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British publishers delayed the release of the third Harry Potter book so kids wouldn't skip school.

Bloomsbury Publishing kept Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban off the bookstore shelves until 3:45 P.M. (when most schools are out) on its release day in 1999. (Little did they know that the title character would himself skip school, for an entire year, in Deathly Hallows!) Even though this was just the beginning of Potter-mania, the company already recognized the impact the release would have truancy in Britain.

The first two Harry Potter books had already sold over 800,000 copies, and Bloomsbury was prepared for their biggest release ever (at the time). While they had planned on selling 157,000 copies that day, they wanted to minimize the impact that the influential book series would have on classroom attendance. Thus they were able to avoid the ironic circumstances of kids skipping school in order to read!

In The Little Mermaid, Ursula is actually Ariel's aunt.

In The Little Mermaid, Ursula is actually Ariel's aunt.

This is revealed in deleted scenes found on the 2006 Platinum Edition of the film on DVD. Early concept ideas for the movie featured Ursula as King Triton's evil sister; however, there is no direct indication of this relationship in the animated film's final version.

Disney may have had a change of heart, though! We did a bit of digging and found that a song from The Little Mermaid Broadway musical DOES reveal Ursula to be Ariel's relative! Take a listen and see for yourself - Ariel calls the evil sea-witch 'Aunt Ursula' in the tune "Sweet Child!"


The first man to survive going over Niagara Falls later died from slipping on an orange peel.

Bobby Leach, a circus stuntman from Cornwell, England, wanted to be the first to accomplish the Niagara Falls "triple challenge." The challenge entailed three tasks: a barrel trip through its rapids into a whirlpool, parachuting off the Upper Suspension Bridge into the river above the rapids, and going over the Falls themselves in a barrel.

Leach accomplished the first two legs of the challenge in 1908 and 1910. On the afternoon of July 25, 1911, Bobby Leach entered his 8-foot long steel barrel and took the plunge! It took 22 minutes for the barrel to be retrieved, and though Bobby had survived, he had broken his jaw and both kneecaps!

After a six-month hospital stay, Leach toured the world with his barrel to relish his new-found celebrity. Fourteen years later though, he slipped on an orange peel in New Zealand! The result was a fractured leg that became infected and had to be amputated. The former stuntman died of complications from the injury two months later.

Learn more about Leach and the 15 other daredevils who made fateful trips over the Niagara Falls (only 11 survived) in this link.
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Mr. Monopoly (of the famous board game) was modeled after the famous American banker and financier J.P. Morgan.

This is according to Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, a new documentary on Monopoly. Filmmaker Kevin Tostado, who has also worked on the TV show Heroes, is a huge Monopoly fan. He's competed in Monopoly tournaments himself, and has even dressed as Mr. Monopoly in the past.

His new film will highlight the world of competitive Monopoly. It will feature all sorts of Monopoly fanatics, including people with Mr. Monopoly tattooed on their arm, or the entire board tattooed on their backs! The film will also feature insider tips from the pros. For instance, you could keep your opponents from building hotels if you buy up all of the houses!

Read more about it, and learn where the film will be showing in this article.

Charlie Sheen reached a million Twitter followers faster than anyone else.

Crazy Charlie first joined Twitter on March 1st, and his account (@CharlieSheen) now has over 1.7 million followers. Before he had even posted a single tweet that first day, he already had 60,000 followers - in a matter of minutes! It was clear from that point onward that he was well on his way to a million - it only took him an unbelievable 25 hours and 17 minutes, which is a new Guinness World Record! Sheen, of course, has been all over the news lately, thanks to his public meltdown. His television show, Two and a Half Men, was canceled mid-season after Sheen made disparaging comments about its producer, Chuck Lorre. He has also had recent history involving cocaine usage and a porn star/stripper. His quotes in recent interviews since then have been the stuff of legend. Some of his best quotes.

Charlie was able to quickly take advantage of his recent notoriety on Twitter by bypassing their celebrity verification system. He was able to do so reportedly because Internet startup company brokered his account with the social network giant. What a winner. #tigerblood

Check out the Mashable article about Sheen's Twitter feat. Also check out the random crazy Charlie Sheen quote generator.

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