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13 James Bond Facts You Should Know

George Lazenby got the role of James Bond by lying about being an actor!

George Lazenby, like most males around the world, fell in love with James Bond the moment that he laid his eyes on him. George fell for Bond’s charm, his spy gadgets, and his ability to make any woman that he came into contact with fall in love with him. George Lazenby wanted to become Bond.

However, George had never acted before, and had not taken any form of acting lessons. He just wanted to play Bond more than anyone that he knew. He even went as far as to get a suit, Rolex watch, and a haircut to match Sean Connery, the man who played the original Bond. He went to the building where the auditions for the next Bond film were and ran past the secretary up into the audition room and famously said “I heard you’re looking for James Bond”.

He then told the producers that he had acted in movies all around the world so they would be unable to look him up! He eventually told the director that he wasn’t an actor, but they hired him anyway! The director was impressed with George’s ability to fool everyone at the audition!


That the US tried to buy Greenland for 100 Million Dollars

Greenland is technically the world's largest island. Located at the top of the world, just east of Canada, it is geographically part of North America but has been politically and culturally associated with Europe for more than a millenium. While a large land mass, three fourths of it is covered by ice so it is also the least densely populated country in the world.

In the early 1900s, a dispute arose over who controlled Greenland--Norway or Denmark. The case was submitted to the Permanent Court of International Justice in 1933. The court ruled in Denmark's favor. In 1953, Greenland was made an equal part of the Danish Kingdom. Home rule was was granted in 1979.

After WWII, the United States developed a geopolitical interest in Greenland. In 1946, they offered to buy the country from Denmark for $100 million dollars. Denmark refused to sell though. They did, however, allow the US to reopen Thule Air Base in 1950. And from 1951 and 1953, the base was greatly expanded as a part of a NATO Cold War defense strategy.


During the 2008 hops shortage, Samuel Adams held a lottery that saved many craft brewers from going under!

Talk about a good corporate citizen. Samuel Adams, a famous brand of beer brewed by the Boston Beer Company decided to help out a lot of smaller craft brewers when there was a global shortage of hops in 2008.

They had 20,000 pounds of hops that they set aside to sell at cost to 108 randomly selected craft brewers for the United States. This saved many of them from having to reformulate or go out of business. The company also does other things to promote craft brewers. They participate in a competition called Longshot in which homebrewers submit their brew and the best ones get mass produced and put on the shelves.


Despite being a comedy, My Cousin Vinny is used in Law Schools as a teaching tool!

The movie 'My Cousin Vinny' is the story of Joe Macchio and Marisa Tomei, two New Yorkers traveling through rural Alabama. In an odd series of events, they are charged with a murder they didn't commit and put on trial. Their cousin and rookie lawyer, Vincent Gambini (played by Joe Pesci), comes in to save the day.

His comic attempts to acquit them are amusing for the audience, but it turns out they have actual legal merit. Lawyers have praised the accuracy of the movie's depiction of trial procedures and trial strategy. One lawyer explained that the movie is so well received amongst legal professionals because "everything that happens in the movie could happen--and often does happen--at trial."

One legal textbook uses the movie to exemplify "the art of presenting expert witnesses at trial." Other law professors have utilized 'My Cousin Vinny' to teach courtroom tactics such as voir dire and cross-examination. Even Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, has cited the movie as an example of the principle that a client can use his own lawyer. 'My Cousin Vinny': Entertaining and educational.


3D mapping helped discover an ancient Maya city!

Holtun, or Head of Stone, lay hidden under the thick Guatemalan rain forest. However, in 2010, using GPS and electronic distance-measurement technology, researchers were able to plot out the locations and elevations of a seven-story-tall pyramid, an observatory, a ritual ball court and even houses.

Archaeologists had always known that the city was there, but they hadn’t been able to really explore until they were able to use this technology. They’re excited to find Holtun, because it’s not a big metropolitan area, but rather a small city.

Why are they excited for that? Well, they hope to learn what every day life was for people who weren’t part of the larger metropolitan areas such as Tikal, something that hasn’t been explore much until now. Learn more about Holtun city by clicking the source.



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