Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling
Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling are pseudo-brothers. Because he was born in Canada, a young Ryan Gosling was unable to film as a part of The Mickey Mouse Club since he was still a minor. In order to get around this, Justin Timberlake’s mom became Gosling’s legal guardian, and the two future superstars lived together for a while.
Bob Marley is half white. The famous reggae icon’s father was a white naval officer, a fact that Bob was always embarrassed of. Marley went the rest of his life hiding his biracial background and resenting his father for abandoning him.
Elvis Presley was a natural blond. It’s hard to imagine the iconic rock star with anything other than his jet-black pompadour, but as a kid Elvis had golden blond locks. Apparently, his hair naturally began to darken as he grew up, and it had become a chestnut brown by the time he was drafted into the army at age 22.
Woody Harrelson's father was an assassin. Charles Voyde Harrelson, actor Woody Harrelson’s estranged father, was a hitman convicted of killing a federal judge. Even more scandalous, he also claimed to have killed President John F. Kennedy.
Simon Cowell was part of "The Shining." When he was younger, Cowell worked as a runner for various films, including Stanley Kubrick's chilling classic. It seems only fitting that the man responsible for axing the dreams of thousands of hopeful singers started his entertainment career polishing Jack Nicholson's famous ax on the set of “The Shining”.
Ke$ha has an IQ of 140. You might not think the eternal party girl still has any brain cells left, but Ke$ha is actually only 5 IQ points shy of genius status! Hmm maybe we should try brushing our teeth with whiskey, too?
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson once held Martin Luther King Jr.’s dad hostage. When he was still a student at Morehouse College in 1969, Samuel L. Jackson joined a group of students holding the trustees hostage in order to demand reform in the curriculum and governance. One of these trustees was Martin Luther King Sr.
Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln. Although very distant, the “Castaway” star does share genes with our sixteenth president. We won’t get into all the confusing specifics, but what it boils down to is that Hanks is President Lincoln’s third cousin, four generations removed.
Natalie Portman is a Harvard grad published in two scientific journals. The “Star Wars” starlet is more than just beauty; she’s got brains too! Not only did she graduate from Harvard University with an A.B. in psychology in 2003, but two of her papers can be found published in scientific journals.
Snoop Dogg and Buzz Aldrin
Snoop Dogg produced a rap song by famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Unfortunately, it seems Aldrin and Snoop knew this project was a joke, as the video is more self-aware than ambitious, but that doesn’t take away from the hilarity of hearing one of the first men on the moon saying “I have only two passions: space exploration and hip hop”.
Nicolas Cage got acting lessons from his pet octopus. Nicolas Cage has never been one for normalcy. Rather than hire an acting coach, the star opted to study the movements of his pet octopus to boost his acting chops. We aren’t really clear on how this helps him either…
Christopher Walken was a lion tamer. At the age of 15, Walken joined a travelling circus and trained as a lion tamer. As a cat-lover, Walken described the job’s appeal to his teenage self as “too good to pass up”.
Jerry Springer is a former mayor of Cincinnati. That’s right, the guy pulling apart those screaming cheating couples on daytime television was once running a city. Springer’s time in politics included a prostitution scandal, which he actually gained another year in office for admitting to. Maybe that’s where he realized people might reward his sleaze.
Steve Buscemi was helping clean up New York after 9/11. Once a member of the New York Fire Department, it wasn’t difficult for Buscemi to jump into action after 9/11 and help his old squad clean up the city and ensure everyone’s safety for a week. Buscemi even shirked all media coverage and publicity of his kind acts.
Famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth is a trained sniper. Despite her old age, Dr. Ruth has been dispensing frank sex advice since 1980, but even more shocking is that the 4’7” therapist was trained as a sniper at the age of 16 as a part of an underground Jewish military organization. “Even today I can load a Sten automatic rifle in a single minute, blindfolded,” the diminutive 85-year-old boasts.
Sylvester Stallone got his start in porn. Before he was running up stairs in Philadelphia, Rocky Balboa was the brilliantly named Stud in the 1970’s pornographic movie “The Party at Kitty and Stud’s”.
Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" using only 50 different words. Dr. Seuss produced one of his most popular works on a bet that he couldn’t write a whole book in 50 or fewer words. Seuss won the bet by using only 50 different words in “Green Eggs and Ham.” The only word in the book that is more than one syllable is anywhere.