The random interesting fact thread
I'll start us off with a fact that is a bit of a non fact (and an item of trivia about a TV star.)
Alan Turing, who helped shorten the war by breaking the German's Enigma code, was prosecuted for being gay (it was still illegal in the UK at the time) and was chemically castrated as an alternative to going to prison. He committed suicide some time later by eating an apple laced with cyanide. It had been suggested that the apple logo was a tribute to Turing but Steve Jobs, when asked about it by Stephen Fry some time ago, said that it wasn't true but that they wished to high heaven that it was.