"Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can."
Louisa May Alcott
Did you hear about the Italian chef who died? He pasta way!
Johnny Appleseed’s fruits weren’t for eating
Yes, there was a real John Chapman who planted thousands of apple trees on U.S. soil. But the apples on those trees were much more bitter than the ones you’d find in the supermarket today. “Johnny Appleseed” didn’t expect his fruits to be eaten whole, but rather made into hard apple cider.
In 18th century England, pineapples were a status symbol.
Despite the fact that they didn’t make it over to England until the 1600s, by the 1700s owning pineapples had become a huge craze.
Those rich enough to own a pineapple would carry them around to signify their personal wealth and high-class status.
Near enough everything from clothing to houseware was decorated with the exotic fruit.
And for those who weren’t rich enough to buy their own pineapples and become a part of this fad, they could rent a pineapple out to tout around in public and look the part for the day!
Gene Kelly had a fever of 103F during filming of Singin’ In The Rain
Even if you haven’t seen 1952’s classic film Singin’ In The Rain then you’ll definitely have watched the iconic moment that Gene Kelly sings the title song on the streets of New York.
Apparently there were some issues behind the scenes though. It took all day to prepare filming for the number, and Kelly showed up to filming with a fever of 103F. Despite being so ill, the actor insisted on doing one take before the director sent him home.
In the end he ad-libbed everything to perfection and the take that you see in the movie is the one that Kelly did before leaving the set to go home! It seems as though Kelly demanded the same level of professionalism from his co-stars as he did from himself, and ended up making a lot of enemies in the process.
He reduced actress Debbie Reynolds to tears several times – she later stated that making Singin’ in the Rain and childbirth were the two most painful things she had ever gone through in life. Donald O’Connor also later admitted that he didn’t enjoy working with Kelly, whom he labelled a ‘tyrant’.
“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
The Pride of the Yankees, 1942
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