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Quote

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”


Albert Einstein


Joke

Today at the bank, an old lady asked me to help check her balance. So I pushed her over.


Fun Fact

The first computer was invented in the 1940s.

These days, supercomputers are everywhere—and they really don't need much space at all. Have an Xbox One posted up in your living room? That's a supercomputer. A laptop-tablet hybrid in your bag? That's a supercomputer, too. (Don't even get us started on the thing in your pocket…) But when supercomputers first came around, they needed much, much more space. Just take a look at the world's first one: The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).


Originally built at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering, in 1946, ENIAC weighed 60,000 pounds and took up a room larger than most studio apartments (1,500 square feet). Shortly after construction, ENIAC was sent off to the military, where it was used to calculate ballistic trajectories (translation: launch missiles) with frightening accuracy. Today, computer experts at Penn credit ENIAC with heralding in the "dawn of the information age."


History Fact

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The act of “giving the key to the city,” a symbolic honor, is a continuation of a Medieval practice wherein walled cities would be locked at night, but someone given the key could come and go as they please as an honored and trusted friend of city residents.


Movie/TV Trivia

Inception

In an interview with 'Entertainment Weekly', Christopher Nolan explained that he based roles of the Inception team similar to roles that are used in filmmaking - Cobb is the Director, Arthur is the Producer, Ariadne is the Production Designer, Eames is the Actor, Saito is the Studio, and Fischer is the Audience. "In trying to write a team-based creative process, I wrote the one I know," said Nolan.


Movie/TV Quote

"They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"

Braveheart, 1995

The only way Paramount pictures would fund Mel Gibson's passion project about the 13th century Scottish noble was if he agreed to star in it as well as direct.


Conversation Starter

What is your favourite holiday?


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