Five Random Facts for Monday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  “Nosferatu” plagiarized Bram Stoker’s book “Dracula”.  Stoker’s estate sued them and attempted to destroy all copies of the movie, but at least one copy made its way to the U.S., where Stoker’s book had already become public domain.  (Due to what later turned out to be a copyright error.)  So, it survived and circulated as a cult classic.

2.  There was only one guy who survived the atomic bombings in both Hiroshima AND Nagasaki.  His name is Tsutomu Yamaguchi and he died in 2010, at age 93.

3.  North Korea had its own time zone for three years.  From August of 2015 until May of 2018, they were on “Pyongyang Time,” which was a HALF HOUR behind South Korea.

4.  The first actor to play James Bond was an American.  Barry Nelson played him in an episode of a TV show called “Climax!” in 1954, eight years before the first Bond movie.

5.  Shrapnel is named after Henry Shrapnel, a major general in the British Army.  In the late 1700s he invented an exploding shell with lead pellets inside.


(Mental Floss / The Telegraph / Washington Post / Wikipedia / Wikipedia)