“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” ― Dr. Seuss
1. The Nova Scotia MLA for Truro-Bible Hill voiced Rogue in the X-Men cartoon, the theme song for which will play on a continuous loop in your head for the duration of this article.
2. The “G” in “G-string” stands for groin.
3. An organ piece named “As Slow as Possible” began being played in a German church in 2001, and is expected to be complete in 2640.
4. Die Hard was originally meant to be a sequel to Commando.
5. The Chinese buffet originated in Vancouver in the 1870s. Scandinavian workers asked the chefs to put the dishes on a separate table, so they could fill their plates and leave table space for something else, presumably drinks.
6. Richy Gervais’ father was from London. Not the interesting one.
7. For 150 years the Vatican kept a piece written only for performance in the Sistine Chapel on lockdown, until the 14-year-old Mozart heard it twice, transcribed it from memory, and produced the pirated version.
8. The Instrument of Surrender for Japan had to be signed twice, because the Canadians wrote in the wrong space.
9. In 1971 Frank Zappa played a concert in a Swiss casino in which an audience member fired a flare gun and set fire to the complex, burning the building and Zappa’s equipment. Deep Purple were staying across Lake Geneva, and as the smoke appeared to spread over the lake, decided to write a song about it.
10. One of Toronto’s sister cities is Tehran.
11. “Jena came twenty years after the death of Frederick the Great; the crash will come twenty years after my departure if things go on like this” .. “One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.” Bismark made these predictions in 1897-98, just before his death.
12. Though I’ve never tried it, I’ve heard that if you do a YouTube search for a movie then type “, long”, you’ll find full films that would otherwise be hidden. For example people can search for “American Pie, long”. Not that I’m advocating that, just an interesting fact.
13. Coca-Cola has special permission from the DEA to import large amounts of dried coca leaves from Peru and Bolivia.
14. When NBC aired the Seinfeld finale, rival TV Land stopped programming and just showed a closed office door with a note saying “Gone watchin’ Seinfeld – Back in 60 minutes”.
(Pic via Orlando Sentinel)
15. Because Michael Jordan wore his UNC shorts under his Bulls ones every game, he had to wear baggier shorts and inadvertently spurred the fashion trend.
16. A third Mortal Kombat film was planned but Hurricane Katrina destroyed the sets and the project was scrapped.
17. Until he was assassinated as a possible political rival, Ernst Röhm was the only Nazi Hitler addressed as “du” (the familiar form of “you”), and who could call Hitler “Adolf” instead of “Mein Führer” He was openly gay, too.
18. Jeff Foxworthy is an engineering grad from Georgia Tech, and worked at IBM for five years.
19. The word “Ewok” is never uttered in Return of the Jedi.
20. Stephen Hawking has programmed his computer to answer, when asked “Are you Stephen Hawking?”, “No, but I’m often mistaken for that man.”
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