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Several corporations, including Wal-Mart, American Airlines, and Mastercard, released a major motion picture in 2008!

Wal-Mart is known for their low prices, but in 2008, they decided they wanted to be known for movie-making. 'Proud American' features five stories that follow the founding of Wal-Mart and Coca Cola. They intended to capture the American spirit by following these stories. Mastercard and American Airlines also offered sponsorship, and their product placement can be seen throughout the film.

Despite all of the big brand names, the movie didn't do well. It earned only $96,076 throughout 750 theaters. It's considered the lowest-grossing wide release in movie history. It currently has just a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


The theme song to Rocky III was going to be "Another One Bites the Dust." What happened?

Many budding companies have been turned away in their early stages only to grow into some of the most profitable and successful organizations. While it is certainly motivating to see these businesses increase in prosperity, there are also equivalent success stories in the entertainment world.

Sylvester Stallone, denied the rights to use the song "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, contacted the band "Survivor" to create an original song for the Rocky III movie. Out of his initial failure came one of the most famous and Iconic songs of our times, "Eye of the Tiger."

Jim Peterik, the guitarist for Survivor was the first one to hear the news. At first he thought that the mysterious message left by Stallone was a joke, but as soon as he called the number back the classic actor answered with his legend-making inquiry.

Though the band was already popular, "The Eye of the Tiger" went on to propel the band further into stardom and become one of the most iconic songs in history, gaining a #2 spot on the singles list of 1982. Over it's life time so far it has sold over 9 million copies worldwide in both digital and vinyl copies, making it onto the best-selling list.


Finally, a complete explanation of the differences between jam, jelly, marmalade, and fruit butter. You'll want to read this!

What is jam? Jam is a mixture of fruit, pectin, and sugar. It is boiled quickly and with care until the fruit is soft, yet thick enough that it spreads easily.

Jelly, on the other hand, is made from sugar, pectin, acid, and fruit juice. It is a clear spread that his thick enough to hold its shape. It has been known to be made by things other than fruit as well, including herbs, tea, wine, flowers, and vegetables.

Marmalade, which can trace its origins to the Romans, is a citrus spread made from peel and pulp, lacking in pectin. It is cooked for a long time and used as a spread and glaze.

Fruit butter, perhaps the most mysterious, is a smooth spread that is made by slow cooking fruit and sugar to the right consistency. There are not always translucent and are served best as a spread.

Interestingly enough, the right combinations and types of jellies can help people get their blood pressure down. However awesome that might sound, the natural sugar in fruit can also be dangerous if consumed in too large of quantities as it is often more potent than manmade carbohydrates.


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Think some lawsuits are ridiculous? How about this one: a woman sued because Crunchberries are not a real fruit!

There are those times in life where the harshest realizations can leave you devastated, upset, and irrational. Unfortunately, that moment came for a woman when she learned that her delicious breakfast of Cap'n Crunch cereal didn't contain any real fruit, even though there are clearly "Crunchberries" listed.

In 2009, a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California had to deal with a case, which was quickly dismissed, where a woman wanted to sue the cereal company because she felt she was mislead by the term "crunchberries." The woman, Janine Sugawara, said she was dismayed to learn that the small "berries" were really just small balls of cereals with some strawberry fruit concentrate.

She sued on behalf of all the similarly situated consumers who felt the same disappointment (though none have come forward).Someday they may find field filled with throned bushes, filled to the brim with little berries that crunch, however, until that day you can expect artificial extracts only!


RoboCop is based on Blade Runner and a British comic called Judge Dredd. Judge Dredd and RoboCop were recently remade—but the one that ended up on top will surprise you!

Judge Dredd was originally a British comic book hero starring in a comic strip in the United Kingdom's 'Daily Star' newspaper.

In the early 1980's, a script was written to turn this comic book into a movie. So many ideas were bouncing off so many Hollywood movie executives that the 'Judge Dredd' script was shelved for nearly a decade.

Edward Neumeier is an American screenwriter with a strong interest in science fiction. In 1982, Neumeier's eye was caught by a movie poster for 'Blade Runner'. He was fascinated about the idea of robots and cops. Combining the ideas of 'Judge Dredd' and 'Blade Runner', Edward Neumeier and fellow writer, Michael Miner, created 'RoboCop'. 'RoboCop' was released in 1987 and was an instant success.

'Judge Dredd' may have been forgotten until 1995, when it was released, but it ended up having a more successful opening than 'RoboCop'. Recently, both movies have been remade and released. The 'Judge Dredd' remake was released in 2012 and solely went by 'Dredd'. In 2014, 'RoboCop' was also remade. Which movie came out on top this time? 'RoboCop' blew 'Dredd' out of the water, grossing 19 Million dollars more than 'Dredd'.



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