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Daily Quote

"Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else."

Will Rogers

Writing Prompt

Why Should We Care About Events in Other Parts of the World?

Conversation Starter

Did you have an imaginary friend? What was his/her name?

Joke of the Day

I bet the butcher he couldn't reach the meat on the top shelf. He said the steaks were too high.

Fun Fact

Heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday.

Okay this isn’t exactly a fun fact, but it is interesting! Heart attacks are increased by 20% on Monday’s.

The most common time for them to happen is between 4-10 a.m.

History Fact

The Eastern Roman Empire’s weapon called Greek Fire was used in ship-mounted flamethrowers.

The secret of how to make Greek Fire was lost with the fall of the Roman Empire.

This weapon so unique and deadly due to the fact that throwing water onto it would only feed the fire. It was almost gelatinous in texture and would stick to things.

It was mostly used in naval warfare, as the large flamethrowers needed for its projectile use could be better accommodated by ships rather than infantry.

The Greek Fire would easily demolish a fleet of wood and canvas ships floating on water.

Weird Laws

WASHINGTON

Doors to nearly all public buildings must open outwardly. Anyone who violates this will face a misdemeanor charge. The statute does explain why though: to avoid congestion during emergencies, like fires.

Food Thing

Pizza Margherita at Pizzeria Da Michele in Naples, Italy

One of the oldest pizzerias in Naples — and regularly voted one of the best — Pizzeria Da Michele has pizza-making down to an art. There are just two choices on the menu: margherita, with cheese, or marinara, without. You probably know which one we recommend.

(Pro tip: Take your pizza to go to avoid the hours-long wait.)

Movie/TV Trivia

Gone Girl

Production of the film had to be shut down for four days, due to Ben Affleck's refusal to follow David Fincher's vision, and wear a New York Yankees cap for a scene where Affleck's character, Nick, is at an airport. The Bostonian actor said to Fincher, "David, I love you, I would do anything for you. But I will not wear a Yankees hat." Eventually, the two settled for Ben's character to wear a Mets cap. Fincher jokingly describes Affleck's actions of this as "entirely unprofessional" in the DVD's audio commentary.

Movie/TV Quote

"Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948