Some sad Hollywood news over the holiday, when I heard that we lost Jack Klugman.
In my generation, I feel like I never truly appreciated his work. I was too young for The Odd Couple and while it was on, I wasn't interested in medical drama's like Quincy MD.
It wasn't until I developed my love of movies and started watching the classics that I came across 1957's . A brilliant ensemble cast including Peter Fonda, Jack Klugman, EG Marshall, and Martin Balsam. It's genius is it's simplicity, taking place mosly in one room12 Angry Men, where 12 jurors decide the fate of a man, and let thier biases and good sense run wild.
Jack Klugman was one of the reasons it was such a monumental film and it was also the catalyst in fueling my interest in more of his film catalog. He was able to handle drama and comedy and that makes him one of the greats. RIP.
Interesting fact about Mr. Klugman: He was believed to have been involved in a long and bitter feud with actor Norman Fell (The Graduate and Mr Roper from Three's Company) that lasted over 40 years. However, it was later revealed by Klugman that he and Fell got along fine and the feud was nothing more than a friendly rivalry.
Everyone knows Santa relies on the magic of Christmas to deliver presents to every kid in the world in one night. But what if he didn't?
How big would Santa's organization need to be, to still get everything delivered on Christmas Eve? Representatives from FedEx and UPS actually crunched the numbers, and according to them, he'd need 12 MILLION employees. Here's how it breaks down.
There are 760 million children worldwide who would assumedly recieve gitfs from Santa, and Santa has to hit them all in 24 hours . . . about 9,000 deliveries a second. That's about 760 million pounds of cargo . . . enough for three hundred 747's.
He'd need 46 international distribution centers, with 400,000 elves just loading the sleigh, and another 832,000 in logistics, support, and HR.
He'd also need 40,000 elves to deal with customs regulations in all the different countries . . . 67,000 to secure flyover rights, and schedule and optimize his flight plan . . . and 100 meteorologists.
That still leaves about 10 million elves getting presents to distribution centers, and doing "general assignment."
All so each kid can get one present each, weighing a pound. Yowza!
The Mayans didn't really say the world was going to end tomorrow . . . that's just how people have misinterpreted them. So I feel totally, 100% confident in saying the world is NOT going to end tomorrow.
BUT IF IT DOES . . . here's how it's going to go. According to scientists, the most likely way the world could suddenly end (say in just one day) would be from something called a DARK COMET. That's a massive comet that's not covered in ice and snow like regular comets, which makes it WAY more difficult for us to spot them in space.
A dark comet hitting us would only immediately destroy everything in the impact zone. BUT . . . it would send so much dust into the atmosphere that it would block the sun, and cause all the crops worldwide to fail. Kind of like what was predicted in the cheeseball disaster movies Deep Impact, Armageddon, and their 1979 predecessor Meteor.
So we'd all die slowly and painfully from a global famine. Have a great Thursday!
If a dark comet isn't the end, the second-most likely scenario would be an underground volcano erupting. That would have the same effect of shooting dust into the atmosphere. See Dante's Peek or ask any surviving relatives of Pompeii about that one.
In any case, let us remind ourselves that these sci fi distractions are for entertainment purposes only. See you on Friday.
Some have contacted us asking how they can help the families of the victims of the Connecticut shooting.
NOTE: These are verified charities/sources that you can send donations to and help:
The United Way of Western Connecticut is accepting donations in a partnership with Newtown Savings Bank. Check donations may be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470, or you can drop off a donation at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. You can also donate by credit card here: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.
"To several staff, volunteers and contributors, Newtown is home," the United Way of Western Connecticut says on its website. "We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead."
From the Newtown Bee Newspaper: A group of Newtown parents has formed the My Sandy Hook Family Fund (www.MySandyHookFamilyFund.com). This group is made up of the parents of the children who survived. They are the classmates, friends, coaches and neighbors of the victims of Friday’s massacre. The goal of the Family Fund is to provide immediate and continuing support to the 26 families who lost children and family members in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. All net proceeds donated will go to support the families of the victims. CLICK HERE for more information on donating to this fund...
Listeners have asked where they can send non-cash donations as well, suchs as teddy bears and other toys/stuffed animals. An employee of the Newtown Bee Newspaper tells us that they have received many such donations and gifts from around the country and globe, and will distribute them to the community and impacted families. Here is the mailing address for the Newtown Bee:
PO Box 5503
Newtown, CT 06470
Note: It is suggested that gifts not be wrapped.
Also, gifts should not be sent to the address of the Sandy Hook school. The school is still a crime scene, and officials say it could be closed for some time to come.
It's been a strange weekend in Wisconsin with the tragedies in Connecticut, then the Packers going on to win. Like many of you, I watched the coverage all weekend long. I feel like I need a little break this morning.
Movies are all about escapism. It's one of the reasons I love film. There was a story over the weekend about how the piano from Casablanca sold, so here's where my mind went with it.
Play it again Sam. Right?
Nope. That's actually one of the most misquoted lines in movie history.
Misquote: “Play it again, Sam”
This is often believed to have been said by Bogart in Casablanca. In fact, he closest Bogart came to the phrase was this: “You played it for her, you can play it for me…If she can stand it, I can. Play it!” Interestingly, Ingrid Bergman’s character comes closest when she says: “Play it, Sam.”
If you're being picky, there's also these too:
Misquote: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”
This is an incorrect quotation. In Disney’s animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the wicked Queen asked: “Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest one of all?”
This quote, usually attributed to Bela Lugosi who played Dracula in 1931, was actually never spoken by Lugosi. However, it was used for humor in Tim Burton’s 1994 Ed Wood. Muahaha!
Misquote: “Luke, I am your father”
Commonly believed to have been said by Darth Vader, this quote did not actually occur at all. The actual quote was “No, I am your father” and it was not even delivered on camera – it was dubbed in later; what was originally said on camera was “Obi-Wan killed your father”.
Also sometimes misquoted as: “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” Both are wrong. The correct historical phrase was: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
Misquote: May the Force be With You
This quote is wrongly attributed to Obi Wan Kenobi who actually said: “The Force will be with you…always”, and “Remember, the Force will be with you…always”. Han Solo, on the other hand, did say this at one point in the film.