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The men who portray Santa Claus every year have their choice of two premiere organizations to join. One is the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, founded in 1994.

There is also the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, which came to be shortly after AORBS was formed. Members of both groups pay annual dues, carry membership cards, and attend meetings, classes, luncheons and conventions.

Only allowing the top Santas to join, both organizations perform background checks, so every member is assured to be on the up and up. Historically, there is a rivalry between AORBS and FORBS.

However, they both set out to do the same thing; respect the "red suit" and enhance the spirt of Christmas by portraying Santa Claus. No Fake Beards allowed!

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In the early days of Disney Studios, in a staff party, a cartoon short was shown of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in an x-rated scene.


Afterwards, Walt chuckled along with everyone else, invited them up on the stage to be recognized, fired them both on the spot, and ordered the film to be destroyed.

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Georges Melies made exactly 555 films from 1896 to 1913.


That's about 32.6 films per year, or 2.7 films per month. To match his record, you would have to complete a film in every 11 days during 17 years, non-stop.

George Melies is considered one of the pioneer of the film industry and is lauded for his visionary work that included films in compeltely surreal and fantastical environments. He's the subject of Martin Scorcese's new movie Hugo. The Trip to the Moon (pictured) is one of his most famous works and figures prominently in the movie

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John Cusack had to be emancipated from his parents to play a movie role!


Cusack, who was only 16, had to be emancipated from his parents to star in the 1985 movie, The Sure Thing. The producer, Roger Birnbaum, became his legal guardian once filming started.

The reason for it was that teenage actors bring in a lot of complications for filming. They have to have tutors with them all the time and can only work for 6 hours a day. That's why it's not unusual for older actors playing 16 year olds in movies.

Cusack was only 16 at the time, and wasn’t even an option at first due to his age. The casting directors continued to urge the director to let Cusack audition, and finally was allowed to. It’s said that the director felt that the had to cast Cusack after that great audition.

The Sure Thing is about two college kids going on a cross-country road trip to find their ideal match. The movie is based on an actual experience of the writer, Steven Bloom.

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Sigmund Freud's nephew created most of the corporate manipulation techniques in advertising


Edward Bernays is credited with the creation of many public relations techniques used today including the campaign that convinced women in the 1920s that smoking was a symbol of independence and free will! Ironically, he felt that the manipulation of advertising and public relations were necessary in society. 

Bernays is also credited with the creation of a press release, which is when a company or organization releases a message for the public through various medias like television, radio, or newspapers. He was named by Life Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century.

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