March 1, 2015

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
Arthur Conan Doyle

"Is everyone in this town on drugs?"
— Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn), U Turn (1997)

“My idea of an acceptable person is someone that is ready to accept my ideas.”
Benjamin Disraeli

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 4 of 17)
  • William Wyler was a renowned stickler for detail. Charlton Heston recalled one particular scene where Judah Ben-Hur simply walks across a room upon his return from slavery. Such a simple scene required 8 takes before the actor finally asked Wyler what was missing. The director informed him that he liked the first take where Heston had kicked a piece of pottery to give the scene its only sound. Heston on the other hand had assumed that Wyler didn't like the kicking and had therefore deliberately avoided doing it again.
  • Paul Newman was offered the role of Judah Ben-Hur but turned it down because he'd already done one Biblical-era film, "The Silver Chalice," hated the experience and said it also taught him that he didn't have the legs to wear a tunic.
  • Shot over a period of nine months at Rome's Cinecitta studios. The outdoor set of the chariot race circus was the largest built for a film at the time.
  • The film's credits appear with the Sistine Chapel ceiling as background. Charlton Heston would later play Michelangelo, the painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, in the film The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965).
  • Robert Ryan was considered for the role of Messala, with Burt Lancaster as Ben-Hur.

  • A friend to all is a friend to none.

  • acetwothreefourfivesixseveneightninetenjackqueenking Excluding the joker, if you add up the letters in all the names of the cards in the deck (Ace, two, three, four,...,king). the total number of letters is 52, the same as the number of cards in the deck.
  • Did you play with LEGO blocks when you were a kid?
    Since 1949, the LEGO company, based in Denmark, has produced more than 200,000,000,000 of the plastic elements that make up the Lego System.
    There are 102,981,500 ways to combine six of the 8-studed bricks of one color.
    The name LEGO did not come from the cry of an angry mother who couldn't get her kid to put down his toys and come to dinner: "LEGO of those bricks or I'll kill you!" It's from the Danish, "LEg GOdt," which means "play well."
  • The Statue of Liberty's mouth is 3 feet wide.

  • What do these 3 have in common? Superman, Moses, The Cabbage Patch Kids

    There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils.

    “Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always questioning never learn anything.”

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