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Dr. Seuss' pen name was created when he was caught drinking gin in college!

Authors use pen names for various reasons.

Dr. Seuss, author of the classics ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ among many others, is one of the more well-known authors to use one.

The story behind the name synonymous for children’s stories may not be quite as good as one of his books, but it’s pretty close!

Theodore Seuss Geisel enrolled in Dartmouth University in the early 1920’s where he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and became a member of the humor magazine Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, eventually rising to the rank of editor-in-chief.

During his time at Dartmouth, Geisel was caught drinking gin with nine friends in his room. As a result, his dean insisted that he resign from all extracurricular activities, including the college humor magazine.

To get around his ban, he started submitting works signed “Seuss” which he soon changed to “Dr. Suess,” a name he would keep for a long time.

Despite being known for Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel had another pen name.

For books that Geisel wrote and others illustrated, he used the pen name "Theo LeSieg," “LeSieg” being "Geisel" spelled backward. One example of this is ‘I Wish That I Had Duck Feet,’ published in 1965.


Oreo O's disappeared everywhere except for South Korea!

In 1998, Post Holdings launched a cereal called Oreo O's. As the name suggests, the cereal consisted of Oreo flavored o-shaped cereal. Delicious. Oreo O's was sold from 1998 until 2007. After that Post and Kraft were no longer co-branded. Kraft owned the right to the Oreo name, and Post owned the cereal recipe.

Thus, the world was denied it's Oreo O's - all except one place. South Korea. The cereal is still produced and available there because of a fortuitous turn of events. The Korean food company, Dongush Foods, was partially owned by General Foods. It was also licensed to sell Post products.

Kraft then purchased General Foods and half of Dongush's was then owned by Kraft. Hence, Dongush is the only company with both licenses - the right to the Oreo name and the actual cereal recipe - necessary to produce Oreo O's.


Someone figured out exactly what day Ferris Bueller's "day off" was" June 5, 1985. Learn how it was figured out.

Back in 1986, moviegoers got their first glimpse of the fictional “day off” taken by Ferris Bueller and friends.

They took a rare Ferrari for a joyride, sang “Twist and Shout” in a parade, visited the Sears tower and Art Institute and yes, even went to a Cubs game.

One observant watcher figured out that the film has clues to the actual day off. Paying close attention to the baseball game he attended, Larry Granillo determined that it was an actual game appearing in the film.

After reviewing the video and audio clues, he could say, with confidence, that the game that appears in the film was played on June 5th, 1985 against the Braves, making that Ferris Bueller’s actual day off.

After this was revealed to the world, people who worked on the film contacted Granillo to inform him that while the recordings of that game were used on the television Bueller’s Principal is watching, it’s not the game that the scenes in the stadium were filmed. That was still during a live game, but it was actually on September 24th of that year against the Expos.

The Braves and Expos both had similar powder blue uniforms, so the mismatch worked. Also, since the film is set to give the impression that Bueller is at the June 5th game, Granillo stands by his original claim that Bueller’s “day off” was June 5th, 1985.


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In Harry Potter, no one believes Prof. Trelawney's predictions. The reason has to do with Greek Mythology!

In the Harry Potter books, Sybill Trelawney is a teacher of Divination at Hogwarts. Divination is to tell the future, but everyone thinks she is a fraud. While she makes some erroneous predictions (usually about a student dying), she can make accurate predictions when she goes into a trance.

However, there is a historical reason for why everyone thinks she's a fraud and it has to do with Greek Mythology. In the 5th Harry Potter book, it's said that Prof. Trelawney is the descendant of the great seer Cassandra Trelawney. While it might seem like a throwaway line, it probably refers to the Greek prophet Cassandra.

In the Greek story, the god Apollo fell in love with Cassandra and gave her the gift of prophecy. He then tried to put the moves on her and she rebuked him. He got angry and instead of taking the gift back, he cursed her: nobody would believe her predictions or the predictions of her descendants.


New Zealand has banned all advertising on TV on Christmas, Easter, and Good Friday!

When television and thus television advertising first arrived in New Zealand in the 1960s, television transmitted four nights a week and only two nights had advertising. Later, it rose to four days a week of advertising with a maximum of six minutes of advertising an hour.

When a second channel came about in 1975, there were five days of television and advertising a week with nine minutes an hour given to advertising. But, all this changed with the Broadcasting Act of 1989 which stated that there could be no advertising from 6 a.m to noon on Sundays and Anzac Day, or at any time on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Advertisements can now be given 14 minutes for every broadcast hour.



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