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13 Fun Facts about As Good as it Gets

Nothing makes you feel older than realizing how old some of your favorite movies are…in December of this year, As Good as it Gets will be 20 years old…

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Jeebus.

I loved this movie then and I love it even more now.  Filled with some of the best quotes in cinematic history, this movie was probably one of the last times a romantic comedy pretty much dominated the Oscars.

Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt (both won Oscars for their performances), AGAIG tells the story of a man with OCD who falls in love with a New York waitress.  It was a movie that could only exist in the time it was made, making sexual and racial jokes that would NEVER have the same impact in today’s culture.

Still, this is maybe one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and surely was one of Nicholson’s best.  To celebrate it’s almost 20th birthday, here are 13 Fun Facts about As Good as it Gets.

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13 Fun Facts about As Good as it Gets

At the 1998 Oscars ceremony when Jack Nicholson won for Best Actor, he gave a little nod to his character of Melvin Udall by carefully stepping over the cracks between the tiles on stage.  He dedicated his Oscar to his A Few Good Men co-star, J.T. Walsh, who died shortly before the ceremony.

The scene where the dog mimics Melvin’s movements as he walks over the cracks was done by placing obstacles on the sidewalk so the dog would have to step over them.  Those obstacles were then later digitally removed.

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Melvin’s response to the question about how he writes women so well (“I think of a man…then I take away reason and accountability.”) was an actual response given by author John Updike when asked the same question.

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Only seven films have won Oscars in both the Best Actor and Best Actress category, with As Good as it Gets being the most recent addition.  The other movies include It Happened One Night (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher), Network (Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway), Coming Home (Jon Voight and Jane Fonda), On Golden Pond (Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn) and The Silence of the Lambs (Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster).

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Nicholson must be some type of golden ticket – Both he and Helen Hunt (Carol) won leading Oscars for As Good as it Gets, while Greg Kinnear (Simon) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win.  The same thing happened in 1975 when Nicholson and Louise Fletcher both won leading Oscars for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, while Brad Dourif was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win (but he should have!!).

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The light-upbeat soundtrack to the film was composed by Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, The Dark Knight Trilogy).

As Good as it Gets was a box office hit, opening at #3 (behind Titanic  and Tomorrow Never Dies).  It is Nicholson’s second most lucrative film behind Batman.

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Nicholson also wasn’t supposed to kiss Hunt at the end of the film, but director James L. Brooks yelled, “Kiss her, man!” from behind the camera.

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The couple Melvin insults at the restaurant (“Appetites aren’t as big as your noses?”) is played by Peter Jacobson and Lisa Edelstein, who would go on to star together in the TV show, House.

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The dog Verdell was played by six Brussels Griffons: Timer the Dog, Sprout, Debbie, Billy the Dog, Parfait, and Jill the Dog.  Jill got the most screen time.

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Nicholson said that playing Melvin was difficult, but the character was “the most loveable character I’ve ever played.”…which, when you think about it, isn’t wrong…

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Similar to his character Simon, Greg Kinnear had a hard time getting along with Verdell the dog.

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As Good as it Gets was also actor Maya Rudolph’s first speaking role.

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28 Fun Facts About Disney World

It’s the most magical place on earth…and the most mysterious!  Filled with hidden tunnels, secret passageways, INSANE casting rules, and lots of secretive tidbits, Disney World has remained a favorite tourist destination for kids and adults alike.

Whether you go with the kids or just go because you’re a kid at heart, there’s no denying that Disney World is a place where dreams come true…and now you can learn a little more about this magical getaway with these 28 Fun Facts About Disney World!

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28 Fun Facts About Disney World

There’s no gum sold at any Disney World or Disneyland park…so if you chew, bring your own.

It’s NOT a small world after all…Disney World encompasses over 50 square miles.

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Hidden Mickey Mouse heads can be found everywhere.

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Guests at Disneyworld are never more than 30 steps away from a trash can.  Some of them even talk to you!

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Since its grand opening, Disneyworld has only closed 3 times: Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001, and a power failure in 2002.

Visit The Hat Shop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and you’ll see an old pay phone on the wall. Pick up the receiver and you can eavesdrop on an interesting conversation.

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There are no bathrooms located in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, in keeping with the time period of that area.

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In the Magic Kingdom Train Station, look closely for articles left by other “guests,” including Mary Poppins and other characters from Disney films.

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An imagineer named George was killed during the building of Pirates of the Caribbean.  It is said his ghost haunts the ride to this day.  Workers say “goodnight George” before they shut down the ride each night as a superstition to prevent attraction break downs the next day.

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Epcot’s American Pavilion is home to an American flag taken from the rubble of 9/11/2001.

Underneath Disney World are miles of underground tunnels called utilidors that house the massive costume departments, cast member break rooms, garbage chutes and more.  It also serves as a way for cast members to get from one place to another without disrupting the “magic”.

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Disney World averaged 10,000 visitors per day when it first opened in 1971. Today that number has swelled closed to 50,000 visitors per day.

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The new Avatar section of Animal Kingdom cost more than $400 million to build.

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Epcot gardens grow over 30 tons of fruits and veggies each year to help feed hungry park visitors.

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The Disney Company bought 12,000 acres of Florida Wetlands located about 15 miles south of the park back in the 90’s. The idea was to maintain the balance of nature and offset the environmental impact of the parks.

More than 1.6 million turkey legs are consumed at the parks every year. They are such a fan favorite that you can buy turkey leg hats, t-shirts and other souvenirs.

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Disney’s first Audio Animatronics were introduced to the world at the 1966 World’s Fair in Flushing, NY. The two rides were “It’s A Small World” and “Great Moments with Abraham Lincoln”, which later evolved into today’s Hall of Presidents.

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You never have to pay for water in Disney World…just go to any quick service restaurant in the park and ask for a cup.

One of the most popular Disney souvenirs of all time was the Mickey Mouse watch. It was first introduced in 1933 and sold for $2.95. Walt Disney himself was presented with the 25th million watch in 1957.

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Disney’s Wedding Pavillion near the Grand Floridian Resort is designed to give the bride and groom a great view of Cinderella Castle while saying their vows.

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Over 10 million hamburgers, 7 million hot dogs and 9 million pounds of French fries are consumed by hungry Disney World guests every year.

Walt Disney World Costume Department is home to over 1.2 million pieces of clothing.

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It takes over 150 tractor trailer loads of decorations to deck the halls for holiday celebrations. Wonder what Disney’s electric bill is for all of this?  It’s zero…they have their own power plant.

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Admission was only $3.50 on opening day in 1971…a little more than $20 today.  Nowadays, a ticket is gonna run you closer to $100, depending on the parks you want to visit.

Designers built an apartment for Walt into the castle plan for Cinderella’s Castle, but he died before its completion. That space was later turned into a hotel room that’s only available if you win a promotion or sweepstakes.

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Disney World is the largest single-site employer in the US…and employees aren’t just called employees — they’re cast members.

An estimated 1.65 million pairs of eyeglasses have made their way to Disney World’s lost-and-found bins since 1971. Every year, the park finds an average of 6,000 cellphones, 3,500 digital cameras and 18,000 hats.

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Disney World’s biggest theme park, Animal Kingdom, encompasses 403 acres.

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21 Fun Facts About the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

A few days ago I was just reminiscing about my recent trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  As I was unpacking my boxes after our move, I came across my Butterbeer cup, my wand, and a few other things I picked up on our journey…and I found myself missing it more and more!

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Regardless of whether you love or loath Harry Potter, there’s no denying that the park abounds with amazing detail.  Movie props pepper the park, voices of familiar characters can be heard throughout the Hogwarts castle, and you can even TAKE THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS between parks!

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I may or may not have cried on that ride…but I definitely cried.

J.K. Rowling had a hand in everything while the park was being created, from the look and flow of the scenery to the title of the songs that crooner Celestia Warbeck sings on stage.  It really is a dream come true for fans of the series and is FILLED with little nods that lovers of the books and movies are sure to appreciate.

If you’re planning a trip to TWWoHP in the near future, here are 21 little nuggets (or should I say Galleons!) to keep in mind as you plan your trip!

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21 Fun Facts About The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Many of the Wizarding World staff members are from the U.K.  The park hired a large number of its team members directly from Britain to make the experience as authentic as possible.

Every staff member also takes an exam, testing their knowledge of the books and movies to make sure their interactions go as smoothly as possible.  Nothing’s getting past these guys!

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Author J.K. Rowling had final say on the Butterbeer recipe served at the park.

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A Crumple-Horned Snorkack, Luna Lovegood’s favorite magical creature, can be seen in the Magical Menagerie store…though Luna herself has yet to find one IRL.

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Look up in the windows of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and you’ll see house elves all over the place!  Even Kreacher makes an appearance from behind the curtain of 12 Grimmauld Place every few minutes.  CREEEEEEEPY!

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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride features appearances from original actors such as Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rupert Grint; however, Emma Watson nor Daniel Radcliffe reprised their roles…so Harry and Hermione might sound different on the ride.

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Though Moaning Myrtle haunts the girls’ bathroom in the books and movies, boys and girls can hear Moaning Myrtle haunt their toilets throughout the park bathrooms.

In order to build Diagon Alley, the famous Jaws ride had to be taken down. As a tribute, a record is visible in the windows of the shop on Charing Cross Road, where the Jaws ride was, that has a song titled “Here’s to Swimmin’ with Bo Legged Women”, a direct quote from the Jaws movie.  There’s also a set of shark teeth in the Mullpepper’s Apothecary.

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There’s an actual London-style phone in the King’s Cross section of the park.  If you dial 62442 (MAGIC), you’ll be connected to the Ministry of Magic.

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The Hogwarts Express was built in Switzerland and was artificially aged to make it look as though it had made the journey from Hogwarts to London thousands of times.

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The same musicians hired to play the film soundtracks played new arrangements for the park attractions.

J.K. Rowling wrote the titles of every song Celestia Warbeck sings in the park.

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You can converse with the goblin tellers inside Gringotts Bank.  If you ring a desk bell, the goblin teller will look directly at you (!!).  Ask the goblin a question like, “How old are you?” or “Did you know there’s a dragon on the roof?” and see what they say…

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You can trade your muggle money in for Gringotts money, which can be used throughout the park.

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Ask an employee in London’s King Cross station how to find Platform 9¾…they will look at you like you’re crazy, bristle in annoyance or confusion, or make a sarcastic remark about how bonkers you are. The wizards working at both Potter-themed parks know their stuff — and they stay in character (and challenge your Harry Potter knowledge) at every turn.

The earmuffs near the mandrake roots, the desks and chalkboard in the Dark Arts classroom, Cho Chang’s dress from the Yule Ball, the carriage compartment in the Hogwarts Express train and, most notably, Hagrid’s motorcycle are just a few of the real movie props you can spot in the park.

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The dragon atop Gringotts is a Ukrainian Ironbelly…and it has breathed fire more than 15,000 times since the park opened.

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Nearly all of the Horcruxes are available for purchase at the parks.  The only missing Horcruxes are Helga Hufflepuff’s cup and Harry himself. The locket, ring, Tom Riddle’s diary, a stuffed Nagini, and even Rowena Ravenclaw’s bedazzled diadem are for sale.

Want a challenge?  Mention the name “Voldemort” to any Harry Potter park employee…

The actual costumes from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are on display at Gladrags Wizardwear.

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In the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes joke shop, you can adopt your very own Pygmy Puff.  When you do, the attendant will ring a bell and announce the name of your Pygmy Puff to the whole store.

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21 Fun Facts About New Girl

Dust off those driving moccasins… Jess and the gang will be back for the final season of New Girl!

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With only eight episodes lined up, season 7 was picked up in May of this year and supposedly will feature a jump in time.  Starting three years after the season 6 finale (Jess and Nick rekindle their romance, Schmidt and Cece learn they’re pregnant, and Winston reconnects with his father), season 7 will feature major milestones for all the main characters over the period of one year, including a big one in the series finale…MAYBE JESS AND NICK TIE THE KNOT!!?!!?  OMG.

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DAMN THAT F*$&ING KISS!!

Still no word on a release date, but the cast and crew are super excited, and so am I!!  I love New Girl and hope that this show gets the ending it deserves.  I’ll certainly miss Prank Sinatra, Jess’s AMAZING wardrobe, and all of Schmidt’s jar-worthy one-liners, but we know all good things must come to an end.

I’ve recently rewatched New Girl for the third time and just love it more and more.  If you can’t get enough of Jess and the gang, here are 21 Fun Facts about New Girl that will have you loving this adorkable show more and more!

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21 Fun Facts About New Girl

Originally titled Chicks & Dicks, New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether was 29 when her idea for a theatrical production was turned into a TV show.  She had never worked on TV before and decided to pitch a sitcom based on her experience of spending four years moving from one Craigslist sublet to another.

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Though he’s portrayed as a lazy slob in the show, actor Jake Johnson (Nick Miller) actually had to lose 15 pounds before the pilot episode started filming.

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When ABC’s Happy Endings was thought to have a not-so-happy ending, actor Damon Wayans Jr. (Coach) decided to take the role on New Girl instead.  His sudden departure was due to the fact that Happy Endings was actually not cancelled, so Wayans was contractually obligated to return to the series.  This prompted the introduction of another character, Winston (Lamorne Morris), in the second episode.  When Happy Endings finally did end, Wayans returned to New Girl.

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Coach and Jess may have gotten off to a rocky start in the show, but actors Wayans and Zooey Deschanel actually go way back…they went to high school together at Crossroads School in Santa Monica.

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Jake Kasdan, who directed Freaks and Geeks, directed the pilot of New Girl, as well as a handful of other episodes.  He’s also an executive producer on the show.

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According to the show producers, it’s their goal to actually make the game of “True American” impossible to understand…so good luck, dedicated patriots.

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Dennis Farina, who played Nick’s father Walt, actually passed away a few months after his character was killed off.

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In episode 2 of season 2, the actress who play’s Winston’s sister (Keenyah Hill) was previously on America’s Next Top Model.  Schmidt (Max Greenfield) actually makes a reference to Tyra Banks when he is hitting on her.

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All of the male actors have played police officers at some time in their careers: Lamorne Morris on New Girl, Max Greenfield on Veronica Mars, and Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in Let’s Be Cops.

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Deschanel’s random leave (when Jess serves a few months on jury duty) was written into the script because Deschanel was pregnant at the time.

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The exterior shot of Nick’s bar is actually called “The Griffin”.  It’s located in L.A. on Los Feliz Blvd.

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Hannah Simone (Cece) studied international relations and political science at the University of British Columbia.  Before acting, she was working with the UN in London, where she was born.  Dis lady is beautiful and smart!

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Just like their characters, both Jake Johnson (Nick) and Lamorne Morris (Winston) are from Chicago.

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Max Greenfield is scared of birds.

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If Damon Wayans Jr. looks familiar, it may be because he is!  His dad is Damon Wayans Sr. and his brothers are Marlon and Shawn Wayans.

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Zooey Deschanel is in a band called “She & Him”.  She’s also the co-founder of “Hello Giggles”, a blog that celebrates all things adorable and trendy.

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Not surprisingly, a lot of the best parts of New Girl are actually improvised.  The writers encourage the cast to riff off each other and they just let the cameras roll.

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Originally Amanda Bynes was up for the role of Jessica Day.  #eww  Thankfully Deschanel fell in love with the series after reading the script and made it a point to get the project.

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Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson actually auditioned together and became fast friends through the audition process.  BROS FOR LIFE!

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Bears are mentioned in some way in every episode.

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Exterior shots of the loft apartment building are of a building located on the corner of Avery St. and Traction Ave. in L.A.

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16 Fun Facts about The World’s Fairs

Have you ever taken a spin on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier?  Have you enjoyed a nice bowl of Shredded Wheat or taken selfies next to the Eiffel Tower or Space Needle?

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You may not know it, but all those things and MORE were products of an Exhibition Fair.  First started in the UK in the 1800’s, Exhibition Fairs (or World Fairs) have attracted millions of people for generations.  They’ve been held all over the globe, from Spain to Germany…Chicago to New York.

An Exhibition Fair usually features various inventions, discoveries, and insane structures meant to give fair-goers a “view of the future”.  Past exhibits have included the Space Needle in Seattle, the Ferris Wheel in Chicago, the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, and the Unisphere in New York.

As is the case with most fairs, food is also a hot commodity, with Belgain waffles, bananas, ice cream cones, Juicy Fruit gum, Shredded Wheat cereal, and popcorn making debuts at various Exhibition Fairs all over the world.

After finishing Devil in the White City, a book about the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, I became FASCINATED with these attractions.  I did a little research and gathered a few fun tidbits here about the history of the World’s Fair!

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The Eiffel Tower, The Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago), the Ferris Wheel, the Japanese Tea Garden (San Francisco), the Unisphere (New York), the St. Louis Zoo, and the Space Needle were all thanks to various exposition exhibits.

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A ticket to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 would cost you $0.50 (about $13.00 today).

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Chicago’s 1893 Fair was dubbed “The White City”.  It was said to have inspired author L. Frank Baum to create the Emerald City in his book, The Wizard of Oz.

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Shredded Wheat cereal, diet soda, Aunt Jemima syrup, Juicy Fruit gum, Belgian waffles, the Ford Mustang, the ice cream cone, and color TV all made their first grand appearances at various World Fairs.

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From above, the 1958 Expo in Brussels (intentionally) was shaped to look like a cow.

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Though it’s a trademark of Disney World now, the “It’s a Small World” ride actually premiered at the 1964 Fair in New York.

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The St. Louis Fair in 1904 had a “Living Museum” exhibit, which showcased living people from around the world…definitely one of the less politically correct aspects of the Fair from our modern perspective!

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The first World’s Fair was titled The Great Exhibition and took place in the UK.  It was attended by all members of British royalty, as well as Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, George Eliot, and Alfred Tennyson.

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Six million people – equivalent to a third of the entire population of Britain at the time – attended The Great Exhibition.

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The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 was the first World’s Fair to be hosted in the US (Philadelphia, PA, to be exact).

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The 1876 World’s Fair also introduced fair-goers to new and exciting foods, including bananas, popcorn, Hires Root Beer, and Heinz ketchup.

Visitors to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York got to hear Albert Einstein give a speech discussing cosmic rays.

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The Westinghouse Time Capsule, which is not to be opened for thousands of years still (6939), was one of the more popular exhibits of the 1939 NY Fair.  The time capsule contains writings by Albert Einstein, copies of Life magazine, a kewpie doll, a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Mickey Mouse watch and much more.  It’s located at 40°44′34.089″N 73°50′43.842″W at a depth of 50 feet.

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The 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle was one of the only fairs to actually make a profit.

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World Expositions are still happening, though maybe not as publicized as they once were.  The 2017 fair is currently running in Astana, Kazakhstan (June 10 – September 10).

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20 Fun Facts about Robert De Niro

Thought to be one of the greatest actors of his generation, Robert De Niro turns 74 today!  Happy birthday, Bobbie!

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Best known for his tough-guy roles, De Niro has a SLEW of movies under his belt, most of which feature him in a leading role.  He has two Academy Awards, seven nominations, and a bunch of other accolades that have helped him skyrocket into stardom.

To help celebrate De Niro’s birthday, here are 20 fun facts about our favorite tough guy!

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20 Fun Facts about Robert De Niro

Despite his tough-guy persona, Robert De Niro actually comes from an artistic background.  His mother was a painter and poet and his father was an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor.

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De Niro has been nominated five times for an Academy Award and has won twice for The Godfather: Part 2 and Raging Bull.

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De Niro and Marlon Brando are the only two actors to win an Oscar for playing the same character: Vito Corleone.

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De Niro has appeared in more than 90 films, with several more in various stages of production.

For his role in Raging Bull, De Niro put on about 60 pounds by eating loads of ice cream and spaghetti.

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De Niro learned to speak Sicilian for his role in The Godfather: Part 2 and also worked as a taxi driver to prepare for his part in Taxi Driver.

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De Niro performed a lot of his own stunts during the filming of The Deer Hunter.

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The f-bomb is said about 115 times throughout the film, Raging Bull, mostly during improvised scenes.

De Niro is co-owner of a restaurant called “Rubicon”, with director Francis Ford Coppola and the late Robin Williams.  He also owns a restaurant called “Ago” in West Hollywood.

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For his role in Taxi Driver, which earned him an Oscar nomination, De Niro was paid $35,000.  His part in Little Fockers 34 years later earned him $20 million.

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De Niro’s co-star in The Deer Hunter, Christopher Walken, was second choice for the role of Jack Byrnes in Meet the Parents.

De Niro has gone on record saying his favorite actress to work with is Meryl Streep.

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De Niro and legendary director Martin Scorsese have collaborated on eight films since 1973 – Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, and Casino.

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Originally, the role of Frank Costello in The Departed was supposed to go to De Niro; however, he turned it down.  The part was given to Jack Nicholson instead.

The famous face-off between De Niro and Al Pacino in the restaurant scene in Heat had no rehearsals.  De Niro said the scene should not be rehearsed so the unfamiliarity between the two characters would seem more genuine.

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De Niro has said in interviews that the scene in The Deer Hunter where his character visits his friend in the hospital was the most emotional scene he’s ever done and even broke down in tears while talking about it.

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Jimmy Conway, De Niro’s character in Goodfellas, is based on real-life mobster Jimmy Burke, aka Jimmy the Gent or The Big Irishman.

Supposedly, De Niro was the last person to see John Belushi alive, only a few hours before his death.

The famous, “You talkin’ to me?” scene in Taxi Driver was actually 100% improvised.

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De Niro paid a dentist about $5,000 to have his teeth look bad for his role in Cape Fear.  He later paid $20,000 to have them fixed.

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18 Fun Facts about Wonder Woman

Growing up, I knew nothing about Wonder Woman.  I’ve never seen the show or read the comics…I mean, I could pick her out of a lineup, but other than that, I was clueless.

So when the 2017 movie hit theaters, I wasn’t really itching to see it.  I mean, yeah it looked cool…and a female superhero with a rocking body seemed pretty bad ass…but it wasn’t like I HAD to be first in line, ya know?

So one day after work my sister and I decided to check it out…we’d heard good reviews and Gal Gadot and Chris Pine are pretty easy on the eyes, so…what could it hurt?

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Wow.

I went in with little to no expectations and left that theater feeling like I could conquer the world.  I almost wished for a moment that I was a younger version of myself, seeing an Israeli woman with actual meat on her bones (and a baby in her belly, but more on that later!) kicking ass and taking names.

If you loved this movieor are looking for a reason to finally see it, here are 18 Fun Facts about the 2017 film, Wonder Woman.

18 Fun Facts about Wonder Woman

When filming re-shoots and her own stunts (BAD ASS), Gal Gadot was actually 5 months pregnant.  Her baby bump was visible, so the crew created a costume that had a green screen around her belly so they could remove the bump post-production.

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Want to visit Themyscira in real life?  You can!  Head on over to the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, the real-life location for this mythical city.

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In order to play the role of Wonder Woman, Gadot trained for 9 months and gained 17 pounds of muscle.

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In the comics, Steve Trevor and Diana met during WWII, but for the film, it was changed to WWI.  This change was made because filmmakers thought the era was more suitable.  Civilization was finding its roots and there were questions about women’s rights, topics that better suited the story Patty Jenkins (director) wanted to tell.

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This film features Diana Prince, the original Wonder Woman, and Artemis and Orana, who briefly held the title of Wonder Woman in the comics.  The actresses who played them, Gadot, Ann Wolfe and Myling Ng, were all trained in martial arts.

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The evil villain, General Ludendorff, was actually a real person…and was just as ruthless as his movie counterpart.  He was also a supporter of the Nazi regime.

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The scene where Diana eats ice cream for the first time and praises the vendor is taken directly from the “New 52” DC Comics.

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The sweet discussion between Diana and Steve in the boat about “the pleasures of the flesh” was improvised.

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Both Jenkins and Lynda Carter (the original Wonder Woman from the TV show) wanted Carter to make a cameo in the film, however she could not due to scheduling conflicts.

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The film’s closing credits contain thanks to the people who made significant contributions to Wonder Woman over the years.  These include Wonder Woman comic writers William Marston, George Perez, Jim Lee and Cliff Chiang, as well as Lynda Carter, the first live-action Wonder Woman.

With an opening of $103 million, this film marked the highest US opening for a female director.

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Although it’s hinted that Dr. Maru’s facial scars were made by fire, her disfigurement is actually more consistent with the effects of mustard gas, something her boss in the film, General Ludendorff, was a proponent of using on enemies.  The gas is corrosive and attacks mucous tissue, such as eyes and the inside of the mouth.  Her mask is based on the actual prosthetic created to conceal face injuries from mustard gas.  They were made out of tin, painted a flesh color, and attached to the face using straps.  These were the first aesthetic prosthetic ever created to help injured soldiers regain some normality in their lives.

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Filmmakers sited Superman (1978), Batman Begins (2005), the Indiana Jones films, Casablanca (1942), and The Little Mermaid (1989) as influences and inspiration.

Gadot and Emily Carey, who played young Diana in the movie, share the same birthday (April 30).

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Director Patty Jenkins and the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, also share the same birthday (July 24).

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Before team Jenkins/Gadot got their hands on the Wonder Woman script, Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Valhalla Rising, Bronson) was interested in directing and insisted that Christina Hendricks play the role of Wonder Woman.

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The film wrapped on May 3, the birthday of the Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston.

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Never once in the film does anyone call or name the title character Wonder Woman.

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