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Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions doesn't do so well with critics. Nothing they made has ever done better than 68%!

When is it time to give up on your craft of film producing? Is it after failing to release a critically successful movie after 10 attempts? 20? Well that never stopped Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions from releasing many movies each year, none of them getting higher than a 68 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Critics may not be fans of Adam Sandler and crew's sense of humor and film making, but it sure has struck a chord with movie goers. Most of the films have grossed well over $100 million and have become very profitable. The highest grossing movie was “Grown Ups,” making a whopping $271.4 million, and getting completely panned with a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics tried to warn movie fans about the sequel with a 7% rating, but that still brought in $243.6 million.

The highest rated Happy Maddison movie was Funny People in 2009 which only made $71.5 million, losing about $4 million. Four of the movies manage to get some awards for the lowest rated movies of all time, scoring less than 3. “The Master of Disguise” scored a 1, “Jack and Jill” scored a 3, and “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” and “Strange Wilderness” both scored a whopping 0. Keep trying guys!


Orbit gum started as a replacement brand due to rationing during WWII! What brands did it replace?

Orbit gum is pretty common nowadays, boasting over ten different flavors. The brand would have never gotten started if it weren't for WWII, however. Wrigley, who owned Juicy Fruit, Wrigley's Spearmint and Doublemint at the time, sent the entire production of the three brands to troops overseas.

Orbit was introduced as a replacement of these on the civilian market by Wrigley in 1944 and was discontinued after the war. The gum made its final return to US markets in 2001 and has grown ever since.

Wrigley now owns a lot of major gum brands besides the ones it sent to the troops. Some of them include Big Red, Winterfresh, 5, Extra, Big League Chew and Bubble Tape. The company also owns a number of mints and candies such as Altoids, Life Savers, Skittles and Starbursts.

That already seems like a lot of check-out aisle goods owned by one company, but Wrigley is actually owned by Mars Inc. Mars owns a number of other chocolates and candies, some of the most notable of which are 3 Musketeers, Dove chocolate, M&M's, Milky Way, Snickers, Twix and of course, Mars bars.

That's not all, however. Mars owns a number of pet foods as well, such as Pedigree and Whiskas. They also have their hand in multiple other markets as owners of brands from Bounty to Combos.

Mars Inc. Brings in $30 billion annually and is ranked as the third largest privately owned company in the US by Forbes. The company is entirely owned by the Mars family. Looks like they're doing pretty good for themselves!


The average person in Palm Springs, CA uses 736 gallons of water a DAY! Find out how that compares to other Americans

Most of us don't give a second thought to how much water we're using, but you may after hearing this!

The typical American uses about 100 gallons of water a day for things like showering, doing dishes, and of course, having some to drink. However, the average rate of consumption for a resident of Palm Springs, CA is 736 gallons per day!

Why do they use so much? Palm Springs is a tourist location in the desert. They have lots of golf courses, swimming pools, and the residents have immaculate lawns. All of these things need lots of water to maintain.

Luckily, steps are being taken to promote conservation, including recycling plants that treat waste water and pricing that penalizes waste in the first place.


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One of the most influential games ever actually embraced processor lag—and it became an extremely popular game mechanic!

While programming the iconic game Space Invaders, the game's creator Tomohiro Nishikado discovered that the fewer aliens on the screen, the faster the processer was able to render them. This meant that as the player destroyed more of them, the remaining aliens would move faster. Another way to look at this is the processer being burdened and lagging towards the beginning of the game and being freed up as you get further.

Instead of changing things around to keep the speed consistent, Nishikado decided to just leave it the way it was as a challenging gameplay mechanic. In other words Nishikado, quite by accident, created a game which increased in difficulty as you progressed, an idea that almost all modern games utilize.

Today, Space Invaders is viewed as one of the most influential games of all time. Up until the release of the classic shooter in 1978, video games were just virtual representations of something else. Space Invaders was also the first shooter in which the enemies fired back. On top of that, the game popularized the idea of high scores as well, as it was the first to save a player's score.

Possibly even more importantly, multiple well-known game developers have stated that the game is what got them interested in video games in the first place. Among these developers is Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of classics such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox.

Those are just some of the many influences Space Invaders has had on the world of video games. Indeed, it has quite the resume. Who knows where video games would be without it.


Pablo Escobar went so far as to murder any government officials who wouldn't take his bribes. How many officials stood up to him?

Pablo Escobar, the Columbian drug lord and cocaine trafficker, is regarded as one of the wealthiest criminals ever. His net-worth was estimated at close to $25 Billion by Forbes in 1989.

Escobar had a policy when dealing with law enforcement and government officials called "plato o plomo" that translates literally to "silver or lead," meaning take a bribe or die. This led to the death of hundreds if not thousands of people as Escobar would pay anyone who killed his enemies very well.

Some of the more noteworthy murders he is thought to be responsible for are a Columbian presidential candidate and the murders of almost half of the Columbian Supreme Court Justices in 1985 in what is known as The Palace of Justice Siege.

The attack against the Supreme Court of Columbia was done by a guerrilla group called M-19, but is thought to have been partially bankrolled by Pablo Escobar. This was later confirmed by Virginia Vallejo who was romantically involved with Escobar at the time.

Although Pablo Escobar was responsible for countless horrible acts, he isn't viewed as a bad person by all. He worked hard to gain a Robin Hood-like image by giving back to the lower class in Columbia. He built hospitals, schools, churches and soccer fields throughout western Columbia. Because of this, the people of Medelln, where Escobar lived, often helped him by doing whatever they could to protect him.

Pablo Escobar died in December of 1993 at the age of 44 when he was shot by the Columbian National Police while trying to escape after being located in hiding by the use of radio triangulation. Nobody has ever found out who took the killing shot.

Because of his popularity with the locals, about 25,000 people were present for his burial.



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