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Why George De Mestral Invented Velcro
From Wikipedia: George De Mestral first conceptualized hook and loop fasteners after returning from a hunting trip with his dog in the Alps in 1941. After removing several of the burdock burrs (seeds) that kept sticking to his clothes and his dog's fur, he became curious as to how it worked. He examined them under a microscope, and noted hundreds of "hooks" that caught on anything with a loop, such as clothing, animal fur, or hair. He saw the possibility of binding two materials reversibly in a simple fashion, if he could figure out how to duplicate the hooks and loops. Initially people refused to take him and his idea seriously. He took his idea to Lyon, which was ...
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Larry David - Limousine Driver
Larry David: I worked for a limousine serice... then I got promoted to drive for one person, an old woman who would take me up to Loman's in the Bronx for a discount. And she was blind. She didn't know that I wasn't washing the car. The car was filthy, and I didn't have the uniform on. She'd say, 'Have you got your hat on?' And I said, 'Ya, ya I got the hat on.' You can't go wrong working for the blind..."
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John Goodman - Playing Babe Ruth
If anyone had doubts about casting John Goodman as legendary New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth in The Babe (1992), they were quickly put to rest one memorable night during the production of the film. "We all went out, determined to actually live like Babe Ruth," Bruce Boxleitner, who played Jumpin' Joe Dugan, later recalled. "So a bunch of us went drinking and carousing in a bar right outside Wrigley Field. After a number of rounds, I looked down the bar and saw that John was taking on the entire bar—I mean everyone—in Indian leg wrestling, and winning. I knew then, yes, this is the one true man, the only actor to play Babe Ruth."
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Mike Dukakis & Teddy Kennedy - That Bridge
"Polls may show that the public is forgiving Teddy Kennedy for Chappaquiddick [where Kennedy left the scene after his car drove off a bridge, killing Mary Jo Kopechne ] ," People magazine reported in 1978, " but his fellow politicians apparently have not forgotten. Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis [a Carter supporter] was asked at a press conference whether he thought Kennedy's appearance at the national governors' convention in Boston was a first step toward a presidential bid. Dukakis responded, 'We'll look at that bridge'—and then smothered his face with his hand." [From wikipedia: Kennedy decided to seek the Democratic nomination in the 1980 presidential election by launching an unusual, insurgent campaign against the incumbent Carter, a member of his own ...
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Rosie O'Donnell - Celebrity Pseudonym
Like many celebrities, Rosie O'Donnell occasionally checked into hotels using pseudonyms. Rosie must have raised a few eyebrows at the reception desk one day when she registered under the name "Ima Stinker."
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How John Dillinger Escaped From Prison
Notorious gangster John Dillinger reportedly once escaped from prison by carving a potato into the shape of a pistol. Hoowever, according to Wikipedia: Dillinger and the rest of his gang were captured in Tucson, Arizona on January 25, 1934. He was later escorted back to Indiana by Matt Leach, the chief of the Indiana State Police, and imprisoned within the Crown Point jail sometime after committing a robbery at a bank located in East Chicago, Indiana on January 15, 1934. The local police boasted to area newspapers that the jail was escape-proof and posted extra guards as a precaution. What happened on the day of Dillinger's escape on March 3 is still open to debate. According to Deputy Ernest Blunk, ...
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Robert Wuhl - Mama Didn't Raise A Fool
One day during the production of Batman, comedian Robert Wuhl shot a scene in which his character, Alexander Knox, kisses Bat-babe Vicki Vale played by Kim Basinger. "I didn't get the kiss right the first time," Wulh later recalled. "My mama didn't raise a fool. I wasn't going to get it right, come on! After take 20, or 25, I was saying, 'Yeah, I'm starting to get the motivation now.'"
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Border Border Fence Company Hires Illegal Immigrants
From NPR: A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The Golden State Fence Company's work includes some of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico. After an immigration check in 1999 found undocumented workers on its payroll, Golden State promised to clean house. But when followup checks were made in 2004 and 2005, some of those same illegal workers were still on the job. In fact, U-S Attorney Carol Lam says as many as a third of the company's 750 workers may have been in the country illegally. Golden State Fence built millions of dollars' worth of fencing ...
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Brad Williams' Justin Bieber Joke
In one of Brad Williams' best bits, the pint-sized comedian lists the "top five midgets in show business." Number one, Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones. I love that dude. Number two is this guy named Wee Man from Jackass. He's pretty cool. Some of you know who he is. Some of you are just now realizing that I am not Wee Man from Jackass. You idiot. Number three is a guy named Warwick Davis. He was in a movie called Willow, an HBO show called Life is Short. Number four, that's me! I'm number four. That's not bad. And then number five is the chick. Damn it. What the hell is that chick's name? The dwarf chick. Oh ...
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Arthur Schopenhauer - Who Are You?
While visiting a greenhouse in Dresden one day, Arthur Schopenhauer was approached by a clerk who had noticed him apparently entranced by a certain plant. "Who are you?" the clerk asked, taking him for a specialist. Schopenhauer slowly turned and regarded the man for some time before replying. "If you could only answer that question for me," he finally intoned, "I would be eternally grateful."