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Do humans really only use ten percent of their brains?
Do humans really only use ten percent of their brains?

The notion has persisted in literature and film for years. Find out how it got started, and how true it is.


Did you Know? Snoop Dogg was once charged with murder
Did you Know? Snoop Dogg was once charged with murder

Snoop Dogg/Lion is pretty chill these days, but almost 22 years ago the rapper was put on trial for murder in connection with a gang shooting. Find out what happened, and how he was able to be free.


Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

It’s the 13th of the month and a Friday — so everyone knows what that means. But, do you know why Friday the 13th is considered so unlucky by many? (Especially those with “paraskavedekatriaphobia,” the phobia of Friday the 13th.)


Did You Know? Shrek was based on a real person, Maurice Tillet
Did You Know? Shrek was based on a real person, Maurice Tillet

Shrek is such a cartoon exaggeration that it seems like if he were based on a real person, it would be loosely, but it turns out that the artists who worked on Shrek had a real life model that looked exactly like their green ogre with a heart of gold.


A few things you need to know about Maleficent
A few things you need to know about Maleficent

We all love a good villain, so there’s nothing better than a good villain backstory. In Disney’s Maleficent Angelina Jolie depicts the transformation of a good hearted fairy into the “the Mistress of All Evil” after she suffers a staggering betrayal and loses her fairy wings. This new live-action movie, (out May 30) written by Linda Woolverton, offers a backstory to the evil fairy character created for the 1959 animated version of Sleeping Beauty.


What is a penny dreadful?
What is a penny dreadful?

Tonight is the official premiere of Showtime’s new critically-acclaimed gothic thriller series Penny Dreadful, and the publicity surrounding the show has many people wondering, “Who is Penny Dreadful? Was she a real person?” However, the question that should be asked isn’t “Who is Penny Dreadful?” but rather, “What is a penny dreadful?”


The true story of Ed Gein, the inspiration for Psycho’s Norman Bates
The true story of Ed Gein, the inspiration for Psycho’s Norman Bates

The character of Norman Bates — as seen in Psycho and Bates Motel — is too crazy to be real… Or so you’d think. Actually, the character author Robert Bloch created in the late 1950s is based on a very real, very creepy murderer from Wisconsin.


How did Ina Garten’s husband, Jeffrey Garten, make his money?
How did Ina Garten’s husband, Jeffrey Garten, make his money?

Jeffrey Garten, husband to Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten, is a foreign policy and economics expert who struck gold on Wall Street in the late 1970s after working as an advisor in the White House. Find out just how much he’s estimated to be worth…


Is Fargo really based on a true story?
Is Fargo really based on a true story?

We’re two episodes into FX’s Fargo TV series adaptation starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, and we’re hooked. Just like the film, it’s a crime-comedy set in Minnesota that plays up the possibility of dark secrets behind everyday niceness. Both the 1996 Coen Brothers movie and the TV series start out with a declaration that the events depicted are “Based on a true story.” Is there really a true crime inspiration for either?


Game of Thrones’ Theon Greyjoy is Lily Allen’s brother
Game of Thrones’ Theon Greyjoy  is Lily Allen’s brother

That’s right, Lily Allen’s little bro Alfie, who she described as a pot-smoking bum in her song “Alfie” from her 2007 album Alright, Still, is a successful actor, and his highlight role is as Theon Greyjoy in HBO’s wildly popular Game of Thrones.


 

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