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Richard Branson' sensible wife
"Sensible, pragmatic Glaswegian" is the phrase Richard Branson almost always uses to describe [his wife]--she serves as his principal source of gravity. Once, at a Microsoft conference, Bill Gates asked the crowd if there was even one person left who never used the Internet. Joan had to grab Branson's hand to keep him from raising it...
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When Peter Guber Had To Get Hal Ashby Out Of The Hoosegow
During the production of The Last Detail (1973), director Hal Ashby was arrested in Canada while trying to cross the border back into the United States. While scouting inexpensive locations, Ashby had made a pit stop to procure some "supplies"—a large amount of marijuana. "I had fly to Canada and get him out of the hoosegow," producer Peter Guber later recalled. "It was a total nightmare."
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Seth Meyers On "alcoholic Werewolf" Ted Cruz
"Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the Sedition Caucus," Late Night host Seth Meyers remarked after the attempt to storm Congress and halt the certification of Electoral College votes in January 2021, "should be remembered in history forever as seditionists who attempted a coup. And in Cruz's case, he should be remembered as looking like an alcoholic werewolf who got stuck half-way between transformations: 'There was a full moon, but then it got cloudy. But don't worry, I'm suing the cloud.'"
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Beatles Fan Mail: Please Call Me On The Telephone
Among the loads of fan mail received by the Beatles was one amusing letter which read:Please call me on the Telephone. My # is 629-7834.If my mother answers, hang up. She is not much of a Beatle fan.With love from,Maxine M. Cleveland,Ohio
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Mel Gibson On The Jaguar Chase Scene In Apocalypto
Mel Gibson's Apocalypto (2006) featured a scene in which a man is chased by a jaguar and another is mauled to death. "The jaguar was completely wild," Gibson later recalled during a discussion with some other directors. "They can't be trained. People thought that thing wasn't in the shot. They thought we put the jaguar in later, but it was actually chasing the guy. "It was on a leash," he added, "on a line, and you could put brakes on him if you needed to."
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Al Franken Rewrites Amy Klobuchar's Joke About Ted Cruz
In Al Franken's book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, which contains an entire chapter (entitled "Sophistry") on "exceptionally smarmy" Texas Senator Ted Cruz, recalls a moment from a homorous "Gridiron Club" dinner with Cruz and Senator Amy Klobuchar:Ted," Amy smiled. "I've written a joke about you for the Gridiron, and I wanted to get your okay." "Sure," Ted smiled back. "What's the joke?" "Well," Amy smiled, "here it is: 'When most people think of a difficult cruise, they think of Carnival. But we Democrats in the Senate think of Ted.'" I noticed, of course, that she had softened the joke a bit, changing "a bad cruise" to "a difficult cruise" and changing "we think of Ted" to "we Democrats ...
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains The Asteroid Apophis
During a talk in 2010, Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked about the asteroid Apophis. "Apophis," said Tyson. "Apophis. An asteroid the size of the Rose Bowl, discovered december 2004, headed towards Earth. It's not alone, among asteroids headed towards Earth except that this one is headed [here]. There's a whole set of asteroids that cross Earth's orbit. That alone is not a problem. You cross the street all the time, but at different times than trucks drive by. So the issue is, are you crossing the street, when the truck is driving there at the same moment? That simultaneity is what matters. Apophis, when you ran the calculations, showed that there was a chance of it hitting us in the ...
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How A Disruptive Terrorist Was Captured At The Airport
In 2006, several Egyptians vanished after arriving in America.The Egyptians were here on student visas and supposedly headed to Montana State University but simply walked away after landing in New York, showing no intent in actually going to Montana. One was captured in Minnesota and four more were caught in Maryland and New Jersey, two areas that have suspected Al Qaeda sleeper cells. Another of these rocket scientists was caught at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. This guy went to the Delta ticket counter with his ticket out of New York and caused a disturbance by raising his voice. A guy named Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Abou El Ela, Middle Eastern looking guy with a Muslim name, causing a disturbance at ...
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Michael Moore's Gun-toting Bodyguard
In January 2005, Patrick Burk, one of filmmaker Michael Moore's bodyguards, was arrested for carrying an unlicensed gun at JFK International Airport. Burk arrived in court to fight the charges – after having a knife confiscated at the door.
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Euro Disney Lenin
On April Fool's Day in 1995, The Irish Times reported that Disney was negotiating with the Russian government to purchase the embalmed corpse of communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, which had been on display in Red Square since his death in 1924. Disney, according to The Times, proposed moving the body, along with the mausoleum, to its new Euro Disney theme park, where it would receive the "full Disney treatment," including "stroboscopic lights which will tone up the pallid face while excerpts from President Reagan's 'evil empire' speech will be played in quadrophonic sound." "Disney," says hoaxes.org, "anticipated that this attraction would attract more visitors to the theme park, significantly boosting profits which had been weak since the park's opening. ...