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Aug 22

The late Robin Williams even brought improv to his serious roles as seen in Good Will Hunting

The late Robin Williams even brought improv to his serious roles as seen in Good Will Hunting

To make a great film, you need a bunch of things to all work together seamlessly. These things include actors’ performances, directors and script writing.

There are some actors who like to take on a little more than everyone else, though.

Improvisation isn’t easy, but when done right, it brings something extra to a film.

No matter how good an actor may be, reading from a script doesn’t come naturally like improvisation does. It’s just inherently more natural.

Good Will Hunting has won or been nominated for numerous awards, one of which would be The Academy Award’s Best Supporting Actor which was won by the late Robin Williams. Williams, being a comedian, is known for his ability to improv, and he doesn’t disappoint in this film.

One memorable scene from the film was when Matt Damon’s character Will is in therapy with Robin Williams’ character Dr. Sean Maguire. Williams talks about his wife’s little idiosyncrasies, including how she farts in bed.

The whole thing was improve, and the seemingly out-of-control laughter by Matt Damon is his real reaction, as he was taken completely by surprise. He wasn’t the only one. Damon swears that if you look closely, you can see the camera swaying up and down slightly due to the cameraman laughing.

Williams also improvises the last line of the film, while Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver each made significant contributions to their characters.

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During WWII a man saved 8000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic!

During WWII a man saved 8000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic!

Eugene Lazowski’s generosity under the threat of execution is another reminder that not all human beings are terrible.

Like many others, Eugene’s actions during World War II helped save thousands of Jews that would have most certainly been executed in a concentration camp by the Nazi’s.

Eugene Lazowski was born and raised in a small town in Poland. When World War II came rolling around, Eugene, like many other brave young men around the world decided to enlist in the army.

First, he was a second lieutenant on a Red Cross train, later becoming a medical doctor in the Polish resistance.

Eugene Lazowski, with the help of his friend Dr Stanislaw Mateluwicz, created a fake Typhus disease and secretely spread it amongst all the civilians in the town.

The fake Typhus epidemic wasn’t lethal, but to the Nazi doctors, it appeared as if almost the entire population of the city had Typhus! As a result, the Nazi’s quarantined the city and around 8,000 Jewish people avoided going to concentration camps as a result!

Eugene Lazowski passed away in 2006.

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Prisoners In The United States Have More Than Quadrupled Within The Last 3 Decades to Millions!

Prisoners In The United States Have More Than Quadrupled Within The Last 3 Decades to Millions!

Studies show that between 1980 and 2008, prisoners within the United States went from 500,000 to over 2.3 million. That’s approximately the population of Houston and Arlington, Texas combined.

While the US is 5% of the world’s population, it holds approximately 25% of the world’s prisoners. This doesn’t even count the amount of people that are out on parole.

Under this note, it is found that 1 in every 31 people are under some type of correctional control whether this be probation, etc.

The amount of prisoners is equate to $70 billion dollars in annual funding to correctional facilities. There is also approximately $200 billion spent yearly on the safety of public alone.

Is the incarceration of so many people worth the money that is spent annually?

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Aug 21

Even an office worker can be a hero! Find out how a distribution assistant got a shout out from the president!

Even an office worker can be a hero! Find out how a distribution assistant got a shout out from the president!

Heroism is based on the actions we perform, even more so when put under an immense amount of pressure. Those that think of employees in a place called the Congressional Budget Office may not be your stereotypical superheroes.

Well, there’s one guy who set out to prove all those people wrong: Lenny Skutnik.

He was the epitome of a hero when he saved someone in the icy Potomac river.

On January 13, 1982 Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th street bridge in Washington D.C. where one passenger was too weak to grab the rescue line dropped from a helicopter. Skutnik decided to jump in.

The distribution assistant swam 30 feet in short sleeves and managed to save Priscilla Tirado. It got him invited to the 1982 State of the Union address where he sat next to First Lady Nancy Reagan. He even managed a shout out from the president himself.

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Due to the always uncertain future of Futurama, there has been four designated series finales.

Due to the always uncertain future of Futurama, there has been four designated series finales.

Futurama is an animated TV comedy based in the future. It started out on Fox and eventually moved to Comedy Central.

The show has been aired sporadically in the past, leading to a lot of confusing for both fans and the shows’ writers. The show has had 4 episodes that were written with the intention of them being the finale.

In the first few seasons of the show, the time and day that it aired changed a few times, and on top of that, the new episodes were often shown at different times due to sports ending later than expected. All of this combined to make it hard to keep up with every new episode of the show.

Fox eventually decided to (unofficially) cancel the show in the middle of its fourth season. Comedy Central decide to pick it up in 2006, and decided to make new episodes instead of just airing reruns. They also created a film that was going to act as the shows finale.

It took until 2009 for Comedy Central to pick the show up for another season. At first it wasn’t certain that all of the original voice actors would be a part of it, but eventually they were. The season premiere ended up being the networks highest-rated night in 2010 and its highest-rated Thursday primetime in the network’s history.

The future of the series has always been uncertain which has led to the multiple finales. “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings”, “Into the Wild Green Yonder” and “Overclockwise” have all been written to serve as a final episode for the show. The episode “Meanwhile” currently stands as the show’s official series finale.

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Oreo cookies are actually knock-offs of a brand called Hydrox!

Oreo cookies are actually knock-offs of a brand called Hydrox!

Although to be fair, “Oreo” does sound a lot more welcoming than “Hydrox.”

Hydrox is the brand name for a crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookie produced by Sunshine Biscuits. It debuted in 1908. Oreos however did not come around until about 1912. They were inspired by Hydrox and yet most people began to think that Hydrox cookies were the knockoffs. Compared to Hydrox, Oreo had a “tangy, less-sweet filling” and crunchier cookie, so that it better complemented milk.

Hydrox however, was in the market until about 1999 when it was replaced with a similar product called “Droxies.” The Carvel ice-cream franchise still sells ice-cream goods manufactured with “Hydrox” cookie crumbs, using the cookies’ all-kocher status as a selling pint since the original Oreo recipe uses lard.

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The Herbivorous Galapagos Tortoise sometimes hunts birds by drawing them under its shell. It then withdraws its limbs, crushing the bird beneath its weight.

The Herbivorous Galapagos Tortoise sometimes hunts birds by drawing them under its shell. It then withdraws its limbs, crushing the bird beneath its weight.

The Galpagos tortoise has a mutually beneficial relationship with some species of Galpagos finch and mockingbirds. The tortoises let the birds feed on parasites stuck in spots on their body that they can’t reach.

Small groups of finches initiate the process by hopping on the ground in an exaggerated fashion facing the tortoise.

The tortoise signals it is ready by rising up and extending its neck and legs, enabling the birds to reach otherwise inaccessible spots on the tortoise’s body such as the neck, rear legs, cloacal opening, and skin between plastron and carapace.

The birds benefit from the food source and the tortoises get rid of irritating parasites.

The Galpagos tortoise is known as a herbivore, generally eating 70-80 pounds of plant life every single day. Their diets consist of cacti, grasses, leaves, lichens, and berries. But they don’t always eat a vegetarian diet.

The tortoises will sometimes insidiously exploit its mutualistic relationship with birds. After rising and extending its limbs, the bird may go beneath the tortoise to investigate, whereupon suddenly the tortoise withdraws its limbs to drop flat and kill the bird. It then steps back to eat the bird, presumably to supplement its diet with protein.

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The first European to discover New Zealand thought he was in South America!

The first European to discover New Zealand thought he was in South America!

Everyone makes mistakes, but they tend to be a little more drastic when you’re a renowned seafarer and explorer.

Abel Tasman was a Dutchman best known for his merchant voyages of 1642 and 1644 with the United East India Company and is the first known European to reach what is known today as Tasmania and New Zealand.

Of course, he thought he was on the other side of the world.

Tasman intended to sail north but the wind didn’t cooperate so he ended up steering east. On December 13 he sighted land and named it Staten Landt, assuming that it was connected to Staten Island, Argentina off the southern tip of South America. From there he sailed north and then east, finally anchoring five days later 7 km from shore.

After trying to land and gather water he was attacked by the Maori, losing men in the process. The area was known as Murderers’ Bay. Of course, in modern times, that name would not fly—so you can now find it as Golden Bay on a map.

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New World Colonial Settlers Died From Not Cooking Their Corn Correctly Like The Native Americans!

New World Colonial Settlers Died From Not Cooking Their Corn Correctly Like The Native Americans!

Did you know there’s a proper way to cook corn so that your body can process it?

Nixtmalization refers to this process. While Native Americans knew of this process, the new world colonial settlers did not, and would use corn as a staple in their meals, without knowing that this process existed.

This resulted in many deaths due to malnourishment. If the maize isn’t cooked properly, the human body cannot absorb the nutrients. Often, the maize would have to be cooked in limewater, which is full of alkaline.

The alkaline in limewater would help dissolve the hemicellulose in the maize (corn). This process is crucial when making maize into edible products for meals at home. There are many benefits to eating this type of corn over unprocessed corn. The nutrients and flavor in the processed corn is increased significantly versus unprocessed.

The nixtmalization process is used in other types of food like tamales, tortilla chips and more.

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Fidel Castro has slept with over 35,000 women.

Fidel Castro has slept with over 35,000 women.



Journalist Ian Helperin learned this from a former employee of the Castro regime, when working on a documentary about the famous dictator. Over the course of 4 decades that averages to at least 2 women every day. This would be even higher than the legendary number of women that Wilt Chamberlain claimed to have bedded (20,000).
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