January 14, 2015

Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and thick.
Samuel Beckett

"You impudent hussy!"
— Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), My Fair Lady (1964)

Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book.
Kin Hubbard

Pygmalion (1938) (part 1 of 4)
  • The first British film to use the word "bloody" in its dialogue.
  • The scene in which Eliza accidentally swallows a marble whilst having an elocution lesson does not appear in the original play. During rehearsals for this scene a pained expression came over Wendy Hiller's face; when she spat out the marbles she had in her mouth she said: "Leslie, I've swallowed one!" to which Leslie Howard replied "Never mind there are plenty more". This caused such amusement among the watching crew that it was added to the film.
  • The play originally ended with Eliza going off to marry Freddy. George Bernard Shaw wrote a "sequel", actually a body of text documenting what happens after Eliza marries Freddy.
  • Wendy Hiller was personally chosen to play the part of Eliza Doolittle by author George Bernard Shaw.
  • When Shaw died in 1950, his home in Ayot St Lawrence became a museum. One of the artefacts in it is his Oscar, which initially had become so tarnished that the curator assumed it had no value and had been using it as a door stop. That situation has since been rectified.

  • An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • The World's Largest Catsup Bottle stands proudly next to Route 159, just south of downtown Collinsville, Illinois. This unique 170 ft. tall water tower was built in 1949 by W.E. Caldwell Company for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant. In 1995, due to the efforts of the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group, this piece of local history was saved from demolition and beautifully restored to its original appearance.
  • The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long, that's 70 straight days!
  • The longest Monopoly game in a bathtub was 99 hours long.

  • There are two doors: one leads to Heaven The other leads to Hell There is a guard at each door: one always lies ans the other always tells the truth you can only ask the guards one question. What do you ask?

    A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.

    “Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.”

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