Brandenn Bremmer was a genius—had an IQ of 178, read books at 18 months old, played the piano at age 3, and started college at age 11—who committed suicide at age 14 with no signs of depression, suicide note, or pressure to achieve from his parents
Princess Leia’s iconic metal bikini was inspired by Fisher’s complaints that the loose-fitting outfits she wore in the Star Wars concealed her feminine physique.
There is a rare chronic sleep disorder called Fatal Familial Insomnia, which renders the victim unable to sleep. One man diagnosed with the illness, Michael Corke, died a month after his 42nd birthday, by which time he had been completely sleep-deprived for six months. It has no known cure.
Violin strings have been made from 5000 strands of spider silk. They produce ‘a soft and profound timbre’ when played.
There is an agency “Amputees in Action,” which provides amputee actors to simulate gore and missing limbs in war movies like Saving Private Ryan.
There’s a teddybear in every Dutch police car, in case something troubling happens to a child.