Can you recite the alphabet backward? Have you bungee jumped over the Rio Grande, eaten insects, or dressed in a chicken suit?
Fun Facts open playful gateway connections with your audience.
The factoids you share should blend with your writing subject. The academician or nonfiction author wishing to book speaking engagements might choose conference opening style ice-breakers. A Wattpad anime writer might choose topics relating to video games, demons, or angels.
Your Fun Facts page should be separate from the other professional pieces in your Media Kit. Candid, casual photos can be included.
Examples of Famous People Fun Facts
- As a child, James Earl Jones had a stutter. Embarrassed, he barely spoke for eight years.
- Before his fame, JRR Tolkien worked a dictionary etymologist. An etymologist studies the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning changes over time.
- Nicholas Cage had a pet octopus.
- Irish novelist James Joyce was an agoraphobic. Astrophobia is an intense fear of thunder and lightning. Biographers speculate that Catholic teachers ignited the fear by telling him they were signs of God’s fury.
- Philip K. Dick has become a robot (created by Hanson Robotics).
- Jules Verne was shot in the shin by his nephew, Gaston in 1886. As a result, Verne walked with a limp for the rest of his life and Gaston was committed to an insane asylum.
- David Bowie had a permanently dilated left eye. When he was fifteen, he got in a fight over a girl.
- Mel Blanc, the voice actor for Bugs Bunny was in a serious car accident leaving him in a coma. After unsuccessful attempts to rouse him, the doctor asked, “Bugs can you hear me?” Blanc answered, “What’s up, Doc?” By speaking to his characters, the doctor was able to communicate with him until he came out of the coma.
- George Eliot was the male pen name for Mary Ann Evans. Her titles include; Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner.
- A balding Sean Connery wore a hairpiece when filming his Bond movies.
- George Clooney is a half-first cousin five times removed from President Abraham Lincoln.
- Martin Luther King, a Star Trek fan, convinced actress Nichelle Nichol (Lt. Nyota Uhura) to remain on the show when she thought about working on Broadway in 1966.
- Jimi Hendrix and Vangelis, Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner composer, could not read music.
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