Being overweight was one of the rarest sights in the world until the 19th century when mass production allowed food to be produced in ridiculously huge quantities. Throughout history being overweight was a sign of the rich, who were the only ones able to afford more than the bare minimum. However, in the last century, and especially within the last two decades, the amount of obese people throughout America and the World has skyrocketed.
Today, 800 million people go to bed hungry every night, which is still an extremely large number, yet that figure does not even compare to the 1.3 billion who are classified as obese! China is a perfect example of this. In 1989 there were considered hardly any overweight people, however today nearly 25% of the population is considered obese!
Anthony Hopkins is one of the most renowned actors alive today, and his most famous role is Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.” While this role became World famous and secured his legacy as an actor, Hopkins was actually hardly even in the film! In 1991, Hopkins received the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with Jodie Foster who won Best Actress for the same movie. Everyone was blown away by Hopkins performance, but he only appears on screen for just over 16 minutes, or less than 14% of the film. In fact, it is one of the shortest lead performances to ever win an Oscar!
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful book and film series of all time. When the films were released between 2001 and 2003, they shattered records around the World and garnered about $6 billion in sales from movie tickets, DVDs, and merchandise. Most people expect that Tolkien’s family received a healthy portion of the profits for inspiring the massive franchise, but the exact opposite is true!
The family only received around $62,500 from the nearly $6 billion and were supposed to receive 7.5%. Tolkien’s family then sued Warner Bros. who produced the movies, and have since settled with an undisclosed amount. The money that goes to Tolkien’s family will be distributed among various philanthropic and charitable causes.
Jay-Z took American Gangster off iTunes because he was against people buying just one song off of it!
Jay-Z is one of the most prolific rappers alive, and one of the richest. When he released his album American Gangster in 2007, it was initially available on iTunes for a dollar per song. Jay-Z then changed his mind and took it off because, “as movies are not sold scene by scene, this collection will not be sold as individual singles.”
Jay-Z sees his album as one whole work of art rather than individual songs and believes it should be enjoyed as a whole. The album was then only released to Amazon.com and Rhapsody.com in entirety. Even if this hurt Jay-Z’s profits, it is not likely that he’ll be hurting for money!
In Grapevine, Texas, the Grapevine Faith football team played one of the most interesting matches of their lives. They played Gainesville State School, which is a maximum-security correctional facility 75 miles north of Dallas. So why would the fans cheer for felons playing their children? It’s all because of the head coach. Faith’s head coach, Kris Hogan, said he wanted to do something special for high school students who have little happiness in their lives.
Although Gainesville was certainly not a good team, he still had his boys play and directed half of the fans to make a banner, a tunnel, and even cheer for the other teams players by name! Although Gainesville lost 33-14, they still said they had the time of their lives and were in such good spirits, they even doused the coach in Gatorade!