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Oreo cookies are actually knock-offs of a brand called Hydrox!

Although to be fair, “Oreo” does sound a lot more welcoming than “Hydrox.”

Hydrox is the brand name for a crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookie produced by Sunshine Biscuits. It debuted in 1908. Oreos however did not come around until about 1912. They were inspired by Hydrox and yet most people began to think that Hydrox cookies were the knockoffs. Compared to Hydrox, Oreo had a “tangy, less-sweet filling” and crunchier cookie, so that it better complemented milk.

Hydrox however, was in the market until about 1999 when it was replaced with a similar product called “Droxies.” The Carvel ice-cream franchise still sells ice-cream goods manufactured with “Hydrox” cookie crumbs, using the cookies’ all-kocher status as a selling pint since the original Oreo recipe uses lard.


A Woman Got Pregnant After Two Men Had Sex With Her. DNA Tests Say They're Both 99% Probable of Being The Father!

A Missouri Woman in 2004 gave birth to a little girl and claimed that Raymon Miller was the father.

However, she admitted to having sex with both Raymon and his brother Richard within hours of each other!

Raymon Miller brought his twin brother Richard Miller to court in order to process a paternity test. However, since they're identical twins, the test came back stating they both have 99% probability of being the father due to the identical DNA!

Neither men want to pay child support and this led to a battle between brothers and a little girl not knowing which is her real father. Richard Miller, the one who was brought to court by his brother, claims that Raymon just doesn't want to pay child support and caused a large mess.

Dr. Bob Giles, a paternity expert states that both of them "played" now both of them should pay, by splitting the child support down the middle.


Two Israeli soldiers went to jail for posting a Harlem Shake video on YouTube. Did they deserve it?

The Harlem Shake is an Internet meme in the form of a video in which a group of people perform a comedy sketch accompanied by a short excerpt from the song "Harlem Shake". As a meme, the video was re-enacted by many people, using the same concept, but with variations on the content. This rapidly led to it becoming viral in early February 2013. Thousands of "Harlem Shake" videos were being made and were uploaded to YouTube every day.

Some contributors never expected the consequences that would befall them for taking part in the "Harlem Shake" phenomenon. Not everybody found it amusing. One could argue that one reaction in particular was a bit extreme.

In Israel, two soldiers were sentenced to prison and one was relieved of his command after they posted a video of a few soldiers performing the Harlem Shake around a cannon. Reportedly they did notify their commanders of the planned project and made sure that no sensitive military equipment was shown. They even sought approval for the final product. The video received positive reactions from mainstream Israeli media and online, but the poor soldiers still served time.

The Washington Post explained the Harlem Shake's instant virality by referring to the jump cuts, hypnotic beat, quick setups, and the short, half minute routines.


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'Juno' made its $6.5 million budget back in just 20 days, 19 of which were Limited Release!

Life may have still been tough for Juno, but it certainly wasn't for the filmmakers.

In 2007, 'Juno' was all the rage. A quirky little dramedy about the all too real problem of teenage pregnancy, director Jason Reitman's sophomore effort spoke to young Americans on an intimate level.

Unlike other movies of the time, 'Juno' was witty and sassy. It had characters that were charming and sad, funny and flawed. For many young people, even with all its odd dialogue choices and zany props, 'Juno' simply felt more real and relatable than anything else Hollywood was pushing out.

And, in response, the film's many fans pushed to make it a success.

In just 20 days, 19 of which were Limited Release, 'Juno' made back its entire $6.5 million budget. During its full theatrical run, the film grossed over $230 million.

The film was a hit among critics as well, landing on a variety of end-year Top 10 lists. Roger Ebert even declared it his favorite film of the year.

'Juno' was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. It won Best Original Screenplay, but lost Best Picture and Best Director to 'No Country for Old Men' and Best Actress to 'La Vie en Rose'.


The original Ronald McDonald creator and personality was fired before his character got national recognition. Here's why

Oscar Goldstein, a former Washington, D.C. McDonald's franchise owner, was in some trouble when NBC cancelled his sponsored show Bozo's Circus in 1963. Bozo would regularly make appearance at his McDonald's, drawing in huge crowds. Since the show was now cancelled, Goldstein had to come up with a new mascot to entice his customers to return.

Goldstein met with the star of Bozo's Circus, Willard Scott, and hired him to recreate a new clown for the franchise. Willard Scott got a costume made by a marketing company, created the name Ronald McDonald, and began making appearances at Goldstein's restaurant in Washington D.C.

As McDonald's prepared for their national campaign to introduce Ronald McDonald to America, they fired Willard Scott, deeming his weight as the reason for termination. McDonald's felt that in order to sell hamburgers, shakes, and fries (generally, unhealthy food) to the American people, they needed a thinner mascot who appeared in shape. A thinner clown personality was hired, the campaign began, and business sky-rocketed. Scott moved on from the incident and continued to find success through books and television. He also later became the weatherman for NBC's Today Show.



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