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"Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently."

Chinese proverb


I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off

Fun Fact

When Space Invaders was created, Tomohiro Nishikado left in the lag caused by more invaders on the screen in order to create greater difficulty in the games.

History Fact

An Impassioned Plea

In 1933, the German Reichstag (Parliament) voted to give Hitler absolute control of the government. Only one person spoke against it—Social Democratic leader Otto Wels, who spoke the last free words in the Reichstag: “You can take our lives & our freedom, but you cannot take our honor. We are defenseless but not honorless.” The Enabling Act was passed anyway, allowing Hitler and his cabinet to enact laws without consulting parliament.

Movie/TV Trivia

The set of All The President’s Men cost $450,000 to create

Producers working on All The President’s Men (1976) certainly didn’t skimp when it came to their set design budget. They ended up spending a whopping $450,000 in order to try and create an exact replica of The Washington Post‘s offices, getting the detail down right to the trash in each employee’s waste paper basket!

Talk about obsessive. That attention to detail definitely came at a price, and in today’s money, their budget would have come in at over $2 million.

As well as looking after the set design, producers also had to stroke the egos of their two leading actors. In order to ensure that both Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman would each receive equal billing during publicity for the movie, Redford’s name appeared above Hoffman’s on posters and trailers, whilst Hoffman’s appeared at the top in the film itself.

This strategy had been used in the past, during publicity for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) which starred Hollywood legends John Wayne and James Stewart.

Movie/TV Quote

"Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?"

Little Caesar, 1930

Conversation Starter

What is your very favourite letter of the alphabet? Why?

Writing Prompt


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