7 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Your Favorite Celebrities
Scandals about celebrities fill the pages of both newspapers and online websites, so we feel like we never missed a part of their lives. Paparazzi follow them around and report on the tiniest details of their everyday routine, but is there still something that we didn’t know about our favorite celebrities? Check the list below to find out if there is any news for you here.
1. Tupac’s friends smoked his ashes.
As weird as it may sound, this actually happened. After Tupac Shakur died in 1996, his ashes were mixed with weed and smoked by the members of his band, The Young Outlaws.
The Young Outlaws claim that this was Tupac’s wish, and he even said it in one of his songs called Black Jesus. The lyrics go: ‘last wishes, ni—s smoke my ashes‘ and they took them seriously. The night of his memorial service, the members of the band met with his family, they went to a beach and did things Tupac loved, had “some chicken wings and some weed,…”, as Young Noble, one of his friends says. Another member, E.D.I. takes credit for the idea.
2. The Beatles memorial tree got attacked by… beetles.
A memorial pine tree that was planted near Griffith Observatory in 2004 in memory of George Harrison died. Well, it happens, right? But it didn’t just die. It died of an insect infestation – beetles killed it.
After the former lead guitarist of The Beatles died in 2001, the tree was planted to commemorate him, because he spent his last days in Los Angeles and also because he was a gardener for much of his adult life. It was growing just fine, but in summer of 2014 it was finally finished off by the bugs. But, as the memory of Harrison remains, a new tree has been planted in February this year. It is a tree of a different species – a yew pine, chosen by Harrison’s family. Hopefully this one will live longer than the last one…
3. Tina Turner gave up her U.S. citizenship.
The popular singer gave up on the States and decided to get a citizenship of Switzerland. This is not so much of a surprise, since she has been living there with her husband, German record executive Erwin Bach, since 1995.
Turner announced this step in January 2013, and the U.S. embassy in Bern confirmed that late in October 2013 she was there to sign a “Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship” and since then she is officially no longer American.
4. Tina Fey’s scar is a result of an attack when she was a child.
Young Tina Fey was only five years old when the attack took place. She was playing in the front yard of her home in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and didn’t suspect a thing. Then, out of nowhere, a stranger appeared next to her and cut her cheek with a knife. The attacker was never found.
At first, she thought it was nothing, that someone only marked her with a pen, but it turned out to be more than that – and it left the scar on her face that we all know. In her book Bossypants, she says that the scar was kind of a celebrity and that a lot of people ask her about it. She says that she didn’t let it get to her as much as it could have, and didn’t let it destroy her childhood or life. She is concerned and worried that she will “go crazy” when her daughter Alice reaches that age.
5. Morgan Freeman is a beekeeper.
Morgan Freeman is concerned about the extinction of bees, so he decided to do something about it. The famous actor has made a 124 acre refugee ranch for them in Mississippi.
During a media tour for his latest movie Lucy, in summer of 2014, he explained that he thinks that honeybees are the foundation of the growth of our planet. Bee populations have decreased by 40-60 percent since April last year alone, so Freeman decided that something has to be done. He hired a gardener, planted many trees and bought 26 hives – and he says that he never wears the beekeeping hat, and that he has never been stung by any of his bees.
Apparently, all living creatures love Morgan Freeman.
6. Shakespeare cursed his grave.
Yep, he did.
” Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To digg the dust encloased heare.
Bleste be y man y spares thes stones,
And curst be he y moves my bones.”
These words are engraved on the grave of William Shakespeare at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Apparently, in his time, bodies were often exhumed for religious or research purposes, and he wanted to make sure it won’t happen to him. Clever guy, Shakespeare. It worked – no one ever touched his bones, even though many have wanted to.
There were even some repairs in 2008, but the workers said that the stones would not be moved and the bones would definitely not be disturbed.
7. Actress Hedy Lamarr was also an inventor.
Once elected the most beautiful woman in the world, the Austrian actress never received the praise she deserved for inventing the “spread spectrum technology”, which is used for Bluetooth and WiFi.
Instead, people always remembered her for her beauty instead of her brains.
Hedy Lamarr and another scientist, George Anthiel, developed a “secret communication system” to make communication easier and help fight the Nazis during World War II. The significance of their inventions were not recognized for many years to come, so she was always only remembered as the amazing-looking actress instead of being known for her amazing inventions.
Recently, though, she is being credited for her work and Hedy Lamarr is now considered to be one of the most important women inventors of the 20th century.