Vanilla Ice, the '90s rap sensation and one-hit-wonder behind "Ice Ice Baby," may not have stayed in the limelight, but he's still an intriguing character. We've dug deep to uncover 10 strange, unusual, and little-known facts about the man who took us to the extreme! Read on, and you might just find yourself saying, "Stop, collaborate, and listen!"
1. Ice's Real Name Isn't Vanilla Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle. Yes, the man who proclaimed "Ice, Ice, Baby" was born with a name that's cooler than a polar bear's toenails!
2. His Brief Custody of a Wallaroo In a rather unusual turn of events, Vanilla Ice briefly owned a pet wallaroo, which is a cross between a kangaroo and a wallaby. Maybe he was trying to create an "Ice Wallaroo Baby" remix?
3. Vanilla Ice, the Amish Renovator Before he became an unlikely home improvement guru, Vanilla Ice starred in a reality TV show called "The Vanilla Ice Project." He flipped houses instead of rhymes, making it clear that he can rap and remodel, no problem!
4. A Ninja Turtles Connection Did you know that Vanilla Ice performed the memorable “Ninja Rap” (aka "Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go") in the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze"? He melted hearts, not just ice, with his ninja skills.
5. The Unreleased Metal Album Yes, Vanilla Ice dabbled in heavy metal music with an unreleased album titled "Hard to Swallow." It might not have been everyone's cup of tea, but he sure was "breaking the mold" in his music career.
6. Vanilla Ice Cream Truck Business At one point, Vanilla Ice owned an ice cream truck business. The thought of him serving up "Ice Ice Cream Baby" is almost too delicious to handle.
7. An Astonishing Fencing Enthusiast Vanilla Ice is an avid fencing enthusiast. Perhaps he enjoys the swordplay as much as the wordplay, slicing like a ninja, cutting like a razor blade.
8. A Run-In with Suge Knight In an odd twist of fate, Vanilla Ice had a run-in with the notorious Suge Knight. Allegedly, Suge Knight dangled him off a balcony, demanding rights to "Ice Ice Baby." Ice's life was literally hanging in the balance!
9. The Amish Beard Experiment In 2018, Vanilla Ice embarked on an amusing social experiment: growing an Amish-style beard. It seems he's still exploring different "cool" looks even today.
10. DIY Air Conditioning Invention Always the inventor, Vanilla Ice patented a device for quick-release air conditioning in 1994. A true pioneer, he aimed to make us all "cool as ice" even in the hottest of times.
Conclusion: Help Us Unearth More Icy Gems! Vanilla Ice might be best known for "Ice Ice Baby," but his life is as diverse and intriguing as the 33 flavors at Baskin & Robbins.
And if you've got more frosty facts about Vanilla Ice or other hidden gems about your favorite celebrities, don't keep them frozen. Reach out to us and let us know what we've missed. We're always ready to uncover more "cool" stories!