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I... wasn't born yet. That issue came out almost 35 years ago. I had to look it up.
The 2003 film Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, starring Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey, also features actors Paul Bettany and James D'Arcy as Dr. Stephen Maturin and First Lieutenant Tom Pullings, respectively. A decade later, both would appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Bettany playing the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. (later Vision) and D'Arcy portraying J.A.R.V.I.S.'s namesake, Edwin Jarvis.
The instructions printed on the back of the flameless ration heater found in US Army MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat; alternatively Meals, Rejected by Everyone) direct users to keep the heater inclined using a "rock or something."
Other gems of wisdom contained in the instructions include "After heating, the heater bag and MRE pouch will be very hot," and "Heater and its byproducts are not intended for human consumption."
Though primarily taking place in New York City, the 2012 superhero action film The Avengers (AKA Marvel Avengers Assemble) was mostly filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The "museum gala" scene in which Loki (Tom Hiddleston) reveals himself to the people of Earth and is captured by Captain America / Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man / Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), ostensibly taking place in Stuttgart, Germany, was filmed in and around Tower City Center, a shopping mall in Cleveland's Public Square. The first time I saw The Avengers in the theater, I went with a friend of mine who had grown up in Cleveland. During that scene, she couldn't stop laughing, and throughout the film, she recognized various recognizable Cleveland landmarks.
Additional filming was done in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico: the "Calcutta" scene was filmed in the old Santa Fe Railyard, and the exterior of the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base destroyed in the film's opening was actually the exterior of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School. The base's interior was largely filmed at the Creekside Mushroom Farm in Worthington, Pennsylvania.
Tony Stark’s "Stark Tower" was added digitally to central Manhattan, replacing the MetLife Building. One of the few scenes actually to be filmed in New York was the scene in which Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johanssen) and Hawkeye / Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) crash-land an airplane on the plaza in front of 101 Park Avenue, a location prominently featured in Joe Dante's Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) and Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991).
“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested, and the frog dies of it.”
“Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.”
Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of numerous Nintendo flagship games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Star Fox) named the titular princess of his Legend Of Zelda games after American socialite and novelist Zelda Fitzgerald (née Sayre, 1900-1948), wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda Fitzgerald herself was named after the titular character of author Jane Howard's 1866 novella Zelda: A Tale Of Massachusetts Colony.
Never understood that one either. Though, people do seem to get panicky about food when it snows. After the big storm in Buffalo two years ago, a bunch of people swarmed and robbed a Doritos truck that had gotten stuck in the snow.
It's the "Freebird" of country music.
I will say, though, that I greatly enjoyed "Achy Breaky Heart" when I was a young child. Good thing I grew up.
I'd venture that the interminable awkward "romance" scenes between Anakin and Padmé helped both to pad the actual and perceived length.
My personal vote for "longest Star Wars thing ever" would have to go to the eight-minute-long lightsaber duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end of Revenge Of The Sith. Every time I have to sit through it, it feels like an hour.
For comparison, the next-longest duels in the series (the two-on-one duel between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace, and the one between Luke and Darth Vader from The Empire Strikes Back) were just four minutes each, and the iconic duel between Luke and Vader in Return Of The Jedi clocked in at just under two minutes.
Though "Colonel" Harland D. Sanders (1890-1980), founder and mascot of the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food franchise, served in the United States Army from 1906 to 1907, he never rose above the rank of private. Sanders' appellation of "Colonel," however, is legitimate, being derived from Sanders' award of the title of Kentucky colonel by Kentucky governor Lawrence Wetherby in 1950.
Interestingly enough, in a 2016 advertisement for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sanders was portrayed by actor and comedian Rob Riggle, who served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for 23 years and saw combat in Liberia, Kosovo, Albania, and Afghanistan. Riggle retired in 2013 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Billy Ray Cyrus' multi-platinum hit single "Achy Breaky Heart" was originally written by Nashville songwriter Don Von Tress 1990 as a single for The Oak Ridge Boys. However, Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen thought that the lyrics were too silly and passed the song off to California country band The Marcy Brothers, who changed a few lyrics (for example, "achy breaky" became "achy breakin'") and released it in 1991 as "Don't Tell My Heart."
That same year, Billy Ray Cyrus heard Von Tress's original version of the song, and chose to include it on his debut album Some Gave All in 1992. "Achy Breaky Heart" is written in the key of A major and possesses only two chords: A and E. The song is considered by some as one of the worst songs of all time, featuring at number two in VH1 and Blender's list of the "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever."
I can see certain similarities, especially just after getting out of the shower.
Italian exploitation film director Bruno Mattei (AKA Vincent Dawn, Jordan B. Matthews, and many other pseudonyms), famous for directing such classics as Hell Of The Living Dead (1980), Strike Commando (1987), and Robowar (1988), once stated that he didn't like the way his movies had turned out and would re-shoot every single one if given the opportunity.
Despite his misgivings about his own work, he once said that his favorite of his own films was Rats: Night Of Terror (1984), co-directed and co-written with fellow Italian filmmaker Claudio Fragasso, who would make cinematic history a few years later with the debut of his magnum opus, Troll 2 (1990).
Rats: Night Of Terror was filmed in Rome, Italy, on sets that had been built for Sergio Leone's film Once Upon A Time In America (1984), which had been filmed the year prior. In interviews, Mattei had stated that the rats used in the film "were actually guinea pigs," though anyone who has seen the film can tell that they are clearly real rats.
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
My point exactly.
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Shut your damn mouth. I laughed my ass off for at least 32 minutes after I finished listening to this.
Celestial Healer wrote:
Between 1975 and 1993, my uncle, David Clarenbach, represented the 78th District in the Wisconsin State Assembly. During his last few years in office, he debated frequently with his opposite number from the 54th District, Gregg Underheim.
After one such debate, Underheim had gotten characteristically wound up, and had ended his short speech with, "[something]...Gregg Underheim. And that's "Gregg" with TWO 'G's." My uncle, never one to pass up the opportunity to make a joke, leaned into his microphone and added, "Actually, Gregg, your name has 3 'G's."
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
On the History Channel, the title would have to be changed to Absolutely Totally 100% True, with no change in content, other than a possible higher level of focus on a) Nazis, b) aliens, and c) Nazi aliens.
American actor Robert Stack, now most famous for his role in the 1980 spoof/comedy film Airplane!, spent many years as a Hollywood leading man, especially in westerns during the 1950s and 1960s. During the 1940s, he starred in war films, and served as a gunnery instructor in the United States Navy.
During filming of Bullfighter And The Lady (1951), produced by his friend Marion "John Wayne" Morrison, Stack was asked by some Mexican crew members what he had done during the Second World War. His response, "I taught machine guns," was interpreted by the Spanish-speaking crew as "I taught some chingas (prostitutes)," leading to great popularity among the locals.*
In 1952, Stack made film history as the star of Bwana Devil, the first 3-D movie released in theaters.
Aside from his role as Rex Kramer in Airplane!, Stack may be known to modern enthusiasts of more esoteric films as the inspiration for actor Brian Lewis' performance as the character "Brother Silence" in the 2008 film The Gamers II: Dorkness Rising.
*Apocryphal, but hilarious.
Air Traffic Control: "Flight Two-Zero-Niner, you are cleared for takeoff."
- Airplane! (1980)
The unincorporated community of Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, United States (pop. ~200), and its closest official settlement, Elaine, AR (pop. ~900), are the hometown of three highly influential American musicians: Delta blues guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr. (the only known student of the legendary Robert Johnson), steel guitar player John Hughey (known for his collaborations with Vince Gill and Conway Twitty), and drummer & singer Mark "Levon" Helm (first known for his work with folk icon Bob Dylan, and later with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Band).
Gin Blossoms - "Til I Hear It From You"
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Read my previous comment a second time.
Cole Deschain wrote:
140 miles... that'll get me only a little ways past Delta Junction in a mad scramble for the Canadian border!
The closest pin to your location is in Skeena, BC, a distance of approximately 1250 miles.
The most isolated pin on the map is located in [unspecified], South Africa. Its closest neighbor is the pin in Cairo, Egypt, a distance of approximately 8800 miles.
Speaking of things that are f+*%ing huge... Africa.
captain yesterday wrote:
What's amazing about that is it really underscores how big this country is. 55 other people, and not a single one within 75 miles from me.
According to Google Maps, the closest pin to your location is approximately 140 miles away.
The closest pin to my location is approximately sixty miles away, and my state has six pins in it. The US is f%**ing huge--it's the third-largest country in the world by total land area (after Russia and China), and fourth by total territory (after Russia, Canada, and China).
A less humorous but more orderly breakdown:
United States: 56
When a good friend of mine was about 11 or 12 (he's 24-25 now), his house burned down. As he and his mother were standing outside while the firefighters tried to put out the fire, he stood in silence for a while, then said:
"Well, I guess the only thing we can do right now is keep a positive mental attitude."
He's currently studying to be a social worker.
Only if you're using monospaced type, like on a typewriter. And who uses typewriters anymore? What is this, the Dark Ages? Everyone knows that wax tablets are the way of the future.