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Donald Trump sued an author for $1 billion because he called him a millionaire, not a billionaire!


Donald Trump attempted to sue a book author named Timothy O’Brien who claimed Trump really wasn’t a billionaire. Trump sued on the premise of libel, but lost because the court was unable to prove that O’Brien had committed actual malice. In a book on Donald Trump, O’Brien estimated Trump’s worth to be between $150 and $250 million.

Trump filed a lawsuit of $5 billion to prove his point but was obviously unsuccessful. The New Jersey court said, “There were no significant internal inconsistencies in the information provided by the confidential sources, nor was there ‘reliable’ information that contradicted their reports.” Trump’s lawyers say his net worth easily exceeds $7 billion, but Trump has admitted his worth changes based on his mood of the day.


These guys launched paper planes from space. You'll never believe where they ended up!

Having too much time on your hands can lead to some seriously fun results.

Just ask these guys in Germany who designed a bunch of paper planes to be dropped from the very edge of our atmosphere and space to float down to who knows where.

Each plane is equipped with a memory card that is filled with messages from people all over the world. And all over the world is exactly where those planes are claimed to have ended up! Reports as far as California, Canada and South Africa have been made after finishing their journey from 37 kilometers up in the air.

The project was sponsored by Samsung to prove just how tough their memory cards are. Seeing as how they survived the the frigid temperatures of the atmosphere's edges and a journey across the oceans before crashing back down to Earth—and the memory cards could still load up on a computer and display their messages.

It's amazing that some guys can make a paper plane travel all over the world and I can't make one go 10 feet before taking a drastic turn down and bending beyond repair. I'll just stick to paper balls!


Alaska was the butt of many jokes for a long time when the U.S. purchased it!

Where the heck did Alaska come from?

It's a vast piece of frozen tundra, unbelievable wilderness and terrifying creatures that really has no business being a part of the United States.

It wasn't won in a war, it wasn't conquered and it wasn't claimed by some American explorers. It was purchased, but it ended up being the butt of many jokes for years!

William Seward was the Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was a great advocate for territory expansion and looked northward for the best opportunity.

Before then, though, he made claims to acquire places like British Columbia, the Danish West Indies, the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Hawaiian Island and succeed in annexing the Midway Islands.

He is best known for buying Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867. He acquired 586,412 square miles of land, which is more than twice the size of Texas, for the paltry sum of $7,200,000 ($121 million in today's dollars).

He was mocked for the purchase and it became known as Seward's Folly. Seward strongly believed that purchasing Alaska was his greatest achievement, though it would take a generation for the people to realize it!


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Theodore Roosevelt always carried a lethal dose of morphine with him - in case he needed to take his own life!

Even powerful, important people sometimes contemplate taking their own life. In fact, Theodore Roosevelt seemed to have had it on his mind regularly!

He carried a lethal dose of morphine with him for many years in case he had to take his own life.

He had it with him where ever he went as though it were his most prized possession.

The tiny glass vial was small enough to be packed into his satchel with his books and eight extra pairs of glasses and would also be inconspicuous in his luggage in between his other possessions.

He had taken the morphine with him on his travels to the American West, to Africa and finally, to Brazil in 1913, where he came extremely close to finally using it.

Roosevelt and a small group of men were on an expedition to the Brazilian River of Doubt. From the very beginning everything went horribly wrong and three months later Roosevelt was extremely ill with malaria and trapped at an impassable part of the river.

That was when he seriously considered ingesting the lethal dose of morphine.

Although he made it out of the Amazon alive, he never fully recovered and died only five years later.


There were no male heros with facial hair in Disney movies until a 1996 film. Think you know what it is?

Disney has produced quite a collection of classic films over the years. Notably, all of the male heroes were clean-shaven until ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ was released in 1996. Finally, the streak was broken!

The man who was the first to reverse that trend in a Disney film was the character of Phoebus, when he appeared with blond hairs on his chin. Perhaps it would not be too much of a stretch of the imagination to say that the animators saw him as attractive, in a rugged way, which justified breaking tradition with the usual method of doing things.

In the movie, Phoebus is leader of the King’s Archers. Later, his loyalties change, and he chooses to help Quasimodo and Esmerelda. Of course, being a hero, it seems fitting that he should fall in love. And so, that’s just what happens between him and Esmerelda.

Apart from a facial hair first, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is famous for a few other reasons as well. For example, the movie contains many darker elements and harsher language than typically found in Disney movies, for which it’s been criticized. The film has plenty of defenders, though, including former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who considered it his favorite.



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