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Love the Looney Tunes? Here's 10 Things You Should Know

The voice actor for Bugs Bunny once went into a coma, and would respond in character!

Mel Blanc was the voice of nearly every major Warner’s Brother cartoon character including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and of course Bugs Bunny. An automobile accident once left Blancs in a coma. 

Doctors tried unsuccessfully to make him talk until one doctor who was a fan of his work tried; “Bugs, bugs bunny? Are you there?” to which Blanc replied “What’s up, Doc?” in Bugs Bunny’s voice. The doctors then began to experiment with several others of his characters and Mel responded similarly. Eventually, the Doctors managed to lead him out of the coma by systematically going through characters until they asked for him. 

He survived his scare with the car crash in 1962, and lived until 1989, shortly after turning 81. His headstone reads “That’s All Folks!”

Mel Blanc was, ironically, allergic to carrots. So much so, that whenever he had to act as Bugs Bunny chewing one, he would record those clips LAST. The sound technicians would take those clips and edit them into the right places.


Painting roofs white can actually help lower the temperature of a city

The idea of painting roads and rooftops white in order to combat carbon emissions has been around for years. It is surprisingly simple and effective and yet has not been implemented much.

A study at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that cooler pavement and roofs leads to cooler cities and an overall cooler world.

Since buildings with white roofs reflect far more sun than those with black roofs, these buildings stay cooler. Less air conditioning has to be used, lowering the overall energy required to run the building.

Also buildings with black roofs heat the space below them and this heat is carried spread by the wind. This raises the ambient air temperature in what is known as the urban heat island effect. Black roofs also radiate energy back into the atmosphere to be absorbed by clouds. This heat is then trapped by the greenhouse effect.

As such, white roofs is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to reduce our carbon emissions. In an initiative launched by the Energy Department, the federal government hopes to exemplify the benefits by using these light roofs on their buildings.


Heavily hunted animals live in Chernobyl, because it is safer where there are no humans

In April and May 1986, reactor four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant melted down. Over the course of ten days, it pored out radioactive isotopes that blanketed the area. They killed the pine trees surrounding the plant in a matter of days. Now, the area remains one of the most contaminated ecosystems on Earth.

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone encompasses 1,600 square miles or norther Ukraine and southern Belarus and is guarded by armed military. The levels of radiation within the zone are dangerous. After the meltdown, the Soviet government took drastic measures to contain the radiation as best they could.

They scraped away the topsoil, sprayed the area with chemicals meant to trap radiation close to the ground, evacuated nearby villages and slaughtered livestock. They left a barren moonscape.Since then, nature has begun to take over again. Not only has the vegetation returned, but wild animals now roam the area.

Bears, boars, owls and wolves have all been spotted in the area. Ironically, since no humans live in the Exclusion Zone, it has become a sanctuary for biodiversity, particularly the wildlife. With no humans there to hunt them, these animals are able to thrive despite the radioactivity.


Ronald Reagan used to give acorns he collected from Camp David to the squirrels outside the Oval Office!

People connected with Ronald Reagan, because he was in the public eye for decades. He was first an actor, TV personality, and then the President. They felt comfortable with him; they felt they knew him. He was a blatant earlobe stroker.

Reagan was fond of the squirrels at the White House. The president would collect acorns at Camp David and bring them back to feed to the squirrels that lived on the White House grounds. When artist Jamie Wyeth visited the executive mansion to talk with the first lady about a design for the Reagans' 1984 Christmas card, he found out why the president kept a bag of acorns in his office.

President George H.W. Bush included a story about the squirrels in his eulogy at Reagan's funeral. On his final day as president in 1989, knowing that the Bush's dog, Millie, was about to arrive, Reagan put a little sign for the squirrels in the yard outside the Oval Office door. "He loved to feed those squirrels. And he left this sign that said, 'Beware of the dog,'" Bush recalled with a smile.


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI doesn't know how to drive and never got a driver's license!

Pope Benedict XVI never learned how to drive a car in his life. He never saw the need for driving around in a car, because he grew up in areas where cars could not be used well. Accordingly, he always relied on other people to drive him.

However, Pope Benedict XVI is a licensed pilot who can legally fly small-engine planes or helicopters. He is one of the oldest licensed pilots in the world. He puts the license to good use by way of flying the Vatican’s official helicopter to official functions and official residences.

He is also a well-read scholar who has published forty books on spiritual matters. Holds a doctorate degree and a habilitation qualification in theology studies that demonstrate his ability to do serious scholarly research. This scholarly ability made him very popular in and among European religious scholars. He made quite the mark in his field of study.



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