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Bruce Willis once bought 12,000 girl-scout cookies for soldiers in the Middle East!

Bruce Willis has long been a supporter of the American armed forces. He tried to enlist for the second Iraqi war but was deterred because he was too old. He has helped out in other ways though.

In 2002, his youngest daughter, Tallulah, suggested that he buy Girl Scout cookies for the troops. What better way to send a little bit of America overseas? Willis bought 12,000 cookies, and they were given to troops aboard the USS John F. Kennedy and stationed throughout the Middle East.

Willis also traveled to Iraq in 2003 as part of a USO tour. His band, The Accelerators, performed for the troops. He said that what he saw while there was not in line with the negative way the media was portraying the war. He recounts how he saw soldier helping people - get power and water back on, re-open hospitals, etc.


The Jimi Hendrix Experience picked its drummer by flipping a coin!

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a rock band formed in 1966. As the name suggests, famous singer, songwriter and guitarist Jimi Hendrix was the group's leader. Between 1966 and 1969, the band released three successful albums - all of which made Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The group was highly influential in the development of hard rock and heavy metal.

Apart from frontman Jimi Hendrix, the band consisted of bassist and singer Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. Mitchell auditioned for the band in October 1966 and beat out many talented candidates. It came down to him and Aynsley Dunbar. They flipped a coin to decide who would become the band's drummer, and Mitchell won.

Mitchell went on to be known for drumming on songs like "Manic Depression" and "Little Miss Strange." After The Jimi Hendrix Experience split up in 1969, he pursued several other musical projects including performing at Woodstock. In the 1970s and 80s, Mitchell lived in semi-retirement in Europe, occasionally playing and performing. In 2005, he was named the 23rd greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone.


Jackie Chan broke twelve concrete blocks with just his arm, while keeping the egg he was holding intact!

Jackie Chan is well known for his martial arts prowess and shows off his skills in films like Rush Hour and Shanghai Knights. He was apprenticed to the China Drama Academy at just 6 years old and studied dance, acting and traditional martial arts. While there, he was offered a small part by a visiting filmmaker and thus broke into the world of film.

Chan performs all is own stunts, often injuring himself in the process (for proof, watch the outtakes of the Rush Hour films). He is undeniably gifted and able to perform feats that regular humans cannot. For example while on a talk show, Chan broke 12 concrete blocks with just his bare arm. All the while, he kept the egg he was holding intact.

The blocks were divided into groups of 4 and stacked on top of one another. Chan broke all 12 blocks in half and kept a light enough grip on the egg not to break it. Now that's controlled strength.


There is cavity in the hand called the Anatomical Snuff Box

Anatomical terms have a tendency to be long, difficult to pronounce and easy to forget. Posterior, anterior, radial, metacarpal, abductor pollicis longus, dorsal cutaneous. However, some terms are reasonable. The hand, for example, has an "anatomical snuff box."

This section is triangular deepening on the outer thumb-side of the hand. Technically, it is at the radial, dorsal aspect of the hand at the carpal bone level. It gets it's name from the practice of sniffing powdered tobacco or "snuff" off of this area.

The snuff box is formed by two tendons, and hence is more pronounced when the thumb is extended.


A Civil War General was killed by a sniper… moments after making fun of snipers!

John Sedgwick was a general during the Civil War for the Union Army. He was hit by bullets three times, but never showed any fear or hesitation. He was said to be a brave and inspiring leader. Now, he's most famous for his last words before dying. During the Spotsylvania Court House battle, Confederate snipers were making it difficult for Sedgwick's men to fight back.

The snipers had them pinned down. Sedgwick was telling his men to get out there anyways finishing his speech with "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance" when BAM; Sedgwick was shot and killed by a sniper at 1,000 yards away. His last words are some of the most well known last words in history for how ironic and ill-timed the situation was.

Though he was known for being the highest ranking Union casualty in the war and a great general, he was a pretty unaggressive general. There's a monument to Sedgwick at West Point. Academy legend has it that a cadet who spins the spurs of the statue at midnight while wearing full parade dress gray over white uniform under arms will have good luck on his or her final exam. There are three cities and two counties in the U.S. Named in Sedgwick's honor.



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