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Quote

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”


Anais Nin


Joke

I think my wife is putting glue on my antique weapons collection. She denies it but I'm sticking to my guns!


Fun Fact

In South Korea there is an emergency number (113) to report spies.


Reading Fact

J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter pitch was rejected by 12 different publishers before Bloomsbury accepted it.


But her struggles did not end here – she had to adopt the nom de plume J. K. Rowling, because, as her publisher argued, the title sounded like a boys’ book to him, and he believed boys preferred books by male authors.


“Over a period of nearly a year, the book was turned down by more or less every major publishing house in the UK”, Rowling’s first agent, Christopher Little, revealed.


History Fact

The Moscow Drought


When Russians got lost in the revelry after the defeat of Germany in World War II, Moscow literally ran out of vodka. Considering this is a country that later encouraged citizens to drink vodka to stave off cancer in the aftermath of Chernobyl, I’m shocked.


Movie/TV Trivia

Samara, the girl from The Ring, and Lilo from Lilo & Stitch are both voiced by the same person, Daveigh Chase.


Movie/TV Quote

"The wrong kid died."


Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)


For a while it almost seemed like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story would be a footnote in the era of comedies defined by prolific man-babies Adam McKay and Judd Apatow. Thankfully, the years have been kind to this parody of tedious music biopics, especially considering Hollywood keeps making tedious music biopics. Walk Hard is now being appreciated as the masterpiece it is, and is used as a reference point whenever a new movie falls prey to the same clichés it lampooned. (Ahem, Bohemian Rhapsody.) Among those clichés: The unloving parental figure, who refuses to acknowledge that his son is a talented artist. "We kept noticing that most of the characters had the disapproving parents," Apatow said in an oral history of the film. You see, Dewey slices his brother in half during a playful machete fight, and his father will not stop reminding him: "Wrong kid died." Elton John may not have a dead sibling in Rocketman, but his grumpy father may as well be saying to him "wrong kid died" every time he serves up a look of disappointment.


Conversation Starter

Would you eat at a restaurant that was really dirty if the food was amazing?


Writing Prompt

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