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Sean Connery could have been Gandalf!

For many people Sean Connery was the perfect and logical choice to play Gandalf before it was known that Ian McKellen would play him. In fact, it was reported that Peter Jackson even offered him the role, but he turned it down.

His reason was that he'd never read the J.R.R. Tolkien book and that he didn't understand the script. By turning it down, he lost out on 15% of worldwide receipts from the movie. That would have earned Connery as much as $400 million!

What do you think? Would Sean Connery have made a better Gandalf than Ian McKellen? 


Starbucks’ white paper cups are impossible to recycle due to the plastic liner on the inside!

The white paper cups are used for hot beverages and are lined with polyethylene plastic to keep the paper intact by protecting it from the hot drink. The paper on the outside of the cup is needed for its rigidity and to keep the form of the cup. Unfortunately, the plastic liner makes the cup unrecyclable in most paper recycling systems. 

Starbucks says they continually look for other options so that their cups may be recyclable, but have yet to find anything. Their hot beverage sleeves were made to eliminate double cupping and are recyclable. They are made of 60 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. They also give a 10 cent discount when customers use their own cups instead of Starbucks’ disposable ones. 

Starbucks has also begun to offer “for here” mugs to customers who stay in the store to enjoy their coffee. They also recycle milk jugs, cardboard, and paper used by the coffee chain to store their supplies. 


A single greeting card that plays Happy Birthday has more computer power than the Earth had in 1950!

According to Gordon Moore, the number of transistors that can be arranged to fit on a silicon chip doubles every 18 months. This means that the number of actions a computer is able to do also doubles every 18 months.

If you would like to think about it in practical terms, the number of operations it takes a common greeting card to play Happy Birthday is more than all technology on Earth was capable of in the 1950’s! While this is amazing, scientists believe that the limit of computational power will be reached in the year 2020 because it is physically impossible to reduce the sizes of transistors and further!


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Former Costa Rican president José Figueres once saved a hijacked plane.

Figueres was the 32nd, 34th, and 38th president of Costa Rica. Through the course of his terms, he gave women and illiterates the right to vote and he guaranteed public education for all. He created and helped pass a basic welfare legislation, and even directed the writing of a new constitution! Oh and did I mention; he single-handedly stopped a band of hijackers. 

In 1971, opponents of Nicaragua’s Gen. Anastasio Somoza Debayle overtook a plane in Sans José. Upon hearing the news, the 5-foot-3 president leapt into action. He stood on the runway and pointed a submachine gun at the cabin until the hijackers finally surrendered. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a slow-clap for José Figueres: relatively successful president/badass extraordinaire. 


Nicholas Cage natural odor is similar to the sweat of a homeless man!

Nicolas Kim Coppola (or Nicolas Cage), is an American actor, producer and director. He has appeared in over 70 films such as National treasure and Kick-Ass!

He was born in Long Beach, California and raised by a Catholic family in which his dad was a professor of literature and his mom a dancer and choreographer. He attended Beverly Hills High School and aspired to act and become an actor. He attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and hence Nicolas Cage was born!

Nicolas Cage dated Jenna Jameson at some point in his life, where the porn queen recalls how the Oscar-winning actor smelt like distilled sweat of homeless people! This means that Nicolas Cage has a strong sweat/odor problem!

Just when everyone thought Nicolas Cage was just the perfect man, so perfect that he has been immortalized in memes so that he can live through the web for an eternity. Who cares about his sweat problem? He is still the man!



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