March 12, 2015

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does.
Groucho Marx

"Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It's 0600 hours. What does the "O" stand for? O my God, it's early! Speaking of early, let's hear it for that Marty Lee Drywitz. Silky smooth sounds, making me sound like Peggy Lee... "
— Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

"A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it is the stupid ones who need all the advice."
- Bill Cosby

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 15 of 17)
  • Six of the newly developed Camera 65 units, each valued at $100,000 were loaded onto two ships in Califonia and transferred to Italy.
  • Last film of May McAvoy, who also appeared in the 1925 silent version.
  • In Christian tradition, Balthasar of the Three Wise Men is the black or dark-skinned one. In this movie, however, he is depicted as white and played by Scottish actor Finlay Currie, while Melchior, traditionally white, is dark-skinned in the film, and played by an uncredited Reginald Lal Singh.
  • At 2 hours, 1 minute, and 23 seconds, Charlton Heston's performance in this movie is the longest to ever win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the second longest to win in any category.
  • With a final cost of 15 million dollars, Ben-Hur was the most expensive film ever made up to that time.

  • "All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination."
    Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

  • Studebaker still exists, but is now called Worthington.
  • 7.5 million toothpicks can be created from a cord of wood.
  • A McDonald's straw will hold 7.7ml, or just over one-and-a-half teaspoons of whatever you are drinking. This means that it would take 17,000 strawfuls of water to fill up a 34 gallon bathtub.

  • There is a barrel with no lid and some wine in it. "This barrel of wine is more than half full," said Curly. "No it's not," says Mo. "It's less than half full."
    Without any measuring implements and without removing any wine from the barrel, how can they easily determine who is correct?

    Benjamin Franklin
    “I have never seen the Philosopher's Stone that turns lead into Gold, but I have known the pursuit of it turn a Man's Gold into Lead.”

    “"One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others."”

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