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“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”


Henry David Thoreau


Joke

A mean crook going down stairs = A condescending con, descending


Fun Fact

Rowan Atkinson – also known as Mr. Bean – is the voice of Zazu in The Lion King.


Reading Fact

Teeny Ted from Turnip Town is the smallest book in the world.


History Fact

Roman Emperor Caligula made one of his favorite horses a senator.

 

If you didn’t know anything about Caligula, then this is a pretty good way to get the impression.

He was infamous for his brutality and madness. Caligula fed criminals to animals and had conversations with the moon.


He loved his horse – called Incitatus – so much that he gave him a marble stall, an ivory manger, a jeweled collar and even a house!


Caligula made his horse a senator and allegedly planned to make him Consul before his assassination.


Movie/TV Trivia

Sam Raimi has a lucky car that is in all of his films, including his pre-automobile western, The Quick and the Dead.


Movie/TV Quote

"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking."


The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


Sometimes culture eats itself. The book The Devil Wears Prada was inspired by author Lauren Weisberger's time working at Vogue alongside the notorious editor Anna Wintour. In 2006, the film adaptation, written by Aline Brosh McKenna, hit the screens starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, the ice-cold Wintour stand-in. Now, Streep-as-Priestly is getting quoted in Wintour's publication. You see, Rita Ora can make "florals for spring" actually groundbreaking, according to at least one writer. McKenna -- best known for her work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- told Thrillist that Miranda's slyly brutal takedown of a fashion cliché was not in the initial draft. "One of the fun things about working on this movie was it was just so fun to write those dry insults," she reminisced. "I truly honestly could have done that all day." Miranda throws out many such remarks, but it's "Florals? For Spring?" that sticks. She drops it at a pitch meeting. No one is pleasing her and an eager underling mentions that a lot of designers are adding flower-themes into their collections. Miranda is having none of that hackneyed crap. Streep delivers the line with the straightest face that ever existed, a little cock of her head at the end to put a fine point on the evisceration she just enacted. The truth is: There will always be florals for spring, and they will never be groundbreaking.


Conversation Starter

Who do you think has the biggest impact on fashion trends: actors and actresses, musicians, fashion designers, or consumers?


Writing Prompt

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