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"Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements."

Queen Elizabeth II


He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.

Fun Fact

In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s clothes.


These cameras had special lenses that use infrared light meant to be used as night vision, but it also allowed you to see through some types of clothing.

Reading Fact

The word ‘bookworm’ originated from insects who live in and eat the binding of books.

The word ‘bookworm’ originated from insects who live in and eat the binding of books. Likewise, the larvae of various types of insects inclusive of moths, cockroaches, and beetles may chew and devour the books literally. As a result, a person who loved to read books is idiomatically called a bookworm because they are ‘consuming’ books one after another.

History Fact

Mary Actually Had a Little Lamb


Everyone knows the nursery rhyme "Mary Had A Little Lamb," but you probably didn't know this was based on true story. Her name was Mary Sawyer. She was an 11-year-old girl and lived in Boston and one day was followed to school by her pet lamb. In the late 1860s, she helped raise money for an old church by selling wool from the lamb.

Movie/TV Trivia

Ever the bastard, David Fincher asked a stuntman to fall down the stairs 12 times in Fight Club for the fight between Norton and Pitt. He used the first take.

Movie/TV Quote

"But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you."

Taken (2008)

We published an homage to the speech containing this quote, so perhaps you should peruse that for full context -- including how it's usually misquoted -- and appreciation. Suffice to say that this phone speech effectively launched Liam Neeson's second career as an older action star (and, somehow, several iterations of Taken), and made "a very particular set of skills" one of the most oft-quoted phrases of the century.

Conversation Starter

What was the last movie you watched? How was it?

Writing Prompt


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