Jim Carrey, one of the comedic front men of the 1990’s and early 2000’s has starred in a plethora of movies that were instant classics such as ‘The Mask’, ‘Liar Liar’ and of course, ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’.
Despite sequels being almost instant cash grabs, Jim Carrey has only ever starred in a sequel to his films, as he starred in two Ace Ventura films.
Sources claim that Jim Carrey has too much integrity to do a sequel to his movies, because he doesn’t want to essentially make the same movie a second time.
The only sequel Carrey starred in was still very early in his career and he was looking for any opportunity to make a name for himself!
Some other notable actors (for the most part) that refuse to do sequels despite pressure from executives are Bill Murray (without counting Garfield and Ghostbusters), Will Ferrel (without counting Anchorman 2), and surprisingly, Adam Sandler!
Although Sandler has released enough awful movies in the past few years that maybe he should consider starring in sequels to his classic hits.
In 1925 the residents of Nome, Alaska, were being threatened by an outbreak of diphtheria—a highly contagious disease that could be potentially deadly.
The children were especially at risk, but the closest antitoxin was nearly a thousand miles away in Anchorage.
The severe weather conditions grounded the only available plane and the only way to get the serum to Nome was by way of sled dog teams. More than 20 mushers and 150 dogs participated in that race against time!
The conditions were hazardous and the temperatures plummeted to below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Musher Gunner Kaasen and dog team led by Balto did their run almost entirely in the dark, and Balto managed to stay the course during a complete white-out.
The final team and its sledder was asleep at the final stop where Kaasen was supposed to hand over the serum, so he made the decision to continue with Balto in the lead. When Kaasen arrived in Nome with the serum, he gave all the praise to his dog, Balto.
After Balto died 1933 his remains were mounted by a taxidermist and donated to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. There is also a statue of the canine hero in Central Park.
We all know making a movie requires a budget.
From paying the caterers and hair stylists to making sure the leading lady has everything she needs in her trailer and then, of course, paying the cast and crew.
And that is not even half of it.
The budget for filming the movie ‘The Blues Brothers’ had an added extra. There was a budget for cocaine!With John Belushi on set, it had to be quite a substantial budget, at that.
The cocaine was supposed to be limited to night shoots to bring Belushi to life at night, but the cliché “everybody did it”, has been mentioned—particularly by Dan Aykroyd.
Dan says he himself had it under control—never using to such an extent that “I wanted to buy it or have it.”
Belushi, however, had a serious problem and he knew it. He would disappear off set and once Aykroyd found him in a stranger’s home, sleeping, after having raided the man’s fridge!
Apparently he told his wife Judy: “I’m fine. I can’t stop now until I finish the movie. It’ll be fine when it’s over.”
Unfortunately Belushi never managed to kick the habit and he died of an accidental overdose in 1982.
When Theodore Roosevelt was a child he suffered from some serious illness. He had debilitating asthma, and the condition was not at all well understood at the time.
To treat his coughing and breathing problems, doctors prescribed anything from smoking cigars and drinking whiskey and coffee to vacations at the coast!
Of course the first three of these suggestions are now known to do more harm than good. His family tried all the suggested treatments, but not surprisingly, none of them worked.
Theodore also suffered from headaches, toothache and abdominal pains. Eventually it was decided to keep him confined indoors.
As a result he never really played with other kids his own age. He was privately tutored at home until he went to college.
His loneliness and isolation is probably what lead him to write down his experiences, thoughts and feelings in his journals. He continued writing in his journals until the night he passed away.
His father told him it is important to strengthen the body in order to strengthen the mind, and built him a gymnasium in the house.
Theodore also started taking boxing lessons because he was being taunted by some older boys.
Due to all this physical activity he started gaining strength, and eventually his asthma disappeared.
Humans are not the only species that can learn to dance to music. Scientists have discovered a link between the ability to mimic sound and the ability to dance.
This is not a large group, but it includes whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions, elephants, some bats, parrots, hummingbirds and songbirds.
The ability of these animals to move to a beat depend on strong ties between the sense of hearing and motor control.
Parrots are particularly skilled in keeping in perfect beat with music, usually bobbing their heads in time to the rhythm. Looking at the two celebrity internet sensations, Alex the African Grey parrot and Snowball, the white cockatoo, their moves are best when they are listening to their favorite song.
This might leave you thinking they have been trained to make certain moves at certain times during the song, but scientists who studied the two birds considered that and conducted tests to see if that is the case.
They played music the parrots never heard before at different speeds, and the birds consistently caught onto the beat and soon they were shaking their tail feathers and dancing to the music.
The scientists found fifteen examples of vocal learning species of animals that can dance on YouTube—14 parrots and one Asian Elephant. The conclusion is that you have to be able to learn to mimic sounds before you can learn to move to a beat.
The Grand Canyon has a 1.2 billion year gap in its rock record. This gap is called the Great Unconformity and is clearly visible with the, even to the naked eye.
Above the gap there is a sandstone layer that is 55 million years old and was deposited during the Cambrian age. During that time there were shelly ocean creatures, but no fish yet.
Below the gap there is a rock layer so ancient that it turned into gneiss. Gneiss is a typical rock type formed by regional metamorphism that happens when rock has been deeply buried and subjected to high temperatures and pressures.
The gneiss has been dated to be 1.75 billion years old! During that time bacteria were the most complex life on earth.
In between these two layers there are 1.2 billion years of Earth’s history that left no record behind in the Grand Canyon.
It could possibly be that it was an upland area for 1.2 billion years and therefore no deposits occurred. It could also be that it was underwater during part of the gap time, but then an uplift occurred and all of the regional Earth history was eroded away.
Either way, if you want to come face to face with the reality of deep time, visit Black Canyon where the Great Unconformity is easily reached with a short hike up the side of the canyon.
Sam Shames is a MIT senior who faced a rather common problem.
His body temperature usually runs hot and his mom’s usually runs cold and, between the two of them, it was not easy to decide where to set the thermostat in a room when they were both occupying the same space.
He figured there must be a way where everybody can just live in peace and be comfortable at the same time, so he did some research.
He came across scientific papers that explained that heating or cooling certain parts of the body have an effect on how cold or warm we think we are.
Suddenly he asked the right question: Why, instead of heating or cooling a space with central air conditioning, don’t we just heat or cool our own bodies?
That is how he and a team of other students started working on ‘Wristify,” a thermoelectric bracelet that uses alternating pulses of hot or cold to regulate the temperature of the person wearing it.
The ‘Wristify’ prototype won first place at the MADMEC, an annual competition put on by the school’s Materials Science and Engineering program.
In the U.S. alone air conditioning accounts for 16.5 percent of energy use. If ‘Wristify’ becomes available for public use, it will certainly contribute to lessening the energy problem the world is currently facing, because you will not need air conditioning if you can control your body’s temperature!
Dropping a statue when trying to move it is usually disastrous. In 1954, however, the complete opposite happened.
When trying to move a seemingly mundane (but heavy) statue of Buddha, it was dropped, peeling off some of the plastic to reveal a statue of solid gold!
It instantly became the largest solid gold statue in the world at almost 10 feet tall and 5.5 tons. The statue is estimated at $250 million.
The statue is called Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, or more commonly, Golden Buddha. Based on the style of the statue, it’s thought to have been made in the 13th or 14th century.
It’s believed that it was covered in plaster before the fall of the destruction of Ayutthaya kingdom by Burmese invaders in 1767 in order to prevent it from being stolen.
The ploy worked, and the statue remained among ruins until the 19th century.
At that point the Thai King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) ordered that various old Buddha images should be brought to Bangkok from the ruined temples around the country.
They moved the unusually heavy “plaster” statue to the main temple building of Wat Chotanaram in Bangkok, but that fell into despair and the statue, still in plaster, was then moved to the nearby Wat Traimit, a pagoda of minor relevance.
For 20 years it was kept under a tin roof until a building was made for it. When they tried to move it, they discovered its true identity.
The statue was actually nine parts that fit together, and a key was also found in the plaster that unlocked the parts for easy transportation. I’m sure the people who had to move it previously were rolling in their graves after that was discovered.
Not only does this epitomize government control going overboard, it also is much more devious than it seems. You’re probably thinking the entire thing is ludicrous.
How could a government decide what happens to you in the next life? And on the surface that is how it comes across, but in reality it’s purpose is to curb the influence of the Dalai Lama!
Because Buddhist monks are now banned from reincarnating without government permission, the Chinese government will technically know where the next Dalai Lama will be born.
If, for example, someone comes forward later and claims to be the new Dalai Lama, the government can simply say, “Sorry! Our records don’t seem to indicate that!” Which divides the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism.
The current Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959 and claims he will not be born in Tibet in the future to escape Chinese oppression!
Unlike most places, Woman in Algeria are more successful than men!
Algeria is the largest country in Africa and 35th in world population. The country has a population of nearly 38 million after having less than 5 million at the start of the 20th century.
About 90% of Algerians live in the northern, coastal area; the inhabitants of the Sahara desert are mainly concentrated in oases, although some 1.5 million remain nomadic or partly nomadic. 28.1% of Algerians are under the age of 15.
The population is fairly split between men and women, with women making up only about one percent more than men.
Women fare a lot better here than in most places. Women make up 70% of the country’s lawyers and 60% of its judges.
They also dominate the medical field and make up 60% of university students. Women are also increasingly contributing more to household income than men.