Page 8 - Interesting Facts

The Normandy beach landing scene in Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan cost $12 Million aloneand used over 1,500 extras!


War movies often don’t portray things the way they happened. That’s not the case with Saving Private Ryan, however.

The film has been received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of World War II combat.

In particular, the sequence depicting the Omaha landings was named the "best battle scene of all time" by Empire magazine and was ranked number one on TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest Movie Moments".

The scene wasn’t easy to make, though. The scene cost US$12 million and involved up to 1,500 extras, some of whom were members of the Irish Reserve Defence Forces, while others members of local reenactment groups such as the Second Battle Group who played German soldiers.

In addition, 20 to 30 actual amputees were used to portray American soldiers maimed during the landing.

Spielberg did not storyboard the sequence, as he wanted spontaneous reactions and for "the action to inspire me as to where to put the camera" It was all about authenticity for him.

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The only country where Marijuana is 100% legal is also one of the most repressive!


North Korea's apparent stance on marijuana may surprise you.

According to multiple reports from defectors, visitors and experts, North Korea either has no law against the sale and consumption of weed, or it has a law that is largely unenforced.

A 29-year-old freelance writer from England wrote an account on his blog explaining how he purchased a grocery bag full of weed at an indoor market in rural North Korea and smoked it with impunity both at outdoor parks and monuments, as well as in restaurants and bars.

Experts explained that it's unknown whether the drug is technically outlawed, but in practice, the regime doesn't appear to take issue with it.

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From the time it was created until 1950, 7 Up soft drinks contained lithium!


If you are not familiar with 7 Up soft drink, where have you been?

Okay seriously, even if you are familiar with it and it is one of your favorite beverages, the chances are you do not know all there is to know about this lemon-lime flavored, non-caffeinated drink.

Here are some of the facts that might blow you away!

Charles Leiper Grigg of St. Louis came up for the formula of a lemon-lime flavored drink in 1929.

Apparently he was really not very good at naming things, because he named it "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda"! Imagine ordering that at a Fast Food outlet!

But the name may have given you a hint as to what the other astonishing fact about 7 Up is.

It contained lithium citrate! Imagine all the very calm people drinking 7 Up. Lithium citrate is a medicinal drug which is used to treat depression, mania, bipolar disorder, self-harming behavior and aggression.

Lithium affects a person’s ability to drive or operate machinery, so hopefully nobody drank 7 Up before going to work or driving home!

Of course 7 Up no longer contains that mood altering medication. Lithium was removed as an ingredient of the soft drink in 1950. Ironically, the slogan for 7 Up until 1936 was “You Like It, It Likes You!”

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The fact that the sum of odd numbers starting at one is always a square number, is easily explained by this image


As with many things mathematical, understanding a concept is much easier if one finds a way to visualize it.

While we see numbers and letters, perhaps mathematicians can transform them into a two or three-dimensional visual image, helping them see the answer to questions that baffle many of us.

An example of this can be seen by using this simple picture to prove that the sum of the first n odd numbers is always the square of n.

Of course you may not know that n, translated from mathematics into English, simply means "any given number".

As you can see from the illustration, if we start with one square (one being an odd number) and simply add another layer of little squares to the top and right of the existing square or squares, one effectively always adds an odd number.

If we want to know how many little squares there are in total, we follow a simple principle. We multiply the number of little squares on each side.

Not surprisingly, this results in the square of the number of layers or, in simple English, n multiplied by itself. This is how what may seem to be a difficult concept, can easily be understood by creating a picture!

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The plot of the manga/anime 'Akira' revolves around the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games


There is a large group of anime fans that consider ‘Akira’ to be the greatest anime of all time.

The animation is very well done and the story line is so complex that the viewer has to constantly keep up with events as they unfold. It can not really be classed as relaxing, mindless viewing.

The story is set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo after a nuclear bomb detonated there in 1988. Subsequent to these events, Word War III broke out and society changes drastically.

Everything in this anime revolves around the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Stadium that was actually constructed as a cover for covert military operation and it was also where Akira’s (a paranormal psychic power) frozen remains were held and where they were discovered by Tetsuo.

The 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games were to be the first of its kind to be held after the start of World War III.

The stadium is the place where the final conflict between Tetsuo Shima, the young biker with psychic powers, and his life long friend, Shotaro Kaneda, takes place. It is also where Akira is re-awakened and it is the epicenter of Neo-Tokyo’s destruction and the creation of the new universe.

The real 2020 Summer Olympic Games will, coincidentally, be held in Tokyo! What an amazing coincidence!

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