Are you a woman? Do you want to win an Oscar? One of the clearest paths is to play a prostitute. Helen Hayes gets us rolling with her role in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet." So did Donna Reed ("From Here to Eternity"), Shirley Jones ("Elmer Gantry"), Elizabeth Taylor ("Butterfield 8"), Jane Fonda ("Klute"), Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aprhodite") and ...Read more
"Kemo Sabe" reportedly means "soggy shrub" in Navajo.
If all the Earth's atmosphere was moving at the speed of a light breeze, its total energy would be equal to that generated by a large hydroelectric dam operating continuously for 7,000 years.
In 1841, Oberlin College in Ohio became the first U.S. College to award degrees to women.
There are six islands that are at least 100,000 square miles. Three of those are, in whole or in part, in Indonesia. New Guinea and Borneo are No. 2 and No. 3 after Greenland, while Sumatra is No. 6. In terms of the top 10, we also get three Canadian islands: Baffin Island (No. 5), Victoria Island (No. 8) and Ellesemere Island (No. 10). All of ...Read more
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Temperature variations on Mercury are the most extreme in the solar system, ranging from 90 K to 700 K.
A strand of spider web may be stronger than an equal diameter of steel.
The word "curfew" is derived from an old French word that means "cover fire." In Europe during the Middle Ages, a curfew was a metal cone or shield that was used to put out the hearth fire in the evening. The word "curfew" came to mean the end of the day's activities.
Insideous DeceptionAlan L. Moss
French security officers race to upset an ingenious terrorist plot to destroy the Eiffel Tower. The jihadists aim to disrupt a Paris peace conference proposing a Middle East Union to bring democracy and development to the region and stop its slide into violence and chaos. A beautiful French...
Actor Dean Cain, the leading man in TV's Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, was signed to play professional football with the Buffalo Bills after his graduation from Princeton. However, he injured his knee three days before his first pre-season NFL game. The unfortunate injury forced Cain to pursue a new career.
The biggest badminton shuttle in the world can be found on the lawns of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, in Kansas City – 48 times larger than the real thing at 18 feet tall and weighing 5,000 pounds.
Pink Floyd fans insist that the band was named for two blues musicians: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. They were supposedly Syd Barrett's favorite Georgia bluesmen. The problem, though, is that he lived in a flat with two cats, whose names happened to be Pink and Floyd. Were the cats named for the musicians? Maybe. But these are two very ...Read more
India and China account for more than half of the world's total production of peanuts. The United States grows about 10 percent of the world's peanut crop, mainly in such southern states as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carol
There is currently no vaccine against HIV or AIDS. The only known methods of prevention are based on avoiding exposure to the virus or, failing that, on an antiviral treatment directly after a highly significant exposure. Also, not a single case has been documented in which systemic HIV infection has been cured and even on the theoretical level,...Read more
In the constellation Cygnus, there is a double star, one of whose components has such a high surface gravity that light cannot escape from it. It is Cygnus X-1, which many astronomers believe to be the first "black hole" to be detected.
There are 17 recognized species of walnuts -- all are edible. “Persians” are considered the most tasty.
Although "Johnny B. Goode" is meant to be autobiographical, Chuck Berry wasn't actually from a log cabin "deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans way back up in the woods among the evergreens." He was in fact from a middle class St. Louis home on Goode Street, which may be where Johnny B. Goode got his name. Berry also changed the original ...Read more
According to lead Munchkin Jerry Maren, the "little people" on the set of The Wizard of Oz (1939) were paid $50 per week for a 6-day work week, while Toto received $125 per week. During filming, Toto was stepped on by one of the witch's guards, and had a double for two weeks. A second double was obtained, because it resembled Toto more closely.
The burrowing boodie of Australia is the only kangaroo in the world that lives underground.
Major-league baseball clubs didn't start putting numbers on uniforms until the 1930s. As a result, Ty Cobb, who broke many batting and base-stealing records while playing with the Detroit Tigers (1905-1926), didn't have his uniform number retired. This was, simply, because Cobb never was issued a number.
Since we brought up Han Solo, one of George Lucas's annoying quirks is using special effects to literally change his movies after they come out. The most notorious example was the 1997 rerelease of the first "Star Wars" movie, in which Han shoots Greedo in the cantina. In the new version, Greedo is seen shooting at Han first. Obsessives still ...Read more