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10 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT STEPHEN KING

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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies. Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about him:

– He suffers from triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13. “The number 13 never fails to trace that old icy finger up and down my spine. When I’m writing, I’ll never stop work if the page number is 13 or a multiple of 13; I’ll just keep on typing till I get to a safe number. I always take the last two steps on my back stairs as one, making 13 into 12. There were after all 13 steps on the English gallows up until 1900 or so. When I’m reading, I won’t stop on page 94, 193, or 382, since the sums of these numbers add up to 13.”

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TLBSPEDIA: MARIA CALLAS

 

 

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American opera singer Maria Callas was born Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos in New York City on December 2, 1923, a date confirmed by the attending physician for the delivery and what is believed to be her birth certificate. (Over the years, discrepancies and confusion have arisen concerning Callas’s birth date. Callas herself, along with school records, had stated she was born on the 3rd while her mother had claimed the 4th.) Her parents, George and Evangelia, were Greek immigrants who eventually shortened their last name to Callas by the time of Maria’s christening.

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘ALLY MCBEAL’

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In September 8 1997, one classic tv show of the 90’s premiered, ‘Ally McBeal’. The show is about Ally McBeal, an unlucky-in-love attorney, takes on peculiar cases while resisting feelings for her ex-boyfriend, who still works at her firm.

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
Creator: David E. Kelley

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this show.

  • Peter MacNicol does not appear in the pilot, though he’s in the second episode as a guest star. He joined the regular cast later in the first season.

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RARE PHOTOS OF FREDDIE MERCURY

Here you can see some rare photos of Freddie Mercury, to celebrate his 71th anniversary.

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TLBSPEDIA: PRINCESS DIANA

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British royalty Princess Diana Spencer was born on July 1 1961, near Sandringham, England. Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most adored members of the British royal family. She was the daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp (later known as the Honorable Frances Shand Kydd). Her parents divorced when Diana was young, and her father won custody of the children. Following her initial education at home, Diana attended Riddlesworth Hall School and then West Heath School.

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TLBSPEDIA: MARY SHELLEY

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Writer Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30 1797, in London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and political writer William Godwin and famed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, the author of ‘The Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ (1792). Sadly for Shelley, she never really knew her mother who died shortly after her birth. Her father William Godwin was left to care for Shelley and her older half-sister Fanny Imlay. Imlay was Wollstonecraft’s daughter from an affair she had with a soldier.

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘DIRTY DANCING’

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In August 21 1987, was released one classic movie of the 80’s, ‘Dirty Dancing’. The movie is about Frances Houseman, known as Baby, who is vacationing with her family at a resort in the Catskills at Kellermans Holiday Camp. One day, helping Bob carry watermelons, she discovers where the hotel’s employees play and dance. There she meets Johnny Castle, the hotel dance instructor and dancer, and ends up falling in love with him. When Penny, Johnny’s dance partner, gets pregnant while getting involved with one of the waiters, Robbie asks Lisa, Baby’s sister, for her sister to dance instead. But Frances’s father, Jake, does not approve, considering Johnny as irresponsible. And this for allegedly having impregnated Penny, stolen wallets and also asked to have an abortion.

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Director: Emile Ardolino

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.

  • Patrick Swayze had to convince Jennifer Grey to be in this film, because she had disliked him so much while filming Red Dawn (1984).

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MUSIC TIP: ELVIS PRESLEY

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Musician and actor Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. Presley was supposed to be a twin, but his brother, Jesse Garon was stillborn. From very humble beginnings, Elvis Presley grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll.

Raised by loving, working-class parents, Presley’s family had little money, and they moved from place to place frequently. He was deeply devoted to his parents, especially his mother, Gladys, and was raised to have a strong faith in God. Presley attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents, where gospel music became an important influence for him.

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THE BEAUTIFUL RENÉ MAGRITTE PAINTINGS

René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his death, here are some of his most beautiful and important artworks:

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Golconda, 1953.

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