Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A married couple was in a terrible accident, and the wife’s face was badly burned. The doctor told the husband that in order to do a skin graft, they’d need him to donate some of his skin. The husband readily agreed and went into surgery, where the doctor removed a large portion of skin from his buttocks and grafted it onto his wife’s face. When the couple awoke, they agreed that they would never tell anyone where the skin had come from.
Once she was healed, everyone was astounded at the woman’s new beauty. One day, alone with her husband, she was overcome with gratitude for his sacrifice. She said, “Darling, I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me. There is no way I can ever repay you.”
“My dear,” he replied, “I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss you on the cheek.”
What off-screen role did performers Gwen Verdon and Carol Haney have in the 1952 film classic Singin’ in the Rain?
The two, as uncredited choreography assistants, dubbed Gene Kelly’s taps in his splash-dancing title number. They did it in a drum of ankle-deep water.
SAVE OUR SHOW!
Sledge Hammer! (1986–88)
This cop show parody centered around a loose cannon police officer named Sledge Hammer (David Rasche). Sledge loved his gun—he slept with it, cooked with it, and shot criminals far more often than necessary. The show was not a ratings hit, so it was canceled at the end of the 1986–87 season. Producers decided to have the show go out with a bang (of course): Sledge attempts to disable a nuclear bomb set to destroy Los Angeles … and fails. All the characters die and Los Angeles is destroyed. But the ratings for the last episode were so high that ABC changed its mind and renewed the show. Writers got around the apocalyptic ending by saying the new season took place “five years earlier,” even though the story lines picked up exactly where the plot had left off before the bomb threat. The show went back to its low ratings, and ABC canceled it in 1988.
For Charlie’s heroin-snorting scenes on Lost, actor Dominic Monaghan snorted brown sugar.