Remember on the first day of school when the teacher would make you stand up and introduce yourself? You were likely prompted to say your name and some cool personal fact. Remember desperately trying to come up with your “cool fact?”
Well, celebrities are just like us, except when they are forced to introduce themselves, they have some legitimately cool facts at their disposal. Come on, does it get any cooler than having a fly species named after yourself? Or, putting out an ad seeking a personal blunt roller? These are the kind of facts that would shake a classroom and make a teacher do a double-take. These are celebrity facts.
So, sit back and relax, because celebrity fact class is now in session.
There Is A Fly Species Named After Beyoncé
In 2012, an Australian scientist decided to give a previously unnamed fly species a scientific title. As an ode to Beyoncé, the scientist settled on Scaptia (Plinthina) beyoncea for the horsefly’s official moniker. With its golden backside and abdomen, the fly is known colloquially as the “gold bum fly,” so it’s only fitting that the fly’s scientific name honors the “Bootylicious” singer.
In 2014, Taylor Swift Topped Canadian iTunes With 8 Seconds Of Static
Due to a glitch, a Taylor Swift song entitled “Track 3” appeared on Canadian iTunes five days before the release of her fifth studio album, 1989. Fans quickly bought the song, and shot it to the number one spot. Upon listening, however, buyers discovered they’d paid $1.29 for a track featuring approximately eight seconds of static noise. For a short time, “Track 3” even managed to surpass Swift’s other three singles from her upcoming album.
Waka Flocka Put Out An Ad Seeking A Personal Blunt Roller
In 2014, the Atlanta rapper posted a since-deleted Instagram picture advert a personal blunt roller with a $50,000 yearly salary. The Love & Hip-Hop star later tweeted, “All resumes must be sent on a rolling paper or blunts #seriousinquiriesonly.” No word if benefits were included in the gig.
None Of The Beatles Could Read Or Write Music
That’s right — John, Paul, Ringo, and George were all illiterate when it came to reading (and writing) sheet music. That didn’t seem to stop them from becoming the best-selling recording artists in history. In an interview with Playboy in 1960, Lennon said, “None of us can write it. But as pure musicians, as inspired humans to make the noise, [Paul and Ringo] are as good as anybody.”
David Letterman Funds A Scholarship At His Alma Mater Which Does Not Take Grades Into Account, Since He Was A ‘C’ Student Himself
It’s called the “Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship” at Ball State University and it does not take GPA as an application requirement. Instead, the scholarship is awarded solely based on the creativity of a submitted project. The top prize is $10,000 — not too shabby!
John Cena Has Granted More Make-a-Wish Requests Than Any Other Celebrity In The Charity’s History
The part-time WWE star and part-time actor apparently has a heart of gold. In 2015, Cena celebrated granting his 500th Make-A-Wish request, a milestone no other celebrity has achieved. “I just drop everything,” Cena said. “If I can offer a fantastic experience, I’ll be first in line to do my part.”
Jackie Chan’s Stunt Team Is Blacklisted By All Insurance Companies
The action film icon’s stunt team is deemed too dangerous to be insurable, so Chan must pay out of pocket whenever one of his stunt team members is injured on the job.
Toni Collette Successfully Faked Appendicitis When She Was 11
When she was just a pre-teen, Toni Collette faked having appendicitis so well, doctors removed her appendix (talk about an actress in the making). In an interview with Rove, Collete said the story was, “so embarrassing. I don’t know why I did it and I apologize to Mom and Dad.”
‘Modern Family’s Nolan Gould Is A Member Of Mensa
Despite playing the laughably doltish Luke on Modern Family, Nolan Gould is, like, super-duper smart. While on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, the actor revealed he has an IQ of 150. He earned his GED at 13 and is a member of Mensa — you know, the society for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on an IQ test.
Cameron Diaz Bought Weed From Snoop Dogg While They Were In High School
Yes, apparently Snoop Dogg and Cameron Diaz attended high school together (it was Long Beach Polytechnic High in case you’re wondering). In 2011, the Charlie’s Angels star was on Lopez Tonight and revealed, “I’m pretty sure I bought weed from [Snoop Dogg].” She continued, “He was a year older than me… I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails.”