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How Celebrities Spent Their First Paycheck

Wanna know how to spend your next paycheck? Feel like growing out your beard in a last ditch attempt to channel your inner hipster? Need to update your password? Or feel like binging on some Seinfeld? We’ve got all your answers in this week’s Pointless and Awesome things you need to know.

#1 How Celebrities Spent Their First Paycheck


We all remember our first sweet paycheck. No matter how small, or big, it represented endless possibilities and the chance to finally treat yourself. Here’s how some of the world’s most recognisable faces spent their first paycheck, via Vogue.

  1. Brad Pitt: “When I received my first paycheck from my now known day job, I spent it on a period Craftsman chair and Frank Lloyd Wright-wannabe lamp. With my second paycheck, I bought a stereo.”
  2. Jesse Metcalfe: Started a savings account and invested in baseball cards. “I always thought they would appreciate in value, and they still might.”
  3. Andrew Garfield: From gardening for his parents from age six to nine, “I bought comics and candies, I was a child after all.”
  4. Chris Pratt: Lived off his $700 paycheck from Cursed Part 3 for a whole year. Before the film he was living in a van in Maui.
  5. Jason Segal: “I think I bought a harmonica.”

#2 The Changing Trend Of Beards


New research announced last week revealed that a third of Aussie men believe the hipster craze is well and truly over. A third of men interviewed admit they shaved because their partner told them to, while 48% say their partners prefer it when their clean shaven. On a more sobering note, nearly 1 in 10 men admitted to using their partner or housemate’s leg razor on their face. Nice one. Here are some other intriguing stats from the research:

  • 17% of men have also caught their partner or housemate using their shaver
  • 36% of men think beards make guys look manlier
  • 31% of men still think beards are cool
  • NSW men think beards are cool (38%) compared to 29% in Victoria and 24% in QLD
  • Over half of Australian male workers believe someone who is clean-shaven is more professional
  • Facial hair decreases with age: 68% of 18-34-year-olds currently have facial hair, compared to 60% of 35-54-year-olds and 53% of the 55+ age bracket
  • 38% of Australian men are clean shaven

#3 Things You Didn’t Know About Seinfeld


Seinfeld. Arguably one of the most loved TV shows of all-time. Even though you can probably quote the show until the cows come home, here are some interesting facts you may not have heard, via Thrillist.

  1. Jerry dated 66 women on the show
  2. NBC was initially opposed to the show’s now-iconic music
  3. The bike hanging in Jerry’s apartment was swapped out several times
  4. The show was initially only ordered for four episodes
  5. The ‘real-life’ Kramer and a man who believes he’s the ‘real-life’ George have sued over the show

#4 The Worst Passwords Of 2015


Creating, remembering and maintaining a good password, across all of your various logins, can be a challenge, but by opting for the classic ‘123456’ or ‘password’ users continue to put their security at risk. Here are some of the worst passwords of 2015, via Smart Company. Avoid at all costs.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. qwerty
  4. football
  5. baseball
  6. welcome
  7. abc123
  8. 111111
  9. dragon
  10. master

#5 Famous Musicians Who Died At 27


Clearly only the good die young. Strangely enough, many of the world’s most famous and iconic musicians have passed away at age 27, so much so, that the phenomenon has been labelled the ’27 Club’. According to Howard Sounes – author of “27: History Of The 27 Club” – most members of the ‘club’ had terribly difficult childhoods. Here are all of the 27-year-olds that sadly passed away, via NY Daily News.

  1. Janis Joplin: “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” died of a heroin overdose in 1970.
  2. Jimi Hendrix: American rock guitarist Hendrix passed away in 1970 after taking a deadly mix of pills and booze.
  3. Amy Winehouse: The most recent addition to the ‘club’, Winehouse sadly passed away in 2011 from apparent alcohol toxicity.
  4. Jim Morrison: The iconic frontman of The Doors became a member of the ’27 Club’ in 1971 after passing away from heart failure.
  5. Kurt Cobain: The Nirvana singer committed suicide in his Washington state home in 1994.
  6. Brian Jones: The Rolling Stones guitarist tragically drowned in his swimming pool in 1969.


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