January 18, 2015

It was a lack of system that made the '30s Depression as inevitable as all others previously suffered.
Carroll O'Connor

"You're too old to be this naive !"
Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner),The Bodyguard (1992)

Its paradoxical that the idea of living long appeals to everyone but no one wants to get old.
Andy Rooney

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (part 1 of 6)
  • Clint Eastwood helped in creating his character's distinctive visual style. He bought the black jeans from a sport shop on Hollywood Boulevard, the hat came from a Santa Monica wardrobe firm and the trademark black cigars came from a Beverly Hills store. Eastwood himself cut the cigars into three pieces to make them shorter. Eastwood himself is a non-smoker.
  • Originally called "The Magnificent Stranger", the title wasn't changed to "A Fistful of Dollars" until almost three days before the movie premiered in theaters. In fact, nobody had bothered to inform its main star, Clint Eastwood, of the change, and as a result Eastwood remained virtually unaware of the positive buzz surrounding the movie until an agent pointed it out to him in a Variety Magazine article three weeks later.
  • After considering Henry Fonda, director Sergio Leone offered the role of the Man With No Name to James Coburn, who proved too expensive. Charles Bronson then turned it down after describing it as the "worst script I have ever seen". Third choice Richard Harrison also declined the role but pointed Leone in the direction of Rawhide (1959). Leone then offered the part to "Rawhide" star Eric Fleming, who turned it down but suggested his co-star Clint Eastwood for the part. The rest, as they say, is history.

  • 139 death row inmates have been exonerated since 1973. It is not known how many innocents have been executed.
    List of exonerated death row inmates

  • Shakespeare's most talkative character is Hamlet. None of his other characters have as many lines in a single play. (Falstaff, who appears in several plays, has more lines total).
  • The largest school in the world is a k-12 school in the Philippines, with an enrollment of about 25,000.
  • France had the first supermarket in the world. It was started by relatives of the people who started the Texas Big Bear supermarket chain.

  • We are 5 little items of an every day sort, and you'll find us all in a tennis court.

    I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.

    Strong women only marry weak men.

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