Grateau in 1875.

12. The Average man spends five months of his life shaving.

13. At 13% of the population being redheads, Scotland has the highest ginger population in the world.

14. You can determine a person’s race from their hair, but not their gender.

15. 75% of women today dye their hair.

 

BONUS FACT: An Indian grocer, Radhakant Baijpai, has the world’s longest ear hair, measuring 10 inches (25cm) long.  (Eeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwww.)

 


SOURCES:

https://www.madison-reed.com/blog/25-fun-facts-about-hair

https://www.factretriever.com/blonde-hair-facts

http://www.holleewoodhair.com/2012/09/01/evolution-of-hairstyling/

http://www.dailyinfographic.com/50-insane-facts-about-hair-infographic

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Who is the Woman in the Great Depression Photo?

If you do an internet search for “The Great Depression”, you’ll notice a repeat of the same photograph of an unkempt, forlorn woman with two children in tattered clothes by her side and a filthy infant in her arms.

This iconic image is the perfect representation of how life was for many lower class Americans in the 1930s, and the seemingly anonymous woman who became face the Depression Era was Florence Owens Thompson.

Florence Owens Thompson was born Florence Leona Christie in 1903, in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). At 17 years old, Florence married 23 year old Cleo Owens in Missouri on February 14, 1921. The couple had 3 children together and traveled with relatives to Oroville, California where they earned their wages by working in saw mills and on farms.

In 1931, while Florence was pregnant with her sixth child, her husband Cleo died of

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“Migrant Mother”, 1936 by Dorothea Lange

tuberculosis. In 1933 Florence had another child (not sure who’s the father here), returned to Oklahoma and traveled back to California with her parents.

In California,  Florence met Jim Hill, and together they had 3 more children.  During the 1930s the family worked as migrant farm workers in California and sometimes Arizona.

In March 1936, Florence and her family were traveling on U.S. Highway 101 towards Watsonville, CA. While driving, the car’s timing chain snapped and they stopped at a large pea-pickers’ camp on Nipomo Mesa. While her husband and two of Florence’s sons went into town to seek car repair, Florence set up a temporary camp. As Florence waited for her husband and sons to return, photographer Dorothea Lange, working for the Resettlement Administration, drove up and started taking photos of Florence and her family.

This particular photograph is actually one out of six of the photos the photographer took. According to Thompson, Lange promised the photos would never be published, but Lange sent them to the San Francisco News as well as to the Resettlement Administration in Washington, D.C. The News ran the photos almost and reported that 2,500 to 3,500 migrant workers were starving in Nipomo, CA. Soon, the pea-picker camp received 20,000 pounds of food from the federal government but Thompson and her family had already moved on.

Thompson’s identity was discovered in 1978 by Modesto Bee reporter Emmett Corrigan. A letter Thompson wrote was published and titled “Woman Fighting Mad Over Famous Depression Photo.” Florence was quoted as saying:

“I wish she [Lange] hadn’t taken my picture. I can’t get a penny out of it. She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.”

Thompson died of “cancer and heart problems” in  California, on September 16, 1983. Her gravestone reads: “FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood.”

BONUS FACTS: Although Florence appears to be perhaps in her early 50s, she is only 32 years old in this iconic photo.


SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Owens_Thompson

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Who Are the Two Guys In the Sonic Commercials?

The kooky guys usually seen sitting in a car having conversations about SONIC’s new deals and food items are improv comedians Thomas James (T.J.) Jagodowski
and Peter Grosz.

Jagodowski (age 45) is always in the passenger seat and Grosz (age 43) is always in the driver’s seat. The two were chosen from more than 150 actors who auditioned for the TV spots and made their television debut in 2003 for SONIC’s “Two Guys” campaign.

Grosz has received two Emmy Awards for his writing on “The Colbert Report” and  Jagodowski has appeared in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Prison Break,” “The Ice Harvest” and “Stranger Than Fiction.”

In 2010, the Two Guys were dropped from SONIC’s national advertising campaign and this caused an uproar amongst fans. Their 2012 comeback was staged as a social media publicity stunt featuring the duo pleading for their jobs.

The SONIC Two Guys campaign is one of the longest-running marketing campaigns in history.

BONUS FACT:  In 2014, the company announced plans to add 1,000 restaurants in the next 10 years, including an additional 300 in California alone.


SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Grosz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._J._Jagodowski

http://americanprofile.com/articles/who-are-two-guys-in-the-car-in-the-sonic-commercials/

http://sonicfranchises.com/research-sonic/why-does-sonic-franchise-marketing-work/

The Most Prolific Mother Ever

Move over Michelle Duggar, ’cause Valentina Vassilyeva’s got you beat by… FIFTY kids!

Valentina Vassilyeva (1707– 1782), a Russian peasant, gave birth to 69 children.

Let me say that again…. 69 children.

From 27 pregnancies between 1725 and 1765, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.

I can’t. I can’t even…

BONUS FACT: The longest known pregnancy lasted for 1 year and 10 days.

 


SOURCES:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/people/vassilyeva.asp

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-prolific-mother-ever

http://www.unbelievableinfo.com/2017/03/mrsvassilyev-most-prolific-mother.html

World’s Longest Dreadlocks

The world’s longest natural dreadlocks belong to Asha Mandela, a self-proclaimed “Black Rapunzel” and understandably so!

In 2009, Asha’s dreadlocks were officially measured by Guinness and found to be 19 feet, 6 inches long, with one lock measuring  55 feet, 7 inches.

55 FEET, 7 INCHES!

Asha has been growing her locks for over 25 years and she carries them low on her back bundled in a sling tied around her waist. Fortunately for her, she married a Kenyan hairdresser who takes loving care of her hair two days a week.

Asha currently lives in Florida and has her own line of haircare products.

World's longest natural dreadlocks

Image from Asha Mandela’s Facebook Page

 

BONUS FACT: On average, hair grows .3 – .5 mm per day, 0.5 inches per month, and 6 inches per year.


SOURCES:

http://www.ashamandela.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/asha-mandala-dreadlocks_n_3781219.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3505946/Woman-world-s-longest-dreadlocks-finds-love-hairdresser.html

https://www.facebook.com/AshaZuluMandela/

Did Churchill Have A Prescription for Booze?

I’ve read many times before that Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill received a prescription for booze so he could skirt around America’s prohibition laws in the 1930s. As clever as that all may sound, no one is entirely sure that this is true.

While on a lecture tour, in New York, 1931, Churchill was struck by a car going about 35 miles per hour as he hurriedly tried to cross the street to meet someone for dinner. He suffered a broken nose, a gash on his head, and a few broken ribs.

Even after being hit by a car, Churchill decided to continue his tour so his doctor in New York prescribed him a minimum of five shots of alcohol to possibly help him with relaxation and pain management.

The actual prescription seen below reads:

This is to certify that the post-accident convalescence of the Hon. Winston S. Churchill necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at meal times. The quantity is naturally indefinite but the minimum requirements would be 250 cubic centimeters.

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Image from Churchill Archives Center, Churchill College

Churchill’s case is not unique as many doctors used to prescribe alcohol for all kinds of ailments. But, during the ban of alcohol in America in the 1920s and 30s, people took advantage of this and doctors did as well. Some doctors and pharmacists saw the prohibition as an opportunity to make a few extra bucks by performing “check ups” on patients and charging out the wazoo for their “medicine”.

Was this the case for Churchill?

So today’s question is: Do you think Churchill’s prescription was legit, or just a way to get trashed during the prohibition? Tell me what you think in a comment below!

Alcohol Prescription

Alcohol Prescription Flask, Amazon

BONUS FACT: Winston Churchill’s mother invented the Manhattan cocktail in the early 1870s.


SOURCES:

http://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/winston-churchill/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/during-prohibition-your-doctor-could-write-you-prescription-booze-180947940/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_(cocktail)

Can an American Be Knighted?

Can an American Be Knighted? Meh. Kind of.

Americans do receive honorary British knighthoods and damehoods. That’s pretty cool but they’re not addressed as ‘sir’ or ‘dame’, they don’t have to kneel and they don’t get the tap of the royal sword on either shoulder (bummer). Even though they don’t get the “royal treatment”, they do receive a beautiful insignia and a hearty handshake from the Queen of England. At least 91 Americans to date have been knighted including:

Angelina Jolie. Jolie was knighted honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George in 2014 for her contribution to foreign policy and working to end sexual violence.

Steven Spielberg was knighted in 2001, for his massive impact on British cinema.  was knighted in 1998 for his works in entertainment.

In 2002, Rudolph Giuliani was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his leadership during and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.

Billy Graham was knighted  in 2001 for his international contribution to religious and civic life.

Henry Winkler was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2011 for his services to children with dyslexia and special educational needs.

Bill and Melinda Gates have both been knighted. In 2004, Bill Gates was knighted for his business skills, contributions to technology, and also for his work on reducing poverty with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Melinda Gates was appointed as an honorary Dame of the British Empire in 2013 for her services to philanthropy and international development.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was inducted into the Order of the Bath and the Order of Merit in 1945 for his service as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in WWII.

 

Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush were both made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath. I’m not quite sure why. I’m not trying to be funny. I’m just not finding why they received honorary knighthood for any reason other than being the presidents of the United States.

So tell me. Do you think you deserve to be knighted? If so, why? Tell me all about it in a comment below!


SOURCES:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ukinusa/12-americans-you-probably-didnat-know-are-honora-dp3u?utm_term=.yhmWWk7Jy#.iaJEEGLkx

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/611621/Knighthood-for-Bob-Hope—but-dont-call-him-sir.html

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-12-01/news/mn-62855_1_queen-elizabeth-s-court

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_honorary_British_knights_and_dames

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2788029/angelina-jolie-meets-queen-buckingham-palace-officially-receive-honorary-damehood.html

 

The Most Weight Lost By One Person

At his heaviest, Jon Brower Minnoch weighed approximately 1,400-lbs.  Minnoch was hospitalized in March 1978 at age 36 due to cardiac and respiratory failure. During his hospitalization, it was discovered he was suffering from edema and carrying an estimated Jon_Brower_Minnoch900 – lbs in excess body fluid.

To get Minnoch to the hospital from his home, it took over a dozen firemen and rescue personnel, a specially modified stretcher, and a ferry boat to transport him to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

He was placed on a strict 1,200 calorie diet and discharged from the hospital after 16 months having lost a whopping 924-lbs; putting him at a weight of 476-lbs.

John passed away in 1983 from his incurable edema. Upon his death he weighed 798-lbs.

BONUS FACT: The fastest weight loss on the reality show the Biggest Loser was from Moses Kinikini in season 11 who lost 41-lbs in ONE week. 


SOURCES:

http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/lifestyle/the-biggest-weight-loss-ever-recorded/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Brower_Minnoch

Photo of John Minnoch – https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42893432