Checks Written in Blood

Charles K. Feldman (left) and Alexander Korda (right) Film producer Charles K. Feldman (1905 – 1968) related this story: I lost at gin rummy with Alexander Korda one evening, and mailed him a check next day. It was written in red ink, and accompanied by this note: “Dear Alex: You will see that this check is written in […]

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Weekly Song Challenge

Laura Venturini of Lavent69 tagged me to participate in Weekly Song Challenge. Here are the rules of the challenge: Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post. Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions. Tag two people to participate! 1. Post a video of a comedy song […]

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Fred Allen’s “Apology” Letter

In 1940, comedian Fred Allen (1894 – 1956), in his radio program, talked about a time he checked into a hotel in Philadelphia where the rooms were so small that a moth had to furl its wings and walk on the floor and even the mice were humpbacked”. This caused Philadelphia’s politicians, tourism board and […]

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A Recitative Written By Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx wrote a recitative recited by himself during an intermission in Animal Crackers, a 1928 Broadway musical starring the Marx Brothers. This was his way to entertain the audience during an entr’acte. The verse was not officially included in the program and therefore, was uncredited. It required a few minutes for a scene change so, during […]

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Dress Code

It can be rather awkward if you appear at an event wearing casual clothes while everyone is wearing formal attire and vice versa. Nonetheless, playwright and actor Noël Coward didn’t falter when a similar event happened to him. In 1918, Coward was invited to a gathering organized by Tomorrow Club, which was composed of literary […]

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Rickroll Acrostics In College Papers

If you have been on the Internet long enough, you may remember the Rickrolling meme which was popularized in 2008. Rickrolling is an Internet prank that involves the unexpected appearance of the music video the 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. The prank employs disguised hyperlinks that would take anyone clicking […]

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Learn Fun Facts’ Monthly Miscellany, January 2018

As if there’s not series on Learn Fun Facts, I decided to start another one. To tell you the truth, I’m still not sure what in the world should I should write here. So any suggestions are welcome. I suppose that I’ll just see how this series will develop. Random Ramblings What’s up with That? […]

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Gleanings From The Past #32

An Excellent Dog One of the carriers of a New York paper, called the Advocate, having become indisposed, his son took his place; but not knowing the subscribers he was to supply, he took for his guide a dog which had usually attended his father. The animal trotted on ahead of the boy, and stopped […]

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Tongue Twisting Titles

It has been said many times that excellent and easily remembered book titles can make the difference between sale and fail. Thus, authors have been trying their best to come up with creative titles. Every now and then, we get some funny gems such as “How to Avoid Huge Ships“, “People Who Don’t Know They’re […]

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