Wednesday, January 28, 2009

4 Crazy things that are actually true!

1. You can gain weight from a cold. Recent research has shown that the adenovirus-36, which causes the common cold, can increase fat cells and thus cause you to gain weight while you're sick. Like, srsly? This is so unfair! Check it here at Nursing Degree Guide.

2. Stanley Kubrick had a horrible fear of flying. The famous director, whose seminal work, "2oo1: A Space Odyssey" is always on critics' lists for its influence on special effects and depictions of space travel, had such a fear of flying that he recreated New York City on a London soundstage in the film, "Eyes Wide Shut." He also didn't drive a car.

3. There is a basketball court at the top of the Matterhorn ride in Disneyland. No, Shaq and Kobe don't play there - that would be truly a Disney world, wouldn't? At the very top is a small area where workers can rest and someone put up a basketball hoop so they could hang out and play on their breaks.
4. "Star Trek" (the Original Series) had lyrics for its iconic theme song. Yes, it's true! Apparently Gene Roddenberry wrote them, unbeknownst to its composer Alexander Courage, because he wanted to be certain he would make some money from the show. Check it out here, along with the terrible lyrics that were thankfully never recorded. I can't believe I never knew this (and I'm a total Trekker!).