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"The Joy of Painting" host Bob Ross vowed to never scream again after leaving the Air Force


Bob Ross, former host of the highly-rated PBS show "The Joy of Painting," promised himself he would never scream again. The promise came from his time as First Sergeant in the Air Force, where it was his job to shout orders. By the time he left the military to paint full-time, he'd had enough and kept to his promise.

Ross's soothing voice and persistent optimism became his hallmark and attributed to his success. Though he left the shouting behind him, his paintings were heavily influenced by his time in the Air Force.

The snow-filled, mountainous landscapes of Alaska, where he was formerly stationed, would become a signature of his work. During his breaks, he used tins meant for gold-panning as his canvas, which he sold in local gift shops for extra money.

When his show first debuted in 1983, Ross became the first to publically demonstrate how to paint using the wet-on-wet oil technique, which enables the artist to layer wet paint on top of wet paint in order to complete the painting in the show's allotted time frame. The show ended in 1994, a year before his death.

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During Whoopie Goldberg's roast, her then-boyfriend Ted Danson appeared in black-face—at her request!


A roast of Whoopi Goldberg at the New York Hilton Hotel in 1993 went badly wrong. What was meant to be a light and funny night turned into an offensive and angry event.

Ted Danson, Whoopi's lover and a white actor, showed up in blackface. This in itself would have been bad enough, but then he started spouting off racist jokes and talking about his and Whoopi's sex life.

Montel Williams, the television host, was so offended that he left the event. And many attendees afterward said the jokes were way over the line. Whoopi said that she resented how upset everyone got and that they should have known she had never been about political correctness. She also claimed she had written some of Danson's jokes.

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A Young Hugh Hefner started scrapbooking every Saturday since high school and now has 2685 books archiving his life


When you picture Hugh Hefner, you probably don't picture him hunched over a table covered with colored paper and photos. You should though. It turns out that Hefner is a master scrapbooker. Or at least a prodigious one.

Hefner has the largest collection of personal scrapbooks — over 2,600 books. Hefner's employee, Steve Martinez, is in charge of the many volumes. For 22 years, Martinez has been Hefner's full-time archivist.

The scrapbooks document nearly every day of Hefner's life. Judging from Hefner's magazine, Playboy, you can only imagine what his scrapbooks include.

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Neil Patrick Harris is the president of an exclusive formal clubhouse: The Magic Castle. Learn more


Aspiring magicians and fans of Neil Patrick Harris, prepare to swoon, there's a hotspot in Hollywood, California that exists just for you. The Magic Castle is for magicians and magic enthusiasts who want to hang out at "the most unusual private club in the world."

Access is only granted to members and their guests, though the public can get a 30-day free trial by saying "Open Sesame" at the door. Formal attire is strictly enforced, with men wearing a coat and tie and women wearing a dress or skirt.

It's also the exclusive clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts that formed in 1962 as a non-profit organization devoted to promoting and developing the art of magic. They provide six week courses to teach basic skills needed in magic acts. Those that pass have the option of becoming an official member.

But what does the fantastic and universally loved NPH have to do with it? Turns out he's one of the biggest magic buffs around, and president of the group. Along with leading the Academy of Magical Arts, he also performs as a magic hobbyist. There have been many celebrity performers, including Johnny Carson, Steve Martin, and Jason Alexander.

The Magic Castle has been a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument since 1989.

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Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, couldn't shut up as a child!


Rod Serling was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer and narrator who was best known for his live television dramas of the 1950's and his science fiction TV series, The Twilight Zone.

He helped form current television industry standards. He was known as the 'angry young man' of Hollywood and often clashed with television executives and sponsors over various issues like censorship, racism, and war.

Gene Roddenberry has this to say about Rod Serling: "No one could know Serling, or view or read his work, without recognizing his deep affection for humanity... And his determination to enlarge our horizons by giving us a better understanding of ourselves."

When Rod was a youngster, his dad, Sam Serling, built a small stage in their basement where Rod often put on plays. He could entertain himself for hours by acting out dialogue from movies he'd seen. Once, on a two hour-long trip from Binghamton to Syracuse, Rod's family remained silent and did not say a word to see if Rod would notice. He didn't and talked non-stop through the entire trip!

His seventh grade English teacher, Helen Foley, realized he has potential and encouraged him to enter the school's public speaking extracurricular. Rod joined the debate team and was a speaker at his high school graduation.

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