Every morning around 8:15am Brooks gives you one minute of Useless Facts to impress your friends with…
- A caterpillar called the tobacco hornworm uses its bad breath to scare off predators. It gets its bad breath from eating tobacco leaves.
- Michael Keaton’s real name is Michael Douglas. He picked “Keaton” as a stage name because obviously there was ALREADY an actor named Michael Douglas . . . and he liked the way Diane Keaton’s name sounded. (But Keaton was a stage name for Diane Keaton too. Her real name is Diane Hall. Keaton was her mother’s maiden name. Also, her nickname is ‘Annie’ . . . which is where Woody Allen got the title for “Annie Hall”.)
- The famous artist Caravaggio is actually FROM the city of Caravaggio, Italy. He chose to use that as his name because his first name was . . . Michelangelo. And clearly, another artist already had that one claimed.
- The average eel lives to be 10 to 15 years old. But an eel in Sweden lived to be 155. That’s the equivalent of a person living to 813 to 1,220 years old.
- In the “Super Mario Brothers” series, Luigi’s name is based on the Japanese word “ruiji”, which means “similar” . . . because Luigi is similar to Mario.