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“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”


John Stuart Mill


Joke When the past, present, and future go camping they always argue. It's intense tense in tents


Fun Fact

Magpies are considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world, and the only non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test.


Reading Fact

If you want to start practicing close reading, start small; even the label text on the bottle of your favorite drink can be closely read – no joke.


History Fact

Captain Morgan was a real guy.

 

He was also a real captain, too!


The face of the much-loved rum brand was a Welsh privateer who fought against the Spanish alongside the English in the Caribbean.


His full name was Sir Henry Morgan, and was knighted by King Charles II.


Captain Morgan died in 1688 in Jamaica as a very wealthy man.


Movie/TV Trivia

Sigourney Weaver actually made that ‘impossible’ basketball shot in, Aliens: Resurrection.


Movie/TV Quote

"I live my life a quarter mile at a time."


The Fast and the Furious (2001)


It's easy to forget that the Fast and the Furious series, the box-office dominating behemoth that's spawned seven sequels and a spinoff coming this summer, was based on an article about underground street racing in Vibe magazine. The Rob Cohen-directed original was built around a cast of relatively unknown young actors, featured a plot that was widely seen as a Point Break ripoff, and swiped its title from a Roger Corman B-movie from 1955. These movies had a humble beginning, and there was no grand plan. You might even say the series has lived its life a quarter mile at a time -- just like Dom Toretto, the racing guru and family leader played by the heart and soul of the franchise, Vin Diesel. Nearly two decades later, it's hard to remember that the actual monologue that this bumper-sticker-ready, live-life-to-the-fullest quote comes from is incredibly bleak: Dom tells Paul Walker's blonde-haired undercover FBI agent Brian O'Conner a haunting story about how he "watched his dad burn to death" in a racing accident and remembers "hearing him scream." If that wasn't heavy enough, Toretto then says he nearly beat the man who caused his father's crash to death with a wrench. Dom's "quarter mile at a time" philosophy isn't a hedonistic creed or an inspirational TED Talk-ready bromide. It's an acknowledgment of the death drive by a broken man.


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