10 Facts of Today – March 3, 2015

Facts of Today – After a video that went viral in 2012 showing a bus monitor getting bullied by students – a Canadian man set up a fundraiser to collect $5,000 for a vacation for her. In the end, they ended up collecting and giving the women over $700,000. She has since retired. Via

Facts of Today – After Hitler ordered the deportation of Denmark’s Jewish population, Danish citizens organized a massive evacuation of the Jews to neutral Sweden, despite the risks. In the end, 99% of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust. Via

Facts of Today – Saddam Hussein was forced to watch South Park The Movie when in prison. Via

Facts of Today – James Franco took up a late-night job at McDonald’s a while back in order to support himself and take acting lessons. While working there, he practiced accents on customers and stopped being a vegetarian. Via

Facts of Today – The last thing John Lennon said to Paul McCartney was “Think about me every now and then, old friend.” Via

Facts of Today – Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road. Via

Facts of Today – In 1897 Indiana tried to change the value of Pi to 3.2 via legislation. Via

Facts of Today – When Catherine de’ Medici was queen of France, she kept a ‘Flying Squad’ of 80 women tasked with sleeping with powerful men to extract their secrets. Via

Facts of Today – George Lazenby wasn’t a real actor. He bought himself a suit, a Rolex and a new haircut, then met with the producer and made up movies he had been in. He later landed the role of James Bond. Via

Facts of Today – A man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped. He was wounded, but returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, where the very next day the second atomic bomb was dropped. He survived both blasts and lived to 93. Via