Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave and unknown location in a cemetery in Palo Alto where his parents and tech royalty like David Packard were buried mercurynews.com/2015/10/1…
In the late 90s with millions in the bank, David Lee Roth became a state-licensed EMT who went on hundreds of calls wikipedia.org/wiki/David_…
The Office character Dwight Schrute didn't just speak the Dothraki language from Game of Thrones, he improved it: the writers correctly used its grammar and invented a new construction. David J. Peterson, the language's creator, made it canon and named it the Schrutean compound. dothraki.com/2012/10/doth…
The cast of FRIENDS each made $1M per episode in the final two seasons and now make $20M per year per cast member for reruns. The show still generates $1B/year for Warner Bros. All thanks to David Schwimmer encouraging the cast to negotiate as a team. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
In 1920 an amateur golfer named David Mulligan drove his friends to the golf course, but nearly missed their tee time. In his haste, David shanked his first shot, but as a courtesy, David’s playing group granted him a second chance, which for the past 100 years has been known as the β€œMulligan”. countryclubmontreal.com/t…
Keanu Reeves was a last choice for the role of "Neo" from The Matrix. Brad Pitt was first to accept before declining. Leonardo DiCaprio later accepted before declining. Others considered were Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Kevin Costner, David Duchovny, and Tom Cruise. yahoo.com/entertainment/t…
A public poll in 2016 for the name of the new British Antarctic Survey ship selected "Boaty McBoatface" as the clear winner. The ship was instead called the RRS Sir David Attenborough but Boaty McBoatface was still used as the name for the ship's remote controlled submersible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RRS…
Louis Armstrong always wore a Star of David as an homage to a Jewish family that took him in when he was young and gave him his first horn history.com/news/9-things…
Harmony Korine was banned for life from The Late Show with David Letterman just prior to his 4th appearance on the show for going through Meryl Steep's purse in the green room, who was also a guest that night, and it was Letterman himself that caught him in the act. youtu.be/KRO6jZgQ6i4
Since Jason Alexander (George Costanza) is a trained Broadway singer, he had to re-record the famous George answering machine song because he sung it too well; Larry David wanted him to purposely sing terrible to make it sound believable. thecrimson.com/article/20…
Peter Davison, the fifth doctor from the original Doctor Who TV series is the father-in-law of David Tennant, the tenth doctor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Paul Shaffer, while being best known for being David Letterman's band leader, also co-wrote It's Raining Men en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…
50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. youtu.be/ZSPkcpGmflE
Faith No More singer Mike Patton has the biggest vocal range of pop music, passing others such as previous record holder Axl Rose, Mariah Carey or David Lee Roth. spin.com/2014/05/mike-pat…
Peter Lassally, who produced Johnny Carson’s, David Letterman’s, and Craig Ferguson’s shows, is a concentration camp survivor who went to grade school with Anne Frank npr.org/2012/08/25/159942…
After David L Roth left Van Halen, Eddie offered the lead singer position to Patty Smyth of Scandal. She declined. He then offered it to Daryl Hall, who also declined. Finally Eddie was introduced to Sammy Hagar via their mutual Ferrari mechanic and he accepted the position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
English actor David Bradley, famous for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies and Sir Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, is also an accomplished stage actor who won a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in a production of King Lear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
David Tennant was so popular as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who that the BBC considered cancelling the show upon his exit rather than casting a new Doctor, as they thought the show would fail without him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
When asked in 1934 β€œHow is mathematics at GΓΆttingen, now that it is free from the Jewish influence?”, David Hilbert replied, β€œThere is no mathematics in GΓΆttingen, anymore”. GΓΆttingen had arguably been the centre of the mathematical world before then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
David Bowie founded the β€œSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Men with Long Hair” when he was 17. The BBC interviewed him about it on which he stated β€œIt's not nice when people call you darling and that" davidbowienews.com/2014/0…
Today I learned of Greg Zanis, a carpenter who built and delivered over 26,000 personalized crosses, crescents, and Stars of David to shooting victims across the United States wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Z…
The courtship ritual of the white pufferfish entails the construction of intricate underwater β€œcrop circles” 20 times their size. David Attenborough has referred to them as β€œthe greatest artist of the animal kingdom.” smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
That, in 1990, the Community Protection Act was introduced in Victoria, Australia to solely keep one man, Garry David, in prison classic.austlii.edu.au/au…
David Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight Eisenhower, is part of the inspiration for the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of Harmony Korine, who had written his first movie at age 19, wrote and directed another by age 21, and wrote a novel before age 25. He was also permanently banned from the Late Show when David Letterman found him going through Meryl Streep's handbag in the green room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour CBE auctioned his guitars for charity. His Black Strat sold for $3,975,000 making it the most expensive guitar sold at auction. Proceeds of the auction, which raised $21,490,750, were donated to ClientEarth environmental charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, was married shortly before the murder. They are still married 41 years later and are allowed once a year conjugal visits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When quirky theatrical producer David Merrick got bad reviews for his 1961 musical, he found 7 random denizens of New York with names identical to those of 7 top theatre critics. He asked the civilians to talk ecstatically of the musical, then published an ad with their praises and names. masterworksbroadway.com/a…
Today I learned about David Edmondson, who lied on his resume to get a position as a Vice President of Marketing at RadioShack in the 90's. He worked his way up over 11 years to become CEO and resigned in disgrace after it was revealed his resume was falsified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Jake Gyllenhaal, Edward Norton, R. Ermey and many others hated working with David Fincher due to him demanding up to 100 retakes for a single scene. "Fincher wants puppets, not actors." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Paul Shaffer, the leader of David Letterman's house band, was originally offered the role of George Constanza but he never returned the call from Jerry Seinfeld offering him the part because he was too busy at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) and David Prowse (Darth Vader's body) have never met in person. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
In 1989 Australian cricketer David Boon drank 52 cans of beer on a single flight to England for a match. It was celebrated by an announcement from the pilot. cricketcountry.com/articl…
The episode of Seinfeld titled "The Revenge" when George quits his job and then shows back up to work as if nothing happened in hopes of keeping it was inspired by Larry David's real-life story of quitting his job as a writer at SNL and doing the same thing vanityfair.com/news/2017/…
Explorer David Livingstone gave his life fighting for the abolition of slavery. Unlike every other city in Zambia, Livingstone kept its colonial name after independence due to continued respect for David Livingstone's charitable work. newstatesman.com/sci-tech…
David Bowie was turned down by a BBC talent selection group just before his breakthrough, stating β€œamateur sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tune”. theguardian.com/music/201…
That, in addition to the famous inclusion of Tim Curry, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3's cast also featured JK Simmons, George Takei, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Stormare, Jenny McCarthy, and David Hasselhoff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Each verse of Carly Simon's You're So Vain was about a different man, and she's kept their names secret, except the 2nd verse, which she revealed is about Warren Beatty. Candidates range from Cat Stevens to David Bowie, and Simon herself ruled out Mick Jagger and her ex-husband James Taylor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
David Carradine of Kill Bill fame, died of accidental autoerotic asphxyiation in his hotel room in Bangkok in 2009 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of David Shaw, an Australian scuba diver/aircraft pilot who recorded his own death while attempting to retrieve a 10 year old corpse from a 200+ metre deep underwater cave. The corpse belonged to a young diver who had gone missing 10 years earlier while on a dive. outsideonline.com/1922711…
Jenji Kohan, creator of β€œWeeds” and β€œOrange Is the New Black,” has 2 brothers. One of them, David, co-created β€œWill & Grace” and was a writer on β€œThe Wonder Years.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
Bruce Lee tried to create an American TV show in the 70’s but Warner Brothers stole the idea, created β€œKung Fu” and cast David Carradine as the lead. 50 yrs later Bruce Lee’s daughter took her fathers idea and created β€œThe Warrior” for Cinemax. theguardian.com/film/film…
David Bowie issued his own bonds in 1997, "Bowie Bonds". These asset backed securities awarded investors a share in his future royalties for 10 years. bbc.com/news/amp/business…
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon moonlights as an EDM DJ called "D-Sol", and has performed as the opening act for the Chainsmokers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
David Ortiz was mistakenly shot by a contract killer. The real target, Sixto David Fernandez, was Ortiz's friend. Big Papi fully recovered and the shooter was convicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
German biologist Stefan Lanka, who believed that measles was a "psychosomatic illness", announced that he would pay 100,000 Euros to anyone who could prove that measles was a virus. German doctor David Barden proved him wrong and Lanka was ordered by the court to pay the money as promised. time.com/3743883/german-b…
David Fincher directed George Michael’s groundbreaking β€œFreedom! ’90” music video. youtu.be/diYAc7gB-0A
David Hume, at a dinner party, once openly questioned whether anyone could truly be an atheist. His host, the Baron d'Holbach, revealed that Hume was sitting at a table with seventeen atheists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about the Great Butter Rebellion of 1766, America's first college protest. Harvard students rallied against bad food, led by the cry of Henry David Thoreau's grandfather: "Behold, our butter stinketh! β€” Give us, therefore, butter that stinketh not.” thecrimson.com/article/20…

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