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Ryan Gosling Became Ken Because of a Lemon

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There aren’t many movies released in the last few years that have resonated with audiences quite as much as Barbie. A veritable cultural phenomenon that’s likely going to set the standard for marketing summer blockbusters for the next decade or so, by far the standout star of the pre-release hype for Barbie has been Ryan Gosling. Something the man himself credits to, of all things, a lemon.

Peter Thundershield Didn’t Give a Fuck

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Many years ago at Fact Fiend we maintained an infrequently updated series detailing the exploits of men, women and the occasional fictional character in possession of a rare genetic mutation known as Diogenes-itus. A condition characterised by enlarged balls and the inability to recognise or give a single, solitary fuck. And today we’re reviving to talk about Peter Wessel. A Norwegian naval officer who parlayed not giving the faintest whiff of a shit into a storied career that piqued the interest of no less of an authority than his own king.

Tony Soprano Wasn’t Allowed to Wear Shorts

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The Sopranos is oft considered one of the greatest and most influential television shows ever written. With each episode being a masterclass in acting delivered by James Gandolfini whose portrayal of big donged crime boss Tony Soprano being lauded by audiences, critics and most impressively of all, actual mobsters. Many of whom greatly enjoyed almost every aspect of Gandolfini’s performance, except for his wardrobe.

Pigeons are Faster Than the Internet (Sometimes)

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There are few first world problems as uniquely frustrating as a shitty internet connection. Of course there are things in life that are worse, but there’s just something, maddening about dealing with a bad internet connection with an unreliable connection being enough to make some people outright homicidal. Something it’s actually possible to address, at least in some specific scenarios, with, of all things, a pigeon.

The Violinist so Good People Just Gave Up

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Niccolò Paganini is widely considered one of the finest violin virtuoso’s in history and his skill with the Devil’s Instrument was such that it was rumoured his talent was the direct result of a deal with Satan himself. Gossip Paganini didn’t exactly assuage when he’d walk on stage and shred with such ferocity other, lesser violinists simply, gave up.