George Clooney Road Trips With The Muppets And Other Classic Movie Characters [Video]

It seems like nothing can go wrong for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Earlier this year George Clooney and his wife Amal  shared the exciting news that they’re expecting twins, and now the father-to-be stars in a new commercial for Nespresso.

The ad, which features Clooney road-tripping through some of the most iconic movies of the past decades, is impressive and funny. While it’s a little strange to see George and the Muppets together, the star has a habit of showing up when he’s least expected.

See how many of these classic movies you can recognize, and watch out for a cameo from one of George’s Ocean’s 11 co-stars.

Did you recognize all the classic movie moments? George visits Psycho, Smokey and the Bandit, Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Muppet Movie, Easy Rider and Seabiscuit.

All that just to get home and enjoy some Nespresso coffee. Of course, if we lived in Clooney’s $10,000,000 home, we’d be dying to go there too!

In a special behind-the-scenes video Clooney shows off more the light-hearted personality that his fans love, joking that the commercial’s green screen set was easier to work with than Danny Devito.

That’s a lot of technology just for a coffee commercial! Then again, when you’re working with a multi-Oscar winner only the best will  do.

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Elvis Presley’s Custom-Designed Private Jet Is Up For Auction

Music fans go wild rounding up autographs, iconic outfits and instruments from their favorite performers, but the ultimate piece of musical memorabilia is about to go up up for sale in Roswell, New Mexico. Just don’t expect to drive it home from the auction in your trunk!

Elvis Presley’s personal 1962 Lockheed Jetstar airplane will be auctioned off later this week. It’s one of 3 private jets owned by the King, but this one is very special for a few reasons.

First, it had sentimental value to Elvis because he co-owned it with his father Vernon Presley. Second, every detail inside the plane was custom-designed by Presley himself.

Live Auctioneers
Live Auctioneers

Decked out in red on the outside and the inside – red was Presley’s favorite color, and he covered the floor of his Palm Springs home in red carpeting – the plane shows off the musician’s great eye for interior decorating.

All the seats are upholstered in red velvet, with matching shag carpet running the length of the plane.

Live Auctioneers
Live Auctioneers

While the wood paneling hasn’t aged very well, the plane has other nice features – like a TV, marble sinks and what looks like a toaster oven or microwave.

But don’t count on flying this jet home from the auction. It’s been a tourist attraction in Roswell for the last 3 decades, and the engine has been removed.

Everything else, according to Liveauctioneers.com, is exactly as Elvis left it.

Live Auctioneers
Live Auctioneers

If you want to get your hands on this once-in-a-lifetime piece of Elvis merchandise it will cost you. The auction company expects bids anywhere from 2 to 5 million dollars.

The plane also comes with Presley’s paperwork explaining his plans for the jet’s design.

The private plane is just one piece of Elvis memorabilia for sale this weekend. Music fans can also bid on the King’s 4.5 karat yellow gold ring and newspapers from the day he died.

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Check Your Attic! These 13 Retro Toys Are Worth A Lot Of Money

When we were young, we loved our toys because of the happy times we spent with them. But as adults, the thrill of collecting toys comes with the chance to make a lot of money. It turns out just about everyone has that one toy they’re nostalgic about, and true collectors will pay a lot to get their hands on that special piece.

If you threw out all your old action figures or dolls, you might kick yourself after reading this list and seeing just how much they could be worth today.

There’s no guarantee – the market is always changing, and you need to keep your toys in good condition – but if you still own one of these classic toys you could be sitting on a gold mine.

1. Hot Wheels Cars

Other toys are worth more, but if you still own a large Hot Wheels collection it’s worth checking for some rare cars. Unique variants in the main set of the popular toy cars can fetch hundreds of bucks among collectors. Check for the 1970 Red Baron, because there are lots of errors and variants that could make it worth more.

2. Original Transformers Toys

There have been dozens of sets of these popular toys, but the original set of transforming robots could be a lottery ticket in disguise. The first generation of Soundwave figures can easily sell for over $100, while a full set of the original robots in good condition can easily break $40,000.

3. Beanie Babies

We’ve written before about how these adorable plush toys are worth a bundle these days. Even if you don’t have any of the rare or limited edition toys, you could be in luck. Some Beanies, like Claude the Crab, have errors on their tags that drive up their value.

4. LEGO Trains

LEGO sets are popular, trains are popular, it seems like these toy sets were a match made in heaven. Even recent sets sell on ebay for hundreds of dollars, but if you have a retro LEGO set from the 80s tucked away you could easily sell it for a few hundred dollars.

5. Stadium Events For the NES

Remember playing this back in the 1987? Probably not. The game was recalled and re-branded as World Class Track Meet, making Stadium Events the rarest game for the original NES. Nobody knows exactly how many copies are out there, but the game has sold for more than $35,000.

6. Mego Pocket Super Heroes

Before action figures could talk or use their kung-fu grip, these simple toys that could bend at the waist were popular. You could originally buy both Marvel and DC heroes for just $1.66, but with the slew of popular movies a Mego hero in good condition can sell for over $100.

Click the next page to learn how much your Pokemon cards and Star Wars figures are worth today!

7. Pokemon Cards

Now don’t get excited, not every single card in your collection is worth a fortune. Pokemon cards were big sellers in the ’90s, so only the rarest of the rare are worth digging around in your crawlspace to find. In fact, the most valuable Pokemon card of all is too rare to even hope you could find it.

Only six of the Illustrator card were made, and each was given out as a prize for a special contest.

But, if you happen to have a holographic Charizard card from the original series hiding somewhere, you could easily make $100 with it.

8. Star Wars Action Figures

When Kenner released their line of toys inspired by the hit sci-fi films, toy collectors and kids everywhere went ga-ga for their great quality. If you’re one of the 20 people in the world with an original Luke Skywalker doll still in the box, you can name your price for it.

A Japanese collector named Nigo sold his entire set of the figures for $450,000.

9. Masters of the Universe Eternia Playset

This toy is a big deal, literally. Sold for a whopping $83.97 back in 1986, the huge set comes with more than 50 pieces, including a motorized cable car that glides between the huge towers. Even incomplete sets of this mammoth toy sell for hundreds of dollars.

10. Lord of the Rings Figures

Before it was a multi-billion dollar media empire with video games and Oscar-winning movies, The Lord of the Rings was just a fantasy book series with a cartoon musical movie adaptation. The original 1978-79 toys based off the series are each worth hundreds today.

11. Garbage Pail Kids

Of course we all loved these gross collectible cards, but who could’ve guessed they were worth anything? The market for these has died down a little, but cards like “Adam Bomb” once sold for thousands. Look for foreign cards, which sometimes feature different art from the regular printings.

12. Original Furbys

Furbys were big sellers when they were released in the ’90s, so there’s no shortage of them on the market today, and you can still buy a classic Furby for under $100. But if you have a sealed box, especially containing a Furby with a popular design, prices can stretch as high as this ebay listing.

13. Happy Meal Toys

We all had our favorite line of toys from the fast food restaurant, but some are worth much more than others. There’s a big market for Nintendo toys and also – of course – the line of special national Beanie Babies. Were you smart enough to save any?

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5 Secrets Hiding In The Album Cover For Abbey Road

The Beatles were the biggest band on the planet when they released their 11th studio album, Abbey Road, but that didn’t stop the “fab four” from doing things their own way. Just like their music, the now-iconic album cover for the record broke all the rules, and inspired its own rumors, conspiracy theories and questions that have puzzled Beatlemaniacs since 1969.

You probably have this record in your home right now, but there are small details hidden in the cover that you’ve never seen before.

If you thought you knew everything about the Beatles, think again. These 5 facts have been hiding in plain sight.

1. The missing title

The biggest secret hiding in the album cover is actually what isn’t there. The decision not to put the band’s name or the album title on the cover got backlash from the band’s record company EMI, but the  cover’s designer Kosh said “we didn’t need to write the band’s name on the cover … They were the most famous band in the world.”

2. The police van

Around the time of the album’s release, an elaborate conspiracy that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced was becoming popular. To fans, the police van on the right side of the cover is supposed to be proof of the theory.

In fact, it’s part of the unglamorous process to take the shot. Cameraman Ian Macmillan stood on a stepladder in the middle of the street to take the picture, while a police officer stopped traffic. He only had 10 minutes to snap the iconic photo, but he obviously did a great job.

Click the next page for more surprising facts, including the identity of the man next to the police car!

3. Why is Paul barefoot?

Did you notice that the famous rocker is the only one in the shot not wearing shoes? He’s also out of step with the other band members. Both of these became parts of the larger “Paul is dead” conspiracy, hidden clues revealing that Paul had been replaced with a lookalike. How else could you explain it?

Well, on the day of the photoshoot Paul was wearing sandals, but took them off because it was so hot. You can see them in this behind-the-scenes shot.

I guess the truth isn’t always stranger than fiction!

4. The tourist

The shadowy figure on the right side of the cover also became part of the conspiracy theories, and there was lots of speculation about his identity, which all turned out to be wrong.

Years later the man was identified as American businessman Paul Cole, who was visiting London and stopped to watch “a bunch of kooks” cross the street. The next year, he noticed himself on the album cover.

While very few people can say they stumbled onto a Beatles album, Cole could care less.

“I’ve seen the Beatles on television and have heard a few of their songs,” he said.

“It’s not my kind of thing, I prefer classical music.”

5. The Beetle

Like almost everything else in the photo, fans theorized that the white Volkswagen Beetle on the left side of the cover held a hidden message about Paul’s death.

In fact, it belonged to a man who lived across the street from Abbey Road Studios. His license plate was reportedly stolen multiple times by fans of the band, and he eventually sold the car in 1986. Today, you can visit it at the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfberg, Germany.

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The Night Johnny Carson Exposed A Psychic On Live TV

A lot of memorable acts passed through studio 6-B when Johnny Carson was hosting the Tonight Show. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just plain ugly, but none can measure up to the psychic Yuri Geller and his disastrous appearance on the show in 1973. He’s all but forgotten now, but in the ’70s Geller was a household name, and the world’s most famous psychic.

Unlike other magicians and illusionists, the Israeli “psychic” insisted that all his powers were real, and even claimed they had been given to him by aliens. His signature trick was to bend spoons with nothing but the power of his mind, but he had a laundry list of other psychic “powers”, including mind reading.

Amazingly, audiences around the world bought Geller’s act hook, line and sinker – hey, it was the ’70s after all. His performances made him a millionaire, and companies even offered him contracts to use his powers for their benefit.

One of the powers that Yuri claimed to have was “dousing,” the ability to detect water and precious minerals underground. An Australian mining company was so convinced by his claims that they offered him stock in the business to detect minerals for them.

With success like that, it’s no surprise that he was invited to perform his act on the Tonight Show, but Johnny Carson didn’t make things easy for him.

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It’s a little-known fact, but before he got his start as a comedian and a TV host, Johnny Carson was a stage magician who performed as “the Great Carsoni.” Like other illusionists, Carson was skeptical about Geller’s claims that his powers were real, and supernatural. Most magicians agree that it’s fine to “lie” to an audience to entertain them, but misleading them for your own profit isn’t.

Carson decided to test Geller’s powers on live TV, with the help of another magician named James Randi – aka the Amazing Randi. Geller had no idea his powers would be tested on the show, he only expected to perform his spoon bending and water dousing tricks for the cameras.

The performance was a disaster. Randi had brought his own equipment – regular kitchen spoons, containers of water that Geller wasn’t allowed to touch – and didn’t allow Geller or his crew to interfere with them before he brought them out.

Again and again Geller’s tricks failed to work, which he blamed on his powers being “weak” that night. Few people have bombed on live TV as badly as Geller did that night.

Surprisingly, Geller’s career continued long after his public embarrassment. He continued to perform for audiences, and still claimed his powers were real.

He’s still touring today, and even uses some of the same tricks he failed to perform on his Carson appearance, but these days he doesn’t insist that he has any supernatural powers.

“I am an entertainer,” he told a German magazine in 2007, “I want to do a good show. My entire character has changed.”

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7 Legendary Musicians Who Hated Their Biggest Hits

You make a hit song, it charts all around the world, and you collect your royalty check for the rest of your life. Sounds easy right?

Well just imagine if that song followed you around in the supermarket for the rest of your life, or if you couldn’t go to the bank without somebody asking you to sing it. Pretty soon you’d get sick of that song’s very name, and that’s just what happened to these 7 artist.

It turns out that if you absolutely loved one of these classic songs, you were helping to drive you favorite musician bonkers!

1. Bob Geldof – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and “We Are The World”

The Live Aid organizer and record producer has done a lot of good for the world with his record-breaking charity singles, but don’t imagine he has any fondness for “We Are The World” or “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

We can’t blame him – imagine having those songs stuck in your head forever. He says Christmas season, when his songs are on repeat, is the absolute worst.

2. Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”

You probably danced to this iconic rock ballad at your prom (or your wedding) so it can be heartbreaking to find out that the band’s lead singer Robert Plant hates it with a passion.

While the band still plays it on special occasions, Plant says he would “break out in hives if I had to sing that song in every show,” and that was how he felt back in 1988. Imagine how worn out he feels now!

3. John Lennon – The Beatles’ entire discography

The legendary singer-songwriter didn’t mince words when he admitted he’s “dissatisfied with every record the Beatles ever [..] made.” But Lennon had some especially harsh criticism saved for “When I’m 64” from Sgt. Pepper’s.

That one was “Paul’s completely,” according to John. “I would never dream of writing a song like that.” He even calls “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” “abysmal […] just terrible.” Tell us how you really feel John!

He isn’t the only legend who hates his classics though.

4. The Who – “Pinball Wizard”

This classic single plays at least once an hour on every rock station in the county, but it was an afterthought for the Who and the band came to hate its runaway success.

Their album Tommy was already being previewed when they threw the song together to make the record flow better. Guitarist Pete Townshend says “Pinball Wizard” was “the most clumsy piece of writing” he ever did, but fans still love it.

5. Tina Turner – “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

You might think that “Let’s Stay Together” would be Turner’s most successful song, but this funky R&B hit from 1984 actually takes the top spot. More than a million copies of the record sold in the US alone, but Turner had to be talked into releasing the song by her manager Roger Davies. Later, the movie about Turner’s life would be named What’s Love Got to Do with It.

6. Elvis Presley – “Burning Love”

When this bombastic rock song was released in 1973, Elvis and Priscilla were splitting up, and the King felt more like singing sad ballads. He also resented “Burning Love” because the lyrics were silly and meaningless.

To avoid playing it whenever he could, he would insist he needed “sheet music” to play it live – in fact, Elvis has photographic memory when it comes to music.

7. Frank Sinatra – Every one of his hits

You’d have a hard time naming any of Sinatra‘s biggest songs that he enjoyed singing. The crooner said “My Way” was self-indulgent, “New York, New York” was a pain in his…behind, and he called “Strangers in the Night” “the worst […] song I have ever heard.”

Once, during a live concert, the audience could actually see Ol’ Blue Eyes mouthing “I hate that song” as the music for “Strangers” was ending.

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America’s Most Famous Family Feud Was Settled On The Perfect Game Show

Even if you don’t know how their famous argument began, you’ve probably heard about the bad blood between the Hatfield family and the McCoys.

Devil Anse and Old Ran’l.

The Hatfield-McCoy feud (or McCoy-Hatfield feud, depending on which family you ask) dates back to 1863. The two families lived on either side of the Big Sandy River, with the Hatfields in West Virginia led by William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, and the McCoys in Kentucky led by “Old Ran’l” Randolph McCoy.

The families fell out after the death of Asa Harmon McCoy. Asa was one of the few men from either family who fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was murdered while traveling home from the war, and Devil Anse was the prime suspect. While he was later proven not guilty, the two families continued to feud for decades.

The Hatfields in 1897.

The feud was so bad it was dubbed a “war” by local newspapers, and both states threatened to send their militias to attack the other family. At least 13 family members or their supporters were killed between 1880 and 1891 alone.

Famously, a dispute over a pig owned by the McCoys and stolen by the Hatfields led to even more violence. Land disputes and revenge killings only made things worse. But almost 100 years after the feud began, the families came up with a creative way to settle their arguments once and for all.

In 1979, as part of a week-long special, America’s most famous feuding families settled their differences on…you guessed it: Family Feud.

Descendants from both sides of the conflict showed up dressed in period costumes and pointing firearms across the set. They even competed to win a live pig along with the usual cash prize.

Like other attempts to settle the feud, fate seemed determined to prevent the families from burying the hatchet. The McCoys won the series 3 games to 2, but only won $8,459 while the Hatfields racked up $11,272. In the end, the McCoy score was “corrected” to $11,273.

But the feud didn’t end with this TV appearance. The families finally put the past behind them in 2003, when they signed a special truce to send a message of unity to the country. “We’re not saying you don’t have to fight because sometimes you do have to fight,” descendant Reo Hatfield said, “but you don’t have to fight forever.”

Today, many locations from the feud have become National Historic Landmarks. Both families host a festival and marathon on the anniversary of their truce, with the motto “no feudin’, just runnin.'”

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How A Mistake Led To The Most Recognizable Dish In The World

Almost everyone can identify the classic white dish with the blue cornflower on the side. CorningWare was a staple of almost every house on my street when I was growing up. Something so popular had to have been the result of careful planning and engineering right?

Wrong.

In fact, the favorite dish of America is actually the result of a colossal mistake, but when life gives you lemons…

Corning
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It all started in 1915 when Coring Glass Works introduced Pyrex to the world. It was the first time that glass ovenware could be used. The traditional metal was the only option before because glass couldn’t stand up to the heat.

Fast forward a few years to 1952 and Dr. S Donald Stookey, who worked for Corning, was working in a division trying to find an even stronger version of glass. Little did he know that an accident in the lab was about to change his job forever.

Dr. Stookey was a very smart man, graduating with Honors from Coe College and then later finishing with a Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Even the smartest men in history have been the beneficiaries of some good luck.

That’s what happened to Stookey. While testing a piece of glass using in early TV production, a malfunction in the oven accidentally baked the material at a whopping 900 degrees Celsius, more than twice what normal ovens can produce at their hottest temperature.

Testing
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He expected the piece of glass to be a melted puddle when he opened the oven, but he was surprised to find it still intact. It kept its shape and turned to a milky white color. He carefully removed the piece of glass from the oven with his tongs, but fate wasn’t done with him yet.

While moving the glass Stookey tripped, dropping the superheated (and thus fragile) glass onto the floor. Any reasonable person would have expected it to shatter, but instead it stayed whole. Not long after these two accidents, Coring began selling their new material, called Pyroceram, to the military to be used in rockets.

In the lab
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A few years later Corning re-purposed their durable material to a line of dinnerware that holds so many memories for many of us. CorningWare was a hit, selling out across the world as the first dish that could be used in the oven, at the table and to store leftovers.

Stookey died at the age of 99 in 2014, having claim to 60 patents. With all his success it’s amazing that his biggest invention was one that he created by accident.

40 Years Later, What Burt Reynolds Has To Say About Sally Field Will Melt Your Heart

When Burt Reynolds and Sally Field shared the screen in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, audiences fell in love. But so did the film’s stars.

In the 1970s, both Reynolds and Field were at the height of their careers, but were also nursing their hearts after a pair of disastrous marriages in the 1960s. Field, now a single mother of two children, felt a connection to her costar right away.

Universal Pictures

“Burt was the most important influence that came into my life other than my children at the time,” she later said about the actor, who went on to star in four more films with her.

While the pair never tied the knot, they were a Hollywood power couple for five years, and it’s clear that even decades later the relationship meant a lot to both of them.

“Burt was the most important thing that ever happened in my life,” Field remembers. “He rescued my career and literally put me to work, he literally gave me a new lease on life.”

National Enquirer

As for Reynolds, he gushed about his relationship with Field during the tour for his autobiography But Enough About Me in 2015. “I think we would have been very happy,” he said about spending the rest of his life with Field.

“If anybody asks about that period of my life, it was a wonderful time. I was — and still am — very proud of her.”

So what came between these two lovebirds if their relationship was so strong they still cherish it 40 years later? That’s just another twist in their unique Hollywood love story.

Despite finding fame as an actress, Field remembered being stubbornly humble about her good looks – until she met Reynolds.

Universal Pictures

“He gave me a feeling that I was sexy, and I wanted to be everything he ever wanted,” the actress remembered. But she says that also proved to be a downside of their relationship as the years went on.

“Because what happened is that I stopped existing. I dressed for him, looked for him, walked for him.”

While Reynolds hasn’t publicly addressed why his romance with Field ended, we know those years were a difficult time for the actor. After being injured on the set of his action film Sharky’s Machine, Reynolds developed an addiction to prescription pain medication which lasted for years.

Reynolds married actress Loni Anderson after his split from Field.Radar Online

Despite their strong connection, both Reynolds and Field found love again after splitting up in the early ’80s. Reynolds married actress Loni Anderson before divorcing over her excessive shopping habits. Meanwhile, Field married producer Alan Greisman, and had a son before they split up in 1993.

Reynolds admits his “sense of loss” about this one relationship “never goes away,” but also admits he has “no idea what Sally thinks about it.”

Reynolds and Field today.People / Seattle Times

“I spoke to her son recently. He said that his mum talks about me all the time. Maybe she’ll phone me one day. I’d love to have that conversation.”

Did you realize these two were a real couple?

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The “Bubble Boy”: A Heartbreaking Look Back At The Boy Who Was Allergic To Everything

Some historical events are so strange, it’s almost easier to believe that they never really happened in the first place.

Take the case of David Vetter, the boy from Texas who became known around the world as “the boy in the plastic bubble.” Decades later, the idea of a boy growing up in a bubble has found its way into comedy movies and sitcoms, but almost no one remembers Vetter’s real story.

Vetter as an infant.Texas Children’s Hospital

Vetter was born on September 21, 1971 with a condition called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and lived for just 20 seconds in the outside world before being placed in a protective bubble.

Because of Vetter’s condition, even a very small amount of germs could kill him. His parents, Carol Ann and David J., had already lost a son to SCID as an infant before David was born, and were warned by doctors that if they had another boy, his chance of developing the condition would be one in two.

Vetter had a team of 30 support workers looking after him around the clock.Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives

Vetter’s condition, and his treatment, made him famous around the world, but he was only known publicly as “David the boy in the plastic bubble” to protect his family’s privacy.

At the time, doctors assumed Vetter would “grow out” of SCID by age two, or that he would live in the bubble until a cure was developed. But life in Vetter’s habitat wasn’t easy.

Vetter kept up with his schoolwork inside the bubble.Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives

It took round-the-clock attention from a team of 30 support workers at the Texas Children’s Hospital to keep David healthy and safe. While they provided him with toys and books, everything in the bubble (including the air Vetter breathed and the food he ate) had to be sterilized before being put inside, which could take up to a week.

Plus, the habitat needed air compressors running constantly to stay inflated, which made Vetter’s room so noisy he could barely speak to anyone.

But as David grew older, he was actually able to explore the world outside his bubble.

Vetter’s plastic habitats were designed by NASA engineers, and they didn’t stop at just building him a place to sit down.

Despite the freedom the spacesuit offered, Vetter only wore it seven times.Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives

The team also designed a special spacesuit based on the real thing used by NASA’s astronauts. When Vetter turned six, he was able to celebrate by taking his first steps in the outside world. This was also the first time his mother Carol Ann was able to hold her son in her arms.

Texas Children’s Hospital

But just like everything else involving the bubble, putting on the spacesuit was a real chore. There were 24 steps to fasten the suit to Vetter’s bubble, and another 28 steps to put it on while keeping the interior sterile.

In the end, David seemed not to like the suit, and only wore it seven times.

Instead of exploring the world in a space suit, the bubble boy was just happy to move back home. A special, second habitat was added to his family’s house in Dobbin, Texas.

Vetter at age 12Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives

As he got older, Vetter and his parents were willing to try new and risky treatments to cure his SCID. His doctors proposed a bone marrow transplant from his sister Katherine, and the family agreed to take the risk.

But an undetectable amount of the Epstein-Barr virus from his sister’s bone marrow infected Vetter with lymphoma, and he died from the cancer just months after the operation in February, 1984.

Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives

David Vetter had spent all but 20 seconds of his 12 years on Earth inside a plastic bubble.

Despite how Vetter’s life ended in tragedy, research from his time in the bubble has transformed the lives of children with SCID around the world.

Today, a treatment pioneered using Vetter’s own blood cells lets SCID patients live normal lives, and 14 out of 16 children with the condition enjoy a normal lifespan.

The Texas Children’s Allergy and Immunology Clinic even runs a research and treatment wing named the David Center, in Vetter’s honor.

Did you know David’s heartbreaking life story?

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