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5 Pointless & Awesome Things Men Need To Know Today [29.08.16]

The seasons maybe changing but the flow of utterly pointless facts are endless. Thankfully this poor sod gets the fun job of collating them for you guys on a weekly basis.

If your water cooler banter is lacking, it’s time to limber up a fresh batch of pointless and awesome gems for you to annoy your co-workers and loved ones with. If you’ve ever wondered what were the world’s most expensive toilets, what celebrities did before they were famous and the most dangerous places to take selfies, read on.

#1 History’s Most Expensive Toilets



A second thought is rarely ever given to a place where one does their business. No not that kind of business, the other one. For one wealthy Chinese company called the Hang Fung Gold Technology Group, this was a simple merger of the two.

Inside “The Hall of Gold” is a US$5 million 24-carat solid gold toilet complete with an opulent fit out such solid gold bars embedded into the floor and tiles as well as handmade fittings. Want to use it? Too bad. As the price of gold has increased the owners have opted to dismantle the bathroom and melt it down to sell. Soon you’ll be able to buy your own shitty gold ring.

Runners up for the world’s most expensive toilets includes the international space station lavatory which costs US$19 million and a Swarovski-Studded Toilet for US$75,000.

#2 Odd First Jobs Of Famous Celebrities


Getting into the acting game isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It takes dedication, zero fear of rejection and an often mundane job to keep a roof over one’s head. These are five famous celebrities today and the jobs they embarked on before they made millions walking red carpets.

1 Brad Pitt – Refrigerator Delivery Man: Before Brad Pitt was the world’s sexiest man he was a dropout from the University of Missouri journalism degree. chasing the Hollywood dream Pitt moved to L.A before taking on jobs as a refrigerator delivery man, a limousine driver for exotic dancers and a chicken suit mascot who danced around for el Pollo Loco.

2 Kanye West – GAP Store Assistant: Kanye surprisingly had his head in fashion early on in his career. During high school he folded clothes for GAP whilst in his breakthrough album The College Dropout, West boasted that he dabbled in some shoplifting. “Let’s go back, back to the GAP. Look at my check. wasn’t no scratch. So if I stole, wasn’t my fault. Yeah I stole, never got caught.”

3 Johnny Depp – Telemarketer: Long before he was Edward Scissor Hands Johhny Depp used his hands to pick up a phone to sell pens. The actor recalls: “I was selling pens..You’re calling people who don’t want you to call them. You put on your best fake voice and try and sell them a gross or two of ballpoint pens with their name printed on them. First you say, ‘Congratulations. you have just become eligible to win a grandfather clock’ – or a trip to Greece or a Jacuzzi or whatever.'” This probably explains Depp’s eccentric characterisation ability.


4 Gerard Butler – Lawyer: It wasn’t always about the brawn and abs for Gerard Butler. After graduating law school he took up a role at a law firm before finding his true calling as an actor. He took on a role as a casting assistant before landing his first acting gig as the lead of Coriolanus.

5 Ashton Kutcher – Cleaner: The man who eventually player Steve Jobs also had one of the most mundane jobs as a youngster. After a stint studying biomedical engineering he dropped out to pursue a modelling career whilst holding down a job at General Mills factory sweeping cereal dust. He also sold his blood to make extra cash on the side.

#3 Foods That Relieve Stress


Stress gets the better of most of us and this is especially true at the beginning of the week. If the pressure is on and you have a tendency to get ‘hangry’ (a combination of hungry and angry), then hit up these particular foods to keep the monster at bay.

1 Fermented Food: Think beneficial bacteria which has a direct effect on the body’s brain chemistry including mood and behaviour. Kombucha is latest fermented craze which uses a scoby to produce the good stuff in tea.

2 Blueberries: Blueberries contain Anthocyanins which give the fruit their deep colour. They are also antioxidants which helps the brain produce dopamine, a chemical which is crucial for coordination, memory function, and mood.

3 Pistachios: Studies suggest that downing two servings of pistachios a day can help lower vascular constriction during stress. This means that the load imposed on the heart is drastically reduced as the arteries are more dilated. Not to mention the great taste of pistachios.

4 Dark Chocolate: Brace yourselves. There’s a chemical connection between chocolate and stress relief. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain which temporarily halts the feeling of pain and depression. Go dark to reduce the sugar high or instead opt for an antioxidant-rich chocolate drink.

5 Avocado: Enter the green machine. Avocados boast close to twenty essential health boosting nutrients the body thrives on. Potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folate are just some of them with studies saying that a half avocado a day can help prevent weight gain and impulsive snacking. They can also regulate blood sugar levels to help keep a steady mood in times of stress.

#4 Destinations With The World’s Longest Names



Spain, 39 letters: Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarrea is one of the greenest regions in Europe boasting 70% of its electricity generation from renewable sources.

South Africa, 44 letters: Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein is a farm located in the North West of South Africa which holds the title as, wait for it, the longest one-word place name in Africa.

United States, 45 letters: Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is a scenic location on Lake Chaubunagungamaug (that’s the shortened name). The 45 letters comes from the Nipmuck language which means “Fishing Place at the Boundaries – Neutral Meeting Grounds”.

Wales, 58 letters: Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch also thankfully has shorter name in Llanfairpwll. It’s officially Europe’s longest place name.

New Zealand, 85 letters: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is New Zealand’s answer to long the world’s longest names. Sitting on the North island, the name is Māori for “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one”.

#5 Most Dangerous Places To Take Selfies


Selfies are all the rage these days but have you ever wondered where are the world’s most dangerous places to partake in this act of self-love? Read in.

US National Parks: Fact: Bears roam freely in US National Parks. Another fact is that there’s been an increase in visitors trying to take selfies with these wild animals for God knows what reason – likely Pokemon related. Regardless, park officials are warning visitors to refrain from rushing towards groups of bears for a cool shot. “As far as they were concerned, it is a poor choice to A) get that close to wildlife and B) to turn your back on bears,” said Park spokesman, Matt Robbins.

Taj Mahal, India: One of the world’s most beautiful locations is also the most dangerous. Due to the multi-storey nature of the monument, people have slipped and fallen down the stairs to their death whilst pursuing the perfect selfie at the Royal Gate at the Taj Mahal.

Pamplona, Spain: The running of the bulls is already one of Spain’s deadliest sports but after one participant in 2014 attempted to take a selfie with a raging beast, the officials passed a law to fine people €4,000 if they attempted to risk their life for a photo. That’s one expensive photoshoot.


Mount Hua, China: Dodgy looking wooden planks separate brave tourists from a cliff face and a 2,160m drop. It’s also a hot spot for selfie-loving tourists but be warned. Locals suggest that there’s been over 100 accidents up there whilst Chinese officials refuse to reveal the real figures.


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