The quote, To Thine Own Self Be True, comes from Hamlet, Polonius giving his son, Laertes, some good fatherly advice.
It also graces the AA coins one gathers, symbolizing another grateful year of sobriety.
That Shakespeare, they don’t call it Will Power, for nothing.
George Washington was petrified of being buried alive by accident, a common occurrence in his day, since laudanum, made with opium, was freely given for pain, lowering your vital signs making one appear dead when they were just out cold.
George instructed Martha to wait 2 days before burial, just to make sure.
As an added bonus, his last words were...tis well.
How’s that for a graceful parting.
Joe DiMaggio, when Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 at the age of 36, even though they were no longer married still running the show so to speak, wouldn’t allow Frank Sinatra to attend her funeral, holding him responsible for her introduction to the Kennedys he believed were behind her death.
Every time George Burns canoodled on Gracie Allen, he bought her an unexpected piece of jewelry. It’s how she always knew.
Michael Jackson paid a witch doctor $150.000 to put a curse on Steven Spielberg because he wouldn’t cast him in his film, Hook. Seems it backfired since ET’s dad is still making millions, his latest, a remake of West Side Story.
Did Mr. S. know then, casting an alleged child molester in a film about lost boys hit a little too close to home? Gives art imitating life a whole new face, doesn’t it?
Tom Sawyer was the first book written on a typewriter.
Writer, Jack Kerouac, though his most famous book is called, On The Road, never learned to drive.
Ernest Hemingway wrote most of the time, standing up.
An octopus lays 55,000 eggs at one time. It’s a pity she can’t sell them at a fertility clinic. Think of the money she’d make.
Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Larry King and Mickey Rooney were all married 8 times.
Stephen Stills of Crosby Stills and Nash, in 1969, wrote Suite: Judy Blue Eyes for folk singer Judy Collins, his girlfriend, soon to be ex, at the time.
Jim Carrey was the first choice to play Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean before losing out to Johnny Depp.
Speaking of Captain Jack, for his then lady love, Kate Moss’s 32nd birthday, at London’s Portobello Hotel in Room 16, filled a Victorian clawfoot bathtub to the brim with the best champagne.
Oh Johnny, you’re such a romantic.
The Yankees have won the World Series 27 times, more than any other team.
Stephen Colbert was 10 years-old on September 11, 1974, when his father James, and two older brothers, Peter and Paul, were killed in a plane crash.
The scene in The Godfather when Sonny gets whacked at the tollbooth was done in one take, setting off 400 squibs of fake blood.
Before Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died at 64 on May 19th, 1994, she told her kids, after taking what they wanted, should sell everything of hers because they’d make a fortune.
Right she was.
The auction held at Sothebys in New York, took in 34 million dollars.
My favorite story:
Arnold Schwarzenegger married at the time to Maria Shriver, Jackie’s niece, paid $772.000 for one of John Kennedy’s rocking chairs. When John Jr. learned of this he said…
“You should’a told me Arnold. I’d have given it to ya.”