June 3, 2015

Every man thinks god is on his side.
Jean Anouilh

"I stand corrected, Wyatt. You're an oak."
— Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), Tombstone (1993)

It's good to be here. At 98, it's good to be anywhere.
George Burns

In the Heat of the Night (1967) (part 5 of 5)
  • The brawl in the maintenance shed takes place under a sign that reads, "Let us ALL be Alert. We don't want ANYONE Hurt.
  • Lawrence Tierney was considered for the role of Chief Gillespie.
  • The same locomotive is used in the opening and closing scenes to carry Virgil in and out of town - Gulf Mobile and Ohio locomotive #103.
  • Virgil tibbs arrives in Sparta, and subsequently leaves town, via the old Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad (GM&O). This anchors the films setting in the deep south, and in Mississippi in particular. Yet, ten years earlier the GM&O had suspended all passanger service south of Saint Louis, MO; which Sparta, IL was and is. However, The GM&O had merged the Alton & Southern Railroad (which operated service between Saint Louis and Chicago). Therefore, filming of the operating train station scenes where Tibbs boards the train, as well as the long shot closing credits scenes, were completed at Alton, IL, about 75 miles north of Sparta. Careful viewing of the rail station scene early in the film between Tibbs and Chief Gillespie were at the "Sparta, IL" station but the Sparta station was clearly closed down.

  • "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so"
    William Shakespeare

  • Woodpecker scalps, porpoise teeth, and giraffe tails have all been used as money.
  • Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump.”
  • There is no solid proof of who built the Taj Mahal.
  • Australian Rules football was originally designed to give cricketers something to play during the off season.
  • The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.

  • You are driving a car. On your right is a steep cliff. Right in front of you there is a horse and right behind an elephant, both of which travel at your own speed. On your left there is a fire truck blocking you. How do you stop your car?

    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

    “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”

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