Page 10 - Interesting Facts

Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions doesn't do so well with critics. Nothing they made has ever done better than 68%!

When is it time to give up on your craft of film producing? Is it after failing to release a critically successful movie after 10 attempts? 20? Well that never stopped Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions from releasing many movies each year, none of them getting higher than a 68 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Critics may not be fans of Adam Sandler and crew's sense of humor and film making, but it sure has struck a chord with movie goers. Most of the films have grossed well over $100 million and have become very profitable. The highest grossing movie was “Grown Ups,” making a whopping $271.4 million, and getting completely panned with a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics tried to warn movie fans about the sequel with a 7% rating, but that still brought in $243.6 million.

The highest rated Happy Maddison movie was Funny People in 2009 which only made $71.5 million, losing about $4 million. Four of the movies manage to get some awards for the lowest rated movies of all time, scoring less than 3. “The Master of Disguise” scored a 1, “Jack and Jill” scored a 3, and “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” and “Strange Wilderness” both scored a whopping 0. Keep trying guys!


Ever tried to fix something and just made it worse? Thats called the "Cobra" effect. Learn more

The term refers to any situation that is made worse by the attempts of higher powers to make it better. During the British rule of colonial India there was a large problem found in dealing with the area’s native species of snake, the Cobra.

Eventually the situation got bad enough that the British government decided to offer a bounty for dead snakes. At first this proved to be a success, with many snakes being turned in and a large percentage of the snake population disappearing.

However, people began keeping snakes for breeding purposes—that way they could continually procreate the creatures and kill the Cobra’s for revenue until they were discovered. The British attempted to shut down the snake breeding operations by removing the bounty, upsetting the serpent farmers, who retaliated by setting the now worthless snakes free again. In the end the government came out on the bottom and a larger snake problem than they had started out with.

Another example is found in Vietnam where a government paid people to kill rats who had grown overpopulated. Sly individuals would cut off the tail of the rats so that they could collect their bounty without limiting their future revenue.


This man's name is 746 letters long. He holds the record for world's longest name

The man with the longest name in the world's birth title is this: Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe­schlegelstein­hausenberger­dorffvoraltern­waren­gewissenhaft­schaferswessen­schafewaren­wohlgepflege­und­sorgfaltigkeit­beschutzen­von­angreifen­durch­ihrraubgierigfeinde­welyche­voraltern­zwolftausend­jahres­vorandieerscheinen­wander­ersteer­dem­enschderrassumschiff­gebrauchlicht­als­sein­ursprung­von­kraftgestart­sein­lange­fahrt­hinzwischen­sternartigraum­auf­der­suchenach­diestern­welche­gehabt­bewohnbar­planeten­kreise­drehen­sich­und­wohin­der­neurasse­von­verstandigmen­schlichkeit­konnte­fortplanzen­und­sicher­freuen­anlebens­langlich­freude­und­ruhe­mit­nicht­ein­furcht­vor­angreifen­von­anderer­intelligent­geschopfs­von­hinzwischensternartigraumhi, Senior.

It has 746 letters. His last name alone is 590 letters long. He was born in Germany in 1904, and appeared in all the Guinness world record books from 1975-1985. He died in 1985.


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Musician Clive Wearing is the real life inspiration for the movie Memento, and now lives his life in two minute flashes

Clive Wearing was a brilliant musician. He loved music and had a passion for the classical composers of the Renaissance. One day, he came home with a bad headache. It didn't lift despite medication. On the fourth day he developed a high fever. That evening, for a short while, he forgot his daughter’s name. That is when his life started to change dramatically.

He was diagnosed with viral encephalitis which damaged his left and right temporal lobes as well as a large portion of his left frontal lobe. His hippo-campus is almost completely destroyed. That is the part of the brain that is responsible for memory. Because of this damage he displays highly emotional behavior but that is not the worst of it!

Clive’s memory loss causes him to always think he has only been awake or conscious for about two minutes! He continuously checks his watch and writes the time down in his diary. Next to it he writes: “I am now completely awake for the very first time.” When he looks in his diary, he does not believe he wrote the previous entries, and crosses them out.

The amazing thing is that he has never forgotten his wife or his all-consuming love for her, and every time she enters his room, he is overcome with happiness to see her ‘for the first time after regaining consciousness.’


A 30 year old man cut off his hand, told the doctors to not save it, then sued for $3 million for not sewing it back on!

Thomas Passmore was 30 years old when he deliberately cut off his right hand at a construction site in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. His co-workers saw what happened and saved the hand in an ice chest. Passmore was then flown to Norfolk General where he agreed to surgery and signed a consent form.

Once in the operating room, he changed his mind and warned doctor Tad Grenga: "If you sew it back on, I'll cut it off again." Grenga closed the wound but did not reattach the hand because Passmore told him he did not want it re-attached for religious reasons.

In 1997, Passmore sued Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and hand surgeon, Dr. Tad Grenga of Portsmouth, Va., for $3 million for not re-attaching his hand! He said that he was psychotic when he cut off his hand and when he was admitted to hospital, and Dr Grenga should not have listened to him.

He said he saw the numbers "666" on his right hand. "It meant that I was evil," Passmore testified. Remembering the biblical verse "If thy right hand offends thee, cut it off and cast it from thee," he did exactly that! Passmore had a history of alcoholism and psychotic disorders.



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