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The RIAA has pirated over $9 million worth of TV Shows

RIAA stands for Recording Industry Association of America. They are a conglomerate formed of all the big recording lables in the United States (like United Music Group, which we talked about here)

They're one of the organizations behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which is making its way through congress. As we've mentioned, the bill will impose really restricting rules on the internet and will allow them to majorly change the internet. SOPA is opposed by pretty much all major tech companies.

So it's just a little bit hypocritical that the RIAA has been found pirating over 60 episodes of the TV show Dexter! This was discovered thanks to the website which tells you every publicly available torrent that your IP has downloaded. 

If we apply the same math that they have applied when prosecuting downloaders, then every episode they pirated is worth $150,000 which means that they have pirated over $9 million worth of Dexter. 

(Source) Also, check out the online petition to stop SOPA here

Pee-Wee Herman was the reason Tim Burton directed Batman!

Warner Bros. hired Tim Burton to direct Batman due to the financial success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure grossed $40 million worldwide. The film was Tim Burton’s full length debut as director and starred Paul Reubens, who co-wrote the movie’s script.

Reubens and the producers hired Burton to direct the film after being impressed with Burton’s films Vincent and Frankenweenie. Though, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure received mixed reviews, it was nominated for Young Artist Award and was given a sequel. Due to the financial success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985 and the 1988 film Beetlejuice, Warner Bros. hired Burton in 1989 to direct Batman, starring Michael Keaton. Batman grossed more than $400 million and set a new record. Others starring in the film were Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, and Robert


Nigeria has no prince!

We really should do our homework. Nigeria is a Federal Republic modeled after the U.S. The country has a president who is both head of state and head of government. So, those emails sent out about the Nigerian prince needing money is clearly a hoax and a scam. There is no prince! There is actually people who scam the scammers from Nigeria. Visit this website if you want to see how they do it.


Some awesome lists!

You can get professional training to become Santa Claus.

The Santa School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, offers "professional Santa training [that] will elevate your performance, sharpen your abilities and help you become the best Santa available."

You can also buy the manual "All About Being Santa." There have been no reports on whether this is the place that Tim Allen was trained for his role in the movie 'The Santa Clause.' 

Have you ever worked as a Santa or have any funny stories about Santas? Let us know in the comments



Kim Jong-il travelled by train because he was terrified of flying. He just died while riding a train!

Although the death had nothing to do with a train accident, it's still a bit of irony. The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong il died at age 69. He was well known around the world for his privacy, eccentricity and the brutality with which he ruled his country. 

His son, Kim Jong Un, will take over the country now.



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