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Today's Dippit!

Quote

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”


Babe Ruth


Joke

What rhymes with boo and stinks? You!


Fun Fact

The stage before frostbite is called “frostnip”.


Reading Fact

The first ebook in the world is The Declaration of Independence, released in 1971.


In 1971, passionate technologist and futurist Michael Stern Hart was given access to a Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois. Inspired by a free printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, he decided to transcribe it into the computer.


He made the file available to other users of the computer network, with the annotation that it was free to use and distribute – marking the beginning of the legendary Project Gutenberg, an initiative dedicated to making books freely available in digital format.


History Fact

Monty Python and the Holy Snail


Put this on your list of strange ancient battles: Medieval manuscripts depict Knights fighting snails. Granted, no one really knows why the knights are fighting these snails, but maybe it’s best to keep the mystery.


Movie/TV Trivia

In Titanic, if you added together the duration of all the scenes set in 1912, it would be two hours and 40 minutes, the same amount of time it took the actual Titanic to sink.


Movie/TV Quote

"I am the motherfucker that found this place, sir."


Zero Dark Thirty (2012)


Jessica Chastain is not exactly a "funny" performer, and Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial drama about the years-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, is definitely not a "funny" movie. The character she plays, a no-nonsense CIA intelligence analyst named Maya, is obsessed with her job, and when she gets in the room with James Gandolfini's gruff CIA Director she doesn't back down. She's been pushing this rock up a hill for years. The "motherfucker" line has a grim matter-of-factness to it that speaks to the movie's focus on Maya's single-minded, ethically warped mission. Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, the two tactics-obsessed war films written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow from the '00s, are filled with functional bits of military jargon, bureaucratic double-speak, and terse commands. They're not exactly quotable, choosing to focus on creating feelings of dread instead, but somehow the "motherfucker" line cuts through the tension and adds a much-needed moment of levity.


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