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"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."


No matter how hard you push the envelope it will still be stationery.

Fun Fact

Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.


They were originally been developed as crepe paper and used for gas mask filters.

The actual Kleenex product we know of today evolved from that by accident.

Reading Fact

Historical dating uses Bibliosima to determine the ages of books.

Historical dating uses Bibliosima similarly to carbon dating. Because of this, scientists can examine the chemicals produced to know the age of a book. The process is therefore called material degradomics.

History Fact

Pope Gregory IV Declared a War On Cats


Pope Gregory IV declared war on cats in the 13th Century. He said that black cats were instruments of Satan. Because of this belief, he ordered the extermination of these felines throughout Europe. However, this plan backfired, as it resulted in an increase in the population of plague-carrying rats.

Movie/TV Trivia

The bridge blown up by Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was prematurely detonated by a Spanish Army Captain. Upon learning of his mistake the Captain ordered his troops to rebuild the bridge, only for it to suffer another explosion once complete.

Movie/TV Quote

"If anyone orders merlot, I'm leaving. I am not drinking any fucking merlot!"

Sideways (2004)

"The Sideways Effect" is real: After the 2004 movie came out, in which Paul Giamatti's wine snobby writer Miles Raymond famously loves pinot noirs and infamously hates merlots because his ex-wife drank them, the sales for each wine skyrocketed and plummeted, respectively. (For better or worse, merlot is back on the uptick.) There's a clear line from the hearty red's decline to a specific scene between Miles and his gross friend Jack before they head into an important dinner. Jack asks Miles to behave himself, and drink the merlot if their guests order it, to which Giamatti cannot contain himself in good conscience: "If anyone orders merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT DRINKING any FUCKING merlot!" "You know, it was just a joke," director Alexander Payne told USA Today on the movie's 10th anniversary about Miles' outburst. "But it sort of became the equivalent of 1934's It Happened One Night, when Clark Gable removed his shirt to reveal no undershirt. Reportedly sales of undershirts plummeted. I never would have predicted this film would hit the zeitgeist."

Conversation Starter

What cartoons did you watch as a child?

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