“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories
A blind man walks into a bar. And a table. And a chair.
Children's medicine once contained morphine.
If you were a baby in the middle of the 1800s and you cried while teething, your parents might have given you Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup. This "medicine" claimed that "it soothes the child, it softens the gums, [and] allays all pain." It may have done plenty of soothing, but it was also extremely dangerous—this concoction, like many patent medicines of the time, contained morphine.
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was studying at Harvard, the Dean of Harvard Law asked her “How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man?” Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School and became the first woman to be on two major law reviews, and later became Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Richard Linklater cast his daughter Lorelei Linklater as Samantha because she was always singing and dancing around the house and wanted to be in his movies. At about the third or fourth year of filming, she lost interest and asked for her character to be killed off. Linklater refused, saying it was too violent for what he was planning (Lorelei eventually regained her enthusiasm and continued with the project).
"Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937
Snow White was the only major character then-18-year-old Adriana Caselotti ever voiced. "Walt Disney thought it would spoil the illusion if you knew who the people were who provided the voices in the film," she revealed in a 1987 interview, about the strict contract that kept her from other parts. (She died in 1997 at age 80.)
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