Category Archives: Entertainment

The Woman Eric Clapton Thought was His Sister was Actually His Mother

Today I found out, until he was nine years old, the woman Eric Clapton thought was his sister was actually his mother. Clapton’s mother, Patricia Molly Clapton, was just 16 years old when she met and subsequently had a very brief relationship with Clapton’s father, Edward Walter Fryer.  Fryer was a 24 year old Canadian soldier stationed in Britain during […]

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The Guy Who Did the Voice for Optimus Prime Also Did the Voice for Eeyore and Was the First Person to Voice Nintendo’s Mario

Today I found out the guy who did the voice for Optimus Prime also did the voice for Eeyore, in the Winnie-the-Pooh series, and was the first person to voice Nintendo’s Mario character. The man is Canadian voice actor Peter Cullen.  Cullen not only did the voice of Optimus Prime in the original Transformers series, but he also did the […]

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The Song “Jingle Bells” Is Thought to Have Been Written for a Thanksgiving Sunday School Program

One Horse Open Sleigh Painting

Today I found out the song Jingle Bells is thought to have been written for a Thanksgiving Sunday school program. Jingle Bells was originally called One Horse Open Sleigh and was written by James Pierpont sometime between 1853 and 1857. At the time, Pierpont was working as an organist and music director in Savannah, Georgia.  Pierpont was hired on by […]

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David Letterman Started His Broadcasting Career as a Radio Newscaster

David Letterman

Today I found out David Letterman started out his broadcasting career as a radio newscaster.  This was at the WBST radio station, which, at the time, was a college run 10 watt radio station and is now an Indiana public radio station.  After being fired from that radio station for making fun of classical music, he helped found another campus […]

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Tim Allen Was a Convicted Drug Dealer Before Becoming Famous

tim allen mugshot

Today I found out Tim Allen was a convicted drug dealer before becoming famous. On October 2, 1978, shortly after beginning his stand up comedian career while working at an advertising firm, Allen was caught by drug sniffing dogs at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport transporting about 650 grams (1.4 pounds) of cocaine.  In exchange for not having to go to […]

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The Guy Who Invented One of the First Artificial Hearts Was Also the Voice of Gargamel on the Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger Too

Paul Winchell

Today I found out the guy who invented one of the first artificial hearts was also the voice of Gargamel on the Smurfs; Mr. Owl on the Tootsie Pop commercials; Winnie the Pooh; and Tigger too. The man was Paul Winchell, who is perhaps best remembered for hosting the Winchell-Mahoney Time children’s show in the 1960s with his ventriloquist dummies […]

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The Iconic “Live Long and Prosper” Hand Gesture Was Originally a Jewish Sign

Vulcan Salute

Today I found out the iconic “live long and prosper” hand gesture was originally a Jewish sign. The hand gesture itself is a slight modification of the Hebrew gesture forming the letter “Shin”, which represents the name “Shaddai” meaning “Almighty” (God).  This gesture is still used today by orthodox Jews of the Kohanim, which are priests descended from Ahron by […]

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NASA Uses the Movie Armageddon in Their Management Training Program

Michael Bay Explosion

Today I found out that NASA uses the 1998 film, Armageddon, in their management training program. It turns out, to absolutely no one’s surprise, that this is not because it’s an incredibly well thought out movie in how to stop an asteroid from hitting the earth…  No, they use it because it contains over 168 distinct things that are impossible […]

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Twilight Was Rejected Fourteen Times Before Being Accepted

Today I found out Twilight was rejected by fourteen publishers before finally getting published.  In other news, fourteen out of fifteen publishing houses have quality standards on works they accept.  Though of course, in this case at least, having no literary standards seems to have paid off for lucky number fifteen.  So good on ya to them. Boggles the mind […]

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