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Today's Dippit!


What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.

George Eliot


Long fairy tales have a tendency to dragon.

Fun Fact

Mike Tyson once offered a zoo attendant 10,000 dollars to let him fight a gorilla.

As it is, Tyson bribed a worker to open the zoo for just he and his wife to see the animals.

While on this romantic stroll, he tried to also bribe a zookeeper to let him fight a gorilla.

The zoo attendant said no.

History Fact

Walt Disney Didn't Draw Mickey Mouse

While Walt Disney did have the idea of Mickey Mouse and also provided the voice, the imagery was created by the animator Ub Iwerks; he came up with all the iconic features. You won't look at the adorable mouse the same again.

Movie/TV Trivia

Ex Machina

Throughout the film, the colours red, blue, and green are prominently displayed in each scene (the green forest, the red brick hallway, the keypad's red and blue functions, etc.) This is a nod to the RGB colour model, which is used to display images in electronic systems, such as computers. Ava, of course, being the main computer in the film.

Movie/TV Quote

"Even artichokes have hearts."

Amélie (2001)

We debated for a long time about whether or not quotes from foreign language films belong on this list, not because there isn't incredible writing in film from other countries (obviously, there is), but because fewer bits of dialogue from films from outside the US and Britain have entered our American cultural lexicon. "Even artichokes have hearts" from Amélie is an exception. Just take a jaunt to Etsy and you'll find all kinds of merchandise bearing the cutesy phrase. In Jean-Pierre Jeunet's sometimes aggressively twee comedy, Audrey Tautou's impish Amélie uses "even artichokes have hearts" as part of an imagined retort to a cruel grocer who verbally abuses his employee calling him a "vegetable." It's almost too adorable, the kind of thing you would find on the AIM away message of a particularly cultured teen in the early aughts.

Conversation Starter

If you could learn the answer to one question about your future, what would the question be?

Writing Prompt

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