May 19, 2015

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.
Ray Bradbury

[Talking to Des about their father to Des]"One thing the old man never missed was a wake. Good booze and plenty of it!"
— Tom Spellacy (Robert Duvall), True Confessions (1981)

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
H. L. Mencken

Watch on the Rhine (1943) (part 3 of 4)
  • Bette Davis didn't get on with her co-star Lucile Watson who played her mother in the film. In real life, Watson was a staunch Republican and held many opposite views to Davis.
  • Bette Davis fought hard with the studio about putting her name as top billing, as she knew her part was essentially a supporting role. However, this was a fight that she lost as the studio rightly figured that people would queue up to see a Bette Davis movie as opposed to a Paul Lukas one.
  • Paul Lukas won the very first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
  • A first time film director, Herman Shumlin had to be constantly reminded that he couldn't do repeated takes of each scene as there was a war on and celluloid film had to be rationed.
  • Head of the Production Code Joseph Breen objected to the scene where the family are given a tour of the house, including the bathroom which initially had a clear shot of a toilet.

  • A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.
    John Lubbock

  • The average 6-month accumulation of barnacles on the hull of a ship can produce enough drag to force the vessel to burn 40 percent more fuel than normal when cruising.
  • The Times Square "time ball" is named the "Star of Hope". It was specially made for last year and contains 504 glass crystals cut into triangles, 600 light bulbs, 96 big lights, and 92 mirrors.
  • Australia is considered the easiest continent to defend in the game "Risk."

  • Name an eight letter word that has kst in the middle, in the beginning, and at the end.

    'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.

    “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”

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