Neil Diamond Reveals Inspiration Behind “Sweet Caroline,” And It’s Kinda Creepy

The song “Sweet Caroline” is required listening for everyone. You’d be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t know at least the chorus of the iconic Neil Diamond song, and who won’t chant “SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!” as though they are the official lyrics.

The song has become anthemic for Boston Red Sox fans, and it’s played before the bottom of the 8th inning at every single game as a good luck charm.

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But the story behind the song has always been somewhat of a mystery. Who is Caroline? Diamond was married to his wife, Marcia, when the song was released, and it certainly wasn’t about her. People chalked it up to an emotionless (yet oddly sexual) song written to please the masses.

However, Diamond finally revealed the inspiration behind “Sweet Caroline,” and if we’re being honest, it’s kinda creepy.

A Timeline Of The Dionne Quintuplets, Who Were Stolen By The Government

Before invitro fertilization, multiple births were wildly uncommon. Twins and triplets were rare, so when Elzire Dionne gave birth to five babies, Annette, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie, and Marie, in 1938, it was national news. Unfortunately, it became a national spectacle when the girls became government property.

Elzire Dionne was just 25 years old when she gave birth to her quintuplets in Ontario, Canada. The young mother believed she was pregnant with twins because of her size. No one knew quintuplets were possible, so the birth of her daughters was heralded as something of a miracle.

The girls were born two months premature, and later genetic testing proved all the girls were identical, stemming from the same egg. Elzire reported having cramps during her third month of pregnancy and passing a “strange object”, which many believe to have been a sixth baby.

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Being the first set of quintuplets to live longer than a few days, taking care of the babies was something of a mystery. They were all underweight, their total combined weight was just over 13lbs, and were kept in a wicker basket, covered with heated blankets. They were set up in the kitchen in front of the stove to keep them warm. Every two hours, they were massaged with olive oil and fed a mixture of water and corn syrup.

News of the Dionne quintuplets spread quickly, with many wondering how dad, Oliva, was going to support five new babies. People from all over North America began sending supplies to the new family, who was becoming an international phenomenon.

Just days after the birth, Elzire and Oliva were approached by exhibitor’s for Chicago’s Century of Progress exhibition, wanting to put the girls on display. The parents agreed, but the contract was revoked before it was ever put into effect, citing issues of child exploitation.

If only those same issues were applied to the Canadian government.

10 Restaurants We Wish Were Still Around

Some restaurants, like McDonald’s, have stood the test of time when it comes to sales. There was almost always be eating at the golden arches, which is how they’ve become internationally famous.

However, there are some restaurants from the 70s, 80s, and 90s that unfortunately didn’t stand the test of time, no matter how much we wish they had.

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Lum’s started as a hot dog stand in 1956, and eventually opened into a family-style restaurant. In 1983, the last of all Lum’s closed down, but there’s still some Ollie’s Trolley locations where you can get the classic Ollieburger and spicy fries!

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Think of it as the original Outback Steakhouse. Mountain Jack’s had individual salad bars which came to your table, and a prime rib which still makes our mouths water at the thought of it! The parent company of Mountain Jack’s filed for bankruptcy in 2002, and in 2008 the majority of all restaurants had been shut down.

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According to franchise owner Bill Lapitsky, Red Barn was the first fast-food restaurant to offer a salad bar in 1961. The chain was famous for the fried chicken, as well as barn-themed foods, like “Big Barney” and “Barnbuster.” There were over 400 locations across Canada and the United States.

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Good news! There are actually some Shakey’s left. Bad news: they’re only in California. The original pizza joint featured this, crispy, made-from-scratch pizza, draft beer, and soft drinks. You want something else? You’ll have to eat somewhere else. Every location featured live jazz and ragtime music. The chain was bought out in 1984, and by 1989 most locations had closed down.

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Imagine a world where the biggest food chain was Burger Chef, not McDonald’s. That’s what it looked like was going to happen in 1971, as Burger Chef’s 1200 locations were poised to surpass the golden arches. The company arguably invented the Happy Meal, except it was a Fun Meal, which included a burger, fries, drink, dessert, and toy. In 1979, Burger Chef sued McDonald’s when they introduced their Happy Meal. In 1982, Burger Chef’s parent company was bought out, and most of the restaurants were turned in Hardee’s.

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Chi-Chi’s Mexican food was “as ethnically authentic as Chef Boyardee’s canned pasta”, but damn did it taste good. In 2003, however, Chi-Chi’s infected over 600 Pittsburgh residents with hepatitis A, thanks to some scallions imported from Mexico. They paid out over $40 million in lawsuit setllements, and eventually closed down.

20 Vintage Christmas Cookie Recipes We All Used To Love

When the holidays roll around, is there anything better than walking into a house that smells of fresh cookies? Gingerbread, shortbread, even a basic chocolate chip cookie is a nice treat.

As we move into the age of the internet, though, it seems like there’s a recipe for every type of extravagant cookie you could imagine! Remember the good ol’ days when baking was simple, and not a competition?

We found some of the best vintage Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to still be a hit today, and will hopefully bring back fond memories!

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11 Facts About “The West Wing” That Are At The Right Place At The Right Time

Though others may try to replicate, there’s no replacing The West Wing. It was the first show about the White House that caught our attention, and although we got seven seasons of the series, it wasn’t enough.

There are some things even the most hardcore West Wing fan may not know, however. See if your knowledge can stack up!

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“The pilot did not test off the charts with focus groups,” said creator Aaron Sorkin. “It tested fine, but it wasn’t forcing NBC to put it on the air. Where it tested very high was in four categories that they invented for this show: Households making over $75,000 a year; households where someone has three years of college; people who subscribe to the New York Times; and the final category – and this was in 1999 – was people with home internet access. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it was a big deal then. In 1999 it was the height of the dot com boom, so people with home internet access were a valuable demographic to reach. That first season more than half the ad buys were dot com. They needed some place to advertise. It was those four categories that got us on the air.”

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Talk about being teacher’s pet! Malin and Sorkin were at a Broadway Bowling Alley when Sorkin started to choke, but Malina thought it was a joke.

“The guys from A Few Good Men would bowl against the guys from A Chorus Line and hilarity would ensue,” Malina recalled. “At one of these bowling nights Aaron started choking on a piece of hamburger. He seemed to be doing schtick for a little bit and we kind of pointed and laughed until it became clear this was really happening. It was one of the rare crisis situations where I reacted with any kind of aplomb and I Heimlich’d him – although with no finesse whatsoever and I cracked three of his ribs in the process.”

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Can you imagine this show by any other name? It almost wasn’t an imagination! Sorkin just barely got the rights to the title.

“When Aaron sent me the script for the pilot, he didn’t actually own the title,” said Dee Dee Myers, the political adviser on the show, and former press secretary. “In fact, a guy who had worked for me at the White House named Josh King had registered the title ‘The West Wing’ for something he was working on. Sometime during that year before production began, though, whatever Josh King was working on didn’t happen and the title became available. I don’t know what Aaron would have called the show if it hadn’t.”

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Director Thomas Schlamme wanted everyone to feel like the show was real, so he mandated that all cast members be present for shooting the pilot.

“One of the things that I had demanded on the pilot was whenever we’re shooting a scene, everybody should show up,” Schlamme recalled. “You wouldn’t do a whole series like that, but because doors would be open and glass would be seen, I wanted people to go into their office and live their life, even if they weren’t in the scene. So when Rob Lowe is in the Roosevelt Room giving the lecture to the young kids and then goes out with Leo’s daughter, you can see Allison and Richard Schiff in the background – they’re background artists! They weren’t in the scene, they weren’t even coming into a scene later; they’re just there. Allison’s going into Richard’s office, Richard’s coming out and getting something from his receptionist, they’re just getting on with their jobs. It was a really important exercise for everybody to start to feel that this was their home. You felt the true sense of esprit de corps working on that show from day one.

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Just like we all love her, the entire cast loved Allison Janney.

“You know, there was a survey done and all of us, all the players, were interviewed and we were asked, confidentially, who we thought the best actor on the series was,” Martin Sheen revealed. “As long as we were assured it was confidential we all gave our opinions, which would not be made known until after the series ended. Without a dissenting opinion, the entire cast voted Allison the very best among us. She didn’t know it and none of us knew that we’d all voted for her, but she was considered the very best.”

Richard Dawson’s Iconic Kissing Ritual Was Because Of His Mom

Richard Dawson is unquestionably the best host Family Feud has ever seen. He may not have been as dramatic as Steve Harvey is now, but Dawson brought a calm sense of humor to the show that no one was able to replicate.

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Perhaps the most memorable thing about Dawson’s hosting gig was his insistence on kissing each and every female contestant on the show. At the time, it was a charming gesture, but that doesn’t mean everyone was cool with it. Many viewers found it inappropriate to kiss a woman without knowing her marital status or getting her permission. It became so controversial that network executives tried to put an end to it, with sponsors starting to get uncomfortable.

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However, the majority of viewers found Dawson’s antics endearing. In the book Hogan’s Heroes: The Unofficial Company, it was revealed that viewers were polled on whether or not they would like Dawson to stop kissing contestants. The votes came in at 14,600 to 704 in favor of kissing. Contestants were also apparently asked to fill out of questionnaire, which included the question “Do you mind if Richard Dawson greets you with a kiss?” Very few people declined.

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Dawson was asked why he began kissing contestants, and his answer was actually very sweet.

Photographers Sneak Into Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

In 2003, the Neverland Ranch was searched by 70 police officers after accusations arose that Michael Jackson had molested children on the premises. After the investigation, Jackson abandoned the property, saying it has been “violated.” In 2006, the property went into foreclosure.

Currently, the ranch is still in real-estate limbo, but one group of photographers spent time between 2007 and 2008 taking pictures of the abandoned amusement park. The photographers have chosen to remain anonymous and only to be identified through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles names.

“It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing,” says photographer, Leonardo. “I was aware that the park had been abandoned for quite a while, and I knew that Jackson was in Dubai at the time and that he wasn’t able to pay his electric bills. It just so happened that the day I was out there, it was pretty windy. It was a good cover because there were guards on-site, and the wind sort of blocked out my noise. I was able to sneak in without being heard. I had no expectation to make it in, but I just wanted to see.”

The pictures of the abandoned amusement rides are something special.

15 Mega-Stars That Started Out As Soap Actors

Every big name in Hollywood had to start small, and for many actors and actresses daytime soap operas were their first big jobs in show business.

Check out these 15 stars before they were famous:

1. Josh Duhamel

The Transformers star won an Emmy for playing Leo du Pres on All My Children between 1999 and 2002. His steamy relationship with Rebecca Budig’s Greenlee was a fan favorite. Leo “died” after falling off a waterfall, but the actor returned to the show in 2011 for a farewell cameo.

2. Lindsey Lohan

With a modeling career that began at age three, Lohan already had lots of showbiz experience before playing the young Alli Fowler on Another World between 1996 and ’97.

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3. Eva Longoria

This Desperate Housewives actress is also well-known for her role as Isabelle Brana on The Young & the Restless, but she actually made her soap debut with a guest spot on General Hospital.

4. Marissa Tomei

Before making the jump to the big screen and winning an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny, Tomei played Marcy Thompson on As the World Turns between 1982 and ’84, with strange plots that involved a sexual harassment suit and a royal marriage that made her Lady Marcy Cushing.

5. Christopher Reeve

The Man of Steel began his career as Ben Harper, who was secretly married to two different women on Love of Life. Very out of character for the Superman actor.

6. Demi Moore

The actress had a recurring role as Jackie Templeton on General Hospital between 1982 and ’83, playing an investigative reporter who became tangled in the lives of Port Charles’s residents before moving away.

7. Sarah Michelle Geller

Before she played Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this actress won a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Kendall Hart on All My Children in the 1990s.

Keep reading to learn which big stars started out with guest roles on your favorite soaps…

25 Pages From The 1962 Wish Book That Will Confuse and Amuse you

The Wish Book was a staple in every household for decades. It was the best way to see what was in style and take advantage of all the sales. The Wish Book was first published back in 1933, but by 1962 it was in practically every home. We all had to check out the latest trends and see which new gadgets and gizmos were going to be popular over the coming year.

Looking back through the pages of the 1962 Wish Book is kind of like looking through a time capsule. The clothes, the technology, and the toys all feel like they are from a completely other planet at this point, but it’s fun to look back and remember how the world used to be.

Take a look at these 25 pages from the 1962 Wish Book and see if anything is familiar to you!

The dresses were so elegant

And the whole family could coordinate

Seriously, in the 60s it was really important that the whole family was matching

You could even match your outfit to your handbag

Hats made a much bigger statement back then

Gloves were incorporated into every outfit

Remember when adding stretch to jeans was a huge deal?

Sears was always really excited about their new additions, this page highlights the very exciting “Paisley Print”

There was an entire page devoted to lighters

Beauty took a lot of work back in the day…

Copper was popular no matter where it came from

Even the flashlights looked cooler back then

Who else remembers having their TV in a cabinet?

Or putting a fluffy cover on literally everything in the bathroom from the toilet to the scale

The toy section was a lot different back in the 60s…

9 Things People Had To Use Before Toilet Paper That Will Have You Cringing

We’ve all been there, right? You’ve just gone to the bathroom and there’s no more toilet paper. What do you do? Panic? Wait for someone to come in? Use the cardboard roll? There’s options. But the next time you complain about toiler paper not being soft enough, just be glad you didn’t live in historical times, where their alternatives were a lot worse.

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While Ancient Romans were concerned about the demons living in their sewer systems, they were not concerned about their sanitary needs. They wiped after the bathroom using a communal sponge attached to a stick. They would wipe, rinse it in water, then pass it to the next person. Remember, there were about 80 toilets in one public restroom. I’m no mathematician, but by my estimation that is about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 germs.

Y’know how people offer their right hand when they go in for a handshake? There’s actually logic to that. In Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East, it’s still considered disrespectful to offer your left hand. This is because people used to (and still do) wipe with their left hand. You’d wash your hands after, but there’s still zero part of me that wants to touch it.

In the 17th century, when sailors were out to sea, they would dangle an old rope off the ship. Whenever they needed to wipe, they’d lift the rope up and throw it back in the water when they were done. Now, I’ve gotten rope burn on my hands before…and I really don’t think I’m interested in having it anywhere else!

You thought one-ply paper was bad? Think again. Evidence suggests that Ancient Greeks wiped with tiny piece of broken ceramic. They even had a theory: three stones was enough to wipe. As you can imagine, this was not good for anyone’s health, and it lead to rashes, skin damage, and hemorrhoids.

A Journalist Believed She’d Discovered The Truth Behind JFK’s Murder, Then She Turned Up Dead

You probably remember Dorothy Kilgallen from the show What’s my Line?. No, it’s not an early version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. This show was a long-running panel game show where celebrities would ask a contestant questions so they could guess his or her line of work.

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The night before she was murdered, Kilgallen appeared on the show and correctly guessed the occupation of a mystery guess. It’s these keen investigative skills that most likely got her killed.

Dorothy Kilgallen was an investigative reporter, who had been working for 18 months on gathering information on the JFK assassination.

“I’m going to break the real story and have the biggest scoop of the century,” she told her ­lawyer.

Kilgallen and Kennedy were close friends, so when he died she took it very personally.

“The American people have just lost a beloved president,” she wrote in her column. “It’s a dark chapter in our history, but we have the right to read every word of it.”

Kilgallen was killed just two weeks before a meeting with a secret informant, referring to the gathering as “very cloak and daggerish.”  The journalist always believed that theories of Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone were “laughable.” She kept digging, pissing off then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover when she obtained and published the testimony of Jack Ruby, who shot Oswald at Dallas police headquarters. Kilgallen never released her source, saying “I’d rather die than reveal the source.”

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“If the wrong people knew what I know about the JFK assassination, it would cost me my life,” Kilgallen said to a close friend.

Little did she know, she was right.

12 Far-Out Van Interiors From The 70s That Will Make You Scratch Your Head

We’ve already looked at the history of the “Shaggin’ Wagon,” those iconic vans from the 70s that were basically a small house. However, even if you know the history, you really need to see what these things looked like to believe it. Here are 12 that look especially wicked.

You could make it look like a really fluffy castle

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How about having a full wraparound couch and sink?

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Maybe you like a van that looks like something out of Aladdin?

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Or how about a fully-stocked bar?

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This Tiki theme is pretty cool.

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Or a freaking FIREPLACE!

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The vans get so much crazier from here…

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Your Favorite Nursery Rhymes Have Second Verses You Didn’t Know About

Nursery rhymes are known for being short, memorable, and fun to sing along with. But did you know that most of our favorite nursery rhymes actually had second verses to them? I guess I’ve been singing them wrong all these years!

I’m a little teapot

Short and stout

Here is my handle

Here is my spout

When I get all steamed up

Hear me shout

“Tip me over

and pour me out!”

I’m a clever teapot,

Yes it’s true

Here let me show you

What I can do

I can change my handle

And my spout

Just tip me over and pour me out!

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Do They Wobble to and Fro?

Can You Tie Them in a Knot?

Can You Tie Them in a Bow?

Can You Throw Them Over Your Shoulder Like a Continental Soldier?

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Do Your Ears Hang High?

Do They Reach Up to the Sky?

Do The Droop When They’re Wet?

Do They Stiffen When They’re Dry?

Can You Semaphore Your Neighbor with a Mimimum of Labor?

Do Your Ears Hang High?

Do Your Ears Hang Wide?

Do They Flap From Side to Side?

Do They Wave in the Breeze?

From the Slightest Little Sneeze?

Can You Soar Above the Nation with a Feeling of Elation?

Do Your Ears Hang Wide?

Do Your Ears Fall Off?

When You Give a Great Big Cough?

Do They Lie There on the Ground?

Or Bounce Up at Every Sound?

Can You Stick Them in Your Pocket Just Like Little Davy Crockett?

Do Your Ears Fall Off?

My Bonnie lies over the ocean, My Bonnie lies over the sea. My Bonnie lies over the ocean. Oh bring back my Bonnie to me.

Yeah bring back, ah bring back, Oh bring back my Bonnie to me to me. Oh bring back, oh bring back, Oh bring back my Bonnie to me.

Last night as I lay on my pillow , Last night as I lay on my bed, Last night as I lay on my pillow, I dreamed that my Bonnie was dead.

A Classic Animated Movie Was Secretly Paid For By The CIA

The book Animal Farm by George Orwell was read in English classes all over North America. It symbolizes Russia and the Soviet Union under Communist Party rule, but can also be a metaphor for any human society regardless of political allegiances.

The pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, are in charge of the farm after rebelling against their human masters. They are meant to represent the rivalry between Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin. Snowball, representing Trotsky, is thrown out of the revolution by Napoleon (Stalin) after he becomes violent and hungry for power.

The novella takes a shot at equality, pointing out that language can be manipulated into an instrument of control. The pigs keep making speeches to justify their behavior, leaving other animals in the dark. The other animals become unable to oppose the pigs in charge without also opposing the ideas of this rebellion they were originally on board for.

The main principal of the farm is simple: “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” The idea that there are different levels of ‘equal’ exposed how the pigs were using language to control the other animals on the farm.

The book is no longer taught in some American schools due to the harsh political messages that are sent out through the book.

That’s why it was so astounding to find out who paid for the film version of the book, and why they did it.

Frozen Dinners Were Invented Because One Woman Was A Picky Eater

We’ve all sat down to a frozen dinner at some point or another. Whether or not you care to admit it, frozen food is commonplace is most households. It could be something as simple as frozen vegetables to have seasonal produce year round, or it could be a full frozen TV dinner. Regardless, everyone has experienced the likes of these meals.

But do you know who actually invented these frozen delicacies…and more importantly, why?

25 Years Later, Murdered Girl Gets Justice

In 1992, Lisa Marie Ziegert was murdered. In 2017, an arrest was made.

Lisa Ziegert was a 24-year-old teacher’s aide, who also worked at a local gift shop in Agawan. She was working the closing shift at the shop one day and showed up for work at 4pm. Ziegert was at the store by herself and was scheduled to close up at 9pm. The next morning, the store owners showed up to find the lights on, doors unlocked, and Ziegert’s car still in the parking lot. Her keys, wallet, and coat were all still inside.

Witnesses say they last saw the young woman at 7:30 p.m. inside the store. Things became more suspicious when Ziegert didn’t show up for her job as a teacher’s aide the next morning.

“We’re treating it as a missing person,” Agawam police Lt. Robert Campbell said. “Anything is possible at this point, and I’m not going to speculate.”

Brittany’s Card and Gift Shoppe, where Lisa Ziegert disappeared from.Mass Live

During a police investigation the day after her disappearance, blood was discovered in the storage room at the shop. State police and the FBI were called in to help investigate the case, both on foot and in helicopters. Joseph O’Neill, who owned the shop where Ziegert worked, says the police seized two doors from the store, as well as a display case.

“Lisa was very trusting,” O’Neill told the media. “Whoever it was, it was obviously someone she was not intimidated by.”

As time time passed, police acknowledged there may have to rethink their classification.

“The possibilities of it being a walk-away seem kind of slim as time goes on,” Lt. Campbell said. “As of this morning we have classified this as a kidnapping. We have ruled out a number of possibilities, and we feel she did not leave on her own.”

The search continued for Ziegert with the hopes of finding her alive, but unfortunately that would not happen.

11 Childhood Friendships That Made It To Hollywood

To make it to Hollywood is an incredible feat. It’s rare that you or one of your friends becomes a major celebrity. But can you imagine if you and your best friend became a Hollywood star? How crazy would that be?

Take a look at some of the celebrities you never knew were childhood friends.

These two mega-stars used to go to auditions together when they were kids. DiCaprio recalls wanting to be friends with Maguire so badly, he yelled at him from across a Hollywood lot asking for his phone number.

The Lord of the Rings star and Home Alone cutie appeared in the 1993 thrilled The Good Son and even keep in touch to this day. Despite everything Culkin has gone through, it’s nice to know he still has true friends.

Before she was Rachel on Friends, Aniston was a student at LaGuardia High School in New York. Cher’s son (then daughter) Chaz Bono (then Chastity Bono) also attended the school, and together they would often hang out at the Cher household!