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The weightlessness depicted in Apollo 13 was real!


The weightlessness depicted in Apollo 13 was real!

Rather than resorting to suspending the actors from wire or using camera tricks or CG effects, director Ron Howard instead decided to have his actors actually experience weightlessness for the movie. To properly depict the lack of gravity in space, the Apollo 13 actors were filmed riding in NASA’s KC-135 weightless trainer, aka the “Vomit Comet”. The Vomit Comet is a plane used to simulate weightlessness for astronauts. It’s a hollowed-out Boeing 707 with padded walls that allows its passengers to be gravity-free by taking a steep dive from 30,000 feet in the air.

Howard went on the Vomit Comet with actors Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Kevin Bacon, producer Kevin Hallowell, and members of the film’s crew, to shoot the scenes that take place on the Apollo 13 spacecraft. Astonishingly, a trip on the Vomit Comet only provided 23 seconds of weightlessness, so they had to take multiple trips to record all the footage they needed.

Check out AMC to learn more about this classic movie.

A psychic sued Nintendo, claiming that the Pokemon Kadabra was based on him.




Israeli psychic Uri Geller sued Nintendo in 2000 for 100,000 in damages. He claims that the Pokemon Kadabra is a ripoff of his name and his image. According to Geller, a psychic known for his spoon-bending ability, the Pokemon has his abilities, looks like him, and in the Japanese version he has a similar name (“Yungerer” or “Un-Geller”). Furthermore, Geller says that the markings on Kadabra’s chest are the Nazi SS symbol, making the comparisons between himself and the Pokemon all the more damaging. Though there hasn’t been any court order for Nintendo to stop using Kadabra, interestingly enough, Kadabra has not been printed in card form since 2003, and has not been on the show since 2005.

Do you think Geller has a good case? Read more about Geller and the details of his lawsuit in this BBC article and decide for yourself.

Sylvester Stallone once worked as a lion cage cleaner.




Back in 1969, Stallone was struggling to get by as a 22-year-old writer and actor in New York City. Money was so hard to come by that at one point he appeared in a cheap porno just to earn $200 with which to feed himself! After a while, he was able to land a few steady jobs which were marginally less humiliating. At various points in his early career he worked as a movie theater usher and even sliced and wrapped smelly fish! Regardless, his worst regular job by far would have to have been his time spent at the Central Park Zoo. Here he was paid $1.12 an hour to scoop poop out of the lion cages. It gets worse though - often when he would enter the confinements, the kings of the jungle would pee on him!
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It is against the law to buy, sell, or import Mortal Kombat in Australia.




Instead of choosing to give the video game its strictest rating of R18 , the Australian Classification Board chose to ban all sales of the title outright. They take this law pretty seriously too - if an Australian chose to disregard this regulation and purchase the game anyway, they would risk paying a fine of $110,000 in Australian Dollars!

There are even more strange facts about Mortal Kombat. For example: Did you know that Mortal Kombat was responsible for the ESRB ratings system? Senator Joe Lieberman started congressional hearings on violent video games as a response to Mortal Kombat, pressuring the gaming industry to make a ratings system similar to the ones used by the film industry.

In the original Spider-Man comic books, the Green Goblin rode a motorized broomstick!




Seriously, that's what that thing is supposed to be. He also originally threw stun grenades instead of pumpkin bombs. Fortunately, the broomstick was eventually replaced by a standing glider over the years. This made the Goblin a more menacing opponent and less akin to the Wicked Witch of the West. We kind of wish that instead of riding the electric broomstick, he would just ride a vacuum cleaner.
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