Page 7 - Celebrity Facts

Between October 2002 and March 2003 Dave Grohl was at the top of the Modern Rock charts for 17 of 18 successive weeks - as a member of three different bands!

After the death of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl felt unsure of where to go and what to do with his life.

He wondered if his future might not, in fact, lie in drumming for another band.

Six months after Cobain’s passing, Grohl recorded a fifteen-track demo on which he played all the instruments himself, except for the guitar part on ‘X-statics’ which was performed by Greg Dulli.

Quite a few major labels were interested in the demo but Capitol Records got Grohl to sign a deal.

Grohl was not interested in a solo career and recruited other band members and formed the band Foo Fighters.

In between his touring with the Foo Fighters and work on subsequent albums, Grohl got involved with numerous other projects.

In 2001 he stood in for Freddie Mercury on vocals for a performance of ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ with Brian May and Roger Taylor. He also accepted an invitation to join Queens of the Stone Age, and assisted them with their 2002 recording of the album ‘Songs for the Deaf’.

Grohl made history when, between October 26, 2002 and March 1, 2003, he was in the number one spot on the Modern Rock charts for 17 of 18 successive weeks as a member of three different bands – Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age!


Mama June (Honey Boo Boo's Mom) rather than spending the money made from 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' has placed it in a trust fund for the education of her daughters and granddaughter.

Reality television tends not to have the smartest people on the shows, and if professional athletes are any indication, it’s fairly easy to overspend and end up bankrupt. It’s refreshing, then, to see a reality star being responsible with their money.

‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is a show about a family who’s young daughter is a child beauty pageant contestant. The family makes $15,000-20,000 every episode, but you won’t see them moving into a mansion or driving a Mercedes.

Mama June is putting 100% of their earnings from the show into a trust fund for her daughters and granddaughter. The only way they can withdraw money from the accounts before they’re 21 is for schooling or medical emergencies. The family is living on her husband Sugar Bear's income as a contractor.

The only thing she has bought since the show started was a 2005 Ford Expedition. Mama June commented on this saying "You're never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes ... I'll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means."

June can’t be tempted to change her mind and spend the money, either. She has TLC, the network that airs the show, deposit the earnings directly into the fund. That’s some smart financing.


In 2004 Forbes named J.K. Rowling the first person to ever become a billionaire from writing books, but she did not always have it easy

In 1993 Joanne Rowling, also known as J.K. Rowling, was a single mother and, as she puts it, as "poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless".

She was living in Scotland with her daughter after leaving her abusive husband behind in Portugal. She completed the first 'Harry Potter' novel while living off state benefits.

In 1995 she submitted the book to 12 publishing houses and it was rejected by all of them!

In 1996 it was accepted for publishing by Bloomsbury publishing house mainly because the chairman's eight-year-old daughter liked it. They kindly suggested that Rowling should consider getting a day job because they thought it would be unlikely that she would make a living from her writing.

But boy, were they wrong! In 2004 Forbes named her the first person ever to become a US$ billionaire from writing books. Rowling refuted this and said she did have quite a lot of money, but was not a billionaire.

She was removed from the list in 2012 because, said Forbes, her US$160 million in charitable donations and the high tax rate in the UK meant she was no longer a billionaire.

Harry Potter is now a global brand worth an estimated US$15 billion and the last book of the series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) has set the record for the fastest selling book of all times.


Some awesome lists!

Helen Mirren pretended to be Queen Elizabeth to fulfill a 10 year old's dying wish. They had tea, and he had no idea it wasn't the real thing.

It’s sad when a young person is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but it’s inspiring to see some of their biggest wishes come true.

You often hear about a professional athlete or actor going to see their biggest fan, but some people don’t want either of those.

One of these people is Oliver Burton, a boy born with autism and then diagnosed with cancer.

His dying wish was to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Perhaps more ambitious than asking to meet John Cena, but if anyone’s deserving, it’s Burton.

Unfortunately this didn’t happen, but that wasn’t the end of it. Actress Helen Mirren who portrays the queen in a West End performance of ‘The Audience’ invited Burton and his family to see the show and brought him backstage after the show.

Mirren stayed in character the whole time. The two drank tea together while Oliver played with the corgis featured in the show. She later knighted him and told everybody that they had to call him “sir Oliver”. Oliver’s father, James Browne, said “Oliver thought she was the real queen, and well, that’s good enough for us.”


Helen Keller was a radical socialist. She observed that cases of blindness were more prevalent in lower classes and thus felt that blindness was a result of social injustice.

Helen Keller is an inspiring person.

After being born with both her sight and hearing, she lost both before turning 2 years old.

That didn’t stop her, as she was the first dead and blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree. She went on to be a much desired public speaker, writer and political activist.

What popular history tends to leave out, however, is the fact that she was a radical socialist. She believed that blindness was more prolific among the lower class because of working conditions and the greed of the employers.

On top of poor working conditions, she cites prostitution as an indirect cause of blindness among the middle class as well, as the STD syphilis can cause it.

Keller’s motivation in her own words:

“I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. For the first time I, who had thought blindness a misfortune beyond human control, found that too much of it was traceable to wrong industrial conditions, often caused by the selfishness and greed of employers. And the social evil contributed its share. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness.”

Many in the United States were paranoid about socialism and so this piece of information about Helen Keller is often overlooked in popular history. People weren’t happy about it at the time, either.

At least one columnist, a writer for the ‘Brooklyn Eagle,’ who had graciously complimented Keller before knowing of her political allegiance wrote that her "mistakes sprung out of the manifest limitations of her development.”

Keller’s response was nothing short of brilliant:

“At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. But now that I have come out for socialism he reminds me and the public that I am blind and deaf and especially liable to error. I must have shrunk in intelligence during the years since I met him. ... Oh, ridiculous Brooklyn Eagle! Socially blind and deaf, it defends an intolerable system, a system that is the cause of much of the physical blindness and deafness which we are trying to prevent.”



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