Page 10 - Celebrity Facts

The actor who played 'Scotty' in Star Trek was accidentally shot six times by a fellow Canadian, and survived!

James 'Jimmy' Doohan who played the role of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the television and film series Star Trek, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He enrolled in the 102nd Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 1938 as a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery.

He went for training in England in 1940. His first combat was at Juno beach on D-Day during the invasion of Normandy. He shot two snipers, and led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night.

At 11:30 that night, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren gun by a nervous Canadian sentry while he was crossing between command posts. The friendly fire almost killed him, with four bullets hitting his leg, one got him in the chest, and one went through his right middle finger. A silver cigarette case saved his life by stopping the bullet to his chest from penetrating him! His right middle finger had to be amputated.

Doohan also trained as a pilot (graduating from Air Observation Pilot Course 40) and flew Taylorcraft Auster Mark V aircraft for 666 (AOP) Squadron, RCAF. He was labelled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Force".


Bill Gates is a British knight! Too bad he can't take advantage of it. Find out more

Bill Gates will always be tech royalty in the United States. Not only did he give us a long line of Windows operating systems, but he also paved the way for many tech-related projects that followed.

It only feels right that he become real royalty—which the Queen of England provided by making him a knight.

In 2005, at the age of 48, Gates was honored with an insignia to make him a Knight Commander of the order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for his business skills and his work on poverty reduction. They talked about using computers, his foundation, and traveling, things Gates knows very well.

In order to receive knighthood as a foreign national, you must be conferred by the Queen with advice from the foreign secretary, who was Jack Straw at the time. He was "delighted" that Gates was honored, stating he is "one of the most important global business leaders of this age."

Unfortunately, the British title doesn't apply to American citizens in the United States, so he can't use the "Sir" title. However, he is entitled to put the KBE letters after his name.

Other notable Americans who have been granted the KBE honor include former president George H.W. Bush, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and director Steven Spielberg.


When Moby found an intruder in his home, he gave the guy a sweater and $20 for breakfast!

On 31 January 2011, Moby walked into his living room at 7:00 am to find a complete stranger standing next to his couch! Startled, Moby asked the man who he was. "Robbie," the man replied.

When Moby asked the stranger what he was doing in his home, Robbie stated the obvious: "I'm here." Moby told the man to leave, but the guy just said "okay" and sat down on the couch. Moby repeated his request and Robbie repeated his answer.

Feeling rather concerned, Moby asked: "Is everything okay?" Robbie replied: "I might still be on acid." Moby then gave the acid-head a sweater ("it's chilly up in the hills") and some money for breakfast, and sent him on his way.

"I hope Robbie's okay, he seemed a bit lost. Although I guess doing a ton of acid and wandering around Griffith Park in the middle of the night might be disorienting. I'm glad he didn't get eaten by coyotes or mountain lions", Moby said about the incident in his blog post.

He also said: "I guess he and I are both lucky. He's lucky that I didn't have guns and that I didn't call the police and that I gave him some breakfast money. I'm lucky that he wasn't a violent crazy person and that he didn't stab me in my sleep."


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The longest-running crew member on SNL works out of his home in Arizona. They just can't get rid of this guy!

Think back through the history of the live comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. Which crew member lasted the longest? It's the announcer, Don Pardo. Chances are you've only heard his name in passing and probably haven't seen his face.

Since Saturday Night Live (SNL) first aired on October 11, 1975, Don Pardo has made the announcements. Even though he has since retired from NBC in 2004, he continued to fly to New York to be the voice of SNL.

In 2009, at the age of 90, he agreed to still be the announcer, but would do so from the warm, inviting climate of his home studio in Arizona. Now that is some serious job security!

There was one season that Don Pardo did not get to be the announcer, being replaced with Mel Brandt. The seventh season in 1981-1982 was full of changes and restructuring, along with the dimissal of the producer and a shut down due to the 1981 WGA strike.

Another SNL fun fact: Cold air is pumped into the studio to keep the audience from getting uncomfortable. Studies show that physically uncomfortable people are much less likely to laugh.


Stephen Hawking has no idea what his I.Q. is! Why?

Stephen Hawking is a 72-year old theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. He is world-renowned for being incredibly intelligent. Despite his high intelligence level, though, Stephen Hawking doesn't actually know his own I.Q.

It's not because he can't remember it.During an interview with The New York Times, he stated that "People who boast about their I.Q. are losers."

However, Stephen Hawking did have a few encouraging words with regards to knowing whether or not someone is a genius. He said that, "The media needs superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life, but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line."

Just because you don't score high on a standardized test, doesn't mean that you lack abilities. Well, at least that's what Stephen Hawking believes—and he's a genius, so it must be true!



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