These Gene Wilder Bloopers Are Guaranteed To Make You Laugh

Gene Wilder is one of the all time best actors, known for his amazing ability to transform himself into any character. His roles are iconic and it’s hard to imagine him as anything but the perfect actor. Luckily for us, everyone messes up and when you are an actor it is caught on film forever.

In my opinion bloopers are one of the greatest things you can watch. It shows you how much work went into the making of a movie and more often than not gives you some hilarious insight into the personalities of the cast. Gene Wilder is known for being super professional all the time, but even he couldn’t keep it together when filming Young Frankenstein.

His giggles with his costars are too adorable and really will make you miss him even more than you did. Check out these amazing bloopers from one of the best actors of all time.

I Can’t Believe How Much These 12 Classic TV Homes Would Really Cost

Before everyone started complaining about how much Monica and Rachel’s apartment in New York would really cost, we were happy to accept the illusion that all the families on TV just happened to live in nicer homes than the rest of us.

Maybe people in Hollywood just have a skewed perspective on things, but looking back at some of these shows it really is amazing the prime real estate the characters on our favorite shows could afford. It’s hard to work out exactly how much these homes were worth when the show first aired, but it’s easier to tell how much they would cost today.

See if you can afford to live in your TV dream home – but don’t get your hopes up!

1. The Wonder Years – $880,000

The best part about living in the 60s? Real estate was cheaper.

2.The Dick Van Dyke Show – $850,000

Good thing he had that cushy job as a TV writer.

3. Bewitched – $650,000

Samantha must’ve wiggled her nose to help pay for this home.

4. The Beverly Hillbillies – $18 million

This mansion has 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Good thing they had that Texas T to pay for it.

5. Happy Days – $2.6 million

I hope the Cunninghams made Fonzy pay rent!

6. I Love Lucy – $10,500 (per month)

Manhattan apartments have got a little pricey since the 50s!

7. The Jeffersons – $20,000 (per month)

You have to clean a lot of clothes to afford this four bedroom apartment.

8. The Munsters – at least $1 million

Nice houses in Hollywood are costly, and that’s before you add in the Gothic architecture.

9. Leave It To Beaver – $350,000

The appeal of a nice home in the suburbs has never faded.

10. The Addams Family – at least $5 million

Hey, a home with enough space for a pet lion and dragon will cost you!

11. The Honeymooners – $2,300 (per month)

Don’t ask us how the Kramdens lived here on one salary.

12. The Brady Bunch – $1.4 million

TV’s most famous family lived in North Hollywood, where the prices are sky-high. But they still managed to afford that Hawaiian vacation!

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Rabbit Hole Hides Secret 700-Year-Old Knights Templar Caves

Do you ever feel like everything has changed too much around you? The gadgets you used to use are gone, and kids are using slang terms you’ve never heard of! What is a “fleek?” I’ll never know.

Sometimes it can get overwhelming, but you can always take comfort in knowing that if the internet was to cease existence, we will know how to go to a library and look things up!

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Do You Remember This Famous Mascot?

In 1979 a survey found that the most recognizable person in America was former President Richard Nixon, followed by televangelist Billy Graham.

Surprisingly, the third most recognizable American was Rick Wilson, the actor who played the grocery store manager Mr. Whipple in ads for Charmin toilet paper.

Looking back, it can be hard to appreciate how much of a phenomenon the Mr. Whipple ads were. Starting in 1964, they ran for over 20 years and 500 ads, making Mr. Whipple the longest-running TV character when he was retired in 1985.

But why, exactly, was he always trying to stop us from squeezing the Charmin? If you’ve ever wondered about these strange ads you have John Chervokas to thank.

Chervokas was still new at the ad agency Benton & Bowles when he came up with Mr. Whipple’s legendary gimmick.

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He was inspired by the way women in grocery stores would squeeze the produce, and thought it would be funny if they did the same thing with Charmin toilet paper. That’s exactly what happens in the first Mr. Whipple ads.

The one thing Chervokas didn’t come up with was Mr. Whipple’s name. The character was named after – and inspired by – his boss, the company’s president George Whipple, who sold the rights to his name.

Of course, the Mr. Whipple ads were a huge success. They turned Charmin, which was a new brand, into a household name in just a few years.

While Rick Wilson had guest roles on over 300 TV shows, he was always know best as the toilet paper-squeezing manager. But that was no problem for Wilson, who made $300,000 a year playing the character.

Another job perk? Charmin sent Wilson a package of toilet paper every month!

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Heartbreaking Family Tragedy Still Haunts Anderson Cooper Nearly 30 Years Later

Most people don’t know about the family tragedy that rocked Anderson Cooper’s life and forever changed the relationship he had with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

On July 22, 1988, Carter Cooper, Anderson’s older brother, committed suicide at the age of 23 by jumping from the family’s 14th-floor apartment.

He wasn’t alone though, in his final moments, Vanderbilt was with him on the balcony, trying to talk him out of what he was about to do.

(L-R) Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Carter Cooper

‘He reached out to me at the end,’ Vanderbilt told People, ” Then he went over, hanging there on the wall, like on a bar in a gymnasium. I said ‘Carter, come back,’ and for a minute I thought he’d swing back up. But he let go.”

In an interview with her son, Anderson, last year, Vanderbilt admits that she considered throwing herself off of the building after Carter.

“There was a moment when I thought I was going to jump over after him,” she told Anderson. “I thought of you and it stopped me.”

After Carter’s death, Anderson threw himself into his work as a journalist. Unlike his mother, Anderson was unable to talk about how his brother’s suicide affected him. Instead, he sought out others who were suffering “tremendous losses.”

“I started going overseas and going to places where life and death was very real and where people were suffering tremendous loses,” he admitted, “‘Hearing their stories and hearing people talk about it sort of helped me to get to a place where I could talk about it, I think.”

Where Anderson couldn’t open up about his brother, Vanderbilt needed to keep talking about the son she lost.

“It doesn’t just change you, it demolishes you. The rest of your life is spent on another level. Is the pain less? No, just different,” she says.

Cooper still honors his brother yearly, and recently posted a touching picture of him on his Instagram.

He remains in my heart, golden and true, he wrote.

“There’s no such thing as closure,” he told People magazine. “I think it’s still hard to believe it’s been so long because I think it’s still so present in our lives, that sense of loss.”

Even though he kept his tragedy quiet, Cooper still lives with his loss every day. It’s a feeling too many of us can relate to.

[h/t Daily Mail]

You Won’t Believe What Your Favorite Mascots Used To Look Like

Whether we like it or not, mascots are a big part of our lives. We may not remember the capital of Romania off the top of our heads, but there’s no doubt every man, woman and child in America knows Tony the Tiger’s catchphrase by heart.

But why are all these characters so memorable? It has a lot to do with their great designs. Take Mr. Clean for example, if he hadn’t been designed with the sparkling white outfit that showed just how clean he could make your home, he probably wouldn’t be world-famous today.

So it can be pretty surprising to look up the first appearances of some iconic mascots and see just how different they used to look. Compare the changes these characters have been through and it should be clear why the improved designs are so much better.

Mr. Clean wore a suit?

The man who represents a clean, sparkling kitchen to families around the world was based on a sailor from Florida, which is why he has such a brawny look.

While he appeared as a cartoon character at first, there were a few commercials in the 1960s where Mr. Clean was played by actor Mark Dana.

I can’t decide what’s stranger about this ad: the scary, dark suit Mr. Clean is wearing, or the fact that he talks in this ad.

Ronald McDonald was a creepy clown

It’s easy to see why this early design, with Ronald wearing an outfit made from McDonald’s boxes, wasn’t a hit with customers.

Ronald was originally played by Willard Scott, the same actor who starred as the famous Bozo the Clown.

Miss Chiquita was more a-peel-ing

If you love bananas you probably have a few stickers with the famous Chiquita banana lady stuck to your desk, so it may come as a shock that the mascot was once a real banana lady.

The brand introduced the human version of Miss Chiquita in 1987.

Can you recognize these elves?

Snap, Crackle and Pop looked more like triplets than brothers in this vintage add. They got a makeover in the 1940s, with the unique designs that make them easy to recognize, and haven’t changed much since then.

The Jolly Yellow Giant

Yes, it’s hard to believe but the Green Giant wasn’t always green! The classic character, who was named for a type of very large green peas sold by the Minnesota Valley Canning Company, has also grown a few feet over the years.

Bibendum gave up a few bad habits

This jolly tire-man first appeared way back 1894, and he’s changed shape a few times since then.

Originally, he liked to smoke a cigar and drink broken glass and nails (to demonstrate how tough Michelin tires are).

But since adopting a healthier lifestyle Bibendum has slimmed down quite a bit.

Tony the Tiger actually retired

Most people claim that Tony the Tiger has put on a few pounds of muscle since he first appeared in the 50s, but that’s not true.

See that mischievous tiger cub in the commercial? He’s Tony’s son, Tony Jr. That’s the tiger on our cereal boxes today.

The two are very different – Tony is serious while Tony Jr. is sporty – but they both have the same catchphrase and deep voice. It’s easy to see the family resemblance.

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Whatever Happened To Robby The Robot? The Incredible Career Of Hollywood’s Strangest Star

If you grew up watching old movies, you probably saw the science fiction hit Forbidden Planet. The movie starred Leslie Nielsen as a spaceship captain investigating a strange planet.

While the movie features incredible, cutting edge special effects, audiences fell in love with a waddling robot named Robby. For some reason, this strange robot with a glass head really impressed people, and he had career most actors could only dream of.

Just a year after his movie debut, Robby was promoted from a bit-part to a movie star, and was featured in his own movie called The Invisible Boy.

But who, exactly, was Robby? He was actually a suit built by MGM’s props department. If he makes you think of a big washing machine with legs, you’re not alone. He was created by Robert Kinoshita, an artist who actually designed washing machines.

On set, he was controlled by a stuntman named Frankie Darro. Despite all of Darro’s hard work, his name never showed up in the credits, but Robby’s did. Maybe the robot just had a better agent.

Finally, actor Marvin Miller gave Robby his famous deep voice.

Like many Hollywood actors, after his early success Robby’s career hit a rough patch. He spent most the 70s in a movie memorabilia museum, where lots of guests drew on him and tore off his parts.

Thankfully, he was bought by movie historian William Malone, and he finally started to find more roles.

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You probably recognize Robby from lots of TV shows. He’s had guest roles on everything from Wonder Woman and Lost in Space to Columbo and The Addams Family.

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After decades of work in the entertainment business, Robby has finally earned the respect he deserves.

In 2004 he was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame. He hasn’t shot any new parts in a while, but lots of fans are still discovering his long career. And unlike most actors, he can keep it going for decades and decades to come.

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The Bizarre Story Behind This Famous Photo Of Richard Nixon And Elvis Presley

If you’re old enough to remember The King, you’ve probably seen this famous picture of him shaking hands with President Richard Nixon.

Maybe you thought it was a joke, or some kind of fake photo, but it’s 100{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} real and the true story behind this famous meeting is impossible to imagine.

This picture has inspired 2 movies and remains the most requested photograph in the history of America’s National Archives, but what exactly brought this rock and roll icon to the White House?

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Elvis famously collected cars and guns, but he also had a passion for police badges.

The singer had been given badges from police departments across America, but always dreamed of having a badge from the federal bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

According to his wife Priscilla, Elvis was under the impression that if he could get his hands on one of these badges, he would be allowed to carry guns – and even drugs – anywhere he pleased.

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To try and get one of these badges, Elvis wrote a letter offering to help President Nixon any way he could, and hand-delivered this note to a White House guard.

By lunchtime that same day, December 21, 1970, Elvis got the chance he was hoping for.

He was invited to meet Nixon, and showed up dressed for the occasion in a purple jumpsuit with a huge gold belt buckle.

He also brought a handgun, a present for Nixon, which was confiscated by Secret Service agents.

Elvis’s gift to Nixon.Buzzfeed

Click the next page to learn what these two icons talked about during their meeting!

The two only had a short meeting, but they covered a lot of hot topics.

Elvis complained that The Beatles were stirring up “Anti-American spirit.” The King claimed he had been studying drug users and “Communist brainwashing,” and offered to help keep America safe – if Nixon would only give him a badge.

Nixon agreed, and the singer was so grateful he actually hugged the president.

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The meeting stayed secret for years (at Elvis’s request) and only leaked to the press long after.

The famous photograph didn’t appear publicly until after Elvis’s early death in 1988.

Since then then National Archives have received over 8,000 requests for it, and to this day they still sell merchandise of the famous meeting.

[Source: Smithsonian Magazine]

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Did You Know These 9 Celebrities Served In World War 2?

In a time of crisis, Americans pull together and answer the call of duty, whether young or old, rich or poor, famous or not.

World War 2 was one of those climatic moments, and everyone did what they could to help, including some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Several movie stars put their careers on hold to enlist, and lots more celebrities served before they became famous.

What’s so interesting about these stories is that if you have a relative who fought in the war, there’s a chance their paths crossed with one of these huge stars!

1. Bea Arthur

Before she was a Golden Girl, this actress and comedienne was a Marine. She drove a truck and worked as a secretary in the corps, proving you should never judge a book by its cover!

2. Johnny Carson

Which of these impressive facts about the King of Late Night is the coolest: the fact that he served in the Navy, or that he had a 10-0 boxing record during his service?

3. Mel Brooks

The funnyman who directed Blazing Saddles and The Producers has always had a sense of humor. As an army engineer, he would clear landmines, build bridges, and sing Al Jolson’s “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” to the Germans using a bullhorn.

4. Jimmy Stewart

Stewart was already a big star when he signed up for the Army Air Corps (after bulking up to meet their weight limit). Throughout the war, he still paid his agent 10{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of his army salary.

Click on the next page for more stories about heroic celebrities!

As these stories prove, celebrities – just like the many brave men and women across America – dropped everything to serve their country.

While some left award-winning acting careers at the height of their fame to serve, others left college and their homes to fight before they became household names.

While many were humble about their service, they deserve to be recognized for what they did!

5. Henry Fonda

Famous for saying he “didn’t want to be in a fake war in a studio,” Fonda also put his Oscar-winning movie career on hold to serve in the Navy.

6. James Doohan

Star Trek fans may be surprised to learn that Scotty is really Canadian. In the war, Doohan stormed Normandy beach with the Canadian army. He was shot 6 times, only surviving because his silver cigarette case blocked a bullet from hitting his heart.

7. Charlton Heston

Before his acting career began, Heston was a radio operator and an aerial gunner who flew combat missions in a B-25 bomber plane.

8. Tony Bennett

The “Rags to Riches” singer started his musical career while fighting in France and Germany, singing for other soldiers in a military band.

9. Bob Barker

In college on basketball scholarship when the war broke out, Baker dropped out top join the Navy, serving as a fighter pilot.

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9 Facts You Never Knew About The Three Stooges

Whether you remember their movies from your childhood, or watching their shorts on Saturday mornings, the Three Stooges brought laughter to generations of people with their signature slapstick antics.

Their time in the spotlight has come and gone, but the laughs they brought us will last forever. They left behind a HUGE body of work (keep reading to learn exactly how big it is) and a lifetime of classic gags.

But how well do you really know the Stooges? See if you already know any of these 9 surprising facts about the Hollywood funnymen – we promise not to throw a pie in your face if you don’t!

1. The movies were very, very cheap

Columbia Pictures, who made most of the Stooges’ short films,  were famously tight-fisted. The Stooges weren’t paid much, most of the film sets were recycled from other movies, and the crew would even sweep up the cream from cream pie fights to re-use it in the next take.

2. It wasn’t all fun and games

It’s hard to believe, with all the cartoon sound effects, but the stooges would often injure themselves for real while doing their slapstick routines.

Broken ribs, noses and sprained ankles were very common, and Larry once got a fountain pen stuck in his forehead. All in a day’s work!

3. Curly’s famous walk is from a childhood accident

One of Curly’s signature gags was his “shuffle,” his unusual limping walk. It even inspired its own song. There wasn’t much creativity behind this joke, just a bad accident.

When Curly was young he shot himself in the foot. He was too afraid to visit the doctor, so his limp was never fixed. What a stooge!

4. Moe, Shemp and Curly were brothers

The Howard brothers grew up in Brooklyn, New York. The three were obsessed with show business from a young age, but only Moe and Shemp were original members of  the Stooges. Curly would replace his brother years later.

Click the next page to learn which famous actress starred alongside the Stooges!

5. A major star got her big break with the Stooges

Recognize the actress in the picture below? It’s Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy. One of Ball’s first big breaks in show-business was a part in the Stooges’ short Three Little Pigskins.

Even though hundreds of actors and actresses performed alongside the Stooges, only a handful had successful careers. In fact, fans often mention the “curse of the Stooges,” where actors who appear in their movies seem to die young or have their careers cut short.

6. The Stooges almost won an Oscar

Yes, they have a reputation for being childish and silly, but you can’t deny the Stooges are true artists, because they almost won an Academy Award.

Men in Black, the short where they played clueless doctors, almost earned the comedians an Oscar for best comedy short film.

7. There were WAY more than 3 Stooges

Even casual fans know that their are 4 main “3 Stooges” – Larry, Curly, Moe and Shemp – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The Stooges split up, made their own groups and were recast multiple times. Depending on who you include, there are anywhere from 6 to 20 actors who could rightfully be called Stooges.

The original Moe Howard with Curly Joe and Sappington, two replacement Stooges.

8. Moe’s haircut was real

It seems unbelievable that anyone would willingly walk around with that bowl cut on their head, but it was very important to Moe.

His mother had wanted a girl, so as a child she kept Moe’s curly hair long and flowing, which he was teased for. One day he had enough and chopped it off himself, creating the signature hairdo he’s famous for.

9. They made LOTS of movies

All in all, there are an incredible 220 Three Stooges movies, 190 of which were shorts. But the funnymen also had their own cartoons, TV shows, video games and even a licensed restaurant, Stoogeburger, owned by Larry and Moe.

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21 Pop Culture Facts That Will Make You Feel Ancient

Time makes fools of us all, but we just wish it didn’t happen so soon! Do you ever catch yourself listening to your favorite song, then nearly have a heart attack when you remember what year it came out?

The fact is the world has changed a lot since we were young. These days toddlers know how to use the internet, but if you bring up Mr. Whipple nobody knows what you’re talking about!

Take a look at this list of facts that will make you feel your age – if you’re brave enough – and just keep reminding yourself that you’re only as old as you feel.

1. Did you buy your kids the Harry Potter books?

The first one came out back in 1997, which means it’s turning 20 years old later this year, so the boy wizard is almost old enough to vote. Other kids favorites from the same year include Pokemon and Teletubbies.

2. What were you listening to in 1980?

When the Irish rockers U2 released their first album Boy in 1980, they put 5-year-old Peter Rowen on the cover. 37 years later here’s what he looks like today.

3. Speaking of getting older…

Kids born in the year 2000 could be graduating from high school this year.

4. But they won’t be studying with an encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia Britannica used to be something every home in America was proud to own, but it actually stopped printing 5 years ago. Today, like pretty much everything else, it’s online only.

5. Remember All In The Family?

If the show was rebooted today, the actor who played Archie Bunker’s son-in-law Meathead (Rob Reiner) would be too old to play the family’s dad. Caroll O’Connor was just 47 when the show started in 1971. Today, Reiner is 70 years old.

6. The show Magnum P.I. is 37 years old (and so is his car)

7. Remember when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were a couple?

That was more than 10 years ago. The couple split in 2005 after 5 years together, which is 2 years longer than his marriage with Angelina lasted.

Click the next page to learn how much TV has changed since you were young!

8. Just look at this People cover from 40 years ago

What a blast from the past! The magazine’s list of news-makers and public figures included President Reagan, A-Team star Mr. T, Jennifer Beals from Flashdance and The Thorn Birds star Richard Chamberlain.

But can you remember who’s on the bottom left? It’s Vanessa Williams, the Miss America winner who caused a stir when Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her.

9. If you remember what this is, you’re officially old

10. Because these days all this tech can fit into your pocket

11. Kids today can name everyone in this photo

Like it or not, the Kardashians have dominated reality TV for 10 years.

12. TV has definitely changed a lot

Do you remember watching Live! with Regis and Kathy Lee every morning? You may be surprised to learn that Kathy Lee left the show in 2000 – that’s 17 years ago. Now things have changed again with the announcement that Ryan Seacrest is hosting.

13. And Fiends has been off the air for 13 years

14. All your other favorite shows have been over for a LONG time

It’s been 20 years since Roseanne left the airwaves while Three’s Company ended way back in 1984. And remember the Brady Bunch? If you remember watching a new episode of this show, it must have been at least 1974.

We’ve moved the scariest facts to the last page, so click if you dare!

15. Here’s a scary thought:

The picture below is actor Dylan Minette, who’s the star of the latest hit TV show 13 Reasons Why. You probably don’t recognize him, but he’s the new big thing in Hollywood.

Now, Minette is just 20 years old, which means that he’s younger than the movies Forrest Gump, Toy Story and Jurassic Park.

The OJ Simpson murder trial, Christopher Reeve’s horse-riding accident and Tiger Woods competed in his first major golf tournament the year before he was born. Feeling out of touch with pop culture yet?

16. And here’s another scary thought

If the Simpsons children kept aging after the show premiered in 1989, here’s what their ages would be this year.

17. Kids born in 2001 can drive this year (Yikes!)

18. The classic Dallas “Who shot J.R.?” episode aired 37 years ago

Spoiler alert: it was Kristin Shepard.

19. Kids today definitely have no idea what this is

Or this, or this.

20. Remember this classic speech?

President Reagan delivered it 30 years ago, and the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, which means anyone under 28 was born after it was destroyed (and probably doesn’t remember why it was so important).

21. We’re closer to the year 2030 than 2000.

How old will you be that year?

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Caroline Kennedy Shares A Side Of Her Father That The Public Never Got To See

Even after his untimely death, John F. Kennedy, popularly known as JFK, is still one of the most talked about figures in American politics.

In 1960, Kennedy won the presidential race against Richard Nixon and went on to become the 35th President of the United States. However, his term was short-lived when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963.

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Kennedy left behind a legacy that changed America forever including his contribution to the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Revenue Act of 1964.

If he had been alive today, JFK would’ve been 100-years-old on May 29th so to commemorate the former President’s centennial, his daughter Caroline and grandchildren shared a touching and inspiring video message.

In the video, Caroline, Kennedy’s only surviving child, is joined by her children, Tatiana, Rose and Jack Schlossberg to reflect on JFK’s legacy 50 years after his death.

Caroline shared a few fond memories about growing up with JFK, while her children offered some thoughts on their famous grandfather and what he’d be like if he was living under today’s political climate.

“He is a historical figure,” said Caroline. “One hundred years is a really long time, but I think his legacy and these values are timeless and they live on.”

The proud Kennedy clan revealed shared some very touching details about their grandfather’s life.

Caroline talked about her close relationship with her late father including hiding under his desk in the Oval office and their sailing adventures aboard the Honey Fitz.

“I’ve thought about him and missed him every day of my life,” said Caroline.

“He would point out the white shark and the purple shark who always followed the boat, although I could never quite see them,” she added. “He would say they especially liked to eat socks and would have his friends throw their socks overboard, which I loved.”

Although Caroline’s children never got the chance to meet their legendary grandfather, it is evident in the video that his actions and beliefs have greatly inspired their lives.

“One of the defining relationships of my life is with someone I’ve never met, my grandfather, President John F. Kennedy,” Tatiana said in the video.

Her sister, Rose, believes that their grandfather would’ve been proud of how far the nation has come “but he would be the first to tell us we have a long way to go” because there are still issues of inequality and injustice that need to be resolved.

Find out what more they have to say in the video from the John F. Kennedy Library below:

There Was A Secret Hidden In Her Coronation Gown That Even The Queen Didn’t Know About

The Queen’s coronation took place on Tuesday, 2nd June 1953 – the date was selected by meteorologists who predicted it would be the most likely to have the best weather. In true British form, it rained.

On February 6, 1952, Elizabeth ascended the throne as the 25-year-old princess of England, after the passing of her father King George VI. However, it wasn’t until 16 months later that she would be crowned the Queen of England.

Like her bridal gown, the Queen’s coronation was a masterpiece created by Norman Hartnell. It took nearly eight months to complete and included tributes to the countries of the United Kingdom and other states within the Commonwealth of Nations.

Each floral emblem on her dress included:

  • English Tudor Rose
  • Scottish Thistle
  • Welsh Leek
  • Irish Shamrock
  • Canadian Maple Leaf
  • Australian Wattle
  • New Zealand Silver Fern
  • South African Protea
  • Indian and Ceylon Lotus Flower
  • Pakistan’s Wheat, Cotton and Jute

But Hartnell included a special, secret detail that the Queen didn’t know about…

On the day she was crowned Queen, Elizabeth took the Coronation Oath and officially became the ruling monarch of the U.K. and the Commonwealth.

A secret staff was hired out of the elite millionaire businessmen who offered their services after it became known that there was a shortage of professional coachmen. Many of the elite dressed up as servants to escort people to the ceremony.

But that wasn’t the only secret detail…

Carefully sewn onto the the left side of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation dress, was an extra four-leaved shamrock. Hartnell had carefully positioned it so that the Queen’s hand would rest on the good luck charm throughout the ceremony.

Watch her entrance to the Coronation below:

[h/t People / Trending / The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor]

You Might Remember This Classic Ad, But Do You Know The Secret Behind It?

The 1970s were a decade when Americans began to think seriously about the environment. The very first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and to mark the holiday’s first anniversary, the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful wanted to do something special. The group made commercials and PSAs to raise awareness about littering, which most people didn’t see as a serious problem back then.

Their 1971  Earth Day commercial, which came to be known as the “Crying Indian Ad,” was a huge success. Narrated by actor William Conrad and starring Iron Eyes Cody, it changed the way Americans saw litter forever.

The ad was an overnight sensation, and in the next few years the organization says that littering was reduced by 88{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee}.

It also made Iron Eyes Cody a household name. Today he’s most famous for these commercials, but in his career he starred in over 200 western films, including alongside John Wayne in The Big Trail.

But “Iron Eyes Cody” spent his long career hiding a secret: he wasn’t really a Native American at all, although he claimed that both his parents were.

Click the next page to learn about Cody’s secret past.

The success of the “Crying Indian” ad made Cody instantly recognizable, and he quickly became the face of the growing environmental movement. He got the chance to meet President Jimmy Carter, and even Pope John Paul II. But while his career was taking off, other indigenous actors were raising doubts about him.

Other actors always got the impression that Cody was “playing” a Native American. In fact, his iconic braided hairdo was a wig.

In 1996 a reporter from New Orleans finally discovered the truth: Iron Eyes Cody was really Espera Oscar de Corti, and he was the son of Italian immigrant parents from a small Louisiana town.

Iron Eyes meeting Pope John Paul II and President Jimmy Carter.

While Cody’s lie was revealed, it barely affected his career. He kept making public appearances and speeches, talking about “his” heritage and environmental issues.

He even had roles late in his career on TV shows like The A-Team, and by his death in 1999 he was still remembered by lots of people as “America’s Favorite Indian.”

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5 Freeze/Defrost Food Hacks That Are A Major Save Of Time And Money

You might already know how to freeze fresh berries for later, but did you know that you can preserve milk the same way?

Not only will these quick 10 Freeze/Defrost hacks help you to save time and money, they may even help you to eat healthier!

Take a read through and try them out for yourself:

1. Two-Pots Defrost Trick

Defrost frozen hamburgers quickly and evenly with this hack. Put patties in a plastic bag and place them on top of an upside-down aluminum pot. Fill another pot with room-temperature water and place it on the meat.

Your hamburgers will be defrosted in 5-10 minutes.

2. Rolling Pin And Chopsticks For Ground Beef

Portion ground beef into freezer bags. Before freezing roll it thin with the rolling pin and then make a grid in the patty with your chopstick. When you’re ready to defrost, break off as many pecies as you like.

3. Frozen Avocado Hack

Freezing whole avocados just creates a squishy mess. Instead, puree them in a food processor and add a teaspoon of lime juice per avocado. Store it in an airtight container for up to 5 months.

4. Bacon Grease

As you know, pouring bacon grease down the drain is bad for the pipes. Instead, pour the leftover fat into an ice cube tray. Use the grease cubes for future cooking, in salad dressings or for fries!

5. Milk

You might not believe it, but milk can actually be frozen for later use. Since milk expands when frozen, before storing it in the freezer at 0ºF, pour a little out into a glass. It can take up to three days for the jug to defrost.

Do you use any of these freeze/defrost hacks? Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments below.

[Source: Reader’s Digest]

Cary Grant’s Troubled Personal Life Is Revealed In A New Film

With his classic Hollywood good looks and his comic timing, Cary Grant became one of the most famous and beloved leading men of all time, rubbing shoulders with huge stars like Clark Gable and James Mason. But off-screen, life wasn’t so rosy for the star. He famously once said that “everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant,” and a new documentary called Becoming Cary Grant reveals just how hard it was for a young Brit named Archibald Leach to transform himself into the movie star we all know.

Using Grant’s private letters and home videos, the movie reveals secrets that even his biggest fans didn’t know.

Like, for example, how Grant was affected from a young age by his mother’s mysterious disappearance.

Grant came home one day when he was a boy to learn his mother had moved to a resort town and abandoned his family. His father quickly remarried, but Grant couldn’t get over being “rejected” by his own mother.

To fill the hole in his heart, Grant says he chased relationships with other women, from his 5 short and unhappy marriages to a rumored connection with Marilyn Monroe.

It wasn’t until decades later that Grant discovered his mother had actually been institutionalized in an asylum. He took her home and cared for her through the rest of his life, but the impact of her “disappearance” still weighed on him.

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Before Grant’s reunion with his mother, the star tried everything to find happiness. Along with his many romantic relationships, Grant found more unusual ways to occupy himself. The star practiced yoga and hypnosis, but what he found most helpful was taking LSD – the psychedelic drug. According to Becoming Cary Grant, the star had his doctor, Mortimer Hartman, give him the drug once a week.

Hartman was also a kind of therapist for the actor, and he must have done a good job because the documentary claims Grant left him $10,000 when he died.

In private letters, Grant says LSD let him explore his subconscious, and showed him “seas of horrifying and happy sights.” In the end, nothing seemed to help the star overcome his personal demons.

After his daughter Jennifer Grant was born, Cary retired from public life to raise her, which seemed to help him settle down.

Cary Grant and his daughter Jennifer.Parade

“You spend your time getting to be a big Hollywood actor,” Grant wrote, “but then what?” It seems he had a hard time answering that question.

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The Secret Musical Geniuses Behind Your Favorite Disney Songs

Whether you’re 8, 48 or 80, you could probably sing along to classic Disney tunes like “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “It’s A Small World” and “I Wan’na Be Like You,” but do you know what all these songs have in common? Well they’re all catchy, but they were also all written by the same 2 people. It turns out a pair of brothers named Robert and Richard Sherman are responsible for all the classic songs from your childhood. Not bad for a couple of musicians you’ve never heard of!

The Sherman brothers learned to play the piano and write music from around the time they were born, since their father Al was a also a successful songwriter.

They got involved with the Disney films after writing tunes for the original Mouseketeers.

The Sherman brothers with Walt Disney.DVD Talk

The Sherman brothers are best-known for their work on Mary Poppins, which featured some of their best songs, including “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Feed the Birds,” which quickly became Walt Disney’s favorite song.

Disney would often invite the Shermans to his office to talk about their work, then according to Richard he would stare out the window and ask them to play the song. “That’s what it’s all about,” he once said, according to Richard, “everything we do at Disney.”

The same year, the brothers worked on another Disney song which quickly became the most performed song of all time.

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As part of the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, Disney was helping to create a ride for fair visitors. It would take them on a boat ride through the countries of the world, where small animatronic children would sing to them. Originally, the children were all supposed to sing their own national anthem at the same time, but the result sounded awful.

Instead, Disney recruited the Sherman brothers to write a short, simple song that could be translated into any language.

The tune they wrote, “It’s A Small World,” has since become the most performed song of all time and the world’s most translated song. It has been sung more than 50 million times on the radio and at Disney attractions worldwide.

While the Shermans wrote the music for classic movies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the Aristocats, they had a successful career outside of film business as well.

Two songs written by the Shermans have reached the top 10: “You’re Sixteen” which was a hit with both Johnny Burnette and Ringo Starr, and  Michael Bolton’s “Only a Woman Like You”.

Today, the Sherman brothers’ songs are an unforgettable part of Disney history, and their contribution is recognized at Disneyland with a storefront on Main Street U.S.A. called “Two Brothers Tunemakers.”

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This Popular 90s Beverage Is Making A Comeback

If you were old enough to drink or sneak a drink (we don’t judge) in the 90s then you definitely remember Zima and the hangovers that came with it.

The sweet, clear malt beverage is making a comeback and per Ad Age, shipments have already arrived in distributor warehouses. But, since nothing good lasts forever, the fizzy drink will be available for a limited time only.

Zima was first introduced in the 1993 as a beer alternative by Coors Brewing Company but eventually fizzled out of store shelves in the U.S. by 2008. Pete Coors, the Vice Chairman of Molson Coors board of directors blames the discontinuation of the brand on marketing errors. “We decided to do Zima Gold, which was a huge disaster,” Mr. Coors said. “And then we decided to take the nice fluted bottle and make it into a generic bottle. We killed the brand, frankly.” explains Coors.

Asides from it’s unique taste, Zima was best known for it’s super-cheesy commercials. Check out some of the “zenzational” ads below for a trip down memory lane.

So if you’d like to indulge in a glass of nostalgia or simply want to try “zomething different”, stay tuned for some more on news on when the cooler will be available for purchase.

[Header Image Source: MillerCoors]