Yes, it’s Monday. It’s the start of the working week and your motivation, we’re guessing, is at an all-time low. You may be asking yourself, ‘where did my weekend go?’, ‘why is my head still pounding?’, ‘who am I?’, and all the while you’re trying to secure that promotion or woo the new receptionist.
Take a deep breath, get your head out of your hands and get your small talk on point with this week’s top 5 pointless and awesome things you never knew you needed to know.
#1 What You Never Knew About Apple
Apple. A brand which has well and truly taken over most of our lives, from the moment you wake up and turn off your alarm, to when you’re surfing the web later in the day. Last year Apple was ranked the best global brand and the world’s most valuable brand. Here are some interesting facts about the billion-dollar multinational technology company.
- The name ‘Apple’ came from founder Steve Jobs‘ like of the fruit.
- Apple was founded by three people: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and a man named Ronald Wayne who left the company just 12 days after it founded. He sold 10% of his share for $1800 and got an additional payment of $1,500. If Wayne stayed with Apple, his shares would be worth around $60 billion dollars today.
- Apple is so successful that in the first quarter of 2014, it made more money than Amazon, Google, and Facebook combined.
- The company has around $150 billion in excess capital, which means Apple could buy companies like Netflix, Twitter, Tesla and Facebook combined.
- To raise capital for Apple, co-founder Steve Wozniak had to sell his scientific calculator.
- The name iPod was inspired by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
#2 Oscar Nominations
‘Spotlight’, ‘The Revenant’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘ and ‘The Martian‘ led the way last week as the 2016 Oscar nominations were officially announced. Like the dramatic film it celebrates, there’s been plenty of twists and turns over the 88 years the Oscars have been running. Here’s a few.
- To attend the very first Oscars ceremony in 1929 held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, tickets cost just $5.
- Prior to the Oscars, rehearsals are held where celebs show up to practice their lines and announce the winner and as well as dummy envelopes, there are dummy Oscars made of plaster to hand out to the ‘winners’.
- There’s a contingency plan if the wrong winner is announced on stage. The partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers memorise all the winners in all 24 categories so if the wrong person is announced as the winner, they are authorised to go out onstage and stop the show.
- The highest number of acting nominations for a single person is a record held by Meryl Streep, who broke the previous record of 12, set by Katharine Hepburn. Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor, tying with Hepburn’s 12.
- Some of the world’s greatest actors to never win an Oscar include, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis and Will Smith.
#3 Amazing Things You Need To Know About Comets
A comet is an icy small Solar System body that, when passing close to the Sun, heats up and begins to outgas, displaying a visible atmosphere or coma, and sometimes also a tail. Complicated? Sure. Mind-boggling? Hell yes. Here are some interesting facts about those big space-travelling balls of dust and rock.
- Comets lose mass each time they get close to the sun due to a process called sublimation. After many years of circling the sun, the comet will eventually break apart from being so small and moving at such a great speed.
- Halley’s comet enters the inner solar system every 76 Earth years and is one of the most famous.
- A comet’s death can either be from crashing into something large, exploding from being torn apart by the sun’s gravity, or ‘going extinct’ by losing volatile materials and becoming really small lumps of rock.
- Over 3,000 comets are known to exist in our solar system at this time.
#4 Books To Read To Get Rich
If only getting rich quick was as easy as reading a book. There’s no magic wand to making it rain but many of the world’s wealthiest and most successful people bury themselves in books and commit to self-education, so it can’t hurt right? Here are some of the books to read if you wanna be laughing straight to the bank, via Business Insider.
- ‘Think and Grow Rich’, by Napoleon Hill who turned a few nickels and dimes into a fortune. Hill researched more than 500 self-made millionaires over 20 years and boils down the ‘secret’ to building wealth in 13 principles.
- ‘Money Guide 2016’, by Jonathan Clements who is the Wall Street Journal’s personal finance columnist. Clements outlines how to build your personal financial plan in 18 simple steps.
- ‘The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated’, by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack. Pollack once offhandedly noted during an interview with Olen that the correct financial advice for most people can fit on a three-by-five inch index card. Money made simple.
- ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’, by George S. Clason. A timeless 1926 classic that articulates the steps to get rich through a collection of amusing parables based in the wealthiest city of the ancient world: Babylon.
- ‘Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals’, by Thomas Corley who studied the live of both rich people and poor people, and managed to segment out what he calls ‘rich habits’ and ‘poverty habits’. According to ‘Rich Habits’, something as simple as regular exercise and calling friends on their birthdays can increase your chance of attaining wealth.
#5 Famous People Facts You Won’t Believe
Celebrities are real people, too. Unless we’re talking about the Kardashians, most celebrities want to keep some aspects of their lives private and out of the public eye. Here are some unbelievable facts about the world’s famous.
- Elvis Presley was a natural blonde.
- Simon Cowell once worked as a runner in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. He polished Jack Nicholson’s axe.
- In 1988, Mark Wahlberg served 45 days in jail for an unprovoked, racially motivated attack that left one of two victims blind. He was initially charged with attempted murder.
- At 35, Harrison Ford was fitting a door for Francis Ford Coppola when a studio executive testing actresses for a new film asked him to help out by reading lines written for the male lead. The film was Star Wars.
- David Bowie‘s left eye became permanently dilated after he got into a fight at 15. The fight was about a girl.