If you’ve visited my blog lately, you probably know I’ve been having health problems, and because of those problems, I’ve had to find some new ways to entertain myself all day. One of the things I’ve found is nonfiction podcasts and YouTube videos with interesting facts about history, science, and all sorts of random things! Some facts have been so interesting that they’ve stuck out and stayed with me, and I thought they might interest you all too.
Disclaimer: It’s possible that something here could be incorrect since I haven’t actually further researched any of these, or I could’ve just remembered something incorrectly.
– Famous artist Salvador Dali would get out of paying for expensive meals at restaurants by drawing little pictures on the backs of his checks. He knew the restaurant owner wouldn’t want to give up an original Dali art and therefore wouldn’t cash the check.
– Henry VIII created a whole new sect of Christianity all because he wanted to leave his current wife for someone else but couldn’t do that under Catholicism.
– There’s such thing as cat music that you can buy. Cat’s don’t really notice or respond to human music, but cat music is faster to match their faster heartbeats and higher pitched.
– There are numerous examples of dolphins saving people in the ocean, including keeping sharks away and spending days pushing someone back to shore when he got stranded in the middle of the ocean.
– Someone once escaped from a Mexican prison via helicopter. Literally the copter just landed in the prison yard while everyone was distracted somewhere else, he got in the copter, and it flew away.
– Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde were involved in a love triangle with a woman they both wanted. She eventually married Bram.
– Julius Caesar was once kidnapped by pirates and ransomed. When he found out the amount, he told them to double it. He then proceeded to act like he was in charge while stuck with the pirates, waiting for his people to gather the money. But he told the pirates he was going to come back and kill them once he was free, and he made good on his word, though he had them killed mercifully.
– A court jester once got sentenced to death, but, for his many years of good service, he was given the choice of how he would die. He chose old age. The king thought it was so funny that he exiled the jester instead of killing him.
And now, the most interesting thing I’ve learned lately: the mouse utopia-turned-dystopia.
To summarize, it started with eight mice living in a lovely home with space for thousands and all of the food and bedding they could ever want. By the time the population got to a few hundred, society broke down, and it devolved into cliques, gang violence, sex just for the sake of sex, cannibalism, abandonment of young, and class separation.
Most of the mice crammed themselves together in spaces far too small for so many. Meanwhile, a few isolated themselves alone in private rooms, with other mice acting as guards to keep the rest away, where they spent their days eating, sleeping, and grooming. They became disconnected from society and were dubbed “The Beautiful Ones” by the scientist because their fur was so well-groomed and free of scars.
Here’s the video I learned this from, if you want a bit more detail. I just find this so fascinating because it legit sounds like something out of a dystopian book, and I never would’ve imagine mouse society turning out like that.
Anyway, I know nonfiction isn’t usually what my blog posts are about, but I hope you all found some of those facts as interesting or entertaining as I did! I learned most of these from the Today I Found Out channel on YouTube and the various other channels by that creator, so check those out if you want more like these.