When you're a famous rock star at the height of your career, the wave of success might seem endless. But everyone knows nothing lasts forever and many musicians aren't exactly brilliant at saving up that nest egg. Here are the rockers who went completely broke. (And a few who clawed their way back.)
To the uninitiated, cricket can seem both boring and confusing. Why does cricket take days to play? What kind of sport stops so the players can have tea? Cricket is definitely an odd sport, but much of the world loves it. Here are weird things you never knew about cricket.
Tattoo artist Kat Von D found fame and fortune starring on the reality TV show Miami Ink, before leaving for her own west coast iteration, LA Ink. But there's more to the famously feisty star than just her ink and her eccentric vegan vibes. Here's the untold truth of Kat Von D.
Royals tend to live way more dramatic lives than their subjects. History is filled with stories of monarchs living large from the moment they are born. Everything from royal marriages to royal feasts to royal homes are crazier than anything a normal person could imagine. So it's fitting that a lot of royal deaths were just as weird as any other part of the royals' lives.
Over the years some strange royal deaths have become infamous.
A billion dollars is a lot of money. It's such a stupid, ridiculous amount of money that our tiny brains can't really comprehend just how much money it is. When asked to picture a billion dollars, most people probably just revert to childhood and think of Scrooge McDuck diving into his room full of shiny gold coins. That's fitting, since the fact anyone actually has a billion dollars is comical.
When high school guidance counselors discuss possible career paths, "gangster" doesn't usually come up. Getting a job in the underworld, or Mafia, or whatever you want to call it, is always a dangerous prospect. A lot of times, it can be a job for life; as in, you could totally lose your life because of your job. Not many famous gangsters died in their sleep of old age. Usually they go out violently, killed by their enemies, the government, or even their own men.
Japan is known for a lot of wonderful things. There are the beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring, majestic Mount Fuji, and a royal family whose illustrious lineage stretches back thousands of years. But then there are the other things. The weird things. The rumors that are so bizarre you kind of wonder if they are true or not. Usually they do turn out to be true, because Japan has taken weirdness and made it a national pastime.
To put it very lightly, North Korea is different than anywhere else in the world. While other countries get more and more connected, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has become increasingly isolated since the Korean War's armistice in 1953. Ruled by a succession of megalomaniacal and paranoid leaders, information about what really goes on there is limited. But what the world does learn from defectors, spying, and various other means paints a picture of a country that is unique.
On April 26, 1986, there was a catastrophic accident at the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant in the USSR. Colloquially known as Chernobyl for a nearby town, the meltdown was, and still is, the biggest nuclear disaster of all time.
The Bible is full of mysterious questions we don't know the answers to, and there are entire Bible plotlines that just up and disappeared. When you're dealing with the supernatural, it's very difficult to prove anything, by its very nature. Faith doesn't depend on scientific explanations, and plenty of people are happy to believe what the Bible says, either literally or figuratively, and not worry about the earthly reality of it all.
But others want to dig deeper.
Considering the Bible is based around some pretty mystical ideas, it's surprisingly grounded in reality in other ways. It says, for example, exactly how big Noah's ark was, what the Ark of the Covenant looked like, and has endless lists of who begat whom. Jesus gets four whole books that cover his relatively short ministry, and they include details about locations, family relationships, even clothing. But despite all the specific information, there is still room for plenty of mystery.
Everyone loves the story of Beauty and the Beast. There's something romantic about a woman looking beyond a terrifying appearance to see the good person inside.
How real is reality? Not very.
If your life is filled with money and groupies and fame, at some point people will start spreading fake stories about you. But with all the crazy gossip out there, here are some rumors about musicians that actually turned out to be true.