19 Fun Facts about A Quiet Place

It’s been about two weeks since John Krasinski’s thriller, A Quiet Place, hit theaters…and if you still haven’t seen this movie, you freaking need to sort out your life and just buy a ticket already.

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Starring his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, along with somewhat newcomers Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, A Quiet Place is the story about a family surviving in an post-apocalyptic world where they’re hunted by monsters/aliens/creatures that use their incredible sense of hearing to find their next victim.

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The few survivors must remain silent in order to survive in this world…so simple things like eating, talking, and just basically moving and living your life are virtually impossible.

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A movie that challenges audiences to heighten their senses, A Quiet Place will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. While there are jump scares (they’re few and far between and honestly you kinda see them coming), the true terror of this movie lies in the anticipation of the inevitable…

If you haven’t seen A Quiet Place yet, stop reading now (or keep going if you don’t mind spoilers!). WARNING – THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD. I won’t ruin everything for you, but there are important plot points revealed here that might ruin the movie for you if you’re looking for the full experience.

If you have seen it, OMG, RIGHT?! First off, Emily Blunt is beautiful in everything and anything she does. Second of all, I FULLY SUPPORT JOHN KRASINSKI KEEPING THAT SEXY AF BEARD FOREVER AND ALWAYS.

If you loved A Quiet Place and are looking for a reason to love it, and appreciate it, even more, here are 19 fun facts you’re sure to love about A Quiet Place!

19 Fun Facts about A Quiet Place

There are real family photos of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and their kids used in the background of the film.

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In the opening scene, the only food that remains on the shelves are chips…probably because they’re too noisy to eat and open.

The actress who plays Regan (Millicent Simmonds) is deaf in real life. Krasinski said having a deaf actress play Regan was non-negotiable.

It was also Simmonds who suggested Krasinski sign “I’ve ALWAYS loved you” in that pivotal final scene, which made Krasinski cry.

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The boy who plays Marcus (Noah Jupe) is British in real life. He was recommended to Krasinski by George Clooney, who had directed Jupe in Suburbicon.

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Both Simmonds and Jupe would binge-watch The Office on the way to and from set. Honestly, I would, too.

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Someone made a mashup of A Quiet Place and The Office (because of course they did)…and it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed.

The infamous bathtub scene was done in just one take.

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The final look of the creatures in the film wasn’t fully fledged out until pretty late in the process, during post production.

After reading the entire script, Emily Blunt told Krasinski he couldn’t let anyone else but her play the role of Evelyn. Krasinski said it was “…the greatest compliment of my entire career.” Seriously, how cute are these two?!?

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Even the king of horror himself, Stephen King, had some encouraging words about the film:

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The removal of sound from this film was extremely important, so Krasinski went to the pros. Ethan Van Der Ryn and Eric Aadahl, who have worked on films like Godzilla and Transformers, were brought in to create “sound envelopes”, putting audiences in a character’s shoes to hear what they hear and how they might hear it.

When asked who their favorite actors were, Jupe said Leonardo DiCaprio (um, YAS) and Simmonds said Tom Hanks (ALSO YAS).

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Jupe and Simmonds also said Krasinski and Blunt were super welcoming and encouraged them to share their opinions on certain scenes.

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A Quiet Place marks Krasinski’s third time directing, the first two being Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and The Hollars, both of which he also starred in.

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The budget for the film was $18 million, with a portion of the budget being spent on the acquisition of 20 tons of corn. Farmers were hired to grow the corn at their main filming location of Dutchess County. I mean I’m just sayin’ each ticket to this movie should have come with a voucher for free popcorn…

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The original screenplay written by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck contained only one line of dialogue.

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The entire film took 36 days to shoot.

The opening scene was actually the last one to be shot, as it required Krasinski to shave off most of his beard.

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Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

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Crochet Tea Buddy

What’s cozier than a fresh cup of tea? A cozy, cuddly cup of tea!

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This cute crochet tea buddy is perfect for snuggling up with on a cool spring morning…and he’s always happy to see you.

Complete with a little crocheted tea bag, this little buddy is great for tea lovers of all ages!

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You can find this pattern at Amigurumi Today.

Want to adopt this little guy? He’ll be up for sale on my ETSY store soon!

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This is Me

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“When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me.”
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10 Egg-cellent Egg Recipes

It wasn’t until I had a GOOD egg that I realized how delicious eggs really are. Packed with tons of good protein, a high-quality organic egg is a great way to start your day.

Whether they’re over-easy, hard-boiled, sunny-side-up or fried, an egg makes a tasty addition to any breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Looking for a quick and easy way to fill up at your next meal? Try one of these yummy egg recipes.

10 Egg-cellent Egg Recipes

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  1. Surprise Egg and Bacon Biscuit
  2. Asparagus with Poached Egg
  3. Egg-Stuffed Biscuit
  4. Whole 30 Salad with Poached Egg
  5. Pepper n’ Eggs
  6. Quick Breakfast Pizza
  7. Eggs Benedict
  8. Sweet Potato and Egg Hash
  9. Deviled Eggs
  10. Instant Pot Sous Vide Eggs

 

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12 Beautiful Books about the Holocaust

Go to any bookstore today and you’re bound to be overwhelmed with the amount of books there are on the topic of World War II and the Nazi regime. Perhaps just surpassed by the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, there are more books about World War II than any other war in history. Makes finding literature about the Holocaust pretty daunting…especially for young kids and teens.

While I am by no means an expert in Holocaust literature, I feel some of the best books out there are told from those that survived it…those who saw, first hand, the monstrosities of Germany, Poland, and Austria in the late 1940’s.

Here are 12 of some of the best books that I’ve read about the Holocaust…with Night and The Book Thief probably topping my list. In poetic prose and heart-wrenching detail, these books bring to life a time not that long ago…when the basic rights of food, shelter, and decent clothing were stripped from 11 million men, women and children, all because of one man’s fears and insecurities.

12 Beautiful Books about the Holocaust

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The Diary of Anne Frank
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The real diary of a girl who tried so hard to see the beauty in a world crumbling around her.

Night
Elie Wiesel
Night is the story of one man’s survival in Auschwitz. This is perhaps one of the most amazing accounts of the true horror of the Holocaust.

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Narrated by Death himself, The Book Thief tells the story of a young girl named Liesel and her stealing talents that help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding in their basement.

Number the Stars
When Ellen moves in with her friend Annemarie to escape the Nazi ragime, Annemarie embarks on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.

The Devil’s Arithmetic
Jane Yolen
Hannah thinks her Passover Seder will be just the same as last year…but this year as she opens the door for Elijah, she’s transported into the past. Only she knows the horrors that await.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
When young Bruno arrives at a new place with his family and meets a young boy on the other side of the fence, they develop a friendship that has devastating consequences. (This book has received some negative critism about it’s “historical account”, but keep in mind this is a fictional story.)

Maus
Art Spiegelman
A cartoonist tries to come to terms with his father’s story and history itself through a series of graphic novels depecting Jewish people as mice and the Nazi soilders as cats.

Animal Farm
George Orwell
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Schindler’s List
Thomas Keneally
This is the amazing story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The Reader
Bernhard Schlink
The Reader is a profound book concerning the moral guilt that comes with being a second-generation German. Also, I rarely say this but the movie interpretation of this book is phenomenal (and stars Kate Winslet so, I mean…).

The Nazi Officer’s Wife
Edith Hahn Beer
A Jewish woman falls in love and marries a Nazi officer. In vivid, wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, near paralyzing fear as her husband tries tirelessly to keep her safe during the war.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Hana Volavkova (editor)
About 15,000 children under the age of 16 passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp. Of those, fewer than 100 survived. In the poems and pictures collected in I Never Saw Another Butterfly, we see the daily misery, the loss of hope and their never-ending courage and fear that these children suffered during the brink of WWII.

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33 Important Facts about the Holocaust

Yesterday commemorated Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Usually a day filled with beautiful temple services, bittersweet music and showings of poetry and art created by those imprisoned in the death camps, Yom Hashoah is meant to be a day to remember those who perished so violently during World War II.

For years the Jewish people have said that, “to forget is to have let them die twice”…so we take at least one day a year to commemorate those who we’ve lost…not just our fellow Jewish relatives and friends, but also all the homosexuals, children, Gypsies and others who challenged Hitler’s political and religious views.

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While no one can truly understand why or how something like this could happen, it’s important to know it did…and, in the words of Dwight Eisenhower, “if we do not know what we are fighting for, now we know what we’re fighting against.”

33 Important Facts about the Holocaust

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The Holocaust technically lasted about 12 years (from 1933 to 1945).

During that time, more than 11 million people were murdered…6 million of them were Jews and about 1.1 million were children.

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More than half of all the people killed during the Holocaust were women.

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And more than 1 million still remain unidentified.

One of the most brutal killings took place in September of 1941. At the Babi Yar Ravine, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine, more than 33,000 Jews were killed in just two days. Jews were forced to walk to the ravine’s edge, where they were then shot and pushed into the abyss. The Nazis then pushed the wall of the ravine over, burying the dead and the living.

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Prisoners in the camps, called Sonderkommando, were forced to bury and burn the dead so as to avoid the possibility of eyewitnesses. Most Sonderkommando were regularly gassed and fewer than 20 of the several thousand survived. Some Sonderkommando even buried their testimonies in jars before their deaths.

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In the initial stages of the genocide, the Jews were forced into ghettos and denied the basic means of survival. The largest ghetto in Warsaw, Poland lost about 1% of the population each month.

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The term “holocaust” comes from the Greek holo (whole) and kaustos (burnt). It refers to an animal sacrifice in which the entire animal is burned.

Jews weren’t the only targets of the Nazi regime. Disabled people, those with differing political and religious views to Hitler, Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals were also targeted.

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The majority of the people who were deported to death camps were transported in cattle wagons. These wagons did not have water, food, a toilet or ventilation. The longest transport took 18 days. When the doors opened, everyone was already dead.

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In 1935, Hitler introduced the Nuremberg Laws, which made it illegal for Germans to marry or have sex with Jews. It also deprived Jews of their German citizenship and most of their civil rights.

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Muselmann, German for “Muslim”, was slang for concentration camp victims who gave up any hope of survival. They would squat with their legs tucked in an “Oriental” fashion, with their shoulders curved and their head dropped. Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi stated that if he could “enclose all the evil of our time in one image, I would choose this image.”

Carbon monoxide was originally used in gas chambers, but the Nazis eventually switched to a more toxic insecticide, Zyklon B. It took between 3 and 15 minutes to kill everyone in the gas chamber.

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The company that created Zyklon B still exists as a pest control company.

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The gas chambers at Auschwitz had the ability to kill up to 6,000 people a day.

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There were several types of concentration camps all over Europe. Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Chelmno, Auschwitz/Birkenau and Majdanek were the largest killing camps and were all located in Poland.

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There was a selection process at the entrance to each death camp. Anyone who was pregnant, small children, sick passengers or anyone who was handicapped was almost immediately condemned to death.

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Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda and previous head of the Nazi organization, committed suicide along with his wife and six children in Berlin during the last week of the war.

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After the war, the allies felt that the German people should know the crimes committed during the Holocaust. Many citizens were forced to view bodies found at the concentration camps.

General Eisenhower ordered every citizen of the German town of Gotha to tour the concentration camp Ohrdruf. After the mayor of the town and his wife did so, they went home and hanged themselves.

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He also ordered every American soldier in the area who was not on the front lines to visit the camp as well. He said that if they did not know what they were fighting for, now they knew what they were fighting against.

To better mark who was who, Jews were forced to wear yellow stars and homosexuals were forced to wear pink triangles. They (falsely) offered homosexuals their freedom if they would agree to be castrated or submit themselves to sexual abuse and prostitution to help them with their research.

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Auschwitz saw the most deaths during the duration of the Holocaust. More than 2 million people died there. The next closest camp with a high death count was Belzec, with 600,000 deaths.

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The ‘extermination’ aspect of the Nazi death camps was kept under wraps. Very few outside Nazi Germany knew about the existence of these camps until a few years before the war ended…and even then, few believed it to be true. Most thought these ‘rumors’ were just more war propaganda.

Holocaust denial is now seen as an anti-semitic conspiracy and is illegal in 17 countries, including Germany, Israel, Poland and Austria.

The Nazis always used a code language in all the documents that were related to the Holocaust.

Anne Frank’s concentration camp was liberated by British troops just weeks after her death.

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Hitler planned to collect thousands of Jewish artifacts to build a “Museum of an Extinct Race” after the war.

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The Leica Camera company helped hundreds of Jews before the Holocaust by hiring them and sending them abroad for work.

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A Muslim family that saved Jews during the Holocaust was later saved by Israel during the genocide in Bosnia. They later converted to Judaism.

Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany, opened six years before WWII officially started.

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The SS officer who captured Anne Frank and her family later purchased her book to see if he was mentioned.

In Germany, there is a specific word for analyzing and learning to live with the past, specifically the Holocaust: “Vergangenheitsbewaltigung”.

 

 

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12 Recycled Craft Projects You’ll Want to Show Off

Earth Day is coming up, which means it’s about time to go out and hug some trees, lay in the grass and just generally enjoy the beauty of the Earth for as long as we can (unless it’s snowing in Chicago, which it has been doing the past few weekends…so the Earth and I are on rough terms right now) 😉

To help celebrate Earth Day, here are a few cute and fun recycled crafts that are great for using up leftover trash or recycling. Most of them are budget-friendly and can probably even  be made with stuff you already have in your house!

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12 Recycled Craft Projects You’ll Want to Show Off

Use an old Mason Jar to save up for an upcoming vacation. Decoupage a map of wherever you’re going for added motivation!

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Light up the night with these DIY Duct tape milk carton lanterns.

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Use an old toilet paper roll tube to create mock phone holder (and speaker!).

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Turn old wine corks into adorable place settings for any holiday or celebration.

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Turn plastic spoons into cute votive holders.

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A busted or broken sweater makes a suuuuper comfy pillow!

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Wine corks also make great trivets for hot plates and pans.

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Turn old jeans into a cute mat.

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Turn a box into a cute hair tie organizer.

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An old out-of-date purse makes a great wreath for hanging flowers on the door.

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Turn a plastic bottle into a cute planter.

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Finally, use toilet paper rolls and tubes to keep your desk organized and tidy.

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