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“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”


Lao-Tze


Joke

If you see a robbery at an Apple Store does that make you an iWitness?!


Fun Fact

New Zealanders have more pets per household than any other country.

 

People who live in New Zealand seem to love having an animal companion around. That's why 68 percent of households in the country have a pet, which is more than any other nation in the world. Americans also happen to love furry friends, which is why more than half of all U.S. homes have either a dog or cat (or both).


Reading Fact

Reading makes you a happier person 


Since a good book can work wonders in alleviating stress and depression, it’s pretty obvious why people who read more are more self-confident and happy.

 

By surveying more than 4,000 adults, the University of Liverpool concluded that readers are happier, less stressed, cope better with challenges, and have more close friends than non-readers. Isn’t that a fun fact about reading? (pun by all means intended)


History Fact

The Big Smoke


Winston Churchill typically smoked eight to ten cigars a day, sometimes as much as fifteen. That’s cigars, not even cigarettes.


Movie/TV Trivia

The cheque The Dude fills out at Ralph’s in The Big Lebowski is dated September 11th 1991. On the supermarket TV George Bush Sr. calls out Saddam Hussein over the invasion of Kuwait.


Movie/TV Quote

"I have had it with these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane!"


Snakes on a Plane (2006)


Snakes on a Plane is a convincing argument that the internet might have been a terrible mistake. What started as a goofy joke, some good-natured ribbing about the absurdity of high-concept thrillers on screenwriter Josh Friedman's blog and a audio-only parody trailer that helped popularize the "motherfuckin' snakes" line, became an irony-soaked online obsession, eventually spilling out into the world of late night talk shows and into the text of the film itself. Pre-release speculation led to reshoots where the "motherfuckin' snakes" line, along with more R-rated violence and nudity, was filmed to please the growing snake-crazed fanboy army. (I have a vivid memory of getting a personalized robocall featuring the voice of Samuel L. Jackson telling me to go see the film). Then the movie came out, riding months of hype, and it mostly sucked, perhaps proving that B-movies shouldn't be crowd-sourced by bored forum-dwellers. While Snakes on a Plane now plays like a cautionary tale about the cornieness of "totally epic" mid-'00's humor, what's disturbing is that Hollywood has only gotten craftier at cynically stripmining viral enthusiasm for a quick buck in the last decade. Blame the motherfuckin' snakes.


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