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Nicolas Cage has some pretty interesting pets--including one he claimed helped with his acting!

Hate him or love him, Nicolas Cage has cemented his name in current pop culture.

Known for his over-enthusiastic acting, spending copious amounts of dough, or the lack of care he takes in choosing his roles, you know his movies are going to be great—even if it's in that awful, campy kind of way.

Well, now you can thank his own personal acting coach: his pet octopus!

Among Nicolas Cage's many purchases, including yachts, a jet, a castle, many cars, and an island, he also allegedly spent $276,000 on animals.

They were Moby and Sheba, his two king cobras, and an unnamed octopus. But why? Was he interest in marine biology? No, he said that it would help him with his acting.

Unfortunately, upkeep became too much and the little guy had to go.

A couple fun of tidbits about Cage: he has 77 credits as an actor.His highest rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes was 95% with 1993's Red Rock West.

The lowest rated? Also 1993's Deadfall at 0%. What a crazy year for the Cage!


You'll never guess how many people have voiced Donald Duck over the years!

Though his voice is one of the most fun to mimic, Donald Duck hasn't been the host to many voice artists.

In fact, since his conception in 1934 by Walt Disney Productions, there have only been two people who have brought the iconic voice to life—at least in an official sense.

Voice performer Clarence Nash audition for Walt Disney Studios when he found out they were looking for people to make animal sounds for the cartoons.

Disney was looking to create a character that could portray some of the more negative character traits that Mickey could no longer hold since becoming a children's role model. Nash's impression of a duck won them over and he became the original voice artist for the infamous angry duck.

Nash died in 1985 with “Mickey's Christmas Carol” being his last performance as Donald in 1983. Nash's pupil, Tony Anselmo, took over with the first time in the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” It was a challenging first role, challenging Daffy Duck, voiced by creator Mel Blanc, to a piano duel. He still voices the duck to this day.


This mother bought a farm to save her sons' lives...and her sons were the Marx Brothers!

The Marx Brothers are comedy legends. The real life brothers was successful in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from 1905 to 1949.

Five of the Marx Brothers' thirteen feature films were selected by the American Film Institute (AFI) as among the top 100 comedy films, with two of them in the top twelve.

The brothers were included in AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of the most significant screen legends, the only performers to be inducted collectively.

During World War I, anti-German sentiments were common, and the family tried to conceal its German origin. During this time, Groucho discontinued his "German" stage personality.

After learning that farmers were excluded from the draft rolls, mother Minnie purchased a 27-acre poultry farm near Countryside, Illinois, and made the brothers work on it.

The brothers soon discovered that farming was not for them. Still, farming in your home country beats running away to Canada!


Some awesome lists!

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were drunk on screen!

There's a scene in the movie where the two actors' characters are drunk and hitting golf balls. To make it real, the actors actually got drunk, and were hitting golf balls into the side of the catering van!


Some of the biggest names in hip-hop came from the same high school!

Famous people grew up like the rest of us, for the most part. Barring child actors, they went to school, made friends, and enjoyed the various hobbies that kids generally do.

However, what was going down at George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School that produced so many hardcore rap and hip-hop artists?

Could you believe that Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., Shawn Corey Carter, Earl Simmons, and Christopher George Latore Wallace all came from the same vocational high school in downtown Brooklyn? To most outside the hip-hop world those names probably don't ring a bell, but they may know them better as Busta Rhymes, DMX, Jay-Z, and The Notorious B.I.G. respectively.

The school is located at 105 Tech Place, which is just south of Tillary Street and east of Jay Street and is named after George Westingouse, the electrical pioneer. Interestingly enough, it is also one of the schools that dropped a Native American-themed sports team name.



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