Quote of the Day
"Success is buried on the other side of rejection."
Writing Prompt of the Day
How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
Day's Conversation Starter
Does technology simplify life or make it more complicated?
Joke of the Day
Why did the scarecrow win an award?
Because he was outstanding in his field!
Top Fun Fact
Ben & Jerry’s has an online flavor graveyard for their 10 discontinued ice cream flavors. Each one has a photo, life span, and epitaph.
July 4th Isn't the Real Independence Day
July 4th is not the real American Independence Day. It is actually July 2nd because this is when the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia actually voted to approve a resolution of independence. July 4th, though, is when the Congress adopted the official Declaration of Independence, and most didn't even sign that until August.
It is Illegal to Be Shirtless in Barcelona
In an effort to keep the streets of Barcelona free of beachgoers in bikinis and men going shirtless, lawmakers in the Spanish town on the Mediterranean banned anyone from being topless or in a swimsuit in public anywhere but the beach or a pool.
Passed in 2011, fines for walking around half-naked could cost you up to €260.
No shirt, no shoes, no service!
While the British would argue that deviled kidneys, liver and onions, Pease pudding, and steak and kidney pie are “delish,” most visitors probably wouldn't choose these items unless they were stuck in the English countryside with no other option.
Does this continue the stereotype that British food is bad? Yes, it does. And it's true that this stereotype isn't entirely true; London and Edinburgh’s food scenes are home to some of the best international restaurants in the world. But that just means food from other countries makes their culinary scenes great.
The fact is, not many people travel to the UK expecting a great meal, and there is always a bit of truth behind stereotypes.
Gene Hackman Was Originally Going to Play Hannibal Lecter
Speaking of Hannibal the cannibal, while Anthony Hopkins turned the crazy-smart serial killer into an unforgettable cultural touchstone, the role was originally supposed to go to Gene Hackman, who bought the rights to The Silence of the Lambs and had planned on directing the film himself. He backed off the project when he decided that the role was too dark for his taste.
"What we've got here is failure to communicate."
Cool Hand Luke, 1967