January 20, 2015

Vegetarian - that's an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.
Andy Rooney

"This beautiful concert that you've just heard could be the very last concert for the East Harlem Violin Program. The board of education and the district attorney think that music isn't important. But they are wrong! And they're gonna get a big fight!"[thunderous applause]
Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep), Music of the Heart (1999)

When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she'd just make enough for 16 and only serve half.
Gracie Allen

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (part 3 of 6)
  • Clint Eastwood's trademark squint was caused by the combination of the sun and high-wattage arc lamps on the set.
  • This has been described as the first "spaghetti western", but when this film was made, there had already been about 25 such westerns produced in Italy. This was, however, the first to receive a major international release.
  • The Man With No Name is actually called Joe in the film's dialog (by the undertaker) and in the closing credits.
  • When the film made its U.S. network television debut on "The ABC Sunday Night Movie" in February 1975, a new prologue was added in which an unidentified lawman or politician (played by Harry Dean Stanton) orders "Joe" to get rid of the gangs of San Miguel in return for a pardon. Neither Eastwood nor Leone were involved in the shooting of this additional footage. A double with his face hidden and stock footage of Eastwood were used. Monte Hellman directed the new footage. This prologue is now available on the Special Edition released in 2005.
  • A remake of Yojimbo (1961), which itself was based on the as yet unadapted 1929 novel "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett. In fact, the film's US release was delayed when "Yojimbo" screenwriters Akira Kurosawa and Ryz Kikushima sued the filmmakers for breach of copyright. Kurosawa and Kikushima won, and as a result received 15% of the film's worldwide gross and exclusive distribution rights for Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Kurosawa said later he made more money off of this project than he did on Yojimbo (1961).

  • You make a living from what you get; but you make a life from what you give!
    Ronald Reagan

  • The world's tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are also the fastest growing. Their growth - about half an inch a year is caused by the pressure exerted by two of the earth's continental plates (the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate) pushing against one another.
  • The biggest hog ever recorded was a creature named Big Boy who weighed in at 1, 904 pounds.
  • Belgian driver Jenatzy was the first to reach a speed of over 100km/h in his electrically powered car 'La Jamais Contente' in 1899.

  • A girl, a horse and a dog came to a bridge. The girls rode the horse across and yet walked. How is this possible

    Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

    The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment in a world in which I was different from everyone else. was to be indifferent to that difference.

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