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17 Fun Facts about Raul Esparza

If I could sit down and share a Cuban meal with Raul Esparza, I would die a happy person.

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Now best known for this role as ADA Rafael Barba on Law and Order: SVU, Esparza is a titan of the stage, starring in big-name Broadway musicals and racking up awards and nominations left and right.

Born to Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Florida, Esparza appeared in several on and off-Broadway productions before landing his big role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He then went on to star in many more Tony-Award winning productions, including Tick…Tick, Boom! and Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

In addition to various theater performances, Esparza has also appeared in a handful of TV shows and has even done narration of audiobooks. THIS MAN DOES EVERYTHING.

Next week Esparza will be celebrating his 48th birthday, so in honor of this amazing talent, here are 17 fun facts about Raul Esparza!

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17 Fun Facts about Raul Esparza

Esparza’s father was an engineer and his mother found work wherever she could, including jobs as an interior designer, banker and travel agent.

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While he was in school, Esparza wanted to be a lawyer. Visions of things to come!

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Esparza has been nominated in all Tony categories for which an actor is eligible, though he’s yet to win one.

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Esparza was born to Cuban parents, but he was born in Delaware. His family then moved to Miami, Florida where Esparza spent most of his childhood.

He has two Bachelor’s degrees from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts: one in Fine Arts, the other in English.

Esparza had a small role on the ABC series, Pushing Daisies, a role originally offered to Paul Reubens.

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Besides stage and TV acting, Esparza has lent his voice to audiobook narration, reading Under the Dome by Stephen King, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark.

In 1994, Esparza married his high school sweetheart, Michele Marie Perez; however, the couple divorced 14 years later.

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In 2006, Esparza revealed in a New York Times profile that he was bisexual.

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Originally Esparza didn’t want to take the role of ADA Rafael Barba on Law and Order: SVU, but did so as an acting “rebound” from a lackluster Broadway production. He’s since left SVU to return to the theater.

Besides SVU, Esparza has also appeared on Law and Order: Criminal Intent and the original Law and Order.

Though he’s never won a Tony (WHAT?!) Esparza has taken home three Drama Desk Awards, namely for his work in Taboo!, Company and The Homecoming.

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The production of Company which starred Esparza as Bobby (2006 Broadway revival) DID take home the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Esparza was nominated for Best Actor; however, he lost to David Hyde Pierce (Curtains).

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The director of Company (John Doyle) loved Esparza so much after their first meeting that he hired him to play Bobby on the spot without ever having heard him sing.

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Bobby’s swan song, “Being Alive”, is the only thing Esparza can play on the piano.

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Esparza has appeared in several Stephen Sondheim musicals, including Company and Sunday in the Park with George, but the role he’s itching to play: SWEENEY TODD.

In a 2012 interview, Esparza revealed that he’s most similar to John Larson, the character he plays in Tick, Tick…BOOM!

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15 Fun Facts about The Powerpuff Girls

THE CITY OF TOWNSVILLE!

You guys, 20 YEARS AGO children all over the world were introduced to the municipality of Townsville and the monsters that were hell-bent on destroying it. Protected by three little kindergarten-aged girls named Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, the city of Townsville was home to some of the funniest characters in Cartoon Network history.

The Powerpuff Girls has been a beloved series literally since the first episode. Made from sugar, spice and everything nice, the Powerpuff Girls fight crime between coloring pictures of rainbows and unicorns. All in a day’s work.

High among the ranks with other Cartoon Network classics like Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls was pretty much always on at our house. The theme song has been running through my head ALL DAY and I still find myself laughing at old episodes when I binge-watch them on a rainy Saturday night.

If you loved The Professor, the girls, Mojo and the gang, this post is for you! Here are 15 fun facts you may not have known about The Powerpuff Girls!

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15 Fun Facts about The Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls were originally known as “The Whoop-Ass Girls”. They obtained their power not from Chemical X, but from a can of whoop-ass, of course.

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The look of the girls was inspired by Margaret Keane’s work.

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While we know them as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, they answer to different names in different places. In Latin America, the girls were named Chocolate, Bubble and Acorn. In Italy, it’s Lolly, Dolly and Molly.

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Mojo Jojo was inspired by the Japanese character, Dr. Gori from Spectreman.

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Mojo is also voiced by Roger L. Jackson, the face behind Ghostface in the Wes Craven Scream movies.

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Originally the character of ‘Him’ was the Devil; however, Cartoon Network put the kibosh on religious references…so his name was changed.

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The 1998 premiere, “Monkey See, Doggie Do/Mommy Fearest”, was the highest rated debut in Cartoon Network history.

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The narrator of the show was Tom Kenny, who also provided the voice for The Mayor, Mitch, Snake Ingleberry, Lil’ Arturo and, most notably, SpongeBob Square Pants.

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George Jetson was a citizen of Townsville. You can see him in “Major Competition”.

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The episode “Meet the Beat Alls” contained 65 references to The Beatles. It aired on February 9, 2001, the anniversary of the band’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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In totality, The Powerpuff Girls has been nominated for about 18 awards, including Favorite TV Show, Kids Choice Awards, Primetime Emmy’s and Annie Awards.

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The Mayor’s secretary, Ms. Bellum, only shows her face once. In Britain, Tesco released a toy set that included the mysterious secretary, but her face was hidden, so you had to buy the set to see it. SMART.

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Though all the girls are able to conjure tornadoes, teleport and create shields, they each have a special ability that is unique to them. Blossom can breathe ice, Bubbles can speak more than one language and cause supersonic waves with her voice, and Buttercup can curl her tongue. Not really a superpower, but it makes her happy!

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Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are also said to have been inspired by the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty (1959), Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Their color schemes also match, as do their personalities (the sweet one, the spunky one and the tough one).

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The Powerpuff Girls even got the Hollywood treatment, but the movie was far from a success. It barely made back the budget and let Cartoon Network to scrap plans for any more theatrical releases.

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20 Fun Facts about Anthony Bourdain

The death of Anthony Bourdain hit me a lot harder than I thought it would. A true man of the world, Bourdain took everything we thought we knew about eating, traveling, and basic human communication and turned it on its head. His TV shows opened our eyes to places we’d probably have never seen otherwise, and his soft yet poignant narration introduced us to a man wise beyond his years.

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Not much was known about Bourdain until he published Kitchen Confidential, a tell-all book about what goes on behind the scenes in some of the most popular restaurants. Since then, he’s had several TV shows, about 13 books published to his name, and has gone down in culture as the one bad ass chef you can’t help but respect.

The world lost a great man when Bourdain died…and if you need any more proof, here are 20 fun facts you probably didn’t know about Tony B.

20 Fun Facts about Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain attended Vassar College before dropping out to pursue a career in cooking.

His big break came in 2000 when he released the eye-opening Kitchen Confidential, which blew the doors wide open on the closeted world of restaurant kitchens.

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Bourdain’s love of food started when he was 10. He was visiting France and tried a fresh oyster on a fishing boat.

Before becoming a chef, Bourdain wanted to be a comic book artist. He actually co-wrote a graphic novel called Get Jiro! In 2011.

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Throughout his career, Bourdain received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won four, all for his work on Parts Unknown.

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Parts Unknown also received the prestigious Peabody Award, which honors the most enlightening and evocative forms of storytelling in electronic media.

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Billy Joel was one of a few artists that was off limits in Bourdain’s kitchens. Playing certain music, including Joel, Elton John and The Grateful Dead, could be grounds for firing.

Bourdain once told the Boston Herald that he’s “more of a cat person than a dog person”.

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He’s made a wide variety of TV guest appearances, including Yo Gabba Gabba, Miami Ink and The Simpsons.

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Bourdain was also a big fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, practicing the art almost daily.

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His guilty pleasures included KFC, Popeye’s and macaroni and cheese.

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True Bourdain fans know of his disdain for The Food Network, however, there’s one FN show he actually didn’t mind: The Barefoot Contessa.

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Bourdain’s second wife was a hostess at one of Eric Ripert’s restaurants when they met. Bourdain and Ripert were best friends until the end (Ripert was the one who found Bourdain after he passed).

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According to Bourdain, everyone should know how to make an omelet, roast a chicken, grill a steak and make a basic soup or stew.

In a 2007 Q&A session, Bourdain revealed that the worst things he’s ever eaten were fermented shark in Iceland and warthog rectum in Namibia.

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Bourdain was also a staff writer for the HBO show, Treme, working to better develop the character of Janette Desautel, a New Orleans chef trying to get her restaurant back off the ground after Hurricane Katrina.

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Bourdain’s first job in the kitchen: a dishwasher. A position he held for 30 years.

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One of Bourdain’s favorite places to travel was Tokyo. He once said that if he had to eat only in one city for the rest of his life, Tokyo would be it.

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Throughout his career, Bourdain wrote a total of 13 books, eight non-fiction and five fiction books.

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Bourdain also has his own brand of chocolate bar. Each bar is supposedly one of a kind and retails for no less than $18 a pop.

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21 Fun Facts about Mr. Bean

It’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas in my house until we’ve watched the Mr. Bean Christmas special.

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*Yes, this IS where Friends got the idea…

The popular British sitcom which starred Rowan Atkinson as the silent comedian, “Mr. Bean”, this series consisted of just a handful of episodes, but launched Atkinson’s career into space. Not to mention it spurred two movie sequels, an animated series, and a whole assortment of merchandise.

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Based on a character Atkinson developed while studying at Oxford, the series follows the exploits of the crazy Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as “a child in a grown man’s body.” Bean rarely speaks, rather he uses physical comedy while interacting with other characters. This simple detail helped make Mr. Bean a world-wide phenomenon.

Mr. Bean has been a part of my childhood for as long as I can remember…and I STILL find myself laughing at Atkinson’s clever use of physical humor.

So if you’re a fan of this annoying, yet lovable character, grab your teddy and tuck in for these 21 Fun Facts about Mr. Bean!

21 Fun Facts about Mr. Bean

Atkinson went to school with the former Prime Minister of England, Tony Blair.

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Atkinson also holds degrees from Oxford and Newcastle University (in Electrical Engineering).

Unlike Mr. Bean, Atkinson owns several cars, including a Honda Civic Hybrid, McLaren F1 and a Renault 5 GT Turbo, to name a few.

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He has been friends with Prince William for years and was a guest to his wedding to Kate Middleton.

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Atkinson is a huge James Bond fan and even got a supporting role in 1983’s Never Say Never Again.

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The name ‘Mr. Bean’ was originally Mr. White and Mr. Cauliflower before writers and producers landed on Bean.

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The birth of Mr. Bean came about after an assignment Atkinson had at Oxford. He had about 48 hours’ notice to develop a 5-minute skit, so he stood in front of a mirror and messed about with his face. Thus, Mr. Bean was born.

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Though Mr. Bean only produced 14 episodes, it also spurred two movies, an animated series, a video game, some books, and a slew of merchandise, including a branded Teddy!

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Since the comedy in the series is physical and not narrative, people all over the world understand and love Mr. Bean. The series was broadcast in nearly 200 countries.

Atkinson’s creative partner, Richard Curtis, helped to develop the character of Mr. Bean. Curtis would go on to place Atkinson in several of his other projects, including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually.

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While developing his character, Atkinson was heavily inspired by Jacques Tati.

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Atkinson often refers to Mr. Bean as “a child in a grown man’s body.” He says, “…Mr. Bean is a very, very self-contained character because he’s so sort-of introspective and so selfish and self-centered that there’s no particular need to have another person in the scene to make him funny.”

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Atkinson really CAN wiggle his ears.

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When London hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012, Mr. Bean was on hand for the opening ceremony, where he ushered in the games with a rendition of “Chariots of Fire”.

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Mr. Bean was officially retired in 2012.

The most successful episode of Mr. Bean in the UK was “The Trouble with Mr. Bean”, which includes the famous dentist scene.

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Mr. Bean’s flat changes from episode to episode.

The opening sequence, which shows Mr. Bean falling to Earth in a beam of light, gives the impression that he’s an alien from another universe.

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Mr. Bean has A-Team bed linens.

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The license plate on Mr. Bean’s car is SLW 287 R.

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In 2013, Atkinson celebrated the 25th anniversary of Mr. Bean by riding his iconic mini around the Buckingham Palace in London.

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21 TV Shows You Should Watch Again as an Adult

We are a binging generation. Gone are the days of waiting a full week for another episode of our favorite shows…now we can marathon them all in a day or two…And what better way to spend a lazy weekend than by marathoning some of your favorite shows from childhood?

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Some of the best shows of our youth stay with us for years to come…and when we go back and watch them again, oftentimes we appreciate them on a whole new level.

If you’re looking for something nostalgic and want to dive back into the shows you once knew and loved, here are 21 of the best shows to watch again as a grown-ass adult!

What other shows should be on this list? Let me know in the comments!

21 TV Shows You Should Watch Again as an Adult

FRIENDS

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Why?: Like a great bestie, Friends is always there for you.

Boy Meets World

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Why?: The cheese factor is high with this one, but damn it if every episode doesn’t have at least one nugget of Feeny wisdom.

The Wonder Years

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Why?: Real, flawed characters and heartbreaking real-life situations make The Wonder Years a true TV gem that will resonate with you on a whole new level as an adult.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Why?: While the current episodes may have gotten a bit obnoxious, the older episodes of SVU hit ya hard right in the gut. Watch season 3 and 4 again to remember how amazing and raw this show used to be.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Why?: BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING, THAT’S WHY.

Arrested Development

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Why?: If Arrested Development will do anything, it will make you appreciate your family just a little more.

Family Guy

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Why?: Because Brian is everything.

The Golden Girls

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Why?: Because nothing goes better with wine and cold pizza than four sassy grandmas with smarts and great style.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Why?: GIRL POWER.

Happy Days

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Why?: Sure, it’s sweet with a cherry on top, but Happy Days is nothing if not a pocket of joy on a gloomy day.

Deadwood

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Why?: IAN. MCSHANE.

The Powerpuff Girls

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Why?: Like most great cartoons, The Powerpuff Girls is chock-full of adult humor. The sexual innuendos alone make this show worth a second or third watch. Also can we talk about the sheer comedic genius that is “the city of Townsville”?

Freaks & Geeks

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Why?: Because you don’t give a damn about your reputation. Plus it got Seth Rogan, Jason Siegel, James Franco, Busy Phillips, and many more on the map.

30 Rock

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Why?: Liz Lemon’s absolute love of food makes this show more relateable than anything.

Dawson’s Creek

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Why?: Because first loves and high school romances are always some of the best years of our lives.

Seinfeld

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Why?: Dare I say these four idiots get more and more relatable every year? Ugh.

Rugrats

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Why?: For young families, this is entertainment everyone will enjoy for different reasons.

Gravity Falls

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Why?: Wit, wisdom, and loveable, adorkable characters.

Mad Men

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Why?: The entire show is an ad for the human condition. It’s utterly brilliant in every way.

Animaniacs

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Why?: Pulling the adult humor card here, too…plus you get educational songs about the US state capitals and presidents stuck in your head for 30 years!

The Office

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Why?: Because every office has a Dwight.

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17 Scrumdiddlyumptious Fun Facts about Roald Dahl

I think it’s safe to say that almost every kid has, at one point or another, come across a Roald Dahl story…you just may not know it.

The brilliant writer behind such literary classics as Matilda, The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox (as well as You Only Live Twice – yup, the James Bond movie), Dahl has given generations of readers life-changing stories that have stayed with us for years.

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Today is Dahl’s 102nd birthday and, to celebrate, here are 17 scrumdiddlyumptious fun facts you may not know about the man who gave us Willy Wonka, Matilda, The Enormous Crocodile and so many more!

17 Scrumdiddlyumptious Fun Facts about Roald Dahl

When Dahl was just three years old, his father died of pneumonia. Dahl was so heartbroken over his father’s death that he remained speechless for days afterword, eventually catching pneumonia himself and remained sick for about a month.

Dahl was a fighter pilot – and a spy – during WWII.

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While James and the Giant Peach was Dahl’s first novel aimed at children, his story The Gremlins was actually his first piece of writing for kids. The 1984 film of the same name is loosely inspired by Dahl’s story.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was inspired by Dahl’s time as a chocolate test-taster while he was a student at Repton. While boarding there, he and his classmates were guinea pigs for the chocolate company, Cadbury, tasting and giving feedback on new delicious creations.

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Originally Dahl wanted Spike Milligan or Peter Sellers to play the role of Wille Wonka in the 1971 film, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Dahl also contributed to the invention of the modern ventricular catheter and shunt valves used in neurosurgery.

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Dahl wrote the screenplay for the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice.

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Step aside, J.K. Rowling…in his lifetime, Dahl invented more than 250 new words and character names. You can see all of them in the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, featuring almost 8,000 real and imaginary words used by the author in his many books and stories.

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Dahl had a ‘writing hut’ in the shed at the bottom of his garden. Many of his stories, such as Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, were penned there.

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In order to perfect his art, Dahl wrote for four hours every day, from 10 am to 12 pm, then from 4 pm to 6 pm.

All of his writing was done in an old book with pencil. He never learned to type.

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When Dahl was buried in 1990 a power drill, some chocolate bars and a few pencils were buried along with him.

Dahl was certainly a BFG, standing at about 6 foot 6 inches tall.

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In 1953, Dahl married American actress Patricia Neal. Their marriage lasted 30 years and they had five children together.

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When his eldest daughter, Olivia, was just seven years old, she passed away from the measles. The BFG is dedicated to her.

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Dahl was fluent in English, Norwegian and Swahili.

Dahl was also a writer of adult fiction. He published articles in Ladies Home Journal as well as Playboy, where his favorite topics included wife-swapping, promiscuity, suicide and adultery.

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17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross

If you were a kid in the 90s, chances are you saw a kind, gentle, big-haired man painting “happy little trees” on PBS when you got home from school. With his calming voice and constant flood of positivity, the entire world found calm and solstice with Bob Ross and his long-running program, The Joy of Painting.

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From winter landscapes to serene lakes and cabins in the woods, Bob Ross took us on more than 400 adventures through the magic of the paint brush. His happy little trees filled us with joy…and even his mistakes turned into “happy accidents”. This was no ordinary human.

Ross was only 52 when he lost his life to lymphoma. Though he’s not here painting anymore, you can still marathon The Joy of Painting on Netflix or YouTube.

In honor of this gifted artist and genuine human being, here are 17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross.

17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross

Not surprisingly, Ross was a life-long animal lover. He kept an alligator in his bathtub as a kid and an epileptic squirrel in his empty Jacuzzi.

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Before he became the gentle painter we all know and love, Ross spent 20 years in the US Air Force as a Master Sergeant.

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While he was stationed in Alaska in the Air Force, Ross would paint his happy little trees on the backs of gold pans. He’d sell them for $25 a piece…but now these little paintings could fetch as much as $7,500 at market.

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His signature perm was done as an economical choice so he wouldn’t have to spend money on haircuts. Though his style has become a part of his fame, he actually hated the hair cut.

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One of Ross’s students, Annette Kowalski, was the one who actually “discovered” him. After taking one of his five-day courses, she became enamored with is calming voice and positivity. She became his manager and helped him broker the deal for The Joy of Painting and his line of art supplies.

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The Joy of Painting ran on PBS from 1983 to 1994…and Ross did every episode for free. His company sold art supplies, tapes, classes and courses, which is how he made his money.

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How did he do all those shows for free? Well, he would easily tape an entire season in about two days. That freed him up to teach classes, where he made his real income.

Though the viewing audience loved him, Ross wasn’t as well received with his fellow painters. Several called his art “formulaic” and “non-expressive”…and several art stores would hide his supplies near the back of the store so as to “not offend” other artists.

Ross rarely painted people in his art. Kowalski has said that none of the cabins Ross painted on his show had chimneys because chimneys represent people, and he didn’t want any sign of a person in his paintings.

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Though The Joy of Painting was intended to be instructional, only 10% of viewers actually painted along with him.

Ross really did love trees. In 2014, a statistical breakdown of Ross’s work on The Joy of Painting found that 91% of his pictures included at least one tree…and if he painted one, there was a 93% chance he would give that little tree “a friend” (another tree).

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There were three paintings done of each picture shown on The Joy of Painting. One was done and completed before shooting and kept off camera so Ross had a reference, the other was done on screen, then the final third painting was done after filming for photography, which would be used in his how-to books.

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Ross never sold his paintings that he did on The Joy of Painting, but did donate them to PBS to auction or display.

In the early 90s, Ross was looking to branch out from art and had an idea for a kids show called Bob’s World, where he planned to go out into nature and teach kids about wildlife.

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Two Inch Brush, a site named after Ross’s brush of choice, is the official database that organizes all 403 paintings from The Joy of Painting.

Ross once did an entire painting in greyscale because a color-blind fan wrote in, saying he wouldn’t be able to paint along with him because he couldn’t see color. Ross wanted to show him that he could create something magical even if it’s just in black and white.

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Ross was only 52 when he passed away from lymphoma, but his reruns are on so frequently that Bob Ross Inc and PBS still get calls asking about him.

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