For the first Superman movie, producers wanted Christopher Reeve to wear fake muscles under his suit but he refused. He instead went on an intense training program adding 30lbs of muscle to his thin 189lb frame. He got so big they had to reshoot earlier scenes as they didnt match later shots.
The original Applebee’s location, opened in 1980 in Decatur, GA, had an old-timey drugstore theme and was named T.J. Applebee’s RX for Edibles and Elixirs.
Jeremy Meeks‘ mugshot was so hot it got him a modeling contract while he was still in jail. He served 13 months in jail and walked in NY Fashion Week a year later. He also walked in Milan Fashion Week, helped to launch a fashion line, acted, & more. All within 5 years of his release.
Nostradamus’ predictions were based on past events; he simply believed history would repeat itself. He would pick historical events at random, then use astrological calculations to figure out when they’d happen again. Also, he wrote a cookbook.
Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the US, was a lifelong pacifist; she voted against entering WWI, voted the sole vote against declaring war against Japan after Pearl Harbor, and later led peace activism against US military intervention in Vietnam while in her 80s.
The Frisbee began when a young couple were tossing a 5¢ cake pan on the beach; they were offered 25¢ for it. They started a business called the “Flyin’ Cake Pan.” The design was retooled and name changed several times: “Whirlo-Way,” “Flyin’ Saucer,” “Pluto Platter,” then Frisbee.
Norway hires sherpas from Nepal to build paths in the Norwegian mountains. They have completed over 300 projects, and their pay for one summer, equals 30 years of work in Nepal.
Taxi Driver (1976) was made with a low budget of only $1.9 million. Robert De Niro & Cybill Shepherd received only $35k for the film while Scorsese received only $65k. Despite the low budget, it went on to receive 4 nominations at the 1977 Academy Awards.
In 1695 the English parliament passed a law to tax all bachelors over the age of 25. The Bachelor Tax was later abolished in 1706.
Dan Grimaldi, who is best known for playing Patsy Parisi on “The Sopranos”, teaches in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Kingsborough Community College, as he has degrees in mathematics, operations research and data processing.