Michael Jackson was one of the world’s most high profile celebrities and yet he endeavoured to live his private life in near secrecy. Here are 10 Weird Things you didn’t know about King of Pop.
Michael Jackson’s Oxygen Bed
For beauty purposes and to live longer, Michael Jackson used to sleep in an oxygen tent. He later donated the bed to a Californian medical center as a therapeutic aid for burn victims.
Michael Jackson Egyptian Sculpture
Flickr user mandalariangirl took a photo of this ancient Egyptian female sculpture picture in the Field Museum in Chicago. She speculates if Michael Jackson got some ideas for his plastic surgeries.
Jackson’s Patented Anti-Gravity Boot
Michael Jackson invented and patented special boots that allowed the wearer to lean so far forward that it seems to defy gravity. He used these for the famous “lean” in the “Smooth Criminal” music video.
Bubble the Chimp, Michael’s best friend
In 1985, a three-year-old chimpanzee named Bubbles was rescued from a Texas cancer research center by Michael Jackson. From that moment on, Bubbles went everywhere with Jackson, becoming his constant companion and purported best friend.
He would even be dressed up in the same outfit as Jackson and toured with him on his Bad tour. Bubbles now resides in an animal sanctuary, he is no longer safe to be let out to play with the public. Jackson continued to visit his beloved pet with his children, and the chimp would resume a very childish and playful behavior when Jackson was around.
Michael suffered a rare genetic disease
Michael Jackson was suffering from a rare genetic disease called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The condition is just one among the 8,000 or so known rare diseases worldwide.
Billie Jean was the first MTV video by a black artist
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson was the first video by a black artist to be on air on MTV (1983).
Michael Jackson Thriller Zombie Vinyl Figure
Imported from Japan! Think what you will of the eccentric ‘King of Pop,’ but there’s no denying that his smash-hit album Thriller and the unforgettable title track and video have left and indelible mark on American pop culture.
Fully assembled and painted, this 7″ tall, fix posed, vinyl caricature figure presents Michael Jackson as he appeared in the video.
World’s Largest Thriller Dance-Off
The “Thrill the World” event took place in 2008 and over 4,000 people around the world put on their best white gloves and zombie make-up to celebrate Michael Jackson’s thriller.
When all was said and done, 4,177 people in 72 cities and 10 nations synchronized by cell phone and performed the Thriller dance for charity.
Michael Jackson’s Punch-Out
Mike L. Mayfield of Citizens Against Safety Goggles created this awesome animation of Michael Jackson in Punch-Out, one of the best NES games ever!
In this game he fights Macaulay Culkin to survive. His monkey, shoes and signature moves are revisited in this funny Nintendo Parody including a Thriller face