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Nicolas Cage has some pretty interesting pets--including one he claimed helped with his acting!

Hate him or love him, Nicolas Cage has cemented his name in current pop culture.

Known for his over-enthusiastic acting, spending copious amounts of dough, or the lack of care he takes in choosing his roles, you know his movies are going to be great—even if it's in that awful, campy kind of way.

Well, now you can thank his own personal acting coach: his pet octopus!

Among Nicolas Cage's many purchases, including yachts, a jet, a castle, many cars, and an island, he also allegedly spent $276,000 on animals.

They were Moby and Sheba, his two king cobras, and an unnamed octopus. But why? Was he interest in marine biology? No, he said that it would help him with his acting.

Unfortunately, upkeep became too much and the little guy had to go.

A couple fun of tidbits about Cage: he has 77 credits as an actor.His highest rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes was 95% with 1993's Red Rock West.

The lowest rated? Also 1993's Deadfall at 0%. What a crazy year for the Cage!


A body piercer made some adjustments to his wrist--and created an iPod Nano holder!

Innovation is everything these days, and if it involves technology chances are it will become a million dollar idea—or a complete flop.

I'll let you decide which of those this guy's idea is.

Expert body piercer, David Hubah, got so tired of holding his iPod Nano, so he embedded it in his skin.

Hubah implanted magnets into four places on his wrist that manage to hold the device in place, making it look magic to those unaware of his augmentations, like a strapless watch.

The procedure ranks on the upper scale of extreme body manipulating and can be pretty painful, but he managed to do the entire process himself.

It's hard to tell whether it was a good idea or not, but I suppose it depends on how much use he gets out of it.

Chances are, though, he's going to regret it when a new model comes out that isn't compatible with his wrist holder.


The Power Rangers is Basically Recycled Footage Of An Almost 40 Year Old Japanese Show.

Unless you're a big big Power Rangers fan, you probably didn't know this one.

The Power Rangers are actually a Japanese import from a long running series called Super Sentai. The basic premise is the same: a team of (almost always) 5 people are chosen to magically transform into super warriors to fight evil.

Have you ever noticed that the fight scenes when the rangers transformed, and all the Zord scenes always looked completely different than when you were able to see the rangers' faces? That's because the show basically reused footage from the Japanese show.

If you're reading this, the Power Rangers probably defined your childhood in the 90s. You'll be surprised to learn that Super Sentai series has actually been around 1975. In fact, that recycled footage I just talked about? That was from the SIXTEENTH season of the Super Sentai series.

Yes, there were 16th seasons of Japanese Power Rangers before they became famous in America.

When the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was a success, the American producers asked the Japanese production company to please shoot more fighting scenes so they could make more episodes of the MMPR show. However, that was all they did.

After that, the Western production simply rebooted the show every time a new Japanese series started. That's why the early Power Rangers changed costumes so often and that's also why nowadays, they just start a new series every year.


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In WWII, Nazis kidnapped and Germanized thousands of Polish children they deemed racially superior!

It seems that Nazi kidnappings didn't always end at concentration camps.

Most people know the tragic history behind the Holocaust, during which Germany's Nazi party, under the rule of dictator Adolf Hitler, rounded up and killed millions of Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, communists, homosexuals, and other individuals they deemed "inferior".

However, not as many people know about another major kidnapping operation performed under Hitler's supervision.

Hitler and his party were obsessed with Aryanism, a set of racial traits deemed by them to be superior. These traits were generally possessed by German and Nordic people. When Hitler spoke of creating a "Master Race", he referred to wiping out every individual that did not have Aryan traits.

In addition to his mass-murdering tendencies, when Hitler found individuals with Aryan traits, he was interested in making them part of his new German kingdom, often referred to as the Third Reich. And, apparently, many Swedish children did have these traits.

Therefore, under Hitler's direction, many Polish children were kidnapped and localized into the German population.

Even more heartbreaking, only 10 to 15% were returned home after WWII ended, with children 10 and under often not remembering their Polish childhoods.


There is a legitimately made beer named 'Fucking Hell'. How did they get away with this?

Freedom of speech is generally granted in most modern nations, but there are always certain restrictions such as yelling "fire" in a crowded place.

Free speech doesn't completely apply to names of goods, as there are some restrictions on this (for good reason).

Despite this, you'd still be able to order a pint of Fucking Hell, a German Pilsner or pale lager brewed by the Waldhaus Brewery located in the Black Forest. How could they get away with this name?

The beverage is named after the village of Fucking in Austria, and hell is the german word for "pale" and is typically used to describe this kind of beer. Because of this, it's a completely legal name, though that didn't stop people from objecting to it.

Both the local authorities in Fucking and the European Union's Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office initially objected to the name. The Mayor of Fucking was against it as it wasn't going to be brewed in Fucking.

The trademark was initially denied, but after the founders argued their case, it was granted. These two also claim that they intend to use the brand name to produce Fucking Hell branded food and clothing, so look for it in a store near you!



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