There was an Australian scientist named Douglas Mawson who explored the Antarctica. He’s lesser known because he focused on scientific discoveries. On a three-man expedition in 1912, his two friends died and he barely made it back, starving and with his skin falling off from frostbite.
Donnie Dunagan, a retired United States Marine Corps drill instructor, managed to keep secret – throughout his entire career – that he was a voice actor in the Walt Disney’s Bambi film, providing the voice of young Bambi.
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When Steve Fugate lost his 2 children to suicide and overdose, he hiked across the U.S. for 12 years with a sign that said “Love Life” to remind people that they can overcome life’s hardships with the right mindset.
Producers of The Jungle Book film originally considered Louis Armstrong for the voice of King Louie, but were worried that choosing a black actor to voice an ape would cause controversy.
King Charles II used to tease his mistress for sleeping late. It is reported that he offered her “all the land she could ride around before breakfast”. The next morning he found her already sitting for breakfast after encircling an area currently known as Bestwood Park.
Incompetent people are often so incompetent that they don’t even realize their own incompetence. According to the Dunning-Kruger effect, people who are ignorant or unskilled in any area are too inept to notice, so they end up thinking they’re far more competent than they actually are.
In 1972, Vesna Vulović, a Serbian flight attendant became the person to survive the highest fall without a parachute, 33,330 feet (10,160 meters), after an explosion in the baggage compartment caused her flight to crash.
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Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, spent 10 years of his life programming an operating system to talk to God.
In 2017, a woman called Chau Smith ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents in celebration of her 70th birthday.
Peter Lemon, a Canadian volunteer in the US Army, won the Medal of Honor for actions performed while stoned on marijuana in Vietnam.