March 11, 2015

I met the surgeon general - he offered me a cigarette.
Rodney Dangerfield

"Before I read War and Peace again in five days just to impress some broad, it's going to be a cold day in Minsk."
— Sam Malone (Ted Danson), Cheers: Sumner's Return (1983)

"You can pretend to be serious; you can’t pretend to be witty."
- Sacha Guitry

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 14 of 17)
  • One thing William Wyler was completely unable to do was get his leading man to cry on-screen. During Judah Ben-Hur's crying scenes that Charlton Heston covers his eyes. Perhaps Charlton Heston's tear glands were unable to operate successfully.
  • The first of only three films to win 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It also has the highest percentage of winning Academy Awards. In 1960 there were only 12 categories. 11/12 & 11 of 12 = 91 & 2/3%.
  • Judah Ben-Hur killed two Roman prison guards, trying to escape from prison. He choked Roman ship commander, Hortator, to death after the ship was rammed. Shortly after rescuing the imprisoned galley slaves, he climbed to the top of the ship and slew a Macedonian, that knocked Roman soldier and temporary ship commander, Quintus Arrius off the ship, into the sea with a lance and blinded another Macedonian, to protect Quintus Arrius. Then, Judah Ben-Hur quickly dove into the sea and rescued Quintus Arrius.
  • According to text in the film's souvenir program, the film used over 1,000,000 props, though this is likely a studio publicist's exaggeration.
  • Cesare Danova screentested to play Ben-Hur.
  • MGM commissioned over 40 scripts for the film over a period of six years.

  • "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men".
    Frederick Douglass

  • The Holland and Lincoln Tunnels under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey and New York are an engineering feat. The air circulators in the tunnels circulate fresh air completely every ninety seconds.
  • The official soft drink of the state of Nebraska - Kool-Aid.
  • Ivory Soap was originally named P&G White Soap. In 1879, Harley Proctor found the new name during a reading in church of the 45th Psalm of the Bible: "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad."

  • This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching!

    A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.

    "Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their true image.”

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