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Cecil B. De Mille: Roman Catapult

"Ever heard about the actors who showered Cecil B. De Mille with coconuts? It occurred right during the making of Cleopatra. A ballista

[Roman catapult] was erected and not with rocks but with walnuts.

"De Mille, from the other side of the set, examined the ballista through his viewfinder. Claudette Colbert's inquisitive nature tempted her to touch a cord on the catapult.

"Twang went the trigger. Whoosh went the catapult. Rat-a-tat-tat went the walnuts on De Mille's bald head!"

[About 15 people are killed each year after encounters with sharks; about 150 people are killed each year by coconuts.]

[In the Solomon Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, there are nine different words for the various stages of the maturation of the coconut. And in Fiji, during World War II, doctors made a remarkable discovery: In an emergency, the liquid inside a young coconut can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.]

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