TIL Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paychecks so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil’s Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
Reeves runs a private foundation that benefits cancer research and children’s hospitals. In keeping with his modest approach to his philanthropic life, he told Ladies Home Journal (via Snopes), “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”
One of Reeves’ sisters was diagnosed with a type of leukemia in the ’90s, achieving remission later in that decade. He funds efforts to find treatments and cures for cancers without publicly taking credit for his efforts through his foundation.
And What does a great son do after some hefty paydays? He thanks his mother! Reeves told Playboy that one of the changes brought by wealth was that, “I can buy my mom a house.”
Reeves famously lived in a hotel for years, only committing to his own place towards the end of last decade. Describing it to The Daily Mail, he drew a picture of his modern but comfortable residence, “It’s very rectangular with a lot of straight lines, but there’s also a lot of limestone tile. I used stone, glass, steel, and wood.”
There’s no word on where his mother’s gifted place is, nor whether it, too, is made with limestone and steel, but one can only hope it contains a guest room for her generous son.
TIL that in 1916 there was a proposed Amendment to the US Constitution that would put all acts of war to a national vote, and anyone voting yes would have to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.
In 1916, with World War I looming for the United States, a group of Nebraska residents gathered petition signatures and sent a constitutional amendment to Congress that would have enacted a national referendum before lawmakers could declare war. On top of the national vote, anyone who cast a ballot in favor of war would have been required to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.
While the proposal didn’t make it far in Congress, the idea now pops up regularly on various social networks, earning the attention of anti-war activists and anti-interventionists who support a more concrete definition of war.
The 1916 constitutional amendment isn’t the only historical effort to give American voters a greater say in when the nation goes to war. On several occasions between 1935 and 1940, Louis Ludlow (D-Ind.) submitted a measure calling for a national vote to confirm any declaration of war by Congress, except in cases when the United States had been attacked first. While the proposal was supported by around 75 percent of Americans at the time, according to polling, it failed in a congressional vote.
TIL: IN 2006, a man in Portland, Oregon hired a hitman to kill his 51-year-old wife. His wife ended up killing the hitman with her bare hands. When Susan Kuhnhausen had her hands on his neck she asked him, “TELL ME WHO SENT YOU HERE AND I WILL CALL YOU AN AMBULANCE!”
It grabbed international headlines for weeks as people marveled at the middle-aged nurse who not only escaped murder but strangled the lowlife with a felony record who had been offered $50,000 for the hit.
Her horrifying encounter fits a pattern. Nearly 1 in 4 homicides in Oregon involves intimate partners.
For 10 years, Susan—who today goes by Susan Walters—has spoken occasionally about her ordeal. But she’s revealing new details now, going back to how she met her husband. She’s telling this story for the first time and is working on a memoir about her experience.
She survived that day but carries psychic wounds: from knowing that her husband wanted her dead and from having to kill another person to save herself.
The dread she feels even today isn’t guilt or shame. But it weighs on her just the same.
“I didn’t choose his death,” she says. “I chose my life.”
TIL that in the 1950s, donut shops were some of the first food businesses commonly open late at night. They became hot spots for police working the night shift since it gave them a place to grab a snack, fill out paperwork, or even just take a break. This is why donuts became associated with cops.
“When it came to [meals], graveyard cops in the forties and fifties had few choices,” former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper once wrote, Krondl reports. “They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their beat, or fill up on doughnuts. Doughnuts usually won out. They were, to most palates, tasty, and they were cheap and convenient.”
In some cases, according to Giamo, police departments had to step in and remind their officers that accepting free doughnuts could give an impression of favor to a person or business that could undermine their roles as impartial law enforcement. Even so, the doughnut had already become married to police in popular culture, as well as the cops walking or driving their nightly shifts.