People go to amusement parks for thrill rides and to get an adrenaline fix. The excitement comes from the sensation of danger, accompanied by the assurance of safety. Patrons of New Jersey's Action Park got adrenaline -- and more -- from the sensation of danger, accompanied by the real thing. Action Park's safety record was... Continue Reading →
In 2008 19-year-old George Garratt legally changed his name to "Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined." He said he wanted to "be unique." Not to be outdone, these guys went a step further a couple of years later. They still didn't match the complexity of this fellow, whose given... Continue Reading →
Fans of Wallace and Gromit mourned the passing of Peter Sallis (February 1, 1921 - June 2, 2017) at the age of 96. This versatile actor was beloved as the voice of Wallace in the claymation series Wallace and Gromit. Whovians tip their hat to Sallis as having a featured role in the 1967 Doctor... Continue Reading →
Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was a master of words and knew how to use them to make a point. As a critic, poet, and essayist, everything and everyone was fair game for her brilliant and ruthless prose. She once observed, "The first thing I do in the morning is... Continue Reading →
From the pens of critics who are not afraid to speak freely: "This is not a novel to be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force." --- Dorothy Parker "I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind... Continue Reading →
Readers of the December 12, 1897 edition of the New York Journal had no idea that they were seeing something their great-great-grandchildren would still be reading more than a century later. That was the day The Katzenjammer Kids debuted, starting a run that would earn it the distinction of being the longest-running comic strip in history. Rudolph... Continue Reading →
In 2012 the editors of Centralia, Illinois' Morning Sentinel learned the value of one little letter. Red-faced, the editors ran the following correction: "Due to a typing error, Saturday’s story on local artist Jon Henninger mistakenly reported that Henninger’s band mate, Eric Lyday, was on drugs. The story should have read that Lyday was on... Continue Reading →
Fans of television's The Big Bang Theory are familiar with the memorable episode where Howard's space toilet, the Wolowitz Space Disposal System, went horribly wrong and threatened to turn into a waste distribution system. As it turns out, such a scenario was more closely grounded in fact, rather than comedic fiction. In May 1969 Apollo... Continue Reading →
On March 31, 1981 Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr helped change the course of history as he acted to save President Ronald Reagan from an assassination attempt. In doing so, he proved himself equal to the motto of the Secret Service: "Worthy of Trust and Confidence." That moment of heroism was the most dramatic moment... Continue Reading →
The most famous insect scene in the popular Indiana Jones films is from the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when the adventurers stumble across a cavern filled creepy crawlies. (Point of interest: producers filled the set with 50,000 cockroaches and 30,000 beetles to stage the effect.) Although less famous, a different scene from the... Continue Reading →
Fans of BBC's Doctor Who know that the Doctor has had quite the variety of companions since the show's debut in 1963. He has had humans, Time Lords, aliens, a robot dog, and even a Cyberman head. He almost had a sentient vegetable, as well. When actress Louise Jameson, who played Leela, left the program in... Continue Reading →
The smallest actor in the movie The Wizard of Oz was Dororthy's dog, Toto. The tiny pooch did not draw the smallest salary, however. Each of the actors who played the Munchkins earned a weekly salary of $50 for their talents. Toto walked away with $125 per week.
Muppets are typically operated by an individual controlling the mouth and eyes with one hand and the arms and hands with the other hand. Since most operators are right-handed, they tend to use the dominant hand to control the head. As a result, most Muppets end up being left-handed.
When CBS introduced Gunsmoke on television on September 10, 1955, people knew the characters and stories played well on radio; the audio adventures had been airing for the past three years and would continue until 1961. Few suspected the television adaptation of the Dodge City, Kansas characters of the Old West would be so popular as to... Continue Reading →
Why would you need to know about oxyphenbutazone? If you have an interest in medicine, you need to know it as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. If you are a Scrabble player, however, you definitely want to store it away in your memory because it can bring you more points than any other word. Playing under American rules,... Continue Reading →