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Learn how an offhand comment by President Ronald Reagan launched Tom Clancy's career


Being a fiction author can be a difficult job. Not only do you have to come up with exciting and compelling ideas to write about, but you have to convince somebody to publish these ideas once you turn them into books, and publishers are not going to publish an author unless they believe the books will sell.

One thing that can help the career of a budding author is an endorsement from a well respected person—but endorsements don't come easily or for free. However, once in a while an author will get lucky. Once such lucky author was none other than Tom Clancy, when he was unwittingly endorsed by president Ronald Reagan during a speech.

Clancy had written his first novel, "The Hunt for Red October", but had struggled to find a publisher. Eventually, owing to a relationship he had with the US Naval Institute Press, they agreed to publish the book. The Navy Press was not exactly mainstream publishing and Clancy did not have high hopes.

However, during a televised press conference in 1984, president Ronald Reagan referred in passing to the book as "a perfect yarn" and "unputdown-able".

The rest, as they say, is history. Clancy went on to produce 17 bestsellers and has over 100 millions book copies in print.

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Do you know the difference between "fancy" and "standard" ketchup?


Although the ingredient proportions differ slightly and the spice blends aren't identical, McDonald's fancy ketchup, Heinz standard, and Hunt's ketchup are pretty much the same. So what makes the McDonald's ketchup fancier than the others?

Turns out, it's nothing special on the ingredient list. According to Heinz, "fancy" is simply a USDA designation that producers are allowed to use for marketing if their product meets the standards of US Grade A/US Fancy tomato ketchup, which possesses a better color, consistency and flavor, and has fewer specks and particles and less separation of the liquid/solid contents than US Grade B/US Extra Standard Ketchup and US Grade C/US Standard Ketchup.

What goes into ketchup grading? Testers look for a lack of tomato skin and seeds in the product, a smooth, uniform texture and a total acidity over one percent, among other things.

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Do you know the difference between "fancy" and "standard" ketchup?

Do you know the difference between "fancy" and "standard" ketchup?


Although the ingredient proportions differ slightly and the spice blends aren't identical, McDonald's fancy ketchup, Heinz standard, and Hunt's ketchup are pretty much the same. So what makes the McDonald's ketchup fancier than the others?

Turns out, it's nothing special on the ingredient list. According to Heinz, "fancy" is simply a USDA designation that producers are allowed to use for marketing if their product meets the standards of US Grade A/US Fancy tomato ketchup, which possesses a better color, consistency and flavor, and has fewer specks and particles and less separation of the liquid/solid contents than US Grade B/US Extra Standard Ketchup and US Grade C/US Standard Ketchup.

What goes into ketchup grading? Testers look for a lack of tomato skin and seeds in the product, a smooth, uniform texture and a total acidity over one percent, among other things.

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Samuel L. Jackson is the only person in the Star Wars universe with a purple light saber. Find out how he got it

Samuel L. Jackson is the only person in the Star Wars universe with a purple light saber. Find out how he got it


Samuel L. Jackson knows style. You don't have to look much further than Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Jackson's character, Mace Windu, got to wield the iconic purple lightsaber as aquid pro quo request to the film's director, George Lucas.

Jackson wanted to be unique and easily distinguishable and ultimately unique. While other Jedi would eventually show off different colored weapons, Mace Windu is the first to be shown without a green, blue, or red lightsaber.

Jackson reached out to Lucas to show interest in appearing in the prequels, but made some interesting requests before he accepted Windu's role. He was aware of his character's untimely demise later in the prequels and demanded an awesome and spectacular death. He didn't want to be killed off ingloriously “like some punk.”

Mace Windu was originally written into the original trilogy to play a major role such as the narrator, Princess Leia's brother or Luke Skywalker's friend. He was eventually cut out until Lucas wrote the prequels in 1994 where he plays a much different role in the Star Wars universe, and remains an incredibly memorable character today.

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Samuel L. Jackson is the only person in the Star Wars universe with a purple light saber. Find out how he got it


Samuel L. Jackson knows style. You don't have to look much further than Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Jackson's character, Mace Windu, got to wield the iconic purple lightsaber as aquid pro quo request to the film's director, George Lucas.

Jackson wanted to be unique and easily distinguishable and ultimately unique. While other Jedi would eventually show off different colored weapons, Mace Windu is the first to be shown without a green, blue, or red lightsaber.

Jackson reached out to Lucas to show interest in appearing in the prequels, but made some interesting requests before he accepted Windu's role. He was aware of his character's untimely demise later in the prequels and demanded an awesome and spectacular death. He didn't want to be killed off ingloriously “like some punk.”

Mace Windu was originally written into the original trilogy to play a major role such as the narrator, Princess Leia's brother or Luke Skywalker's friend. He was eventually cut out until Lucas wrote the prequels in 1994 where he plays a much different role in the Star Wars universe, and remains an incredibly memorable character today.

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