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30 Things Turning 30 in 2019

1989 really was the best of times. You guys, it’s time to get your party hats ready…here are 30 things that will be turning 30 in 2019.

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30 Things Turning 30 in 2019

The World Wide Web

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The Simpsons

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The Game Boy

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Daniel Radcliffe

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Saved by the Bell

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Seinfeld

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr.

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Sega Genesis

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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Tim Burton’s Batman (aka the GREATEST Batman)

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Taylor Swift

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The Joan Rivers Show

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Michael Jordan’s 10,000th NBA point

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Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”

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The inauguration of George H.W. Bush

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Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF soundtrack

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Baywatch

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P.J. Sparkles

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The final episode of Family Ties

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Disney’s MGM Studio

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

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“Love Shack” by the B-52’s

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Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar for Rain Man

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey

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The 100th episode of Miami Vice

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Madonna’s Like a Prayer album

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Dead Poet’s Society

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HDTV

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The first “New Kids on the Block Day” in Massachusetts (April 24th)

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When Harry Met Sally

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20 Facts about 20 Movies Turning 10 in 2018

It’s always a bit of a shock when you realize a movie you loved as a kid is already 10 years old…I mean Iron ManThe WrestlerWall-E?! These movies, and many more, have already hit the decade mark which, of course, is all the more reason to watch them again!

To better your movie-watching experience, here are 20 fun facts about 20 movies that hit the double digits in 2018.

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20 Facts about 20 Movies Turning 10 in 2018

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Brad Pitt stated that it took five hours each day to complete the makeup required for the role.

Doubt
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Meryl Streep knitted the shawl she wears in this film.

Iron Man
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Roughly 450 separate pieces make up the Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downy, Jr.

In Bruges
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The ‘F-word’, and its derivatives, are said 126 times in this film, averaging about 1.18 ‘F-bombs’ per minute.

Milk
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Thousands of people agreed to be extras in this film for free.

Pineapple Express
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Seth Rogen rolled every joint and cross-joint in the film himself.

Quantum of Solace
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This is the only film to show James Bond inebriated, after drinking six Vesper martini cocktails of course.

Cloverfield
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This film has no musical score and the music for the end credits doesn’t begin until about 2 minutes after the credits start rolling.

Revolutionary Road
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About an hour into the movie, a fallen painting of the Titanic can be seen at the bottom of the screen. Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates, who all appear in Revolutionary Road, also starred in Titanic (1997).

Definitely, Maybe
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Many of the bar scenes in this movie were filmed in the upper west-side bar, Jake’s Dilemma, which is located at 81st and Amsterdam.

Kung Fu Panda
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The animators for this film took a 6-hour kung fu class to get an idea of the movie’s actions.

The Dark Knight
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This was the first comic book movie to reach the one billion dollar mark.

Twilight
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Robert Pattinson is actually playing the piano in the scene where Edward is playing “Bella’s Lullaby”.

Slumdog Millionaire
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The pile of excrement that young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

Step Brothers
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Both Jon Hamm and Thomas Lennon auditioned for the role of Derek (eventually played by Adam Scott).

Vicky Christina Barcelona
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Though Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz play a divorced couple in the film, they actually started dating in real life while working on the film, marrying in 2010.

Tropic Thunder
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According to Robert Downey, Jr., the character of Kirk Lazarus was based on a combination of Russell Crowe, Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Farrell.

The Wrestler
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Due to the film’s low budget, Axl Rose donated the use of the Guns N’ Roses song, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” free of charge for the final match.

Burn After Reading
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J.K. Simmons is never shown standing throughout the entire film.

Wall-E
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Wall-E was the first Pixar film to be nominated for six Academy Awards. This is a record tied with only one other animated film to earn the same amount of nominations: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991).

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22 Fun Facts about Jeff Goldblum

To know him is to love him.

Whether you know him from Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Fly, or any of the whimsical Wes Anderson movies he’s appeared in, there’s no denying that we are all so lucky to be alive in the time of Goldblum.

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Yes, Jeff. Yes you are.

Not only is this man among men a cult actor with a huge following, he’s also an extremely talented musician, a well-read lover of words and art, and just celebrated his 66th birthday on Monday.

From wooing adoring fans with fashion-forward photo shoots to cooking up a storm on Cooking with Jeff on Funny or Die (YouTube), Goldblum is here for the people. He loves us, he loves that we love him, and regardless of what’s happening in the world or the stress of everyday life, there’s no denying that Jeff Goldblum, uh, finds a way.

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22 Fun Facts about Jeff Goldblum

Goldblum is the child of a doctor (father) and a radio broadcaster (mother).

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When he was a kid, he would write affirmations in the shower, including “Please God, let me be an actor”. He didn’t tell anyone he wanted to be an actor for fear that he would be ridiculed for it.

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When he was 13, he stole five dollars from his father’s wallet and headed on down to the red light district to try to hire a prostitute. He ran away at the last minute.

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Between acting jobs, Goldblum would sell office supplies to prisoners.

His iconic vocal delivery is thought to have stemmed from his role in the 1978 film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He accidentally stammered his line, “I-I-I-I never thought they would come in…metal ships,” and it was met with great reviews from the director. Goldblum had found his rhythm!

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During his time filming The Fly, Goldblum was romantically involved with co-star Geena Davis. He had to leave the set because he was so overwrought with emotions during the intimate scenes between Davis and John Getz.

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There was serious Oscar buzz surrounding Goldblum’s performance in The Fly; however, he was not nominated…probably due to the fact it was a horror film. Still, Goldblum was hurt and disappointed that he was left out of the running.

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Goldblum co-founded an acting school called Playhouse West, located in Los Angeles. He taught classes based on the principles of acting coach Stanford Meisner. Trainees of the class include Jim Carrey and Ashley Judd.

He is a frequent browser of #jeffgoldblum on Instagram.

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Goldblum was raised Jewish and attended an Orthodox synagogue. He was also bar mitzvahed at age 13.

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If you live in Los Angeles, you might be able to catch Goldblum playing jazz piano at Rockwell Table & Stage. He often mingles with the crowd.

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Speaking of, his jazz group – the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – is releasing an album in November (which you can pre-order on Amazon right now!).

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Goldblum made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Two Gentleman of Verona.

For several years, Goldblum was the voice for most US Apple commercials, including advertisements for the iMac and iBook.

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He also had a role on Law and Order: Criminal Intent (Detective Zach Nichols).

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You can also see him in a few episodes of Portlandia…and it’s EPIC GOLDBLUM.

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Goldblum has two children, Charlie Ocean and River Joe.

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Goldblum has also offered his voice to a handful of video games, including LEGO Jurassic Park and Call of Duty: Block Ops 3.

Two of Goldblum’s favorite movies in his repertoire are Grand Budapest Hotel and Le Week-End.

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His adorable bow ties are from Brooks Brothers.

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Goldblum is also a literature lover, with The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, 100 Years of Solitude and American Pastoral named among his favorite books.

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The best advice Goldblum ever received and offers to his fans: Do what you love.

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Something Unknown

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“Oh there’s an empty place in my bones that calls out for something unknown.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas

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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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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Ya’ll can keep your PSL’s…the arrival of October means just one thing for me…I can now watch Beetlejuice all day every day.

To celebrate my love for the ghost with the most, I made this little crocheted “bee”tlejuice bee. Isn’t he the cutest?

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This pattern is inspired by this  Buzzy Bee pattern, though I omitted the antenna and obviously changed the color scheme. I also added a few extra rows here and there, as noted below.

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Ya’ll ready?

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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Materials:

  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Black, white, dark purple, light purple and green yarn
  • Fiberfill
  • Sewing needle

Instructions:

Body

Starting with white yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12).

Rnd 3: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (15).

Rnd 4: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (18).

Rnd 5: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (21).

Rnd 6: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnds 7-8: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnds 9-11: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 12: sc in each sc around (24).

Rnd 13: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times (18).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnd 14-15: sc in each sc around (18). Stuff after 15th row.

Rnd 16: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times (12).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 17: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 3 times (9).

Rnd 18: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 3 times (6).

Weave in ends.

Wings (make 2)

Using light purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into an adjustable ring and pull the ring closed.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2dc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (12).

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, dc and hdc in next st, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times (18).

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing. Sew wings to bee. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

Using dark purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6). Sl st. in first stitch.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Cut two 12 in. strings of black yarn. Tie knot, forming eye. I knotted the yarn 6 times in this pic.

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Thread black thread through center hole of dark purple circle. Sew to face. Weave in ends.

Mouth

Using sewing needle and black thread, sew mouth on bee. Weave in ends.

Hair

Cut 14 strands of green yarn, about 18 to 20 in. long.

Attach hair between first separation of white and black yarn. I looped two strands into each chain.

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Using fingers or needle, spread the strands of the hair to make hair frayed. Trim as desired.

Add a handing string between the wings, if desired.

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Never Trust the Living!

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“Never trust the living!”
Beetlejuice

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