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…
Today I learned of Friedrich Kellner’s diary titled β€œMy Opposition”, consisting of 10 volumes, 861 pages, and 676 individually dated entries from September 1939 to May 1945. His diary offers a glimpse at what an average German citizen might’ve known of during the height of Nazi Germany’s power. timesofisrael.com/what-di…
In 2015 a fan of the Austrailian band Peking Duk got backstage at their concert by adding himself as a family member on their Wiki page and showing it to security. The band wasn't even upset, saying "We ended up having a bunch of beers with him and he was an absolute legend." time.com/4136607/peking-d…
Heath Ledger was developing the novel of 'The Queen's Gambit' as his directorial debut, with Ellen Page set to star before his death in January 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The FBI kept a 1,400-page file on Einstein, who was a vocal critic of racial segregation, militant nationalism, and capitalism nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of Kim Peek, the Inspiration for the Award winning movie 'Rainman'. A megasavant,he is fast reader, reading the left page of the book with his left eye at the same time the right page with his right eye. He has memorized the words in the 12000 books he finished. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
JRR Tolkien began writing a sequel to Lord of the Rings called The New Shadow which he found so depressing that he abandoned it after 13 pages. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/T…
Today I learned of Peter Buxtun, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Service who after filing two protests with his superiors was the man who blew the whistle on the Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment.t It would become front page news in the New York Times the next day and congressional hearings would be called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Almost Famous’ music budget, featuring over 50 songs by major artists, was $3.5 million. Cameron Crowe even got Jimmy Page to agree to allow Led Zeppelin’s music to appear on the soundtrack. This is something Zeppelin hadn't done since letting Crowe use "Kashmir” in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. complex.com/pop-culture/a…
Today I learned of Jean Meslier, a catholic priest and exemplary clergyman of 40 years, known for his charity work. After his death a 633 page "testament" was found in his house. In it he claims he only became a priest to please his parents, denies the existance of god and calls religion "a castle in the air" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
In 2003, when the inventor of the first MRI was snubbed by the Nobel Committee, he took out full page ads in the New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times to criticize their decision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
In 2007 Heath Ledger started work on directing 'The Queen's Gambit' starring Ellen Page as Beth, but plans were cancelled after Ledger's death in early 2008. variety.com/2019/tv/news/…
After examining 2,500 witness statements and approximately 270,000 pages of evidence, The Shipman Inquiry concluded that doctor Harold Shipman had murdered 250 of his patients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
George Orwell's manuscript of "Animal Farm" was almost destroyed when a German bomb hit his London home OTD in 1944. He spent hours sifting through the rubble to find the pages intact. hamhigh.co.uk/news/herita…
Your printer puts information in every sheet you print that will allow authorities to track any printed page back to your printer. This hidden information most likely survives scans and photos of your printed documents, allowing those to be tracked as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
British academics conducted an experiment with 6 monkeys & typewriters inspired by the famed "an infinite number of monkeys will eventually type out Shakespeare's plays" theory. After 4 weeks, the monkeys had typed out 5 pages, mostly of the letter S, then "got bored and shit on the keyboard" theguardian.com/uk/2003/m…
Today I learned of Anne Lister, an English woman who lived in the early 1800s. Throughout her life she wrote over 1,000 pages and nearly a million words in coded diaries detailing her lesbian relationships, not deciphered until nearly 100 years after her death. She has been called the first modern lesbian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
In the movie Full Metal Jacket, the actor that played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) came up with 150 pages of insults on his own. Also the actor that originally was playing the role couldn't yell more than 30 minutes, but when Ermey stepped in and took over, his energy never let up. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned of Trish Vickers, a blind author who wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
When adapting Jurassic Park from the page to screen, Hammond was changed from a ruthless businessman to a kindly old man, because Spielberg identified with his obsession with showmanship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
The first volume of Principia Mathematica announces after more than 300 pages that the demonstration of 1 + 1 = 2 will be completed in the second one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Picture books actually have a standard size: 32 pages darcypattison.com/writing…
HTTP error code 451 = "Unavailable For Legal Reasons". Displayed when the user requests an resource which cannot be served a web page that is censored by a government. The number 451 is a reference to Ray Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, in which books are outlawed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTT…
In 2007, a guitar intended for charity and signed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman, Gary Moore, Pete Townsend & Brian May, was 'lost' when it was given to a parcel company. The guitar appeared 10 years later in an on-line auction and was recovered by the police rainbows.co.uk/news/lost-…
NBC has a 12 month fellowship program called the NBC Page Program, which allows attendees to work on various NBC programs. Out of 16,000 applicants, only 212 are accepted per year, which means that it has a 1.5% acceptance rate, more competitive than admission to Ivy League Universities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC…
Bill Murray closed his deal on Meatballs the day before it started shooting and routinely ignored the script. His first day, he improvised his way through a scene where he’s introducing all the counselors-in-training – he showed up, read the pages and threw them away, saying, β€œI got this.” rollingstone.com/movies/m…
The reason why Led Zeppelin's 5th album wasn't named Led Zeppelin V is that Jimmy Page thought that some people would misinterpret the V as a victory sign. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Bill gates purchased the Leonardo da Vinci's Codex for $30,802,500. Three years later he had its pages scanned into digital image files, some of which were later distributed as screen saver and wallpaper files on a CD-ROM as part of a Microsoft Plus! for Windows so everyone could enjoy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Japanese is either written vertically from top to bottom, or horizontally from left to right, or horizontally from RIGHT to left! Sometimes, both vertical and horizontal writing can be found on the same page. teamjapanese.com/japanese…
The Bloodbath of B-R5RB, the largest PvP battle of all time, has its own Wiki page tracking commanders, casualties, a detailed timeline, and shifts to the political ingame landscape. The battle was also commemorated by an ingame monument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The book titled 20 Slices doesn't use paper for its pages. It's made of cheese. It has become trendy among college librarians to acquire it for their academic collections. Some copies get stored not on regular bookshelves but instead in the staff fridge. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Paul O'Neill’s baseball reference page shows him as kicking left in reference to his play where he kicked the ball to hold the runner at third. baseball-reference.com/pl…
Today I learned of Vedem, a Czech-language magazine produced in 1942 by boys aged 13-16 imprisoned at the TerezΓ­n concentration camp. The magazine featured things like poems, drawings, essays, and reviews, and was manually copied and distributed around. Around 800 original Vedem pages survived the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ved…
To call someone a monitor lizard in thailand is one of the worst insults or curses in the thai language. so much that people have been killed over it and a politician who called protesters this made front page news. it's so offensive its basically banned in broadcast media. bangkokpost.com/life/soci…
In 2011, Electronic Arts released DLC for Dragon Age 2 and Crysis 2 purchased directly through the game, bypassing Steam's 30% cut. This led to Valve taking down the store pages, and EA refusing to release any games on Steam between 2011 and 2020. ign.com/articles/2011/07/…
In 2012, the Walmart with the most Facebook likes would get a visit from Pitbull. Internet pranksters quickly made the most remote Walmart in the US (located in Kodiak, Alaska) the most liked Walmart page. Pitbull kept his promise and performed there. youtube.com/watch?v=2Nrll…
In the 1980's UK newspaper 'The Sun' published topless photos of 16 year olds who were still in school on its page 3. With titles such as 'Sam quits A-levels for ooh-levels' nymag.com/intelligencer/2…
After author James Frey was caught fabricating parts of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, Random House offered purchasers of the book a refund. To get this refund, they had to send in page 163 of their book & a sworn statement that they purchased it under the assumption that it was a memoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_M…
Air conditioning was originally created to keep moist air in a printing plant from wrinkling magazine pages. time.com/4423959/air-cond…
Folk Singer Phil Ochs was paranoid that the FBI was spying on him, saying, "I'm a folk singer for the FBI" in 1966. In reality the FBI had hundreds of pages on file, but Ochs never committed a federal crime. He continued to be under investigation until his death by suicide in 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
When Led Zeppelin briefly visited India in 1972, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were largely ignored because the locals thought that they were hippies until they played at a local venue. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Margins in books are literally meant for taking notes. The practice (in books) started in the renaissance when people who copied the bible would leave space at the edges of their pages to write notes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In languages that read from left to right, the left hand page and the right hand page have names- Verso and Recto, respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
The purpose of attaching pages with the staple bent outward is so that you can detach papers without ripping the corners too much. shareably.net/bottom-stap…
An 18th century American businessman published a book in which he ranted about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. It had no punctuation and had random capitalization. In the 2nd edition, he added an extra page with 13 lines of punctuation marks, stating that readers could put them anywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Jimmy Page had an affair with a 14 year old girl who lost her virginity to David Bowie atchuup.com/jimmy-page-an…
J. Edgar Hoover recommended that Einstein be kept out of America by the Alien Exclusion Act, but he was overruled by the U.S. State Department. FBI spied on Einstein for 22 years and kept a dossier with 1400+ Pages on him. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In 72, after Led Zeppelin had released 4 platinum albums, a festival mgr. wrote manager Peter Grant requesting a booking of "Led Zeppelin and his backing group." Grant replied by taking out a full page ad in a music industry publication in the form of a letter captioned, "Mr. Zeppelin regrets." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned about the McKamey Manor, You must sign a 40 page waiver, and the ordeal can last up to 8 hours. People who have went inside the house were reported to have been Waterboarded, Tied, Abused, and getting Buried Alive with Tarantulas. There is a $20K Prize if you can finish, yet no one has. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McK…

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