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Actor Woody Harrelson's dad was a hitman! He died in prison after killing a federal judge!

You might say Woody’s father was a natural born killer.

Woody Harrelson is known for playing odd, often morally grey characters. From Larry Flynt in ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’ to Tallahassee in ‘Zombieland’ and even Haymitch in ‘The Hunger Games’, Harrelson’s career is filled with strong portrayals of ethically complex characters.

Perhaps this interest stems from the actions of his unscrupulous father.

Few would call Charles Harrelson a stand-up guy. As a young man, he made his way by gambling, and was eventually arrested for armed robbery. He had four different wives and three children, all of whom he eventually abandoned.

In 1981, Charles was arrested and convicted for the murder of US District Judge John H. Wood. Charles was hired to kill Wood by Jamiel Chagra, an El Paso drug dealer set to stand trial in Wood’s courtroom.

Prior to the Wood case, Charles was tried for the murders of Alan Berg and Sam Degelia.

After serving 16 years for his crimes, Charles and two fellow inmates were caught attempting to break out of prison. In 2007, he was found dead in his cell as a result of coronary artery disease.


Johnny Depp is blind in one eye!

The versatile and rebellious actor Johnny Depp has recently revealed to 'Rolling Stone' that he is blind in his left eye. Depp has been struggling with his vision all his life. He is near-sighted in his right eye and has never had proper vision.

He wears glasses when not on set, because without them he can only see a few feet in front of him. Being one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, one would never notice that he is battling to see while he is portraying his deep, dark, or sinister characters.

The fact that he is blind in his one eye may even be one of the reasons the actor adopted Golden Eye, the one-eyed Andalusian horse who played Gunpowder in 'Sleepy Hollow,' thereby saving the horse from a horrible fate.

Battling his challenges with sight seems nothing compared to the 'Edward Scissorhands' star's battle for normalcy. He is quoted as having one desire. "Going somewhere where you don't have to be on the run or sneak in through the kitchen or the underground labyrinth of the hotel," he said. "At a certain point, when you get old enough or get a few brain cells back, you realize that, on some level, you lived a life of a fugitive."


Watson, the robot who won on 'Jeopardy!', had part of its memory erased because it learned to swear!

It seems Watson was entering its teenage phase.

IBM’s Watson, the massive computer intelligence program designed to understand human speech, is a true technical marvel. Created over a six-year period, the computer was built with ‘Jeopardy!’ in mind, and eventually beat former show superstars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Before that, however, Watson learned some words and phrases that would make your grandma cry.

In order to teach the computer slang, Watson was allowed access to Urban Dictionary, a site known for its often colorful use of language.

And, indeed, the site did help, teaching watson phrases like “hot mess” and initialisms like OMG.

However, because Watson could not tell the difference between slang and profanity, the computer also developed a sailor’s tongue.

In order to keep their new computer family friendly, the IBM Watson team created a filter that would stop the system from swearing.

Currently, Watson helps make decisions concerning lung cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center. According to IBM, 90% of the facility’s nurses now follow Watson’s guidance.


As a kid, Vlad the Impaler was an Ottoman hostage. Later, he used what he learned to decimate them!

Throughout history, few men have inspired as much fear in their enemies as Vlad the Impaler. Known for his namesake move of impaling his foes, Vlad was so feared that his name eventually inspired the creation of Bram Stoker’s nightmarish creature Dracula.

At one point, however, Vlad was not the captor, but the captured.

During his teenage years, Vlad was held hostage by the Ottoman Turkish Sultan as part of a political deal between the Sultan and Vlad’s father. During this time, young Vlad learned a lot about Turkey, including their language, and developed into the adult many would soon fear.

Eventually, Vlad put this Turkish knowledge and new attitude to use by laying siege to the Ottomans. Using a scorched earth tactic, Vlad did everything in his power to decimate his former captors. This included poisoning waters, blocking off rivers, digging pit traps, and sending people infected with leprosy, syphilis, tuberculosis, and the bubonic plague to infect his opponents.

In the end, even with an army over twice as small in size, Vlad and his forces took the lives of 15,000 Ottomans.


In 800 million years, the Earth will not have enough CO2 to support life as we know it!

Since humanity first came into existence, minds both great and small have debated what the future would be like.

From dystopian tales like ‘Nineteen-Eighty-Four’ to happy romps like ‘Back to the Future: Part II’, the future has always provided plenty of room for speculation.

However, it has also led to some scary insight about our universe and the various forms of life within it.

Scientists are now predicting that if everything continues on its current path, the Earth will no longer have enough carbon dioxide to support life as we know it.

Specifically, because the sun keeps getting brighter, it will eventually start to disrupt the planet’s atmosphere. This will cause levels of carbon dioxide to fall, meaning plants will no longer be able to perform photosynthesis.

When this happens, the Earth will no longer have any oxygen, and all multicellular life will die out.

Thankfully, this won’t happen soon, as it will take 800 million years to completely run out. Still, if those eternal life studies ever show results, it’s never too early to look for real-estate in other galaxies.



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