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Friday, July 04, 2014

Ten Things of Film and Farce

Sean Penn and Madonna in the 1980s/Getty
  1. In the 1980s Hollywood actor Sean Penn tied up his then wife Madonna and beat her for hours.
  2. In 1971 Hollywood actor John Wayne said he believed in white supremacy until blacks became educated to the point of responsibility.
  3. Actress Greta Garbo retired from acting at the age of 36 after the film she starred in bombed at the box office.
  4. Now considered a seasonal classic, the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life got its director in trouble with the FBI - they sent out a memo calling it communist. It got mixed reviews and barely made back its budget. Today it's one of the most watched movies of all time. In another FBI classic, actor Charlie Chaplin was labelled a "premature anti-fascist" for daring to rally people up against the Nazis in his 1940 film The Great Dictator. The United States eventually revoked his passport, effectively exiling him from the country.
  5. During World War II, the US government rounded up every legal American citizen of Japanese descent on the West Coast and placed them all in internment camps, while the Nazis were doing the same thing to Jews in Germany. (Read more)
  6. Alabaman comedienne Brett Butler once claimed on talkshow Letterman that Walt Disney's last words were, "Whatever you do, don't let the Jews get the place".
  7. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. was founded several months before the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
  8. There was once a Great Hedge of India, which was approximately 2,000 miles long, built during the British Empire to stop salt smuggling.
  9. Anna Jarvis started a campaign to make Mother's Day a national holiday in the U.S. in 1907, two years after the death of her own mother. After the campaign succeeded, she spent the rest of her life and her considerable fortune fighting against the holiday, eventually dying penniless.
  10. The State of Texas admitted to exposing the private data of 3.5 million people when they accidentally posted the information on a public, unencrypted Internet database.

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