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Dear Abby: Bowled Over
Abigail Van Buren ("Dear Abby") once received a letter, signed "Stuck in a Love Triangle," from a 34-year-old woman with three children whose "greedy, selfish, inconsiderate and rude" husband of 10 years had had the audacity to give her a bowling ball—embossed with his own name and drilled to fit his fingers—for her birthday as a present. Abby's reply, entitled "Wife meets perfect match after husband strikes out," was pulled from circulation when someone pointed out that the letter was the work of a practical joker. Mrs Stuck, of course, was better known as... Marge Simpson!
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Star Trek Predicts Irish Unification In 2024
From The Economist:When "High Ground", an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" [Season 3; Episode 12] first aired in 1990, a crew member of the Starship Enterprise is taken hostage by separatists on the planet Rutia IV. As her colleagues discuss how best to respond, one of them draws an analogy with a conflict on Earth several centuries earlier—the Troubles in Northern Ireland—noting that they were ultimately resolved by "the Irish unification of 2024". As the 2020s dawn, the upheaval of Brexit means the prospect of Irish reunification no longer seems like science fiction. A poll in September 2019 found that a slight majority of voters in Northern Ireland were in favour of it. "We are still on track ...
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How Friends Producers Defended Joey's Romance With Rachel
The love story between Rachel and Joey on the sitcom "Friends" was criticized by many fans. When someone told creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane how wrong they found that story line, they replied, "That's exactly why we're doing it. Sometimes friends fall in love even though it's wrong."
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Willie Robertson Meets An Alligator
While cleaning up a shed one day, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson got a scare which made him run out of the shed, trip over a pile of decoy ducks, and take a tumble in the dirt. It was a local alligator. Using a chicken on a string like a fishing line, Willie dragged the gator back into the bayou from wence it had come.
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Robert Reed: Strawberry Heaven
Robert Reed, a Shakespearean actor who loved the theater, hated his role (as Mike Brady) on "The Brady Bunch" and often sent voluminous memos to "Brady Bunch" creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz detailing his complaints about the scripts. During the production of one episode, in which Mrs Brady and the housekeeper make strawberry pie in the kitchen, Schwartz was informed that Reed had actually walked off the set. Schwartz went to see the actor in his dressing room and gently asked him what was wrong: "You really don't know, do you?" Reed asked. "No," said Schwartz. "You want me to come in and say, 'It smells like strawberry heaven!'" "So?" Schwartz asked. "What's wrong with that?" "I looked it up," Reed replied. ...
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Why Alan Alda Commuted For Eleven Years
Because he did not want war to be a "backdrop for lighthearted high jinks," Alan Alda nearly turned down the role for which he would become famous: Hawkeye Pierce on television's "M*A*S*H". Indeed, Alda did not sign on until six hours before filming began on the pilot episode.  Alda also never moved to Los Angeles, choosing instead to commute to his home in New Jersey every weekend—for eleven years. Why? He did not want to uproot his family, because he did not know how long the show would last.  [Fun fact: The world's outstanding frequent flyer miles equal tens of thousands of round-trips to the sun.] 
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Ted Knight: Ashes to Ashes
While shooting an episode of "Too Close for Comfort," Ted Knight stumbled over one of his lines. "Be practical," Audrey Meadows begged. "There's the cost of the funeral to think about. Ten thousand dollars alone..." "I don't need a funeral," Knight replied. "Just throw my ass [ie. ashes] over the side of the boat and..." Though Knight stopped speaking, no one called for the scene to end and the cameras kept rolling, prompting Meadows to continue with the scene. "With the money you're leaving, who can afford a boat?" she asked. "We'll just have to throw your ass out of a cab window off the Golden Gate bridge!" [The cast's laughter grew so uncontrollable that, after the umpteenth unsuccessful take, ...
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Paris Hilton: Spoiled Brat
In 2003, Hilton heiress Paris Hilton was cast to appear in the fish-out-of-water reality show "The Simple Life" (a takeoff on the '60s sitcom "Green Acres"). "I think the biggest misconception about me," she declared, "is that I'm this spoiled brat. But I'm not. I'm, like, the total opposite." For her stint on the show, Paris brought several racks of designer clothes. And to celebrate her 21st birthday, she threw no fewer than five parties for herself—in New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas, London, and Tokyo. [Among Hilton's bonehead comments on the show: "What is Wal-Mart? 'Cause, like, they sell wall stuff?"]
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Ed O'Neill - Al Bundy Birthday Greeting
"Married...with Children" star Ed O'Neill, who played the famously obnoxious father (Al Bundy) on the show, had a lot of fun with fans. "Some people think Al is a real person," he once explained. "I get letters from women whose husbands are going to turn 40--they have a birthday coming up and she wants me to call collect and wish him a happy birthday. I tell them that if I have the time I'll do it, and I'll call. I go into the character: 'John, it's Al Bundy here. Happy birthday, pal. Are you still married to that ex-hooker from Baltimore?' I never hear a sound on the other end. It's like they've been hit on the head. And I ...
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Cheryl Hines - cookie manger
Cheryl Hines: "It was Christmas and somebody in my family made a manger scene out of cookies. They had toasted coconut for the hay—it was hard to tell it was a manger scene—but everybody was walking around saying, 'Nobody eat baby Jesus!' I immediately called Larry and said, 'Of course, if you were here you'd eat baby Jesus and my family would go crazy and...' They used it as a plot point on Curb Your Enthusiasm."