10 Facts About St. Patrick’s Day That’ll Have Your Friends Green With Envy

Growing up in an Irish household, St. Patrick’s Day was one of my family’s favorite holidays.

Every year we’d be covered from head to toe in green and go march in our city’s parade. My mother would hide chocolate coins around the house, which were left behind by the “leprechauns,” in our ultimate search for the pot of gold.

But to be honest, despite my heritage, I didn’t know much about St. Patrick’s Day, aside from its present day cultural impact. So, I decided to do research on the beloved holiday, and dug up these 10 awesome facts.

1. Despite being the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was British

Starting the list off with a shocker, the patron saint of Ireland wasn’t even Irish! The young man was sold into slavery when he was only 16 years old and brought over to Ireland. He eventually escaped his shackles and became a priest.

2. Patrick wasn’t his real name either

Born Maewyn Succat, the patron saint decided to change his name to Patricius when joined the priesthood. While it’s a lovely name, I don’t think Patrick has the same ring to it.

3. And he never chased any snakes away

Shocking right? Even though the legend says St. Patrick chased away all of the snakes terrorizing Ireland, there is no evidence the country ever had any of those slithery creatures mucking around.

4 .There are more Irish people in the United States than there are in Ireland

At first I had to do a double take when I saw these numbers, but it’s true! There are about 34.5 million Irish-Americans in the U.S. compared to the 4.68 million citizens in Ireland.

While the U.S.’s number is about seven times larger, it should be noted that the country’s also the home to a whopping 323.1 million people.

5. Instead of green, we should all be wearing blue

While it would be startling to see any other color representing the Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s color is actually blue! In fact, most of the country’s original representations were draped in the symbolic color, including one of their flags.

Eventually, green became associated with the annual holiday following the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.

8 Ways Being Married Can Affect Your Long-Term Health

Sometimes we might think that marriage is going to make us die younger, but it’s actually the opposite, a number of studies show. Of course it matters who you’re married to, but any healthy marriage has a long list of health benefits and after reading them, you’ll want to go and kiss your spouse for how healthy they are making you.

People that are married have an all around healthier heart. Many studies have shown that by being married you will have lower blood pressure.

Also if by chance you do have a heart attack or stroke, there will be someone there to call an ambulance for you. And you will have a healthier recovery after you get home, because there will be someone looking after you with your best interests.  

Being married can alter your hormones in a way which affects stress. Men’s testosterone levels were found to drop, making them less headstrong, and cortisol levels dropped in both sexes. Cortisol is a hormones that is a health enemy. It increases stress, makes you gain weight and raises blood pressure. When your cortisol levels are lowered all of these risks are lowered.

Most people won’t believe this one because it is usually thought that if you’re married, your sex life will probably suck, but this isn’t true.

The National Health and Social Life Survey found that 51% of married couples reported they were “extremely satisfied” with their sex life, compared to 39% of people who were cohabiting and 36% of singles.

This is usually more true for women, but many people have stated that sleeping with their spouse makes them sleep better. Marriage can be good for your sleep if it’s a happy one but, being in an unhappy marriage can be a risk factor for sleep disturbance. If you’re not sleeping, you’re more irritable, have lower frustration and tolerance levels, so it’s possible that it could affect the marriage.

Like mentioned in number 1, there is a much higher recovery rate after getting out of the hospital or even a major surgery, for those who are married. Having someone to support you and care for you when you are recovering makes the process that much easier.

A researcher from University of Rochester found that happily married patients who undergo major surgery are more than three times as likely to still be alive 15 years later when compared to people who are not married.

This next one makes me feel a lot better!

16 Crazy Facts About Famous Celebrities That Will Change The Way You Look At Them

Very few people are born celebrities, and many of our best and brightest have had some pretty accomplished lives well before stepping into the spotlight. Of course, some of these lives are defined by some very strange moments, and in the case of these 16, can be quite surprising or even shocking.

Christopher Walken used to be a lion tamer, and trained as a dancer before becoming an actor.

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Somehow we’re not even a little bit surprised.

According to her birth certificate, Oprah’s real name is Orpah.

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The doctors apparently didn’t know how to spell “Oprah,” so “Orpah” she became.

Justin Timberlake’s mom became Ryan Gosling’s legal guardian while they filmed The Mickey Mouse Club.

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Gosling’s mom had to stay in Canada to work, so JT’s family looked after him.

Bill Murray was arrested at 20 for trying to smuggle marijuana onto a plane.

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I mean, he’s Bill Murray. What else was he going to do, watch the in-flight movie?

Julie Andrews had a pretty rough time filming the most iconic scene in The Sound of Music.

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The helicopter taking the shots would kick up such a bad wind that she got knocked over several times. She described “spitting out dirt and hay” between each take.

Jack Nicholson was a volunteer firefighter, and was VERY good at breaking that door with a fire axe in The Shining.

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The prop department had to build sturdier doors in order to get the takes to look right.

Jerry Springer was once the mayor of Cincinnatti.

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We can only imagine what town hall gatherings looked like.

The facts just get crazier from here…

Steve Harvey’s Favorite Answer Of All Time – And 10 Other ‘Family Feud’ Secrets

America’s silliest question and answer game has a special spot in our hearts.

Since 1976, the show has been entertaining us with really dumb answers (even though we probably couldn’t do any better). If you watch Family Feud every day, you may be surprised by these 11 secrets about the show.

1. Boring families need not apply

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As the show’s producer and head of casting Sara Dansby explains on the Family Feud website, you need to show your silly side to make it on TV.

“There’s no such thing as too over-the-top,” she explained. “Pick the most outgoing members of the family when putting together your team. We love loud and energetic contestants.”

2. They cut out a lot of wrong answers

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Each round begins with a face-off question where members of the competing families go head-to-head. What you don’t see on TV is that both players will often get a wrong answer.

If neither player gets their team on the board, both of them go back to their original positions, and they re-start the round with a new question, like nothing ever happened.

3. There’s a practice episode for both teams

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Like Wheel of Fortune, the format of Family Feud can be a little complicated. To get players warmed up and familiar with the studio, both teams play a practice game on the set. There’s even a stand-in Steve Harvey who hosts the phony game.

4. Thank a host for raising the grand prize value

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Older viewers will remember the Fast Money round used to award just $10,000. Producers didn’t want to raise the show’s grand prize until host Louie Anderson insisted.

Anderson grew up watching the show, and understood why people tune in at home: to see families win big bucks. “You’re rooting for those people who are playing, you really are,” he said.

5. They don’t tell you the survey is for Family Feud

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Have you ever been called by Applied Research-West on the telephone? That’s the firm that takes the polls for Family Feud. They usually call and ask 30-40 questions which appear on the show in a month or less.

The bland name keeps people from giving really outrageous answers just to throw off the show.

6. A host got in trouble for his kissing habit

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As the show’s host in the ’70s, Richard Dawson was known for his bizarre habit of kissing the female contestants. Complaints poured in about Dawson’s behavior, and the host was forced to poll the audience to ask if he should stop.

The show’s producer, Howard Felsher, told The Washington Post, “I don’t remember the exact totals, but it was something like 14,000 who said ‘kiss’ and 300 or 400 who said ‘don’t kiss.’ It was that lopsided.”

10 Facts About Paula Deen That Will Make You See Her As More Than “The Butter Queen”

Paula Deen, also known as “The Butter Queen,” is one of TV’s most most recognizable cooking gurus. Over the years, the cook’s inspiring rags to riches story made everyone fall in love with her and her southern-style comfort cuisine.

Unfortunately, there was a time when her career went through the ringer after she admitted to using racial slurs. As a result, she lost her position at Food Network, multiple endorsements, and the respect of many fans.

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Deen, who is known for her perseverance, has since apologized for her actions and managed to make a comeback with two television shows currently on air, and a stint on Dancing with the Stars.

However, despite everything we think we know about Deen, there is still so much about the 71-year-old television personality that we’re not aware of. So here are 10 facts that will make you see her in a whole new light.

1. She used to be a brunette

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Most of us are familiar with Deen’s grey locks, but she actually used to be a brunette.

2. She suffered from agoraphobia

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While in her 20s, Deen started experiencing severe panic attacks and agoraphobia, a type of anxiety disorder in which a person has a fear of situations or places that make them feel trapped. Her condition was so bad that she wasn’t able to leave her house. Instead, she focused on cooking for her family, and perfected the skills that would later make her famous.

3. She has a couch in place of her bathtub

In an interview with Us Weekly, Deen revealed that she doesn’t have a tub in her bathroom, she has a couch. She never really explained why, so we’re still very confused.

4. Forensic Files is her favorite TV show

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Deen craves mystery just like the rest of us, and even admitted that she loves solving crimes to the crowd at the 2010 NYCWFF.

5. The last name “Deen” is from her first marriage

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Although she remarried after her divorce from Jimmy Deen, the TV chef didn’t want to go through the hassle of changing her last name, so she kept her first husband’s name.

7 Delicious Facts About Chick-fil-A That Prove You Should “Eat Mor Chikin”

There’s a lot of top contenders for best restaurant joint in America, and while some people will call on Subway, or McDonald’s, a lot of foodies stand by the young, yet classic establishment, Chick-fil-A.

You might only know them for their tasty chicken combos, so here’s 7 fast food facts about the awesome eatery!

Chick-fil-A only got it’s name in 1961, but before that it was a little place called “The Dwarf Grill” in Georgia!

It’s no yolk, founder S. Truett Cathy really did invent the chicken sandwich, when he realized that he could fry a chicken breast in the same time that it would take to grill a hamburger.

If you’ve ever ordered somehting at one of their locations, you might have been surprised when you didn’t hear a customary “You’re Welcome.” That’s because they’ve been trained to say “My Pleasure” instead!

As a Christian-owned company, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays to give their employees the opportunity to go to church. However, they have been known to open their doors on the day of rest for first-responders during disaster scenarios.

But what about their wacky marketing antics?

There’s An 90% Chance You Couldn’t Have Predicted These 8 Weatherperson Facts

You may love them or hate them, but your local weather network is most likely the most accurate news you’ve been hearing lately!

Meteorologists have been presenting weather forecasts on television for the first time in 1936, and since then has now become a staple for any news channel that you can find both nationally or regionally.

Knowing what the outside world will be like has a huge impact on how you live your life, and no one is more aware of that fact than the people who report it to the homes across the country.

But even though we see them everyday, there is a lot about this job that many people may not know about!

You may be surprised to discover that none of what weather reporters say is scripted, in fact, all they have to go on for their presentations are the graphics. This is why there are oft-repeated phrases that you’ll hear in most segments, because their job is simply to get the information out there.

However, this doesn’t mean it’s all made up! There’s a ton of research that goes into their broadcast, and they are only able to ad-lib the rest because of how well they know the data.

Even though they have college and university degrees for weather research, most forecasters understand that the average Joe and Jane won’t have a clue what a panhandle hook is. One tip that most weather reporters use is imagining that they are speaking to someone’s parent. If you can politely (and enthusiastically) give them the what, when, and where about the upcoming forecast, you’re in the clear!

There is a strict dress code for people presenting the news, and it can be taxing to make sure you are dressed appropriately for every single day of the month, with no repeats!

Women in particular have it tough, as many viewers will call in if they feel certain outfits are too revealing. Luckily, many have found a very affordable dress on Amazon that seems to suit every female presenter on air!

Many of us are aware that the weather animations we see on our TV screens are not actually projected behind the weatherpersons, but are actually added in using special effects for viewers at home.

While the presenters can see the graphics on a screen in front of them, a surprising amount of anchors just can’t get a hang of it. Unfortunately, this has ended more than a few careers in the industry!

You can expect more interesting weather reporting facts, right after the break!

15 Facts About Rock Hudson That Will Make You Wish He Was A Star Of Today

Rock Hudson was the biggest male star in Hollywood during the 1950s and 1960s. He was considered the biggest “heartthrob” of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and it helped him land some massive movie roles in films such as: Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and Giant. He also starred in three films alongside Doris Day that would set the tone for what we now know as romantic comedies: Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers.

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Hudson was a Hollywood trailblazer, and his legacy will be forever felt, not just for what he did on screen, but also because of what he chose to do with the rest of his life.

Here are 15 facts about Rock Hudson that will have your jaw hitting the floor.

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15 Facts Only Marilyn Monroe’s Biggest Fans Will Know

More than 50 years after her tragic death, everything about Marilyn Monroe’s life continues to fascinate her fans.

From her starring roles to her iconic fashion choices, everything about the star’s short life is totally memorable. But unless you’re one of Monroe’s biggest fans, you’ll learn something new about her from this list.

1. Her real name was Norma Jean Baker

While she became a glamorous movie star, Monroe’s early life was anything but charmed. She never knew her father, and her mother was institutionalized. Monroe bounced through 11 sets of foster parents, and married at age 16 to avoid being sent back to an orphanage.

Monroe (and her original brown hair) in her first photo shoot.Wikimedia

Her big break came when she was working in a munitions factory. She was spotted by a photographer the Army’s motion picture unit and asked to star in a photo shoot for them. The rest is history.

2. She wore the most valuable dress over sold

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The dress Monroe wore while famously wishing President Kennedy “Happy Birthday” was just as impressive as her singing. The actress had to be sewn into the skin-tight outfit, which was covered in 2,500 glittering rhinestones.

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The dress sold for $4.8 million, making it the most valuable piece of clothing ever sold. Monroe actually broke her own record, beating the price for her iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch.

3. She lived with a hidden illness

Monroe was pregnant twice, but never gave birth. Unbeknownst to her fans, she was living with endometriosis, a painful condition that caused the uterine lining to develop outside the uterus.

The actress and her husband Arthur Miller had two unsuccessful pregnancies.The Marilyn Monroe Collection

Monroe suffered from both a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy which had to be terminated because of the disease.

4. She made less than her makeup artist while filming Niagara

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The thriller was one of Monroe’s first big parts, but she was still under contract with 20th Century Fox as a stock actor, meaning she was paid the low wages of an extra or bit part actress. Reportedly, her salary for the film actually came in lower than her makeup artist’s.

Talk about being undervalued.

5. She had plastic surgery, but it wasn’t her idea

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One of Monroe’s early agents, Johnny Hyde, decided the actress needed cosmetic surgery to get an edge over her competition. He definitely paid to have her jaw re-shaped, but many believe the actress also had a nose job.

6. She helped kick-start Ella Fitzgerald’s career

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The jazz legend has this to say about Monroe’s impact on her early career, when many nightclubs still refused to hire a black singer:

I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him — and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status — that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman — a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.

7. Her most famous scene lead to one of her divorces

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The scene of Monroe enjoying the breeze in The Seven Year Itch is one of Hollywood’s most famous movie scenes, but it caused a big rift between the actress and her then-husband Joe DiMaggio.

The scene was filmed in front of a crowd of extras who whistled and laughed, which upset DiMaggio. The couple got into a fight which turned serious, and Marilyn filed for divorce on the grounds of “intolerable cruelty” soon after.

Monroe and baseball star Joe DiMaggio.Simon and Schuster

Ironically, the scene had to be re-shot anyways because of all the noise the extras were making. But this time it was taped on a closed set.

10 Facts About Money That Will Make You Reconsider Its Value

Money makes the world go around.

But how much do you really know about the item everyone in the world desires to accumulate?

You’re in contact with it everyday, whether it’s money used to purchase goods and services, or working your job and getting money transferred into your back account.

Money is how we distinguish people’s economic and social status, but what is it really?

Here are 10 truths about money you may not know.

1. Money is not made out of trees.

Contrary to popular opinion, money isn’t made out of paper. U.S. paper money is made out of 75% cotton and 25% linen. In the 1700s, people repaired torn bills with a needle and thread.

2. It costs more than a penny to make a penny.

According to the U.S. mint, pennies cost approximately 1.7 cents per coin to manufacture. Now that’s time and money wasted.

3. Worn out cash turns to compost.

Some farms in the U.S. turns four tons of worn-out U.S. cash into compost every day.

4. Printing money is more expensive than you think.

The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing uses approximately nine tons of ink to print 26 million currency notes each day. That costs around $974 million!

5. More than 90% of bills have dangerous bacteria, and a trace of cocaine, on them.

Paper bills can carry the flu virus for more than two weeks, and reportedly carry more germs than a toilet. What’s more shocking is that research found that a significant number of U.S. bills contain traces of cocaine, but it’s not enough to cause any health risks. Scientists say that this doesn’t happen because of rampant drug use, rather they get contaminated inside currency-counting machines at the bank.

Keep going to learn more mind-blowing facts about money!

Research Shows Squatting When Peeing Is Better For You, And Hovering Is The Worst

When nature calls, your first instinct is to get to the bathroom and relieve yourself.

If you’re peeing in a public toilet, you’re most likely to hover over the seat to avoid your skin touching any germs. If you’re at home, you plop your bum on the toilet seat and release.

If you’re too lazy to cover the seat with toilet paper or seat liners, it may not be the healthiest thing to do for your bladder.

In fact, toilet paper works as a sponge for bacteria and will put you in direct contact with germs.

According to scientific research, whether you’re sitting on or hovering over the toilet, you’re peeing wrong, and here’s why.

7 Wild But True Details About Princess Margaret And Tony Armstrong-Jones’s Relationship

Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, was one of the most controversial members of the royal family. From her tumultuous marriage, steamy affairs, and wild parties, she never failed to make headlines.

She met her match in her husband, Antony “Tony” Armstrong-Jones, best known as Lord Snowdon, and they both became subjects of numerous controversies and rumors even before their wedding.

Here are 7 wild but true facts about the complicated relationship Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon had:

1. He was the first commoner in 400 years to marry a royal

Armstrong-Jones, was the son of a senior lawyer and a socialite, who took up a career as a photographer. After meeting and falling in love with the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, he proposed to her at a “safe house” that belonged to his friends, Camilla and Jeremy Fry. A year after their marriage, he became the 1st Earl of Snowdon, also commonly known as Lord Snowdon, a title given to him by the Queen.

2. Jones-Armstrong was not Margaret’s rebound

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Contrary to popular belief, Princess Margaret no longer had feelings for Peter Townsend before marrying Armstrong-Jones. According to her biographer, Christopher Warwick, the claims that the princess wasn’t over her former flame is “utter nonsense.” When he asked her about it, she replied, “I married Tony five years after the end of Peter Townsend.”

3.  Armstrong-Jones fathered an illegitimate child before their wedding

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A few years ago, a woman named Polly Fry came forward with the claim that Armstrong-Jones was her father. Polly, who was born just a few weeks after the royal wedding in 1960, was the result of an affair Armstrong-Jones had with Camilla Fry. She took a DNA test in 2004 to prove paternity.

“Although we may like to think of our own generation as being wild and wonderful, in comparison to what our parents got up to in the swinging 60s we are mere innocents caught up in the aftermath of the postwar free-love era,” Polly wrote in a 2008 article for the Daily Mail.

There are even more scandalous facts about the royal couple…

10 Unlikely Places That Are Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat

Imagine the dirtiest place in your home or in your workplace. I bet you didn’t have to think too hard about your answer.

Toilet seats should be the dirtiest area, but in fact, they’re actually cleaner than a lot of other places.

The ATP meter is a tool that measures the dirtiness of a surface, and people have used it on all kinds of surfaces to inform the public about what needs to get wiped down on a regular basis.

An ATP reading of over 300 means the surface is at risk of spreading an illness, while a reading of 100 or more means that surface needs a good wipe down.

Your golden throne comes in at around 200 on the ATP meter, which is bad, but you’d be surprised to learn which common places you can find a higher reading.

Here are 10 unlikely places in your home or work space that are dirtier than your toilet seat. You don’t want to miss the last one.

Research has found that handbags used regularly were 10 times dirtier than an office toilet seat. The area that carries the most bacteria is the handles, but even the items inside, like hand creams and lipsticks, are also covered in bacteria.

They even traced back stomach flu viruses to reusable grocery bags!

Putting your mouth on the nozzle of a water fountain is disgusting, but you’d never think twice about touching the button. 23% of these buttons have enough bacteria to make you sick.

More than 20% of these handles have ATP levels of more than 300! Oven door handles are at a higher risk. Time to get the Clorox out.

48% of coffee pot handles have enough bacteria that require you to wash your hands after touching them.

You need to scrub hard to wipe down all the bacteria on these next ones!

Here’s Looking At 10 Things You Probably Never Knew About “Casablanca”

Some of us were kids, and some of us were not even born yet when Casablanca premiered in 1942, but we’ve all heard of the movie at one point in our lives. The iconic film stood the test of time, and decades later, it is still inspiring popular culture.

On the occasion of the film’s 75th anniversary, here are 10 facts about the classic that helped turn Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman into some of the biggest stars in Hollywood history:

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The release of the film was scheduled for early 1943, but for publicity purposes it was premiered at the Hollywood Theater in New York City on November 26, 1942. This was done so that it would coincide with the Allied invasion of North Africa, which resulted in the capture of Casablanca, Morocco.

The wide release took place on January 23, 1943, and once again this was a strategic decision to garner publicity since this date coincides with the Casablanca Conference, an important historical meeting between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt that took place in Casablanca.

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It’s hard to imagine the story taking place anywhere else, but the original setting was actually Lisbon, Portugal. Although the movie turned out to be one of the most successful films of all time, Burnett, the playwright behind the story, never actually visited Casablanca.

“I never had any desire to go there,” he said. ”I’ve been told they have a place there named Rick’s, and it’s a dump. Maybe I don’t want to destroy the image of Casablanca which I created.”

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It took quite a lot for the Casablanca to become a movie. When Burnett and his writing partner, Joan Alison, wrote the original story in 1940, it was titled “Everybody Comes to Rick’s,” and was meant for Broadway. However, when it was rejected, Warner Brothers saw its potential, and purchased the script and the rights for a record $20,000.

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Cameras make everyone appear larger than life, but in Humphrey’s case he was still two inches shorter than the director, Micahel Curtiz, liked him to be. As a solution, he had to stand on blocks or sit on cushions to make him look taller than his 5’8″ frame whenever he was beside his co-star Ingrid Bergman.

There were strict regulations when it came to censorship in movies and television programs around the time Casablanca was made. Strong language, nudity, and certain social issues, like divorce, were frowned upon so the writers had figure out ways to deliver a script that would still work despite being heavily censored.

“The main thing that affected our work in those days was that we were so handcuffed by censorship — remember, the nation shook when Clark Gable said ‘damn’ in Gone With the Wind,” the film’s screenwriter Julius Epstein recalled in an interview.

10 Facts About Frank Sinatra That Will Make You Miss Ol’ Blue Eyes

Francis Albert Sinatra, more famously known as Frank Sinatra, was asked to change his name to Frank Satin because he had such a smooth voice.

Aren’t you glad that he didn’t though?

The music legend died of cardiac arrest at the age of 82, but left a legacy of nostalgia-inducing films and smooth records.

Here are 10 facts about Ol’ Blue Eyes.

1. Sinatra almost died right after his mother gave birth.

He was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. A forcep, which is a surgical instrument that looks like a pair of tongs, was used to assist in delivering the soon-to-be star. He was blue and not breathing when he exited the womb, and was almost pronounced dead, until his grandmother stuck him under some cold water.

2. He was known as “Scarface.”

The forceps that were used to pull him out of his mother’s womb left a mark on the left side of Sinatra’s face. It ran from the corner of his mouth to his jawline and up towards his ear. That’s why he hated to be photographed on his left side.

3. He wore elevator shoes.

Sinatra stood at five-seven, which made him feel incredibly insecure. He usually wore elevator shoes to boost his height up a few inches. Lucky for him, these shoes were also stylish at the time.

4. He tried to commit suicide several times.

The early ’50s was not a great time for this mega superstar. His relationship with actress Ava Gardner led to three suicide attempts. Another time, he saw girls waiting to get into Eddie Fisher’s concert in Times Square and suddenly felt a pang of depression. He went back to his apartment, put his head on the stove, and turned the gas on. He was found sobbing by his manager soon after the suicide attempt.

5. He had run-ins with the law.

The infamous 1938 mugshot says it all.

He was arrested twice, once for seduction and the other time for adultery. One time he was at a nightclub when one of his girlfriends attacked his wife-to-be, Nancy.

Are you really surprised that he was a ladies man?

10 Things We Guarantee You Didn’t Know Before Reading This

We know that we don’t know everything, but it’s nice to know a little more than we knew yesterday.

Here are 10 facts that will turn your world upside down. Don’t forget to impress your friends afterwards.

1. A car’s rearview mirror has a daytime and a nighttime mode.

2. Adult bodies have two to nine pounds of bacteria.

3. Pirates wear eye patches so that they can see in both the light and in the dark.

Eye patches allowed pirates to see in areas with poor lighting without having to wait for their eye to adjust.

4. Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.

These sharp edges help them to cut through skin and layers of clothing.

5. Bees sting other bees; and when a male bee climaxes their testicles explode, which eventually leads to their death.

These next five will surprise you the most!

5 Lies About Hair Loss You Need To Stop Believing And 5 Things You Should Know

Most women who are older than 20 say their main worry is losing hair.

There can be dozens of reasons to explain why there’s more hair clogging up your bathtub and accumulating on your hairbrush, but there’s also dozens of reasons you firmly believe in to be contributing to your hair loss that have no basis in fact.

Here are five myths about hair loss that you should make a habit to forget.

1. Wearing a hat will significantly contribute to hair loss.

There’s a common misconception that hair needs to breathe. In fact, the root of the hair, which is the only part that’s alive, get its oxygen from the blood in the scalp.

2. The hair products you use is the main contributing factor to balding.

Hair color, teasing, perm solutions, hair spray, over-conditioning, blow drying are always attributed to hair loss, but the worst they can do is tear or cause breakage.

3. If you consume a lot of vitamins and minerals your hair loss problem will be cured.

It’s more about the correct intake than overdosing on something you only speculate to increase your hair growth.

4. Cutting your hair will make the hair grow faster and create more hair, and brushing your hair several times a day will increase hair growth.

This is what your hair dresser tells you so that you come back for a touch-up next month. It really has no basis in fact because hair growth mainly depends on nutrition and genetics. Also, over-brushing can cause breakage.

5. The chemicals released when you have sex improves hair growth.

I don’t know who started this rumor, but it has absolutely no basis in fact.

Here are five facts about hair loss that have been scientifically looked into.

10 Facts About Pope Francis That Are Holier Than Thou

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is arguably one of the most well-known public figures in the world. The epitome of all things good and holy, how much do you actually know about the leader of the Catholic Church, aside from his hearty grins and simplistic lifestyle?

In honor of Pope Francis’s 81st birthday on Dec. 13, here are 10 surprising facts about the divine man himself.

1. Pope Francis is the first pontiff to be elected from South America

He is the first to be elected pope from outside Europe since Gregory III was elected in 731, and is also the first Jesuit to behold the title.

2. He is the first pope to go by the name Francis

The pope chose Francis to honor St. Francis of Assisi, who was “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.”

3. Before the papacy, the pope worked at a nightclub

He worked as a bouncer in Buenos Aires bar to earn money as a student.

4.  Pope Francis speaks eight languages

He speaks Spanish, Latin and Italian fluently, and has an understanding of German, French, Portuguese, English, and Ukrainian.

5. He has a Master’s degree

He studied philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Buenos Aires and also has a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.

13 Facts About Kirk Douglas You Don’t Have To Live To 100 To Find Out

From his big screen debut in 1946, to his most recent role in 2008, the one and only Kirk Douglas has proven himself to be a true movie star.

He made a name for himself by appearing in Hollywood blockbusters like Spartacus, and started a family acting dynasty, but how much do you actually know about Douglas and his decades-long career?

Here are 13 facts about his life that prove he’s Hollywood royalty:

1. He’s a living rags-to-riches story

Douglas’ parents were dirt poor Russian immigrants. His father supported his seven children by hawking rags and scrap metal, and Kirk had to sell snacks and do odd jobs to support the family.

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The actor’s birth name was “Izzy Danielovitch,” and he says he regrets changing it for his job. “It’s more interesting to keep your original name. But can you imagine that name on a marquee?”

2. He smooth talked his way into college

It would be tough for a rag seller to afford his son’s tuition, so instead Douglas took matters into his own hands. He walked into the dean’s office at St. Lawrence University and walked out with a loan for his education.

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During his studies, Douglas paid back the loan by working as a janitor at the school. Douglas also spent time in the Navy before he was discharged for injuries he suffered in World War 2.

3. He was a pro wrestler

Before his film career took off, Douglas paid the bills by wrestling tourists at local fairs. “I was the guy who was a plant, the mark, and I’d wrestle people in the audience.”

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4. He knew he wanted to be an actor since kindergarten

Douglas was invited in front of his class to read the poem “The Red Robin of Spring,” and says the experience made him a performer for life. “Something happened when I heard applause,” he later explained. “I loved it. I still do.”

Douglas as a boy, with his mother Bryna.WSJ

5. It seems like he was cursed to never win an Oscar

While he starred in loads of great movies, and was nominated three times, Douglas never took home an Academy Award. He even passed on two roles in Cat Ballou and Stalag 17 that won Oscars for Lee Marvin and William Holden.

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Finally, Douglas was given an honorary award in 1996, and gave a very emotional speech. It was the actor’s first major public appearance since he suffered a stroke.

6. His wife Anne saved his life

Douglas famously survived a helicopter crash, but he also nearly died in plane crash. In 1958, producer Michael Todd invited Douglas to fly to New York on his private plane. The actor’s wife Anne had a bad feeling, and begged him not to get on the flight.

Douglas married Anne Buydens in 1954, and they’ve been together ever since.Wikimedia

While driving to his destination instead, Douglas turned on the radio and heard the news that Todd’s plane had crashed, killing him.

7. His Walk of Fame star was stolen

Bear in mind that the stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame weigh about 300 pounds, so it’s not like you can just pick one up and walk away. Only four stars have ever been stolen from the tourist attraction: James Stewart’s, Gene Autry’s, Gregory Peck’s, and Kirk Douglas’.

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The star was later found in a construction worker’s home and returned to its rightful place.

10 Facts About The Queen Even Most Knights Don’t Know

Queen Elizabeth II has been the Queen of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 1952. She’s also the Head of the Commonwealth, so she’s the queen of a dozen other countries that have become independent, such as Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Papua New Guinea.

Elizabeth’s life hasn’t been much of a secret because of her worldwide fame. We’ve kept tabs on all stage of her life, through the thick and the thin, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows every single detail about her.

Here are 10 facts you may not have known about the daughter of King George VI.

10. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history.

She is currently 91-years-old, and has been Queen since she was 25.  

9. She celebrates her birthday twice a year.

The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, but her official birthday is celebrated in June because the weather is nicer for a parade.

8. She never went to school.

The Queen was home-schooled by private tutors.

7.  The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign.

She currently has two corgis.

6. Her childhood nickname was “Lilibet”.

These next facts are royally amazing.