Archive For The “Entertainment” Category

Michael Jordan Almost Didn’t Do It

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Michael Jordan

FACT OF THE DAY:  NBA legend Michael is synonymous with the Nike “swoosh” logo. However, did you know that while he was a college basketball player at North Carolina University, he wanted to sign with Adidas. He wanted Adidas, but apparently they did not want him. It was said that at the time, Adidas were focusing on the “taller players” of the NBA. They would go on to sign Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

 

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Apple Before Atari

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Atari

FACT OF THE DAY:  We all know that Steve Jobs was one of the main geniuses who built the Apple company. We also know that before he worked for Apple, he worked for Atari. Is there any connection to both companies starting with the letter ‘A’?

While not the main or only reason, Jobs himself did say part of the reason for the Apple name was because it would appear before Atari in the phone book.

 

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George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones”

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Game of Throne figures

FACT OF THE DAY:  Happy 22nd Birthday Game Of Thrones! It was 22 years ago today, August 06, 1996, that the first book was released. The George R.R. Martin novel was not a best seller at first. Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire series had a slow build and of course now-a-days it has sold over a million copies and a is smash hit show on HBO.

 

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, aka Doctor Spin???

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

FACT OF THE DAY:  He has composed well-known musicals such as Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and Cats to name a few, but did you know that Andrew Lloyd Webber is also a POP music sensation?

Perhaps pop music sensation is a bit much but Weber did release a dance single called “Tetris” that made it to the Top 10 of the UK charts. It was a dance song and he released it in 1992 under the pseudonym of Doctor Spin.

 

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Riding the Hogwarts Express

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UK Hogwarts Express

FACT OF THE DAY:  It’s a dream come true for every Harry Potter fan out there, a chance to ride the Hogwarts Express! No, not the ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida but the actual train that rides in the United Kingdom. The real Hogwarts Express travels through Western Scotland and covers 80+ miles of railway through the UK.

 

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Gone With the Wind Published 82 Years Ago

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Gone with Wind

FACT OF THE DAY:  Gone with the Wind, one of the best selling books/novels of all-time was published 82 years ago today, June 30, 1936. This Margaret Mitchell classic would be turned into a film just 3 years later in 1939. The film starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

 

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How Many Simpsons Episodes Are There?

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Bart Simpson

FACT OF THE DAY:  The Simpsons animated tv show debuted on December 17, 1989. It has now been on the air for 29 seasons and has surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running scripted series in primetime television.

The Simpsons conclude their 29th season tonight with episode #639, Flander’s Ladder. They will be returning in the fall as season 30 has already been approved.

 

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Sony Rejects Marvel

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Marvel Studios

FACT OF THE DAY:  Sony, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??? Back in 1998, Marvel offered the rights to most of their superhero characters to Sony for $25 million.

Sony rejected the offer. Instead, they paid $10 million for the rights to only the Spiderman character.

I bet they’re rejecting that move right about now. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20.

 

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What Did Frank Sinatra Drink?

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Young Frank Sinatra

FACT OF THE DAY: Frank Sinatra, good Ol’ Blue Eyes, passed away 20 years ago today. Singer, actor, member of the Rat Pack, Sinatra was one of the most influential acts of the 20th century.

So what was Frank’s cocktail of choice?

Two fingers of Jack Daniel’s whisky, four ice cubes, and a ‘splash’ of water. He was once quoted as saying, “This is a gentlemen’s drink.”

 

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The Riddler’s Emmy Nominated Role

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Frank Gorshin - The Riddler

FACT OF THE DAY:  The Batman television show from the 1960’s featured many memorable characters and many memorable villains. You had the Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman, the Riddler, and Mr. Freeze, just to name a few.

However, only one of these villains was villainous enough to earn an Emmy nomination, and that would be the Riddler, Frank Gorshin.

In 1966, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy. Gorshin did not win the Emmy. That honor went to Don Knotts, who played Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show.

 

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