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Via Zachary Frey of Cracked.com:

At first glance, Attila Ambrus' life reads like an inspirational movie. He fled Communist Romania by hanging from the underside of a freight train, became the janitor for Hungary's national hockey team, and tried out for goalie despite having virtually no hockey experience. Ambrus was so terrible at the tryout that the other players broke his nose for fun. Still, he refused to leave or admit defeat and was awarded a spot on the team out of sheer respect and/or pity.

And, despite being considered the worst goalie in the history of professional hockey (an opposing team scored 23 goals on him in one game), he was curiously also celebrated as the hardest worker in the league. Of course, now we realize that at least part of the reason that Ambrus was so terrible might have been because he was busy robbing dozens of banks as the infamous Whiskey Robber.

The Whiskey Robber pulled off 29 heists in Hungary in 1993, robbing banks, post offices, and travel agencies, and leaving female tellers compliments and flowers as he made off with sacks full of whatever Hungarians use for money. He became a kind of anti-hero, as Hungary was in a chaotic post-Communist state at the time, and a polite bank robber was the perfect anti-establishment figure.

He became so absurdly famous that the host of a hit Hungarian true crime show asked the Whiskey Robber to start robbing banks on Thursdays so that it would be easier to cover his upcoming heists. Ambrus obliged and started pillaging Budapest's hapless financial centers on Thursdays. For a Hungarian bank teller, being robbed by the Whiskey Robber was like being robbed by Woody Harrelson.

Years later, in 1999, Ambrus was finally caught, and when everyone learned that the Whiskey Robber was the terrible goalie on the Hungarian hockey team, Ambrus became a g#~$*@n national hero. Commemorative Whiskey Robber T-shirts and mugs couldn't be produced fast enough, and the hockey team hung a Whiskey Robber flag from their stadium for years after.

Six months after his arrest, Ambrus broke out of prison by climbing out of a window with a freaking bed sheet. Despite the Hungarian police locking down the entire city of Budapest and launching the largest manhunt in Europe since the fall of Communism, Ambrus managed to elude them and continue robbing banks for months. At one point, he found himself cornered by the police and vaulted over a railing into the Danube River, where he outswam the authorities. It's like the entire country subconsciously agreed to reenact every episode of The Dukes Of Hazzard.

Ambrus was eventually recaptured and put in the most secure prison conceivable, to protect both the banks and the hockey rinks of Hungary. He was released in 2012 and now makes pottery for a living. Or so he claims.


James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr. was the first United States president to use a photograph as his official portrait. The photograph, taken by photographer Ansel Adams in 1980, currently hangs in the National Gallery.

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David M Mallon wrote:
Wrote about Attila Ambrus' life

And this is one more reason why you don't f~%@ with people named Atilla.


From 1986 to his death in 1990, oil tycoon Armand Hammer was a member of the board of directors of Church & Dwight, Inc. Church & Dwight, Inc. are the manufacturers of Arm & Hammer brand cleaning products. Hammer's name and the name of the brand are otherwise unrelated.

Actor Armand Douglas "Armie" Hammer, star of The Lone Ranger (2013), The Social Network (2010), and The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015), is the great-great-grandson of Armand Hammer.


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Actor Hugo Weaving, who provided the voice of the character Megatron in Michael Bay's 2007 film Transformers, never met Bay in person during filming, never read the film's script in its entirety, and recorded all of his lines in two hours in a studio booth. To quote Weaving, "It was one of the only things I've ever done where I had no knowledge of it--I didn't care about it, I didn't think about it."

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Tim Burton has a thing or two to say about American religious and political culture. He's not a fan.

No surprise then, that "Johnny Scissorhands" was made in a similar mold.


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Actor Harrison Ford was paid a salary of $16,700,000 to star in J.J. Abrams' 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Ford's salary was just over 8% of the film's $200,000,000 budget, and roughly 75 times as much as that of the film's lead actors, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who were each paid a salary of $300,000 to star in the film (note that most of the lead actors will also receive 0.1%-0.5% of the film's gross earnings, netting them significantly more money than their base salaries).

For George Lucas' 1977 film Star Wars (AKA Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope), Harrison Ford was paid a salary of $7,000 (worth around $28,000 in today's money after inflation).


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David M Mallon wrote:

Actor Harrison Ford was paid a salary of $16,700,000 to star in J.J. Abrams' 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Ford's salary was just over 8% of the film's $200,000,000 budget, and roughly 75 times as much as that of the film's lead actors, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who were each paid a salary of $300,000 to star in the film (note that most of the lead actors will also receive 0.1%-0.5% of the film's gross earnings, netting them significantly more money than their base salaries).

For George Lucas' 1977 film Star Wars (AKA Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope), Harrison Ford was paid a salary of $7,000 (worth around $28,000 in today's money after inflation).

I had heard that even then, he wasn't a shoe in for the film. Apparently he is really really tired of it.

He is a awesome actor, but quite serious from what I've heard and didn't like what star wars or Indiana Jones did to his career. I've also heard he has expensive habits, some...less than completely legal depending on the state you are in.


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Musician Rick Springfield (famous for his 1981 hit single "Jessie's Girl") is the owner of one of the world's largest collections of Star Wars action figures. His favorite character is Boba Fett.


The "TIE" in Star Wars' "TIE fighter" spacecraft stands for "twin ion engines." Ion engines are a real-life technology used in spaceflight, most notably used in the 2003 European Space Agency SMART-1 satellite mission. However, Star Wars creator George Lucas coined the name based on the fact that initial designs of the spacecraft looked like bow ties.


Aberzombie wrote:
Armadillos have 4 babies at a time and are all the same sex.

Sooo... how do they reproduce?


Del_Taco_Eater wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Armadillos have 4 babies at a time and all of the babies are of the same sex.
Sooo... how do they reproduce?

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"A single egg is fertilized, but implantation is delayed for three to four months to ensure the young will not be born during an unfavorable time. Once the zygote does implant in the uterus, a gestation period of four months occurs, during which the zygote splits into four identical embryos, each of which develops its own placenta, so blood and nutrients are not mixed between them. After birth, the quadruplets remain in the burrow, living off the mother’s milk for about three months."


Del_Taco_Eater wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Armadillos have 4 babies at a time and are all the same sex.
Sooo... how do they reproduce?

Not all armadillos are the same sex. The armadillos in a single litter are the same sex: four females or four males.


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Shigeru Miyamoto was hired at Nintendo for their planning department, supposedly to help them design toys. After a very short stay there, he was moved to being the companies first artist.

His impact in the gaming industry, ranging from Mario to Donkey Kong to Zelda to many, many more) leaves him one of only a mere handful of game designers readily recognized in public by his fans.


Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid was 37 years old when he portrayed the character of Emperor Palpatine in George Lucas and Richard Marquand's 1983 film Return of the Jedi (AKA Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi; filmed 1982). Return of the Jedi was McDiarmid's sixth film, and he would go on to star in only three more films (Gorky Park (1983); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988); and Restoration (1998)) before the release of 1999's Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (filmed 1997-98), in which he reprised his role as Palpatine at the age of 52.


Before becoming one of the most prolific film stars of all time, French actor Gérard Depardieu dropped out of school at the age of 13, and made a meager living as a petty criminal, with crimes including car theft, prostitution, and grave robbing.


If you have a cat, most veterinarians suggest keeping the food and water dishes separate, preferably in different rooms, as most house cats do not like water being too close to their food source.


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A large portion of the voice cast for the 1994-1997 Disney animated series Gargoyles also appeared on the 1987-1994 CBS series Star Trek: The Next Generation, including TNG main cast members LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Colm Meaney, as well as guest stars Paul Winfield, W. Morgan Sheppard, and David Warner. Other Star Trek actors featured on Gargoyles include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Avery Brooks, Star Trek: Voyager's Kate Mulgrew, and Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols.


Actor Clancy Brown, famous for his portrayal of the villainous, immortal Kurgan in the 1986 fantasy action film Highlander also provides the voice of avaricious restaurateur Mr. Krabs on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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David M Mallon wrote:
Actor Clancy Brown, famous for his portrayal of the villainous, immortal Kurgan in the 1986 fantasy action film Highlander also provides the voice of avaricious restaurateur Mr. Krabs on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

Hmm, despite never having actually seen Highlander myself, I can still say that gives a new light on his restaurant feud with Plankton - THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Actor Clancy Brown, famous for his portrayal of the villainous, immortal Kurgan in the 1986 fantasy action film Highlander also provides the voice of avaricious restaurateur Mr. Krabs on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
Hmm, despite never having actually seen Highlander myself, I can still say that gives a new light on his restaurant feud with Plankton - THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Unfortunately, Plankton is not portrayed by Christopher Lambert. Because that would be the best thing ever. I've never seen the show outside of clips on YouTube, but that might be enough to make me watch it.


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KFC Japan was formed in 1970 as a joint venture between American parent company Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation. In 2007, Mitsubishi assumed majority control of KFC Japan in a ¥ 14.83 billion transaction.

In 2012, KFC Japan opened the KFC Route 25 restaurant at the south entrance to Tokyo's Shimokitazawa station. KFC Route 25 spans three stories and includes a fully-stocked whiskey bar on its third floor. One of its most popular entrées is the KFC 6-cheese pizza, which is served topped with maple syrup.

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Obviously a translation error: The Japanese think "KFC" stands for "Kooky Food Chaos."


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Obviously a translation error: The Japanese think "KFC" stands for "Kooky Food Chaos."

I fail to see the error

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Well, American KFC may be "Kooky Food" normally, true, but between the industrialized production and distribution methods, corporate social structure, and cultural homogeneity of the menu, there's really no "Chaos" to speak of.


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Hypomyrina fournierae, a Central African butterfly in the Lycaenidae family, goes by the common name of "Gabriel's Orange Playboy."


Charles IX (AKA Karl IX), King of Sweden (1550-1611), took his regnal number from a fictitious history of Sweden. He was actually only the third Swedish king called Charles.


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Gandalf uses a lot of light and protection spells. He mostly casts bursts of light, apart from speaking to animals and summoning eagles. He has the occasional banishment type spell against Sauron. He doesn't use a spell book and doesn't know common wizard spells like feather fall or knock.

Gandalf is a cleric.


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Goddity wrote:

Gandalf uses a lot of light and protection spells. He mostly casts bursts of light, apart from speaking to animals and summoning eagles. He has the occasional banishment type spell against Sauron. He doesn't use a spell book and doesn't know common wizard spells like feather fall or knock.

Gandalf is a cleric.

Gandalf Was Only A Fifth-Level Magic User

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Based solely on my reading of the novels and viewing of the films, I'd have to say he was some kind of unique outsider (in a world where magic's influence is waning), but that's neither here nor there.


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As of yesterday (December 25, 2015), Iron Maiden has been a band for forty years.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Charles IX (AKA Karl IX), King of Sweden (1550-1611), took his regnal number from a fictitious history of Sweden. He was actually only the third Swedish king called Charles.

Sweden was created as a nation in 1521, by Gustaf Vasa. Given this, Karl IX was the third king of Sweden called Karl. However, the situation becomes more complex if you include previous kings of the area that later became Sweden. Still, it was done to give the illusion of a long history, there is no denying that.


Actor Ahmed Best, infamous for his role as Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequel films, won an Obie Award for his role as Sarge in the original American cast run of the off-Broadway stage show Stomp. Since the release of the Star Wars prequels, Best has voiced Jar Jar in numerous video games, as well as the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Robot Chicken. In addition to his continuing portrayals of Jar Jar, he has also starred in the off-Broadway stage plays The Tempest as Prospero, and Uncle Tom's Cabin as Tom.


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The 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens reached $1 billion in ticket sales only 12 days after its release, the fastest a film has ever reached the mark. Over that same 12 days, the film also set records for the most profitable opening weekend, largest combined gross for a single weekend, most profitable second weekend, most profitable single box office day, and the largest combined gross on a Sunday.


In 1957, 13-year-old Harry Shearer was cast in the role of a character named Frankie in the pilot episode of the show Leave It To Beaver. The show's producers decided that Shearer was not right for the part, and cast Ken Osmond instead for the show's syndicated run, changing the character's name to Eddie Haskell. Year later, Harry Shearer became famous, first for his time as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and later for his performance as bass player Derek Smalls in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, as well as his numerous roles as a voice actor on the long-running animated series The Simpsons


It is believed that one in eight Americans have worked at a McDonald's restaurant at least once.

In the US there is one McDonald's restaurant for every 22,600 Americans. In Canada there is one Tim Horton's (An incredibly popular Canadian coffee and donut chain) for every 10,380 Canadians.

Canadians eat one quarter of all the Kraft Dinner macaroni and cheese sold in the world.

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...that it's alright to wonder?


David M Mallon wrote:
Actor Clancy Brown, famous for his portrayal of the villainous, immortal Kurgan in the 1986 fantasy action film Highlander also provides the voice of avaricious restaurateur Mr. Krabs on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

not too mention the best damn voice for lex luthor ever.


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Actor Jason Wingreen, who died in December 2015 at the age of 95, is known both for his portrayal of bartender Harry Snowden on the television shows All In The Family and Archie Bunker's Place, as well as his voice-only role as Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back (AKA Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back).


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PepsiCo Inc's Mountain Dew soda derives its citrus flavor from concentrated orange juice. Mountain Dew is one of the few carbonated soft drinks in the United States to contain fruit juice.

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David M Mallon wrote:
PepsiCo Inc's Mountain Dew soda derives its citrus flavor from concentrated orange juice. Mountain Dew is one of the few carbonated soft drinks in the United States to contain fruit juice.

It's also my one weakness.


Rysky wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
PepsiCo Inc's Mountain Dew soda derives its citrus flavor from concentrated orange juice. Mountain Dew is one of the few carbonated soft drinks in the United States to contain fruit juice.
It's also my one weakness.

So it's got cold iron in too?


Limeylongears wrote:
Rysky wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
PepsiCo Inc's Mountain Dew soda derives its citrus flavor from concentrated orange juice. Mountain Dew is one of the few carbonated soft drinks in the United States to contain fruit juice.
It's also my one weakness.
So it's got cold iron in too?

Probably. I used to drink it like a fiend, but a few years ago, it started turning my stomach, and I can't figure out why for the life of me.

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David M Mallon wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Rysky wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
PepsiCo Inc's Mountain Dew soda derives its citrus flavor from concentrated orange juice. Mountain Dew is one of the few carbonated soft drinks in the United States to contain fruit juice.
It's also my one weakness.
So it's got cold iron in too?
Probably. I used to drink it like a fiend, but a few years ago, it started turning my stomach, and I can't figure out why for the life of me.

F~@!in delicious cold iron.

Weird, I've had the same reaction to Coke and Dr. Pepper recently. MD is pretty much the only soft drink I consume now.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Charles IX (AKA Karl IX), King of Sweden (1550-1611), took his regnal number from a fictitious history of Sweden. He was actually only the third Swedish king called Charles.

One of the previous Karls (Karl Knutsson Bonde) was crowned, deposed, crowned, deposed, and then crowned again, though - so he could count as three. ;)


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On the 1989 Disney animated series Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, the costumes of the eponymous characters are modeled after those of Indiana Jones and Thomas Magnum (of Magnum, P.I.). Magnum, P.I. star Tom Selleck was originally slated to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but was unable to do so due to his contract with the producers of Magnum, P.I, and the role of Indy instead went to Harrison Ford. Coincidence?

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Goddity wrote:

Gandalf uses a lot of light and protection spells. He mostly casts bursts of light, apart from speaking to animals and summoning eagles. He has the occasional banishment type spell against Sauron. He doesn't use a spell book and doesn't know common wizard spells like feather fall or knock.

Gandalf is a cleric.

Gandalf is an angel. He doesn't have class levels.

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CBDunkerson wrote:
Goddity wrote:

Gandalf uses a lot of light and protection spells. He mostly casts bursts of light, apart from speaking to animals and summoning eagles. He has the occasional banishment type spell against Sauron. He doesn't use a spell book and doesn't know common wizard spells like feather fall or knock.

Gandalf is a cleric.

Gandalf is an angel. He doesn't have class levels.

He does cast something like fire seeds (and perhaps even one or two other fire spells) in The Hobbit.


As of February 2016, actor Paul Reubens will have played the father of DC Comics villain Penguin in two separate adaptations of the Batman comic: the 1992 film Batman Returns, and the second season of the television series Gotham.


COOOOOOOOOL

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