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How Jack Nicholson Celebrated The End Of Filming On The Bucket List
In 2008, 72-year-old Jack Nicholson appeared in The Bucket List, a sentimental story about two terminal cancer patients who endeavor to complete a "bucket list" before they die. As soon as filming wrapped, Nicholson, fittingly, traveled to Cap-Ferrat, France, where he met and danced the night away with a pretty young girl in a short dress.Jack Nicholson in 2002. Photo by Georges Biard (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Jim Carrey, Like A Trout
"I want to be an old guy," Jim Carrey remarked during an interview one day. "Like a trout that's been caught 100 billion times and thrown back… but he still loves life."
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DNA - Die
A German Woman's Childbirth Performance Art
In 2005, a German woman named Ramune Gele gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Audra, in the DNA gallery, in Berlin, in front of dozens of spectators. The father, a 29-year-old musician, said before the delivery: "It's a gift to humanity, a once-in-a-lifetime thing... an existential work of art."
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J. B. S. Haldane: An Inference On The Nature Of God
The great geneticist J. B. S. Haldane once found himself embroiled in a philosophical discussion with an eminent theologian. "What inference," the theologian asked, "might one draw about the nature of God from a study of his works?" Haldane's reply? "An inordinate fondness for beetles." [Though estimates vary, beetles are thought to account for some 40% of insect species and 25% of all known plant and animal species on Earth.]
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Yuval Noah Harari: Embrace Ambiguity
Around the beginning of the new year in 2020, historian Yuval Noah Harari drafted a mission statement, which he pinned to a bulletin board in his office. Among its mandates were, "Keep your eyes on the ball. Focus on the main global problems facing humanity," "Learn to distinguish reality from illusion," and "Care about suffering." A colleague of Harari's later explained that "Embrace ambiguity" had been removed, because it was too ambiguous.
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Albert Einstein On Insignificant Dots
Albert Einstein once attended a scientific conference at which an eminent astronomer declared that "to an astronomer, man is nothing more than an insignificant dot in an infinite universe." "I have often felt that," Einstein replied. "But then I realize that the insignificant dot who is man is also the astronomer."  
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Terry Rossio - Never Wait In Traffic Again
Terry Rossio: A story: once I was supposed to hook up with my girlfriend and our daughter in San Bernadino. We were going to meet at a restaurant and then continue on up to a cabin in Running Springs to spend the weekend skiing. As usual, something had to be finished and faxed before I could leave the house. I phoned the pair, finished the work as quickly as I could, and hopped on the freeway... on a Friday afternoon, hah. I was outpaced by a guy walking along the breakdown lane with an empty gas can. By the time I got to the meeting place, my girlfriend was fuming. "We had to wait here in this parking lot for ...
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Donald Trump - Life Tip #987
"In life you have to rely on the past," Donald Trump once declared, "and that's called history." Prompting prettyandstupid.com to marvel: "Even if your budget-strapped school fails you, you've always got The Donald to break down the most complicated teachings. With genius insights like these, even without the swoopy combover, are we certain Rodin's The Thinker wasn't modeled after Donald Trump?"
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Did Thomas Edison's Ghost Help To Build A Life-unit Detection Machine?
Thomas Edison believed that every cell of every living being contained "life units," microscopic entities which, after death, eventually reassembled to animate a new creature. In his Diary and Sundry Observations, Edison refers to plans for a "scientific apparatus" designed to amplify "etheric energy" to facilitate communication with these ethereal life units. "Edison died before his apparatus could be built," Mary Roach reports in Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, "but rumors of a set of blueprints persisted for years. One fine day in 1941, the story goes, an inventor for General Electric named J. Gilbert Wright decided to use the closest approximation of Edison's machine—a séance and a medium—to contact the great inventor and ask him who had ...
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Harold Urey & Stanley Miller - Synthesizing Life
In 1953, University of Chicago graduate student Stanley Miller took two flasks—one containing water to represent a primeval ocean, the other a mixture of ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulphide to represent Earth's early atmosphere—connected them with rubber tubes, and zapped them with electrical sparks to simulate lightning. Within days, the water in the flasks had turned swampy with amino acids, fatty acids, sugars, and other organic compounds. "If God didn't do it this way," observed Miller's supervisor, the Nobel laureate Harold Urey, "He missed a good bet." * The early atmosphere likely contained a less reactive blend of nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Still, even experiments with these more challenging inputs have produced (admittedly primitive) amino acids.