February 27, 2015

If it is a miracle, any sort of evidence will answer. But if it is a fact, proof is necessary.
Mark Twain

"Good. Better. Best. Bested."
— George (Richard Burton), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.
H. L. Mencken

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 2 of 15)
  • The desert sequences were all set to be filmed in Libya until the Muslim Libyan authorities realized that the film was promoting Christianity. The government ordered MGM out of the country, forcing the studio to shift filming to Spain, which has the only desert in Europe.
  • The production cost MGM a massive $15 million and was a gamble by the studio to save itself from bankruptcy. The gamble paid off, with the film earning $75 million.
  • Several times during the film, Judah touches a box on the door frame of his home. This is a Mezuzah, a case containing a passage from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and and 11:13-21), which Jews traditionally affix to the door frames of their houses as a constant reminder of God's presence.
  • Sheik Ilderim's white horses were brought in from Lipica, Slovenia, the original home of the snow-white "Lipizzaner" horse breed. Glenn H. Randall Sr. trained 78 horses for the film, starting months before photography began.

  • Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
    Abraham Lincoln

  • The first crossword puzzle appeared in 1913 in an American paper called "World." It was devised by its editor Arthur Wynne. It was of 32 words and diamond shaped. There were no black boxes in the puzzle.
  • Some 30,000,000 Americans slave over crosswords in newspaper, journals, and paperback books.
  • The hardest crossword puzzles according to experts appear in two British papers: "The London Times" and "Observer." Only few readers can complete these and it takes them 2 to 3 hours. The record time for completing a "Times" puzzle was an incredible 3 minutes and 45 seconds by a British diplomat named Roy Dean in 1970

  • How can you make the following equation true by drawing only one straight line: 5+5+5=550


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