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LazarX wrote:
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Actor Jack Nicholson first made a name for himself starring in a series of low-budget films by legendary B-movie director Roger Corman, including The Terror, The Cry Baby Killer, The Raven, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and the original (non-musical) Little Shop of Horrors. (During this period, Nicholson also appeared on two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show as two separate characters: "Mr. Garland" and "Marvin Jenkins.") To this day, Nicholson and Corman remain friends, and Nicholson credits Corman as the one person who gave him a chance to become a real movie star.
Are you talking about The Raven with Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price? (which I first saw in a School Assembly around Halloween oh so many years ago. Who did Nicholson play, the young male of the two lovers?

He played Rexford Bedlo, the son of Peter Lorre's character.


Cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 15 minutes.


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The Ailuridae, the Red Pandas, are today represented by only one species (although this may someday be split into two or more different species). Although well known for their cute and fluffy appearance, one of their most successful relatives was the mountain lion-sized Simocyon, which is known from the late Miocene and early Pliocene of Europe, Asia, and North America. Unlike the living herbivorous Red Panda, Simocyon was carnivorous with dentition quite capable of crushing bone. Like the living Red Panda it could climb, although it also spent a lot of time on the ground.

So if you ever wondered whether "Dire Red Pandas" are a thing, the answer is YES.

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I know what my next animal companion has to be. 8^)


In the film Monty Python's Life of Brian, the character of Jesus (seen in the background delivering the Sermon on the Mount) was portrayed by actor Kenneth Colley, who also played the character of Firmus "You Are In Command Now Admiral" Piett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi


The concept of "midi-chlorians" (microscopic, intelligent organisms that allow living beings to form a connection with The Force, much reviled by many Star Wars fans) was originally created in 1977 by George Lucas, Carol Titelman, and Alan Dean Foster, where it was to be introduced in the novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye and other early Expanded Universe literature. However, in the end, Lucas decided that the concept would require too much time (and suspension of disbelief) to implement, and the midi-chlorians were not introduced to the public until the 1999 film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and not fully explained until the 2007 book The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film.


David M Mallon wrote:
The concept of "midi-chlorians" (microscopic, intelligent organisms that allow living beings to form a connection with The Force, much reviled by many Star Wars fans) was originally created in 1977 by George Lucas, Carol Titelman, and Alan Dean Foster, where it was to be introduced in the novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye and other early Expanded Universe literature. However, in the end, Lucas decided that the concept would require too much time (and suspension of disbelief) to implement, and the midi-chlorians were not introduced to the public until the 1999 film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and not fully explained until the 2007 book The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film.

I will have to reread that book.


Young echidnas are called puggles.


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Gotham City is frequently depicted to be within driving distance of Metropolis. Like Gotham, Metropolis' location has also varied over the years. The distance between Gotham and Metropolis has varied greatly over the years, with depictions of the two ranging from being hundreds of miles apart to Gotham and Metropolis being shown as twin cities on opposite sides of Delaware Bay, with Gotham City in New Jersey and Metropolis in Delaware.


Prior to his addition to Saturday Night Live, comedian Dana Carvey played bit parts in the films This Is Spinal Tap (in which he played a mime, alongside fellow comedian Billy Crystal) and Halloween II (as "assistant").


The maternal grandparents of actor Al Pacino (who was famous for playing "Michael Corleone" in the film The Godfather), emigrated to the United States from Corleone, Sicily.


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Between the 1998/99 and the 2002/2003 seasons, the German football team VfL Wolfsburg was coached by Wolfgang Wolf.


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Swedish funeral candy


German Nazi Party leaders Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were such fans of director Fritz Lang's film Metropolis that they offered to declare Lang an "honorary Aryan" despite Lang's mother being Jewish (Lang himself was raised Catholic). To quote Goebbels, "Mr. Lang, we decide who is Jewish or not." When Lang refused the "honorary Aryan" status, Goebbels and Hitler offered Lang amnesty from the Nuremberg Laws. Instead, Lang chose to leave Germany for Paris in 1934, and left Paris for Hollywood soon after.


During the days of the British Raj, English and Scottish names such as Johnson and MacArthur became popular among Anglo-Indians and Indian Christians. Due to the influence of the British, some Indian Parsis also adopted (or simply Anglicized) their trade names as surnames, leading to many modern Parsis bearing surnames such as Major, Merchant, Engineer, Contractor and Banker.


Jason Voorhees' iconic mask was based on a Detroit Red Wings goaltender mask.


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Legend has it that Jarvis Brook Road in Crowborough, East Sussex, England is haunted by a bag of soot, which chases people on certain nights.


Limeylongears wrote:
Legend has it that Jarvis Brook Road in Crowborough, East Sussex, England is haunted by a bag of soot, which chases people on certain nights.

According to Wikipedia: "The spectral bag pursues people walking along the road by night."

...

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Geico stands for government employees insurance company.

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That the asteroid that passed by us in Halloween was named "The Great Pumpkin"?


The first documented use of the phrase "punk rock" was in the May 1971 issue of Creem magazine, in which journalist Dave Marsh used the words to describe the music of the band Question Mark and the Mysterians.

However, the first documented use of the word "crowd-surfing" wouldn't show up until the November 20, 1989 edition of the Toronto Globe & Mail.


Scottish actor Rory McCann, who plays the character of Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the TV series Game of Thrones was born on April 24, 1969. Icelandic athlete Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, who has played the character of Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane since the third season of Game of Thrones (the character was previously played by Australian stuntman Conan Stevens in season 1 and Welsh actor Ian Whyte in season 2) was born on November 26, 1988.

In other words, the actor playing The Hound's older brother is 20 years younger than the actor playing The Hound.


And speaking of Conan Stevens, this is kind of depressing (from an artistic standpoint).

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The Nightmare Before Christmas was originally inspired by Tim Burton standing in a holiday/party store and watching them replace the Halloween stuff with Christmas stuff.


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In 1915, the wedding reception of Woodrow Wilson was catered by Ettore "Hector" Boiardi, head chef of the Greenbriar Hotel. Three years later, Boiardi, now running his own restaurant, Il Giardino d'Italia, catered Wilson's reception for 2000 returning WWI veterans at the White House. During WWII, Boiardi's company produced rations for the US Army and the Red Army, and after the war, Boiardi was awarded both the Gold Star Order of Excellence by the US Department of War, and the Order of Lenin by the Soviet Union for service to Russia by a civilian during wartime.

Today, Ettore Boiardi is remembered as the creator of Chef Boyardee's canned pasta products, first introduced in 1929.


Kevin Finn, best known for his various roles (including "The Glitch Gremlin" and "Ninja Gaiden") on James Rolfe's web series, The Angry Video Game Nerd, worked as a reality-TV story producer for 12 episodes of The Biggest Loser and 14 episodes of Duck Dynasty.


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The 1991 song "Jesus Built My Hotrod" by industrial metal band Ministry (with Gibby Haynes on vocals) features audio clips of actors Brad Dourif and Dennis Hopper from the movies Wise Blood and Blue Velvet, respectively, among others. The song itself was released in two versions on the CD single: an 8-minute full version titled "Jesus Built My Hotrod (Redline/Whiteline version)," and a 4-minute edited version titled "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (Short, Pusillanimous, So-They-Can-Fit-More-Commercials-On-The-Radio Edit)."


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Actor Alan Ruck was 29 years old when he played high school student Cameron Frye in the classic John Hughes comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Among Ruck's other memorable roles was that of John Harriman, captain of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B in the (awful) 1994 film Star Trek Generations. Harriman also makes an appearance in the video game Star Trek: Starship Creator, in which his personnel file states that he has a wife named Sloane and a son named Ferris who live in Chicago, and that he has an interest in 20th century Italian sports cars, all references to Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


The 1990 film Home Alone is the highest-grossing live-action comedy film in the United States. Home Alone was also the highest-grossing live-action comedy film worldwide until 2011, when it was beaten out for the #1 slot by The Hangover, Part II.


David M Mallon wrote:
In other words, the actor playing The Hound's older brother is 20 years younger than the actor playing The Hound.

... and that was painfully obvious, watching Season 4. My first question on noticing the new actor was, "Where is Gregor at this point, and did HBO seriously just introduce a Gregor Junior character?!"

Thankfully, I was forewarned when they swapped out Daeny's Fabio-lookalike boyfriend for Mr. Unremarkable the Stock Background Character.

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Fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. *Doodoodoodoo-doodoodoodoo....*

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The Third Reich tried to protect its soldiers from the very real danger of STDs by providing them with blow-up dolls.

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Ancient Egyptian medical science is nothing to sneeze at.


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. *Doodoodoodoo-doodoodoodoo....*

Moreover, Ascomycota (sac fungi and yeast) and Basidiomycota (mushrooms and puffballs) are actual phyla of fungi. Yay, Gygax!

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Ancient Egyptian medical science is nothing to sneeze at.

Unless you're allergic to mummys.


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LazarX wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Ancient Egyptian medical science is nothing to sneeze at.
Unless you're allergic to mummys.

Ahh..aaahh...ankh choo!


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
LazarX wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Ancient Egyptian medical science is nothing to sneeze at.
Unless you're allergic to mummys.
Ahh..aaahh...ankh choo!

Daddy! Mummy is making me sick! She is all wrapped up.


The last name of Dawson's Creek star James van der Beek literally means "from the brook" in Dutch. It was meant to be.


Also on the subject of ironic Dutch surnames, a former spokesperson of the Dutch Airline Pilots Association was named Benno Baksteen. "Baksteen" means "brick" in Dutch.


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The 30th Catholic Archibishop of Manila was named Jaime Lachica Sin. He later became a Cardinal, and would welcome visitors to his house by saying "I welcome you to the House of Sin." After the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, when confronted with rumors that Sin would be a papal candidate should the pope die, Cardinal Sin flatly stated, "I would not make a good pope. First of all, my name is bad."


Legend has it that Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon) first claimed divinity after his visit to the Temple of Zeus-Amon at Siwa in Egypt, at which an Egyptian priestess, meaning to say "O paidion" ("Oh, my boy / my son"), mispronounced the Greek, instead saying "O pai Dios" ("O Son of God / Son of Zeus").


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Prior to their famous roles as Kirk and Spock on the 1966 TV series Star Trek, actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy both guest-starred in the same episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ("The Project Strigas Affair") in 1964.


Actor Wilford Brimley is mainly known to audiences for his roles in the films The Thing and Cocoon, as well as on TV as "Horace" on The Waltons and in commercials for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical.

However, prior to his career as an actor, Brimley led a colorful life, serving three years in the US Marine Corps, working as a cowboy and blacksmith, as well as a bodyguard to eccentric filmmaker Howard Hughes.

Brimley got his start in the film business in the 1960s upon the urging of his friend, actor Robert Duvall, who said that he would be a great stuntman. He went on to perform stunts in the films Bandolero! (starring Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, and Raquel Welch), True Grit (starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell), and Lawman (starring Duvall and Burt Lancaster).


Phil Alexander "Duck Commander" Robertson, founder of Duck Commander Inc. and star of TV's Duck Dynasty was born in a log cabin in Vivian, Louisiana, and went on to be first-string quarterback for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, ahead of 1970 NFL draft pick Terry Bradshaw. Robertson was approached by a recruiter for the Washington Redskins in 1967, but declined, saying that it would conflict with hunting season, and quit the football team the following year. Robertson went on to receive a master's degree in education.


The Wikipedia entry for the song "Toes" by the Zac Brown Band states:

"In the song, the male narrator describes a relaxing trip to Mexico from Georgia, or "G-A." Throughout the verses, he tells of the "pretty señoritas" and "muchachas" that he encounters, as well as the copious alcoholic drinks that he consumes. In the final prechorus, the narrator returns home and continues to relax there."

There you have it. Authoritative.


David M Mallon wrote:
Phil Alexander "Duck Commander" Robertson, founder of Duck Commander Inc. and star of TV's Duck Dynasty was born in a log cabin in Vivian, Louisiana, and went on to be first-string quarterback for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, ahead of 1970 NFL draft pick Terry Bradshaw. Robertson was approached by a recruiter for the Washington Redskins in 1967, but declined, saying that it would conflict with hunting season, and quit the football team the following year. Robertson went on to receive a master's degree in education.

Also, it's of some note that he was named, intentionally or not, after two of the most important figures in the pre-Roman Mediterranean world-- Philip V of Macedon and his son, Alexander III of Macedon.


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The 1991 song "Pop Goes The Weasel" by hip-hop group 3rd Bass is a diss track against rapper Vanilla Ice. In the music video for the song, the role of Vanilla Ice is played by punk rock icon and former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins.


The Library of Congress in the United States is the world's largest library, with more than 160 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. Officially the research library for the US Congress, it is the de facto national library of the United States. It is closely followed by the British Library with more than 150 million items.


Voice actress Laura Bailey, known for her role as Serana in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Bianca Davri in Dragon Age: Inquisition, also provided the voice of Shinnosuke "Shin" Nohara in the English dub of Crayon Shin-Chan (AKA Shin-Chan).


After the breakup of UK post-punk band The Vapors (of "Turning Japanese" fame), their singer Dave Fenton went to law school, became a respected solicitor, and now serves as official in-house legal counsel for the United Kingdom Musicians' Union. He still has the same haircut that he had in 1980.

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