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Friday, February 17, 2012

Always with a joke - Monty Python

After they had successfully entertained television viewers from all around the world in the late sixties and early seventies of past century, the group Monty Python started making full-length movies and publishing books.

Although their fans expect similar gags in their movies, hardly anyone expected from silly Britons to make pell-mell even in publishing venture.

For a book titled "The Brand New Monty Python Bok" (sequel to Monty Python's Big Red Book with striking blue cover), Terry Jones hired his sister-in-law Katharine Hepburn (accidentally with same name as the famous American actress) to assist them.

The cover was realistically made to look like it was greasy and filled with dirty fingerprints. It was made so realistic that many readers didn’t wanted to buy the book, asking for "newer" and more preserved copy.

However, there was also another thing - the cover could be peeled off and reveal hidden pictures of naked girls. 


Zuma Fact: #212: Radio Waves!

The distance that radio waves can reach partly depends on the number of sunspots at the moment of their broadcast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

War of the Polish Succession - King Augustus III of Poland

When Polish King Augustus II the Strong died in 1733, French King Louis XV (1710 –1774) decided to reappoint his father in law, Stanisław I Leszczyński 1677 –1766) on the Polish throne.

However, Russia wanted Augustus’ lawful son Frederick Augustus II (Augustus III) (1696 –1763) to rule Poland.

Stanisław I Leszczyński managed to get hold of the throne but the upcoming Russian army of 30,000 men made him re-think his move, so he fled the country.

That is how War of the Polish Succession began.

France, Spain and Sardinia were on Stanislaw’s side, while Austria, Prussia and Russia supported Augustus III.

Although a preliminary peace was reached in 1735, the war was formally ended with the Treaty of Vienna (1738) in which Augustus III was confirmed as king of Poland.

This was the second time in Poland’s history that other European powers pursued their own national interests through the Poland throne.


Zuma Fact: #211: Atmosphere pollution!

Atmosphere pollution with carbon dioxide mostly comes from power plants and factories – 56%.

Next in line are private households with 24%.

The remaining 20% comes from exhaust pipes of transport vehicles.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Salieri’s leaf - Fahrid Murray Abraham

Manufacturer of underwear "Fruit of the Loom" is recognizable by its trademark - familiar logo with the apple, leaves, green grapes, currants, and purple grapes.

For their first television ad, in 1975, they had hired actors who were costumed as huge fruits.

Not many people know that Fahrid Murray Abraham, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role of Antonio Salieri in Miloš Forman’s “Amadeus”, starred as the "Leaf" in the original lineup of their advertisement.

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