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Ian Fleming made James Bond's weapon of choice a 'lady's gun.' He changed it once a fan wrote to him.

The Beretta 418 pistol was James Bond’s gun of choice until a fan wrote Ian Fleming a letter saying it was a lady’s gun. The Beretta M418 is a 6.35 mm Italian 'pocket pistol,' which was first introduced between 1919 and 1922. It's so small you can fit it in the palm of your hand. While the fan said it was a lady's gun, it was actually pretty popular among high ranking Italian officers during World War II. However, due to the size, it's really underpowered for real combat. 

It was a relatively popular gun and Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond series, originally had it as Bond’s gun of choice. Fleming stuck with the gun for some time until the Dr. No movie was to be released and he received a letter from a fan criticizing its use. The fan said the Beretta was 'a lady’s gun' and suggested the Walther PPK as a replacement. Fleming liked the man’s suggestion. The way he did it was he wrote a character in called Major Boothroyd, who was 'the greatest small-arms expert in the world' and insisted Bond replace his gun with the Walther PPK. 

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Mozart had his own version of “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”.

Mozart had his own version of “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”.

Before the nursery rhyme and other similar children’s songs like the “Alphabet Song” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” appeared in English popular culture, the song was known as “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”. The French song was far from a children’s nursery rhyme. It’s a song about a daughter telling her mother that she was seduced.

Legend has it that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the original composer of the piece, when he was only 5 years old! Sadly, this is not the case. It’s true that the original melody first appeared in 1761, when Mozart was around 5 years old, but Mozart was in Salzburg, and the song was from France. However, he came up with his own version 20 years later in 1781: Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman". While he’s not the original composer, it’s still worth noting that “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (which was first published in 1806) was a composition from Mozart 25 years before it became an English nursery rhyme.

Here’s Mozart’s Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" for your enjoyment. It actually gets pretty complicated, but the video has the music so you can play along.

Clint Eastwood managed to right a great injustice when he was mayor--allowing people to eat ice cream!

Before acting and directing in some awesome movies and less awesome commercials with empty chairs, Clint Eastwood was the mayor of a California town that had some pretty bizarre laws.

Luckily for the town of Carmel, Eastwood set out to end those laws and free the town from their strange oppressive ways.

Carmel, California banned the eating ice cream cones in public for some odd reason. All the way up until Eastwood took office for his first and only term as mayor in 1986, ice cream cones could only be enjoyed off the streets (officially at least).

Eastwood made it a focal point of his campaign to turn over this unjust law. The public was finally free to eat ice cream outdoors again.

When Eastwood won the election, President Ronald Reagan called him up to poke fun at the fact that an actor who was in a movie with a monkey who was taking up politics, referring to Eastwood's movie “Every Which Way But Loose.”

Of course Reagan is also known for his own monkey-movie, “Bedtime for Bonzo.”


Some awesome lists!

Bill Gates just became the richest man in the world. Again!

Although he had lost the title to Mexican magnate Carlos Slim for over six years, a recent surge in Microsoft's stock price has let Bill Gates reclaim the title of the world's richest man.

Gates' fortune now stands at $72.7 billion, while Slim's is $72.1 billion. Slim's fortunes also fell because Mexico passed a bill that will tighten the reins of his enormous telecom company, America Movil.

Next in line? Warren Buffet at $59.7 billion, then Spaniar Amancio Ortega at $57 and finally, IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad at $55.6 billion. What's remarkable is that both Gates and Buffet have already given so much of their money away, and yet they're still at the top of the list!


Sonic Youth's drummer has a bit of an acting bone and has been in a ton of movies—including Ferris Bueller's Day Off!

The extras and minor actors in 1986's “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” can do some serious name dropping if they wanted to.

Not only did the movie have such stars as Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Ben Stein and Charlie Sheen, but it also had the drummer from the pivitol band Sonic Youth. Chances are you probably missed him.

The movie takes Bueller and his companions to a car parking garage to keep his friend's dad's 1961 Ferrari GT California safe while exploring Chicago.

The car attendants proceed to take the car out for an exciting joyride, racking up the miles that the main crew tried desperately to keep at a minimum. The man behind the wheel is none other than Richard Edson, Sonic Youth's drummer.

Besides that famous film, Edson has over 100 acting credits to his name including “Platoon,” “Do the Right Thing,” and “Stranger than Paradise.” The top-notch musician apparently had a very strong acting bone and wasn't afraid to show it off!



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