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Unlike most traditional depictions, Pilgrims usually wore colorful clothes!

Pilgrims are always portrayed as wearing bland, black clothing. That’s just because they wore black for special occasions, which is when most things are documented.

Black clothes were considered people’s nicest and best. Their portraits were taken in their best clothes, too. Everyday clothes were made of many colors. Brown, brick red, yellow and blue were common.

Other clothes were made of cloth that was not dyed. These clothes were gray or white, the natural color of the cloth. All kids wore the same thing- gowns.

Yes, in the 1600s, boys wore dresses until they were much older. In fact, the colors blue and pink didn’t become distinguished as masculine and feminine.

It came about for marketing purposes, actually. Up until then, boys and girls wore just about the same thing and pink was not a controversial color for boys. So, the pilgrims weren’t as bland as we thought they were.


Richard Dreyfuss’ drug problem was so bad, he doesn’t even remember shooting one of his movies!

You probably know Dreyfuss from his two biggest roles in Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but he had worked his way up through small TV parts before his big break.

He won a Best Actor Oscar in his first romantic lead as an out-of-work actor in The Goodbye Girl in 1977. Dreyfuss also produced and starred in the entertaining private eye movie The Big Fix.

After a brief lull in the early 1980s, a well-publicized drug problem and a string of box-office disappointments a clean and sober Dreyfuss re-established himself in the mid-'80s as one of Hollywood's more engaging leads.

His drug problem had been so severe, that he still doesn’t remember anything about filming the 1981 movie Whose Life is it Anyway. He co-starred with Bette Midler and Nick Nolte in Paul Mazursky's popular Down and Out in Beverly Hills


Legends say that St. Lawrence made a joke as he was roasted to death. He became the patron saint of chefs and comedians!

The traditional stories of Saint Lawrence of the Catholic Church say that he was sentenced at San Lorenzo in Miranda, imprisoned at San Lorenzo in Fonte, and martyred at San Lorenzo in Panisperna.

Lawrence was the deacon of Rome and was in charge of the material goods of the Church. He was also in charge of distributing alms to the poor.

What he did instead is give away everything to the poor. When he was asked to show the treasures of the Church, he brought forward the poor, which led to him being sentenced to death.

So, they put him on a gridiron and cooked him alive. Supposedly during the cooking he cracked a joke saying, “It is well done. Turn me over!” Thus, Saint Lawrence was made the patron saint of chefs and comedians.

If that story made you upset, don’t worry. Most historians think it did not actually happened that same way. In reality he was probably persecuted by the empire and beheaded.

The reason for this legend could be a mistranslation where they omitted a ‘p’ from the phrase “passus est” (he suffered) and instead wrote “assus est” (he was roasted).


A mobster refused a blood from a bank for fears it was from an African American. His mobster donor gave him HIV

Scarpa Gregory Scarpa Sr. was an enforcer for the Colombo crime family, specifically for the boss Carmine Persico. He was responsible for at least three murders in 1991. In addition to a murderer, Scarpa was also a racist.

He despised African Americans. In fact, in 1986, he underwent emergency ulcer surgery at Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn. He refused blood donations from the local blood bank because he feared that the blood may have been donated by African Americans.

Instead, he took blood donations from several family members and associates. One associate was mobster Paul Mele, who was a body builder and abused steroids.

Mele had contracted HIV from a dirty needle and ended up passing it on to Scarpa. It eventually progressed into AIDS and he died from AIDS-related complications.


Paul McCartney once wrote a song under a fake name to see if it would be a hit. It peaked at #14!

Paul McCartney wanted to see if he could produce a hit song without his name attached to it. In 1966, McCartney penned the song “Woman” under the pseudonym Bernard Webb.

He wrote the song for a British pop duo called Peter & Gordon. They had achieved success a couple of years before with their #1 hit “A World Without Love.”

McCartney had already written 3 singles for the duo under the Lennon-McCartney moniker and wanted to see if he could write a song for them without using his name and still be a hit. It reached #14 on the charts!

It was revealed pretty quickly that McCartney wrote the song. There were speculations as soon as two weeks after the song was released that McCartney penned the tune.



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