Book provides interesting factoids

Did you know that Communist jets were two minutes away from open fire towards American airplanes during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but turned back because of insufficient fuel? Or that “Picasso was a stillborn until his uncle revived him by blowing cigar smoke in his face?”

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You’ll uncover that Dr. Seuss’s famous children’s book Green Eggs and Ham was written as a result of a bet that “the author could not write an entire book using only fifty words.” Christopher Reeve was in fact sixth choice for lead in the film Superman after all five original actors turned down the role.

Finally, if a frozen orange juice company had worked in California back in 1940, the company President wouldn’t have turned to politics and focused on a new presidency. His name was Richard Nixon.

Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids is a fascinating treasure trunk about the “what ifs” in history. In the book, each chapter includes puny chapter titles that describe the historical stories that have transformed history. The chapter Crime-Missed Demeanors describes the passport mixup of James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., which led to his arrest two months after killing King.

Another chapter Fog in War one is able to identify that Adolf Hitler was about to commit suicide after a failed Nazi coup attempt back in 1923 yet was stopped by a (well-meaning associate), Frau Hanfstaengl. The next time he would attempt and succeed at committing suicide would be in 1945 after a world war and 55 million deaths.

What I loved most about this book is the risen idea of gratitude that grew where my counter idea of “reality as it presents itself” perception lay. Many of us don’t realize the impact a seemingly “insignificant” moment in our life can hugely pollute or purify future events.

Every 86,400 seconds each day vastly differs from each other, in the sense that we utilize these moments not towards our aspirations, but geared toward our temptations.

Yet, these temptations fulfill the empty idea of what could be, what might’ve be, and then could result in what will be. If Picasso’s uncle was not “tempted” to blow cigar smoke in the young still born, the soon to be famous cubist painter would’ve be rocked away in his death crib.

This idea of “Carpe Diem” is an underlying message and theme that constantly rings out through out each fact given. Reality isn’t as it presents itself; almost like fingerprints left on a photograph brings mortal life to the eternity of a photograph frozen in time. These facts are the fingerprints.

The aspect that I believe everybody will take away from this book is that where everything is standing is not where it always stood. Everything is a culmination of previous events and that ultimately leads to the future. With this message in mind, I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to grow an appreciation for present moments.

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