Page 4 - Interesting Facts

Pablo Escobar went so far as to murder any government officials who wouldn't take his bribes. How many officials stood up to him?

Pablo Escobar, the Columbian drug lord and cocaine trafficker, is regarded as one of the wealthiest criminals ever. His net-worth was estimated at close to $25 Billion by Forbes in 1989.

Escobar had a policy when dealing with law enforcement and government officials called "plato o plomo" that translates literally to "silver or lead," meaning take a bribe or die. This led to the death of hundreds if not thousands of people as Escobar would pay anyone who killed his enemies very well.

Some of the more noteworthy murders he is thought to be responsible for are a Columbian presidential candidate and the murders of almost half of the Columbian Supreme Court Justices in 1985 in what is known as The Palace of Justice Siege.

The attack against the Supreme Court of Columbia was done by a guerrilla group called M-19, but is thought to have been partially bankrolled by Pablo Escobar. This was later confirmed by Virginia Vallejo who was romantically involved with Escobar at the time.

Although Pablo Escobar was responsible for countless horrible acts, he isn't viewed as a bad person by all. He worked hard to gain a Robin Hood-like image by giving back to the lower class in Columbia. He built hospitals, schools, churches and soccer fields throughout western Columbia. Because of this, the people of Medelln, where Escobar lived, often helped him by doing whatever they could to protect him.

Pablo Escobar died in December of 1993 at the age of 44 when he was shot by the Columbian National Police while trying to escape after being located in hiding by the use of radio triangulation. Nobody has ever found out who took the killing shot.

Because of his popularity with the locals, about 25,000 people were present for his burial.


Neo from 'The Matrix' could stop bullets, but he couldn't even kick during martial arts training for the movie! Learn more

Keanu Reeves, the actor who played Neo in 'The Matrix' underwent surgery for a two-level fusion of his cervical spine before filming the movie. The fusion was slowly paralyzing his legs and due to this, he couldn't kick for half of the pre-production training. This resulted in him not kicking much during the film.

Although Reeves was still recovering from his surgery during pre-production, he insisted on training. The martial arts choreographer for the film Yuen Woo-ping let him practice punches and lighter moves, but Reeves was physically unable to kick for two of the four months. Despite the setback, the actor trained hard and even requested training on his off days.

During the dojo scene, Reeves was required to perform a triple kick but was unable to do so at first which frustrated him greatly. He tried again a few days later and succeeded in only three takes. During that scene the actors made significant physical contact with each other which resulted in bruising.

There were other physical injuries during the filming as well, such as Reeves' stunt double Chad Stahelski who received broken ribs, knees, and a dislocated shoulder while filming the subway scene. Another stuntman was injured by a hydraulic puller during a shot where Neo was slammed into a booth. Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Trinity, injured her leg during a scene where she runs along a wall as well.

With all the fast paced fighting that goes on in the movie, it's a marvel that Reeves was able to do so much after receiving such a major surgery. It shows the dedication he had for the role. But really, who needs to kick when you can stop bullets?


In Hong Kong, a woman is allowed to kill her cheating husband, but she can only use her bare hands!

If a woman in Hong Kong discovers her husband isn’t being faithful, she is legally allowed to kill him but she can use nothing except for her hands. The secret lover of the husband is allowed to be killed in any manner chosen!

Other forms of punishment for the husband include sending the cheating spouse to a work camp for up to two years! The original wife of the cheater is allowed to take half of all possessions given to the secret wife, regardless of who originally owned them. Since the passing of this law, many wives have filed suits to receive compensation for their unfaithful husbands. For more on this law, click here.

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Captain Morgan was a real pirate who later became the Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica. Find out what made him so famous!

Sir Henry Morgan was well known for his privateering. In 1663, Morgan joined a fleet of men that would be sailing the Caribbean and Central America to take over any Spanish settlements and strip them of their riches.

Morgan was the most ruthless and successful privateer in history! Shortly after Morgan's few run-ins with success he became captain of his own ship.

In 1671, Captain Morgan had his eyes on Panama City, known for its riches and occupied by 1500 Spanish settlers and the Governor of Panama. Once getting through the first ships in his way, he collected his riches and his crew began to celebrate, not knowing that the Spanish had hid most of their gold. Morgan and his men got so drunk, that they never recovered the rest of the gold and settled for what they had already taken.

This small battle broke a treaty between the British and the Spanish causing Captain Morgan to return home, where he was arrested. Once things had dissipated between the British and Spanish, the King of England sent Morgan to Jamaica, a British settlement where he had frequented, to become the Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica.

The king grew tired of Morgan's recklessness and fired him from his position. Unfortunately, Morgan spent the remaining years of his life as an over-weight, obnoxious drunk, which would be forever immortalized in his namesake alcohol brand.


A man lost in the widerness cut down some power poles in order to get rescued! Read his wild story

A man in Saskatchewan, Canada was boating one day when he unfortunately ran into some bad weather. He ended up stranded in the bush for several days, with hardly any supplies and no way to communicate with the rest of the world.

When it seemed like there would be no hope of rescue, he took matters into his own hands. Luckily, he had an axe with him, so he chopped down four power poles, knowing that someone from the power company would have to come and check what happened.

It worked! His efforts left several hundred people without any power for nearly two days, but it led to the man's timely rescue.



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