May 26, 2015

My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you're ugly too.
Rodney Dangerfield

[repeated line]"Son of a bitch!"
— James 'Sawyer' Ford (Josh Holloway), "Lost" (2004)

I started with a dinner party, and then I found certain events were true but the people are fictitious. I just had fun with it.
Hugh Leonard

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (part 6 of 9)
  • According to author Neal Gabler in the biography "Triumph of the American Imagination," Walt Disney saw To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and lamented "that's the kind of film I wish I could make." At the time, Disney was creatively stymied producing broad family comedies such as The Parent Trap (1961) and The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) but would soon find a fulfilling project in Mary Poppins (1964).
  • The courtroom is a recreation of the interior of the Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee's hometown. Prior to filming, production designers traveled to Monroeville, took photographs and measurements, and created a near duplicate on soundstages at Universal Studios.
  • When he attended the Academy Awards, Gregory Peck was completely convinced that his friend Jack Lemmon would beat him to the Best Actor Oscar for his searing portrayal of an alcoholic in Days of Wine and Roses (1962).

  • "A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
    John D. Rockefelle

  • Only sixteen Concordes were ever made, the last in 1980. On New Year's Eve 1994, one Concorde plane carried wealthy revelers on a 32-hour trip to nowhere. These travelers, who paid $23,000 apiece for the trip, rang in the New Year twice because they twice crossed the International Date Line.
  • Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the English utilitarian philosopher, had very decided views on what should happen to bodies after death. He even wrote a book on the subject: Auto-Icon, or the Uses of the Dead to the Living, in which he suggested that "If all bodies were embalmed, every man might be his own statue." Bentham, who had been a founder of University College, London, bequeathed his body to the college so that his remains could be used for medical research. That was done, but the college authorities went a step further. Bentham's skeleton was reconstructed, given a wax head, dressed in a suit of Bentham's best clothes, and placed in a glass case. Thus for many years the deceased Bentham presided over meetings of the college committee - and was always described in the minutes as "present, but not voting."

  • When liquid splashes me, none seeps through. When I am moved alot, liquid I spew. When I am hit, color I change. And color, I come in quite a range. What I cover is very complex, and I am very easy to flex. What am I?

    Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

    "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”

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