Tomorrow is the first day of December, but there’s a good chance you’ve already started watching Christmas movies, especially if you have kids. And no matter how many times you’ve seen them, you may not know everything.
“People” magazine has a list of “30 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies,” and while some of them aren’t exactly shocking . . . there are some interesting ones. Here are 10 highlights:
1. Natalie Wood was eight when she filmed “Miracle on 34th Street”, and she thought her co-star Edmund Gwenn really WAS Santa Claus.
2. The supervising animator for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” says the movie was shot at 24 frames per second, meaning that technically the characters had to be posed 24 different times for each SECOND. And it took It took a whole weekto finish shooting each minute of the movie.
3. An episode of “MythBusters” proved that a person’s tongue CAN instantly get stuck to a freezing pole like in “A Christmas Story”.
4. Will Ferrell ate so much sugar while filming “Elf” that he had trouble sleeping. He said, quote, “I constantly stayed up. But anything for the movie, I’m there.”
5. Jim Carrey was originally supposed to star in “Elf”.
6. “The Santa Clause” joke involving ‘1-800-SPANK-ME’ caused massive problems for parents when kids discovered that it connected them to an actual phone sex hotline. Some people who dialed the number reportedly racked up hundreds of dollars in phone bills.
7. The Grinch was black-and-white in the original Dr. Seuss book . . . and it was the director of the 1966 animated movie who had the idea to make him green.
8. After the release of “Home Alone 2”, the Plaza Hotel in New York City was swamped with families wanting to recreate Kevin’s adventure in Suite 411, a.k.a. ‘Kevin’s Suite,’ for $1,100 a night. Donald Trump owned the Plaza back then, and as you probably know by now, he has a cameo in the movie.
9. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” creator Robert May considered the names ‘Reginald’ and ‘Rollo’ before settling on ‘Rudolph.’ He ultimately thought Reginald sounded too British and Rollo sounded too carefree.
10. Some of the Jean Shepherd stories that made up “A Christmas Story” were first published in “Playboy”. Of course, they weren’t R-rated. As you probably know, aside from the pictorials, “Playboy” has a long history of featuring short stories. In fact, that’s why most people say they read it. (???)
The director of “A Christmas Story”, Bob Clark, also directed the sex comedy “Porky’s” and the not-so-family-friendly movie “Black Christmas”, which is a classic horror movie from 1974. (Hit up People.com for the whole list.)
Everybody starts somewhere. Even the biggest celebrities started out working mundane, even crappy jobs.
We dug through some lists online, and came up with first jobs, early jobs, and / or side gigs of the rich and famous.
Here are 24 of our favorites . . .
1. Brad Pitt . . . El Pollo Loco Chicken Mascot
2. Megan Fox . . . Smoothie Maker, Banana Mascot
3. “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda . . . Slushee Machine Operator
4. Madonna . . . Dunkin’ Donuts Cashier
5. Rachel McAdams . . . McDonald’s
6. Gwen Stefani . . . Dairy Queen
7. Beyoncé . . . Hair Salon Sweeper
8. Taylor Swift . . . Bug Remover at a Christmas Tree Farm
9. Orlando Bloom . . . Clay Trapper at a Pigeon Shooting Range
10. Ashton Kutcher . . . Floor Sweeper at a General Mills Factory
11. Patrick Dempsey . . . Juggler. (Skip to the 2:50 mark in this video to see him in action.)
12. Lady Gaga . . . Go-Go Dancer
13. Matthew McConaughey . . . Chicken Coop Cleaner
14. Hugh Jackman . . . High School Gym Teacher
15. Johnny Depp . . . Ballpoint Pen Salesman
16. Jennifer Aniston . . . Telemarketer
17. Amy Adams . . . Hooters Hostess
18. Kanye West . . . The Gap
19. Sean Connery . . . Milkman
20. Oprah . . . Grocery Store Clerk
21. Blake Shelton . . . House Painter and Roofer
22. George Clooney . . . Tried Out for the Cincinnati Reds
23. Morgan Freeman . . . Paperboy
24. Tim Allen . . . Cocaine Dealer
Whats in your closet?
Most women own a ton of clothes. But that doesn’t mean they actually wear them.
A new survey found the average woman has 103 things in her closet. BUT . . .
- She thinks 33% are too tight.
- 24% are too loose.
- She just flat out HATES 21% of them.
- And 12% are brand new with the tags still on.
- That only leaves 10% that she actually likes and wears . . . about 10 or 11 things. Out of A HUNDRED AND THREE things.
But that’s not all. The survey also found 47% of women say they struggle picking out what to wear to work, and 10% feel DEPRESSED when they open their closet.
(The survey didn’t look into men’s closets.)
When you hear this, you might think it’s one of those classic, frivolous lawsuits by some moron. But just wait . . . by the end you’ll TOTALLY be on this woman’s side.
Stacey Pincus of Chicago, Illinois just filed a class action lawsuit against Starbucks . . . because they put too much ICE in their iced coffee.
Sounds dumb, right? Just hear her out. She points out that Starbucks advertises their drinks by how many ounces they have: 12 ounces in a tall, 16 in a grande, 24 in a venti, and 30 in a trenta.
And that’s how much coffee you get . . . if you order it HOT. But if you order it iced, you get a cup full of ice, which cuts into the amount of coffee. So in a venti, you only get 14 ounces of coffee with 10 ounces of ice. Instead of 24 ounces of coffee.
Her lawsuit says, quote, “[You] get just over half of the advertised amount, and just over half of the amount for which you are paying.” She also found that makes iced drinks the most profitable items on the menu.
So she wants $5 million for all the people who’ve been ripped off in the past 10 years. The suit is also demanding that Starbucks serve iced drinks in bigger cups so you get the full amount of coffee you order.
(Courthouse News Service / TMZ)
Photo Credit: Flickr / Chiara Lisa Lippi / Portrait of happiness
It’s a good thing all the big things in your life peak at different times. If they all happened at once, the rest of your life would suck.
A new survey found when the average person has 10 different key milestones in their life. Check ’em out . . .
- Best dating life . . . age 24.
- Best health . . . age 30.
- Most confidence in your body . . . age 31.
- Best sex . . . age 32.
- Finding your “true love” . . . age 32.
- Happiest in your career . . . age 38.
- Happiest overall . . . age 39.
- Most content in your relationship . . . age 40.
- Best salary . . . age 42.
- And most total wealth . . . age 47.