Monday, July 21, 2014

Craigslist Ad Of The Day: I Need A Sword

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Originally Posted: 2014-06-22

I need a sword

I need a sword. Something large, of fine craftsmanship and sturdy. Must be able to cleave a moose in half with one to two blows.

This is extremely important. I need to arm for my time machine and i cant bring a gun to where im going, i dont want to give myself away as a time traveler and i have to fit in.

I would prefer something from the renaissance period, as i am trying to save King Louis XIII from bring executed. If all goes as planned, the present will change and i hope you all enjoy not having france a part of this planet anymore.

Youre welcome in advance.

This is completely serious and is not a joke.

16 Things You Might Not Know About The Princess Bride

Inconceivable! From a longer list on Buzzfeed.

Director Rob Reiner auditioned over 500 women for the role of Buttercup, including Courtney Cox, Meg Ryan, Uma Thurman, and Whoopie Goldberg.

The Princess Bride was almost made into a movie in the ’70s, and a then-unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger was seriously considered to play Fezzik.

Reiner’s first choice to play Vizzini was Danny DeVito, but the role ultimately went to Wallace Shawn.

Neither Cary Elwes or Mandy Patinkin had any sword-fighting experience before filming. Both trained rigorously, and every frame of Inigo and Westley’s sword fight on The Cliffs of Insanity is actually the two actors.

Rob Reiner offered Mandy Patinkin any role he wanted in The Princess Bride.

Patinkin chose Inigo partly because his own father died a few years before filming, and for motivation he would tell himself that if he caught the six-fingered man, his own father would come back.

Mandy Patinkin’s favorite line in the movie is when Inigo says, “I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.”

The first scene Robin Wright filmed was her dress catching fire in the Fire Swamp. The fire is real, but the skirt was made of flame-retardant cloth. William Goldman, who wrote the book and the screenplay for The Princess Bride, was on set at the time and screamed, “Her dress is on fire!” ruining the shot.

Billy Crystal wanted Miracle Max to look like a cross between his own grandmother and former Yankees manager Casey Stengel.

Crystal filmed the role of Miracle Max over three days for 10 hours a day, and never made the same joke twice.

Rob Reiner would laugh so much at Crystal’s lines he would have to leave the room during filming.

Goldman decided Rob Reiner was the right man to direct The Princess Bride only after he saw This Is Spinal Tap.

Reiner once ran into mob boss John Gotti and six of his men outside a New York restaurant. One of them looked at him and said, “You killed my father, prepare to die!” then burst out laughing.

A body double was used for the scene when Westley jumps on Fezzik’s back because AndrĂ© the Giant had severe back issues.

During fight rehearsal for Inigo’s big showdown with Count Rugen, Mandy Patinkin accidentally stabbed Christopher Guest in the thigh.

The final scene of the movie was originally going to be The Grandson looking out his window and seeing the four heroes, sitting on white horses, waving from below. Reiner decided against it and reshot the final scene.

(More here)

News: New Study Finds Most Of Earth’s Oxygen Used For Complaining

From The Onion. Parody but this sounds pretty reasonable to me.
New Study Finds Most Of Earth’s Oxygen Used For Complaining

SEATTLE—Following a multiyear study of atmospheric gases and their role in organic processes on earth, a team of researchers at the University of Washington reported this week that the majority of the oxygen on the planet is used for complaining.

“By carefully measuring the processes of gas exchange, the respiratory capacities of living organisms, and resulting metabolic activities, we discovered that most oxygen molecules in Earth’s troposphere are used for the purposes of sighing, whining, and most commonly, complaining,” said the study’s lead author, James Lauderio, who noted that an adult human converts an average of 19 cubic feet of oxygen per day into petty grievances about acquaintances, nitpicking objections about popular media or the weather, criticisms about tasks they are performing, and general fussing with family members.

“And while humans are the species most responsible for transforming oxygen into complaints, it’s important to note that other animal life, including mammals, birds, and reptiles, also convert massive amounts of O2 into displeased growls and screeches about their habitats and food sources.”

Lauderio added that the research team has not been able to determine a verifiable upper limit to the number of complaints that can be produced from a single inhalation, with many human subjects reportedly producing upwards of 40 or more complaints with each breath.


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