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Jay Leno gets an American Chopper
"American Chopper" hosts Jesse James and Paul Teutul Sr. once made a custom motorcycle for vehicle afficionado Jay Leno. One day whlie he was riding it, the bike stalled on the side of the road. As Jay tried to fix the bike, passing motorists taunted him: "Nice American Chopper—rich boy!" Some time later, the "American Chopper" boys appeared as guests on The Tonight Show and Jay announced that he had a bone to pick. "You guys," he said, "wired the ignition through the tail light—so when the tail light went out, the ignition stopped working!" [They passed the blame to a builder on the show: "A guy who just bought a house, just got married," they joked. "He's fired, because ...
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How A Student Cracked A Company's Cd Protection Software
Shortly after unveiling new CD copy protection technology in 2003, SunnComm threatened to sue a Princeton student named John Haldeman for discovering a method of defeating the system and publishing his method online. Haldeman's method? Holding down the SHIFT key while inserting a CD.  SunnComm later backed down. "It can be very chilling," CEO Peter Jacobs remarked, "to be suing people who are doing research."
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James From London Compliments A Sicilian Woman's Parking
James from London told the following story on The Graham Norton Show:My wife is Sicilian and the first time she took me back to Sicily to meet her parents, I thought it would be a good idea to try and learn some Italian. And my fallback option would be, like most English people, to try and add vowels to the end of English words if I didn't know what to say. And after a few days of basically saying nothing, we decided to take a trip to the local shops. And after driving around for ages trying to find a parking space, my now sister-in-law managed to squeeze into the smallest space... and I wanted to say 'Good parking,' but ...
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How Thomas Carlyle Lost A Manuscript
One day in 1835, famed historian Thomas Carlyle was dismayed to learn that his maid had burned the manuscript of the first volume of his History of the French Revolution. She had mistaken it for wastepaper. Similarly, John Warburton (1682-1759), who amassed a collection of 58 first edition plays (including most of the works of Shakespeare), returned home one day and was dismayed to learn that his maid Betsy Baker had either burned them or used them as pie bottoms. All but three (now in the British Museum) were charred beyond recognition.
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The Whole Plain Was Strewn With Erratic Blacks...
In his autobiographical volume Memories, Charles Kegan Paul tells of a writer who had occasion to describe a tract of land between the base of a volcanic mountain and the sea, and who did so to his own satisfaction by relating that "the whole plain was strewn with erratic blacks [a geological term]'. But the printer must have been thinking of something else; for when in due course the book was published, the author was dismayed to find that he had been made responsible for stating that `the whole plain was strewn with erotic blacks'."
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David Beckham - World Cup boner
In 1998, shortly before his marriage to Posh Spice, David Beckham was ejected during a World Cup match after kicking Argentine player Diego Simeone right in front of the referee. Fans were incensed at Beckham's behaviour during a must-win game (which England went on to lose). His new nickname following the incident? Stupid Spice! Though Beckham apologized ("I want every fan to know how deeply sorry I am"), he was mercilessly heckled by fans spouting nasty lines (like, "I hope your son dies of cancer"). Some fans did find it in their hearts to accept his apology. One local church, for example, posted a sign reading: "God Forgives Even David Beckham!" [Three years later Beckham was named captain of England's ...
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Donald Trump - Forgetting Names
After president Joe Biden appeared to forget the name of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and called him "that fellow Down Under," many Republicans said he was losing his mind.  In response, staffers at Jimmy Kimmel Live assembled a clip show of Donald Trump forgetting people's names.  Trump called Chuck Canterbury, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, "Ken," He called Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple," He called National Security Advisor John Bolton "Mike." He called Florida congressman Matt Gaetz "Rick." He called Texas governor Rick Perry "Jim." He called Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu "Betanyahu." And he called his own vice president, Mike Pence, "Mike Pounds." 
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When Wilson Mizner Sold The Last Supper
Playwright Wilson Mizner was once married to Myra Moore Yerkes, an enormously wealthy woman who happened to own a multi-million-dollar art collection. One day Mizner, in desperate need of cash, pulled a depiction of The Last Supper from the living-room wall and sold it.  His wife, understandably irate, demanded to know what had happened to the masterpiece. "Some masterpiece," Mizner snorted. "I only got fifty bucks a plate!"  [A similar story is told of Joey Frisco.]
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Edna Ferber Corrects The New Yorker
Edna Ferber once wrote a letter to The New Yorker's legendary founder and editor, Harold Ross: "Will you kindly inform the moron who runs your motion picture department," it read, "that I did not write the movie entitled Classified? Neither did I write any of its wisecracking titles. Also inform him that Moses did not write the motion picture entitled The Ten Commandments."
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When Ed Harris Almost Drowned While Shooting The Abyss
During the production of The Abyss (1989), actor Ed Harris found himself shooting a scene in which his character, Virgil Bud Brigman, plummets down through 200 feet of ocean. Though turning the cameras 90 degrees and dragging Harris sideways made the scene easier to shoot, it was still very difficult. "About 40 feet into this thing," Harris later recalled, "I realized this is isn't happening, because I can't hold my breath any longer. I'm so excited anyway. There's water rushing up and my nostrils. I did this sign—out of air, unhook myself, get over to the wall. Got no air, I'm waiting for air, and this guy's hung up somewhere. I got nobody to give me air. Then I was ...