May 25, 2015


Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx



"You cannot pass! I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udun! Go back to the shadow. You shall not pass!"
Gandalf (Ian McKellen), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)



Poverty of course is no disgrace, but it is damned annoying.
William Pitt



MOVIE TRIVA
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (part 5 of 9)
  • Despite the novel winning the Pulitzer Prize, the studios were not interested in buying up the film rights as they deemed it lacking in action, there was no love story and the villain doesn't get a big comeuppance. Producer Alan J. Pakula disagreed however and persuaded director Robert Mulligan that it would make a good film. Together they were able to convince Gregory Peck who readily agreed.
  • Truman Capote, who grew up with Harper Lee, also knew the inspiration for "Boo" Radley, and had planned to base a character on him in one of his short stories. After seeing how well the character was realized in Lee's novel, however, he decided against it.
  • Director Robert Mulligan learned quickly not to rely on excessive takes as he found that the more takes that were required, the less spontaneous and natural his child actors became.



  • Change before you have to.
    Jack Welch



  • Elzie Crisler Segar created the comic strip character Popeye in 1919.
  • Some hotels in Las Vegas have gambling tables floating in their swimming pools.
  • The Associated Press reported in December 1985, in Eugene, Oregon, a 6-month-old kitten set a Christmas tree on fire while batting at the lighted bulbs. The heat of the fire cracked a nearby fishbowl, and water from the bowl doused some of the fire. Firefighters arrived within minutes of the fire starting and put out the fire, which had spread to the carpet. A goldfish named Clyde was found lying prone in the cracked bowl, and when put into another bowl with water, was quickly revived and survived the ordeal. The water in Clyde's bowl had prevented the fire from getting out of control.



  • A man falls overboard and gets washed ashore an island with nothing but sand. The island is 50 miles from the nearest land. He can't swim, the water's 100 feet deep, and the island has nothing to make a floatation device with. With no help from people, animals, fish, or machines he finds a way off the island. How does he do it?



    Yogi Berra
    I don't blame the players today for the money. I blame the owners. They started it. They wanna give it to 'em? More power to 'em.
    Yogi Berra



    A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.



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