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Rob Schneider at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2019. Credit: Super Festivals (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)
Rob Schneider at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2019. Credit: Super Festivals (CC BY 2.0)
After visiting Amsterdam one year, Rob Schneider was asked about the city's reputation as a hotbed for pot and prostitution. His reply? "That's what I 'heard'!"
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Français : Kirsten Dunst au festival de Cannes Credit: Wikipedia user Georges Biard (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Français : Kirsten Dunst au festival de Cannes Credit: Wikipedia user Georges Biard (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Unable to sleep without a blanket given to her by her mother when she was born, Kirsten Dunst, even as an adult, began taking it everywhere she went.  
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. Credit: anonymous (Public domain)
. Credit: anonymous (Public domain)
[Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)] was forty years old before he looked on geometry, which happened accidentally. Being in a gentleman's library, Euclid's Elements lay open and 'twas the 47 El libri I. He read the proposition. By God, said he (he would now and then swear an emphatical oath by way of emphasis) this is impossible! So he reads the demonstration of it which referred him back to such [another] proposition; which proposition he read. That referred him back to another, which he also read. And so on that at last he was demonstratively convinced of that truth. This made him in love with geometry.
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The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
Like so many great books, Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl was rejected by a number of publishers. "The girl," one wrote, "doesn't, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the 'curiosity' level."  * Frank's work has been translated into more than 70 languages and inspired numerous theatrical and film adaptations. 
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Penn Jillette speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. Credit: Gage Skidmore (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Penn Jillette speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. Credit: Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 3.0)
One of Penn Jillette's famous parties featured a South American man nailing his penis to a board, tying that board to a rope, and using that rope to pull a wagon containing a topless woman across his band room floor. Though the man had done the stunt before, he was in for a bit of a surprise: Not until he arrived at Penn's home did he realize that the floor in the band room was carpeted! ["I swear," Penn later recalled, "I told him it was carpeted and that this would create more friction before he got there; it was a language problem, not a lack of compassion and foresight on my part."]
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Geldof in 2014. Credit: Wikipedia user 
Stefan Schäfer, Lich (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Geldof in 2014. Credit: Wikipedia user Stefan Schäfer, Lich (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Rocker Bob Geldof was once fired from his job in a photo-processing plant because he ruined a batch of film while smoking marijuana in a darkroom. 
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Photo of Marilyn Monroe from the November 1953 issue of Modern Screen. Note this is a smaller, better quality copy of the photo seen on Modern Screen. A renewal search was done at copyright.gov using the title Modern Screen. There were no listings for the publication; there's no evidence of continued copyright on the magazine. A search revealed that this was taken for 1954 film River of No Return. Credit: Bert Parry (Public domain)

Photo of Marilyn Monroe from the November 1953 issue of Modern Screen. Note this is a smaller, better quality copy ...(more)

In the five years he was married to Marilyn Monroe, playwright Arthur Miller managed to complete only one script—The Misfits—which he wrote for her. Why was he not more productive? "There was no way," Miller once remarked. Coping with Marilyn "was all I could manage to do."
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The north face of Two World Trade Center (South Tower) immediately after being struck by United Airlines Flight 175. fbb Robert - themachinestops (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)

The north face of Two World Trade Center (South Tower) immediately after being struck by United Airlines Flight 175. fbb ...(more)

On September 11, 2001, Canadian businessman Brian Clark was working in the World Trade Center's South Tower when the second plane crashed into the building a few floors below his office. Clark and several colleagues entered a stairwell but were told by a woman coming up that it was blocked by flames. A debate ensued and most of Clark's colleagues turned around and later perished.  Clark was saved because, hearing banging noises on the 81st floor, he and a friend went to investigate. Inside, a man was crying for help. Clark's friend, overcome by smoke, returned to the stairs and found his way out but Clark, armed with a flashlight, pressed on in the darkness and found the source of the cries. It was Stanley Praimnath.   ...
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Actor Tim Conway in 2007. Credit: Alex Erde (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)
Actor Tim Conway in 2007. Credit: Alex Erde (CC BY 2.0)
After his third headlining TV series (out of three) was dropped [in 1977], bumbling Carol Burnett Show banana Tim Conway decided it was time to boycott his notices. "Even in a good review," Conway explained, "there's always one line that spoils it: 'He's great, terrific—'course he's very short.'" That didn't mean that the 5'8" comic was canceling his subscriptions. "I do like to read bad reviews of other performers' acts, though," he said. "I know how mad they're going to be."
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Jack and Michael Whitehall's book, Him & Me
Jack and Michael Whitehall's book, Him & Me
While Jack Whitehall's family were vacationing in Switzerland one year, they heard a thump at their hotel room door. It was a German couple from across the hall, complaining, as they had been doing all week, that the Whitehalls were making too much noise. Jack's father Michael, who was trying to relax with a book in the bath, got out and stormed into the hallway. "How dare you intimidate my family like that?" he shouted. "Go back to your room!"  "And," Jack later recalled, "he gets so angry and animated that the towel around his waist falls away, so he's completely in the buff. At the last minute, he manages to get the book that he's holding in front of himself to cover his modesty. The Germans slam the door shut, terrified. ...