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When Albert Einstein Explained Relativity To Chaim Weizmann
Though Albert Einstein's work was difficult to grasp, he endeavored to explain it to other people. "Einstein explained his theory of relativity to me for weeks," scientist and Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann once remarked, "and by the end I was convinced that he understood it."
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When David Bowie Performed In Aid Of The Catholic Stage Guild
In November 1967, David Bowie sang at a "Stage Ball" at London's Dorchester Hotel, in aid of the Catholic Stage Guild. "He was fabulous," director Michael Armstrong later recalled, "but the audience didn't know what to make of him, so he died onstage. He was so upset that he ran out in tears."Bisexual Bowie performing during the Glass Spider Tour, 1987. Wikipedia photo by Elmar J. Lordemann (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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David Bowie: Generous To A Foaf
David Bowie was famously generous to his friends, and to friends of friends. "A close friend had a triple bypass operation," photographer Joe Stevens, who knew Bowie from his Ziggy Stardust days, once recalled, "and as he was an uninsured artist, he was unable to pay his medical bills. Bowie covered them, secretly."
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Val Kilmer: Brad Pitt Is Nice, And Wimpy
During the production of Troy (2004), a double was used for some of Brad Pitt's close-ups because his legs were a bit too thin. "That's all air-brushed in," co-star Val Kilmer teased during an interview one day. "He's nice, but he's a wimp."
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Simon Cowell: Do You Think You Can Become The American Idol?
"Do you really believe that you can become the American Idol?" judge Simon Cowell asked a contestant after an audition. "Yes." "Well," he replied, "then you're deaf.""If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning," Cowell told another contestant. "You sang like someone who sings on a cruise ship… halfway through I imagined it sinking."
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How Donald Trump Sparked The Nasty Women Project
From Wikipedia:"Nasty woman" was a phrase used by 2016 American presidential candidate Donald Trump to refer to opponent Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate. The phrase made worldwide news, became a viral call for some women voters, and has also launched a feminist movement by the same name. Trump had previously referred to his then rival Ted Cruz as a "nasty guy."The phrase influenced memes, popular culture, books and magazines, art exhibits, and theater and concert productions, and came to be known as a women's rights rallying cry by some in the media.On October 19, 2016, during the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton explained her hopes to improve the Social Security program by increasing taxes on the wealthy, commenting ...
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Abbie Hoffman: Bruce Springsteen For President
During the run-up to the 1988 U.S. presidential election, counterculture gadfly Abbie Hoffman encouraged a certain rock star to join the race. "We're going to hear a lot of talk about Lee Iacocca for President," Hoffman told L.A. Style magazine. "But why not Bruce Springsteen? Let's draft Bruce. We don't need a President, we need a boss [Springsteen's nickname]."People magazine endorsed the move: "According to the Constitution Bruce qualifies: He is over 35 and was Born in the U.S.A."
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David Bowie Saved My Life
In 1991, makeup artist Carolyn Cowan spent some time working on a David Bowie music video in Dublin. Bowie, no stranger to drugs and addiction, sensed that something was wrong and started asking, every day, if she had managed to stay sober the night before. "By the third day he had persuaded me to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting," recalled Cowan, who was drinking and battling a cocaine addiction. "Everything he'd said had finally got through to me and now I'm so grateful for his intervention. David Bowie saved my life. I have no doubt about it. He was never judgmental—just kind."
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The Inspiration For Worker Empowerment Day
October 12th is Worker Empowerment Day. According to a television commercial for Saturn, an automaker which gave its workers the power to make consequential decisions, it was on this day around 1980 that, for the first time in the company's history, a line worker pulled a cord to stop the entire production line to fix a problem.
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When A Fly Landed On Mike Pence's Head
During a vice-presidential election debate in early October 2020, millions of viewers were amused to see a fly land on Vice President Mike Pence's head."You know vice-presidential debates are boring when a fly shows up and the entire internet loses its mind," Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon later remarked. "A bunch of other flies off-camera were like, 'Oh my god, I can't believe you actually did it. You're a legend, dude!' … People also noticed there was something going on with his eyeball. He's the head of the coronavirus task force. It's not really a great look when you're covered in bugs and bleeding out of your eye… It's hard to shake the reputation of being robotic when you show ...