January 9, 2015

Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.
Arthur Conan Doyle

[repeated line] "No prisoner escapes from Stalag 13!"
— Colonel Klink (Werner Klemperer), "Hogan's Heroes" (1965)

Research is an organized method for keeping you reasonably dissatisfied with what you have.
--Charles Kettering

Diner (1982) (part 2 of 6)
  • The movie is notable for featuring a cast of actors who mostly all would later become big stars but at the time were all still relatively unknown.
  • Actress Ellen Barkin later worked with Daniel Stern in Daniel (1983), with Mickey Rourke in Johnny Handsome (1989) and with Kevin Bacon in Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983).
  • It is claimed that James Spader is a dancing extra for a few seconds in the opening dance.
  • All of the scenes in the diner were filmed last after the cast got to know each other. The dialog in those scenes is a combination of scripted and improvisational
  • Barry Levinson claims that the infamous football quiz that Eddie forces his fiancée to pass is based on something that one of his male cousins did in real life.
  • Paul Reiser had not planned on auditioning for the film. He accompanied a friend who was auditioning, and while in the waiting room, he was persuaded to come back to audition himself.
  • Kevin Bacon was sick on the day of his screen test to play Fenwick. But he had previously decided that his character would probably be half-drunk during the entire movie, so he went ahead and auditioned and got the part.

  • I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
    Albert Einstein

  • The abbreviation e.g. stands for "Exempli gratia", or "For example."
  • Ukulele means "little jumping flea" in Hawaiian.
  • Shakespeare is given credit by scholars for introducing as many as 10,000 words and phrases into written language, including "skim milk," "alligator," and "hobnob." But it's not at all certain that he made this many words up. Most were probably common terms for his time and he merely was the first to put them in written form in his plays and poems. Some scholars give him credit for thousands, but others say he actually coined only a few hundred.

  • How can you leave a room with two legs and return with six legs

    Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
    229 Latinum lasts longer than lust.

    “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

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