5 Interesting Facts about David Bowie

We all know that David Bowie was an iconic figure that left a mark in so many ways. You may love his music, find inspiration in his fashion or simply enjoy being entertained by his performances. Either way, you can stay indifferent to his charisma. This genius was unapologetically original, often going ahead of his time. In order to show our respect after his recent passing, we bring you 5 interesting facts about David Bowie that you probably didn’t know before.

People usually think that David had heterochromia, a condition where person’s eyes are naturally different in colour. However, in his case the colour seemed different because he had a permanently dilated pupil that he got from a fight. It happened when he was 15 and fought with his friend George Underwood about a girl. George accidentally scratched his eyeball causing the injury. It affected his sight, but he kept good humour about it. In 2004 Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo, he got hit in that eye with a lollipop thrown on stage by someone in the audience. He joked saying: “Lucky you hit the bad one.”

5 Interesting Facts about David Bowie

He said that the worst thing he ever ate was an egg cooked in urine, and he was forced to eat it by none other than John Legend. While two musicians were on vacation in late 70’s in Hong Kong they were wandering around “trying to find a place to eat monkeys’ brains,” when some guys recognised John and took him into a back room “and made him drink the blood of a snake.”  He said in an interview for GQ‘s 2002 “Men of the Year” issue that the Beatles star came back and “shoved” a “thousand-day-old egg cooked in horse piss” into Bowie’s mouth.

He painted and liked collecting art. The rock star attended art school and exhibited his work. Painting “was about problem solving,” he told The New York Times. “I’d find that if I had some creative obstacle in the music that I was working on, I would often revert to drawing it out or painting it out.” Multi talented indeed.

He voiced a character in Spongebob Squarepants movie. He borrowed his voice to very eccentric Atlantean King “Lord Royal Highness” in the 2007 animated TV movie SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis. He later expressed his excitement about the gig on his blog writing: “I’ve hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs.” Besides this, David appeared in over 25 films in his life.

David turned down the knighthood that was offered to him by the Queen in 2003. He told The Sun, “I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don’t know what it’s for. It’s not what I spent my life working for.”

With or without the knight title David Bowie will stay remembered as one of the great artists of our times and a truly inspirational person on so many levels. His life was as interesting as his personality, so there are many other cool details to discover about him. If you know any, please share in the comments for all of us to enjoy.

Ivona Josipovic

Ivona Josipovic is a co-founder of The Smoke Detector, writer, fashion stylist, social media manager, curious creature, chocolate lover.

  1. I had no idea that he turned down a knighthood. I only like a couple of his songs (Heroes is my favourite) but I deeply admire and respect the influence he has had on popular culture.


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