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A man shaved his own moustache off for Tom Hardy to use in a film! Why?

Tom Hardy was starring in a movie called ‘Bronson’ at the time of this incident. The movie is a British fiction movie based loosely off of the life of the notorious prisoner, Michael Gordon Peterson, or as he is known by his fighter name ‘Charles Bronson’. Tom Hardy was playing Michael Gordon Peterson in the film, and he often had telephone conversations with him in order to become more like him for his role.

When Tom Hardy met Peterson, he was so impressed by Hardy’s ability to bulk up his physique for the role in the movie, as well as his impression of Peterson, that he actually shaved off his trademark moustache and gave it to Tom Hardy to use in the film!


SWAT Kats was cancelled despite being the most successful syndicated cartoon!

In 1993, Hanna-Barbera released SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, an animated action show taking place in the world of Megakat City. It was based on characters created by Christian and Yvonne Tremblay.

Despite early cancellation in it's second season, the series remains popular with an active fanbase. In the United States it can occasionally be found in syndication on the Boomerang Cable Network.

The titular SWAT Kats are two vigilante pilots who possess a state-of-the-art fighter jet with an array of weaponry. Throughout the series, they face various villains as well as Megakat City's militarized police force, the Enforcers.

SWAT Kats became the number one syndicated show of 1994, and new episodes were expected to come out. The show was canceled with three unfinished episodes since Hanna-Barbera ended their syndication block to focus mostly on producing content for Cartoon Network.


Humans didn't have crooked teeth until we developed agriculture!

A number of researchers have hypothesized that the advent of agriculture, which led to diets consisting of softer foods that required less chewing, led to modifications in the lower jaw, either through natural selection or from developmental changes caused by the way we use our jaws beginning in infancy.

But evidence from ancient skeletons has been limited. To test the hypothesis, Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel, an anthropologist at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, looked at skull and jaw shape in 11 populations, six of which live by farming and five of which are hunter-gatherers. The populations included people from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

In the first part of her study, von Cramon-Taubadel measured the shapes of 322 crania and 295 jaws from museums, representing the 11 populations. She found a significant correlation between jaw shape and how each population made it's living. Thus hunter-gatherers tended to have longer and narrower lower jaws, whereas those of farmers were relatively shorter and wider.

There are recognizable differences in the shapes of our skulls and faces across the world. In recent years, anthropologists have concluded that most of this geographic variation in skull shape is due to chance, so-called genetic drift, rather than natural selection.


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Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg are among the last few directors who still shoot movies on film as opposed to digital!

You may expect Christopher Nolan, the directing force behind The Dark Knight film series, Inception and many other notable films, to use the latest technology. However, despite his thrilling movies, Nolan is traditional at heart.

Along with his cameraman and a few other directors, such as Steven Spielberg, Nolan likes shooting on film rather than using video.

Nolan says he's felt increasing pressure to shoot in digital but prefers film. It's reliable and proven. It's less expensive, and Nolan believes it looks better. Film also takes less time than digital - whereas you can pass film in about 12-14 hours, digital can take 7 or 8 weeks.

Nolan is also afraid that the option to shoot on film will disappear in the near future. He recently gathered several directors to address this issue. He noted that he thought IMAX was the best film format, and those directors who had the power to insist on film, should do so.


A fortune cookie company once got the lottery numbers right, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation!

The Powerball drawing on March 30, 2005 produced 110 second-prize winners. The total payout to these winners was $19,400,000, with 89 winners each receiving $100,000. The other 21 winners received $500,000, because they were Power Play selections.

Officials first suspected fraud or a reporting error, but all 110 winners had played numbers from fortune cookies made by Wonton Food Inc. The factory had printed the numbers "22, 28, 32, 33, 39, 40" on thousands of fortunes.

The "40" in the fortune did not match the Powerball number of "42". None of the employees of Wonton Food played those numbers; at the time, the closest state with Powerball was Connecticut and the company was in New York.

Since the ticket holders had won as result of a coincidence rather than foul play, the payouts were honored. Had these 110 winners shared the then $25 million jackpot, each ticket would have been worth about $227,272 annuity or $122,727 cash.

The fortune on the inspiring fortune cookie read: "All the preparation you've done will finally be paying off.”



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