May 29, 2015

Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content.
Samual Johnson

"In any place where they fight, a man who knows how to drill men can always be a King. We shall go to those parts and say to any King we find - "D'you want to vanquish your foes?' and we will show him how to drill men; for that we know better than anything else. Then we will subvert that King and seize his Throne and establish a Dynasty."
— Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery), The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (part 9 of 9)
  • Bob Ewell's full name is Robert E. Lee Ewell. This is a reference to Robert E. Lee, who was a major figurehead in the Confederacy during the Civil War.
  • Given the mentality of the South for the years that followed the Civil War, it is not surprising someone would name their child in Lee's honor.
  • Gregory Peck stated in subsequent interviews that he felt that the scene where he quietly walks out of the courthouse after losing the case, while the upper gallery stands in silent respect, along with the line given by the reverend, "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing", was what won him the Academy Award.
  • Premiered at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
  • James Earl Jones auditioned for the role of Tom Robinson.
  • The residential street where the Finches lived was located slightly southeast of Universals Courthouse Square. It ran in a westerly direction, then hair-pinned towards the back of the courthouse edifice from Mrs. Dubose's corner, on what is now the small parking lot where Royal Crescent Dr. and James Stewart Ave. converge.
  • The first of six films director Robert Mulligan made with his producer partner, Alan J. Pakula.
  • Film debut of Alice Ghostley.
  • Film debut of William Windom.

  • "Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."
    H. Jackson Brown, Jr

  • The average life of a taste bud is 10 days.
  • In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
  • Dibble means to drink like a duck.
  • It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.

  • You have a ping pong ball at the end of a curvy, long, skinny hole in the ground. You want to get it out but you can't stick your hand in it won't reach or fit. A string won't work because you won't be able to attatch it. What can you do to get it out without digging a hole?


    “The stomach is easier filled than the eye”

    “Why do we go around acting as though everything was friendship and reliability when basically everything everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?”

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