Monday, July 29, 2013
A woman opened a new jewelry store, and her friend sent her flowers to mark the occasion. When the bouquet arrived, the card read, “Rest in Peace.” Annoyed, the woman called the florist to complain.
After she told the florist about the mistake, he said, “I’m very sorry for the error, ma’am, but rather than getting angry, you should think about this: Somewhere there’s a funeral taking place, and they just received flowers with a note saying ‘Congratulations on your new location.’”
French writer Alexander Dumas traded hundreds of volumes of his work for a lifetime supply of what fruit?
Cantaloupes, known as cavaillons, which are named for the town in Provence where they are still grown. In his 1864 deal with Cavaillon’s public library, Dumas was to be paid an “annuity” of 12 cantaloupes every summer for life. He died six years (72 melons) later.
SCANDAL ON THE SET
Kirk Cameron was the breakout star of ABC’s Growing Pains—and a teen idol, giving him a lot of control over the show. In 1988, he converted to evangelical Christianity and demanded script and cast changes if he felt the content was too racy. For instance, when his character, Mike Seaver, was scripted to marry Julie, the family’s live-in nanny, Cameron insisted that the wedding be called off and that Julie McCullough, the actress who played Julie, be fired. Why? McCullough had previously appeared nude in Playboy. She showed up for work one day thinking her character would be getting married—but instead, the script change called for her to stand up Mike at the altar. McCullough, who’d been slated to join Growing Pains as a full cast member, never appeared on the show again.
Billy Graham never watched TV on Sunday … except to see the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.