Monday, March 11, 2013
A man went into the 25th-floor lounge at a high-rise hotel to admire the view. He saw another man take a pill with a drink, walk to the window, and jump out. The man flew around for a minute and then zipped back into the bar. As the amazed newcomer watched, the man did this flying routine twice more. Finally, the newcomer asked the flying man if he could try one of his pills. The flier said it was his last one. The man offered to pay $500 for it, to no avail. So he offered $1,000. The flier reluctantly agreed, took the money, surrendered the pill, and turned back to his drink. The man took the pill, went to the window, and jumped out. He fell to his death 25 stories below. The bartender said to the flier, “You’re such a jerk when you’re drunk, Superman.”
What is the only Clint Eastwood film in which the movie star’s tough guy character is shot dead?
Gran Torino (2008).
FROM TV: I Love Lucy was the #1 show on television for four years in the 1950s. It was so popular that it drove many people to buy their first television.
TO RADIO: Producers thought a radio version would be an easy—and cheap—way to gain a larger audience. So they took the audio from a Lucy episode in 1952 and called it a pilot for a radio series. Ultimately, CBS Radio decided against airing it. (Bonus fact: I Love Lucy was itself inspired by a radio comedy called My Favorite Husband, starring Lucille Ball.)
Add the ads: In 1960, an hour-long show had about 9 minutes of commercial breaks. In 2010, about 18. (Yeah, and they get louder and louder every day!!)