There’s a 45-year-old guy in Asheville, North Carolina named Walter Beals, who recently lost a ton of weight by climbing stairs on his lunch break.
He used to be about 440 pounds. Then he started climbing the stairs at the courthouse where he works, and lost 170 pounds. So he’s down to about 270 now.
He walks up eight flights . . . takes the elevator back down to save his knees . . . and then does it 12 more times. Which is like walking to the top of a 100-story building.
A while back, he started comparing it to stuff to stay motivated. Like, how many floors would it take to climb to the top of Mount Everest? Then once he passed that, he decided to go the whole way to OUTER SPACE.
He had to climb the equivalent of 50 miles to do it . . . or 21 THOUSAND flights of stairs . . . and finally got there last week. He wore an astronaut costume, and a bunch of friends waited for him at the top with a sign that said, “Welcome to Space.”
But here’s the part he didn’t expect. He met a woman online a while back named Susannah, who thought the stair thing was a cool idea. So she asked if she could come climb stairs WITH him. And now they’re a couple.
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.)
A guy hanging a shelf was trying to get it centered, when his little son started commenting about it in baby talk from the next room.
So the guy somehow made it seem like they were arguing . . . and the kid went along.
Someone in northern England saw a woman drive by on Sunday covered in BLOOD, and called the cops to report an assault. They also said the guy she was with had been BITING her.
So the cops started searching for them, and managed to pull them over. And sure enough, there was blood all over them, and the guy had some around his mouth.
But the woman HADN’T actually been assaulted, and everything was fine. It turned out they both work as movie extras . . . and they were on their way to a job where they had to play ZOMBIES.
So all the blood was fake, and they had special contacts in to make their eyes look weird.
The cops ended up letting them go, but the photo they posted on their Twitter page is making the rounds online.
(Manchester Evening News)
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