- In 1899, President McKinley was assured by the director of the US Patent Office that “Everything that can be invented has already been invented.”
- Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate.
- Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
- Hummingbirds can’t walk.
- ‘Typewriter’ is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
- The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
- 25% of a human’s bones are in its feet.
- Shanghai, China boasts 4,000 skyscrapers – double the number in New York City.
- Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.
- The average person falls asleep in seven minutes (just not me).
- a lump of pure gold the size of a matchbook can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
- Starfish don’t have brains.
- There are one million ants for every person in the world.
- More money is spent on gardening than any other hobby.
- Orangutans warn people to stay out of their territory by belching.
- The first toilet ever to be seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver.”
- The name for “Oz” in “The Wizard of Oz” was thought up when creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
- In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.
- It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. A frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows its stomach back down again.
Abraham Lincoln faces to the right on a penny while all the other presidents face to the left on US coins.August 18th, 2009
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I like pie. I like apple pie and chocolate cream pies …peach pies are nice too. I’d like to try one with nectarines. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a cherry pie before. Can you believe it?
“This is America, you know. It’s a free country. People can make bad movies if they so desire.” Cecil B DeMentedAugust 17th, 2009
Just when I think I have gotten used to the fact that Hollywood has officially run out of ideas, another remake or sequel come out to enrage the little movie nerd in me even further …I hear something that takes it to another level …and another
…and yet another.
I won’t go so far as to make an all-inclusive list of all the the remakes and sequels that have been made or are pending. The epidemic is far too extensive to dare try …and it’s getting worse every month). Certain things get made and I roll my eyes. There is not a television show from the past that hasn’t been flipped onto the big screen. The “Charlie’s Angels” film (the first one) made fun of this fact by showing a parody in their film of “TJ Hooker.” Hey guess what? A few years later there is a “TJ Hooker” film in the works now. I can see “Tron” being re made. The newer technology is going to do cool things for it, I’m sure. “The Nightmare On Elm Street” um, I guess the other SEVEN weren’t enough …and because they couldn’t think of another way to use Freddy, they’ll just go back and remake the first one.
It bothers me that Hollywood thinks it can bank on hipster nostalgia. “Short Circuit” …”Footloose” …”The Neverending Story” …”The Witches” etc etc etc etc etc etc etc… What more is there to do? What else is there to say? For better or worse, these movies already have their place in cinema history. I prefer they stay as I remember them. The analogy “putting ketchup on prime rib” comes to mind. It’s already good! Why are you taking something great and messing with it and making it worse? Obviously, the movie industry is just that, an industry. The idea from a business standpoint is to make money without spending a lot of money (or brain power, ostensibly).
However, the past couple of weeks I have been hearing about a few things that have shaken me to the core.
First, I hear that Steven Spielberg is remaking “Harvey” which is only one of my favorite old movies. If anyone can swing it, it’s Spielberg. He is good at orchestrating whimsical stories. However, James Stewart died twleve years ago. Enough said. If I had to cast it, my nomination is for Jim Carey. If you haven’t seen him in “Truman Show” or “Man On The Moon” …or one of my favorites “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” then don’t jump to conclusions. Like I said, James Stewart was the only one that should have touched this movie. Sadly, that’s just not how it works in this industry. Nothing is sacred. They are looking into Will Smith or Tom Hanks for the lead. I like both of these actors, but it’s just so wrong. Leslie Nielsen spoofing it in the past was something more than bad, but did you know that even existed? Exactly. I brush it off like a tree falls in the woods theory.
Second, Sam Raimi is attached to the remake of one of his most loved films, with both he and Bruce Campbell on producing duties. Set for release at some point next year! C’mon Sam! Take your “Spiderman” money and hold onto your integrity. I know Bruce doesn’t have a lot going on (I’m sorry Bruce, I love you, but it’s true). There’s a solution to that though. Those two can go make a movie together that isn’t “The Evil Dead.” I would rather they make 100 crappy movies that are new than produce a remake. At least I’d respect them. Gentlemen, you are too old and the movie will lose its appeal if it is remade or constructed with a glossier finish, it defeats the purpose! That movie was made twenty eight years ago as a labor of love. Those two, along with some other dorky film student guys scrounged to make it happen and it found a cult audience. Those guys would have been disgusted with their later selves on this endeavor. Are they going to remake “The Evil Dead 2″ or “Army Of Darkness” next? It wouldn’t completely surprise me.
For shame Sam and Bruce.
Third, I hear today that “White Chicks” is getting made into a sequel. Really? It wasn’t creepy and not funny enough the first time? Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me, look at the “Scary Movie” franchise. Obviously our culture will support such garbage. I just heard about it today and thought “ew.” It came wrapped up in a big bow with the “Evil Dead” news, so here I am. This movie deserves no more to the paragraph. Next.
I used to get excited just watching the Oscars, because these people were celebrating folks who wrote messages …stories, were giving performances that transcended, writing scores that brought you along for the ride, were innovating special effects to enhance, not lean on for the entire picture. I am not so naive as to think the Oscars were ever too much more than a giant political commercial for the business. But there used to be things to really make a hoopla over. I haven’t cared about watching for several years now, because there is very little to be inspired or celebratory over.
I used to want to be part of the entertainment industry because I liked the idea that it provided something different. Films give you an escape, a better place to go for a couple of hours. No matter who you were, you could walk into a cool dark room and be taken away from whatever may be going on in your own life and be swept away somewhere else. It can be entertaining and it can even be educational …I know of people who have altered their views on important issues from watching a well done film presenting “the other side.” It charged me to think I could contribute to that, be a part of that club who gives that gift to the everyman. I no longer think that club exists. Oh sure, I still love the event of going to the movies. I just have an higher value for those few gems that surpass the majority of mundane replicas that have been thrust upon us, the audience. I hope this is just a slump and great things are on the horizon.
I’m going to run along and watch me some “Harvey.” I feel like doing a little mourning.