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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?

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The three dots in the Dominos Pizza logo represent the three original stores!


Dominos is one of the most popular pizza chains around, but it seems the founders never imagined it would have started out that way. In 1960, brothers Tom and James Monaghan purchased a small pizza shop in Michigan for $975. James traded his half of the business for a used Volkswagen Beetle!

It seemed that Tom was still determined to make the company a success. He opened the Dominos Pizza franchise in 1965. He planned on adding a new dot to the logo after three stores were open in 1969, but quickly scrapped the idea as the franchise rapidly grew. The dots on the logo represent those stores.

It was definitely a good idea to keep the logo the way it is, since Dominos now boasts over 10,000 locations worldwide. Imagine trying to fit that onto their logo!

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No matter how scrambled your Rubik's Cube is, it can be solved in 20 moves or less!


The 80s were a time of testing our mental capacity, pushing the way we think and solve problems to the creative limits. Alright, so that may be a little dramatic in the age of hair bands and Pac-Man, but there was the infamous Rubik's Cube that boggled the mind—at least until those geniuses mastered it.

It has been proven that any Rubik's Cube can be solved in twenty moves or less, no matter how many times you twist and turn it. This is known as "God's Number," which is essentially how long it would take to get the shortest sequence of moves in the least efficient manner. It's the best-case scenario for solving the cube!

Thanks to Google, who donated 35 CPU-years of idle computer time, researched were able to solve each and every possible outcome of the Rubik's Cube, which was about 43,252,003,274,489,956,000 different positions. They considered a move to be one twist of a side, also known as the half-turn metric.

Once researchers partitioned positions down and were able to reduce the count of sets needed to solve using symmetry, they wrote a computer program that solved a single set in 20 seconds. Then it was a matter of waiting as it went through each of the 55,882,296 sets. Some scientists seem to have a lot of time on their hands!

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Splenda was discovered by accident! Is it really zero calories, though?


Sucralose, more commonly known as the artificial sweetener Splenda, was discovered in 1976. Two scientists named Leslie Hough and Shashikant Phadnis were researching ways to use sucrose. During one experiment, Phadnis was told to test a chlorinated sugar compound. However, Phadnis misheard and thought Hough asked him to TASTE it!

Nowadays, Splenda is one of the most popular sugar substitutes. Sucralose is most commonly found in diet sodas and sugar-free gum. It's also been found safe for diabetics to consume, since it doesn't affect insulin levels.

Don't believe the zero-calorie claim that Splenda boasts, though. Each packet contains about 4 calories due to the fillers that allow it an extended shelf life!

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The average person in Palm Springs, CA uses 736 gallons of water a DAY! Find out how that compares to other Americans


Most of us don't give a second thought to how much water we're using, but you may after hearing this!

The typical American uses about 100 gallons of water a day for things like showering, doing dishes, and of course, having some to drink. However, the average rate of consumption for a resident of Palm Springs, CA is 736 gallons per day!

Why do they use so much? Palm Springs is a tourist location in the desert. They have lots of golf courses, swimming pools, and the residents have immaculate lawns. All of these things need lots of water to maintain.

Luckily, steps are being taken to promote conservation, including recycling plants that treat waste water and pricing that penalizes waste in the first place.

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