Sid Vicious (real name: John Simon Ritchie) was the last member to join the notorious band the Sex Pistols in 1977.
He came on as the bassist after they fired their original one. Vicious wasn’t a particularly talented musician though.
In fact, he was so bad that his bandmates would often unplug his amplifier while he was playing onstage.
He did have a rockstar attitude though. He embodied punk. Vicious started dating an American girl named Nancy Spungen. They were very much in love but not very good for one another.
Their joint heroin addiction often lead to bouts of violence between them. Spungen was stabbed to death in October 1978 in a series of mysterious circumstances. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979.
Most of us have heard the saying “money is the root of all evil.” Essentially, this means that money is behind all the evil in the world - the motivation, the goal, the means. However, this saying, while some may believe it is true, is actually a misquotation.
The phrase comes from the Bible, specifically Timothy 6:1-12. The actual saying is “the love of money is the root of all evil.” And if you want to get technical with the translation, it’s “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” All of these phrases may sound the same at first glance. They aren’t though.
The real translation puts the focus on the person because someone has to love money in order for it to be evil. Money itself is not inherently evil. And anyone could love money - rich or poor.
In America, Sesame Street has Cookie Monster. Nowadays, because of childhood obesity, he’s Veggie Monster or something like that.
But originally, he was Cookie Monster. A grouchy, blue muppet obsessed with eating cookies. I can relate.
Did you know there is a Sesame Street in Nigeria. Yep, that’s right! In fact, there are over 20 versions of Sesame Street in countries across the world.
Nigeria has it’s own version of cookie monster too - Zobi the Yam Monster.
Since children in Nigeria don’t often eat cookies, the show creators decided to make Zobi obsessed with one of the country’s staple foods, yams. He often shouts “me eat yam!”
Zobi also drives a cab and educates children about malaria. And Nigerian Sesame Street stars Kami, the first HIV-positive muppet.
US soccer star Abby Wambach seemed destined to play soccer. The youngest of 7 children, she was used to roughhousing with her four older brothers as she grew up. This toughness would later translate to the soccer field.
At age 4, Wambach starting playing soccer in a youth girls league. However, after she scored 27 goals in three games (9 each game), she was transferred to the boys team. It only seemed fair.
Wambach played soccer throughout high school and then went on to play for the University of Florida. In 2002, she played in the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup and was then drafted to the Washington Freedom.
In 2004, after he stellar performance in the Olympics and was named Fifa’s Women’s World Player of the Year.
We all know the story of Benjamin Franklin and the lightning storm and the key. He discovered electricity! Or so the story goes. In addition to the lightning rod, Franklin was a prodigious inventor.
He invented bifocals, the Franklin stove, the flexible urinary catheter and the glass armonica. However, Franklin never patented any of his inventions. Instead, he wanted to invent freely.
In his autobiography, he wrote “as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.”
And you thought Eminem was just a character in Eight Mile. Or a real-life awesome rapper. Nope, he’s also a super hero…of sorts.
The Marvel character, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III and goes by the alias Eminem first appeared in Marvel’s universe in “Eminem/The Punisher” Volume 1.
The character comes from the Universe Earth-TRN 194. His citizenship is listed as American and his alignment is “good.” What is his super hero? Mad rapping? Spitting rhymes? Looking intimidating? It’s unclear.
Over the years, there have been plenty of offensive names for those with mental disabilities.
With increased understanding and sensitivity to these issues, these names have thankfully diminished. The first term used to describe the mentally handicapped was actually quite kind though.
“Cretin” is considered a term of abuse today. However, when it was first used, it was not seen that way. It comes from a French word for Christian.
It conveyed that those with mental disabilities were still human and still Christian. They deserved to be treated with dignity and were thought to be incapable of sin. Thus, they were Christ-like.
Online dating has taken off in the past decade. It’s completely normal for a married couple to have met on the Internet these days.
Ashley Madison takes this trend in somewhat of a different direction. It assists people in having affairs by finding them other people who want to have affairs. Sadly, it has 15 million members in 25 countries.
The site collects boatloads of data on it’s members usage patterns. They know that Monday is their busiest day of the week.
As Ashley Madison’s founder explains it, “weekends are full of expectations of intimacy, and again, when that expectation isn’t met…” The same goes for the days after Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Imagine this: You’re flying in a plane above southern Australia. You look down and spot a picture in the dusty landscape.
It appears to be a man holding a large stick. Such was the experience of a passing plane in June 1998.
Sixty kilometers west of the Marree township in south central Australia is known as the “Marree Man” or “Stuart’s Giant.” It is 2.6 miles tall and has a perimeter of 9.3 by 17 miles.
It is the second largest known geoglyph in the world, but no one knows who created it. No one has come forward as a witness to what must have been an expansive operation.
However, it is not an ancient shape made by a long-lost tribe. When it was discovered, there were multiple anonymous press releases that used language most commonly used in the USA.
For example, the press releases used Imperial measurements, which weren’t in high use in Australia. They also use the term “local Indigenous Territories,” which was not a term used by Australians.
The press release also mentioned the Great Serpent in Ohio, even though it’s not well known outside the US. Some skeptics say that it was intentional to create the illusion that Americans made it.
Second Lt. Franz Stigler was on the ground in Germany in December 1943 when he spotted a US B17 bomber flying low over his airbase.
Fueled by anger - American bombers had killed his brother and fellow soldiers throughout the war - Stigler jumped in his plane and took off after the B17.
As he approached it, he noticed that the tail gunner was dead, and the rest of the crew was huddled inside the plane tending to injured men.
There was no way the plane could have fought off Lt. Stigler in it’s damaged state. And what’s more, Stigler was an ace fighter.
One more kill, and he would be awarded the Knight’s Cross, German’s highest award for valor. However, when Stigler flew up close to the B17 and locked eyes with the pilot, he knew he couldn’t shoot this plane down.
Instead, he nodded at the American pilot and moved into position to fly next to the plane in formation. That way, no German plane or gun on the ground would shoot it down.
Stigler escorted the plane over the North Sea before returning to Germany.
Years later, the American pilot Stigler had spared, Second Lt. Charles Brown, felt an unrelenting urge to find this merciful soldier.
He began searching for Stigler, and placed an ad in a German newspaper. Stigler, now living in Vancouver, saw it and contacted Brown. It was emotional experience for both men when they finally met in Florida. Stigler proclaimed, “I love you, Charlie.”
The men became good pals, taking fishing trips together and visit each other’s homes. From worst enemies to best friends.