Robert Anton Wilson, an author of "The
Illuminatus! Trilogy" — a mind-twisting science-fiction series about a
secret global society that has been a cult classic for more than 30
years — died on Thursday at his home in Capitola, Calif. He was 74.
'His death was confirmed by his daughter Christina Pearson.
author of 35 books on subjects like extrasensory perception, mental
telepathy, metaphysics, paranormal experiences, conspiracy theory, sex,
drugs and what he called quantum psychology, Mr. Wilson wrote the
trilogy with his friend Robert J. Shea in the late 1960s, when both
were editors at Playboy. The books — "The Eye in the Pyramid," "The
Golden Apple" and "Leviathan" — were all published in 1975 by Dell
Science Fiction. They never hit the best-seller lists, but have never
gone out of print. Mr. Shea died in 1994.
by a thick file of letters that the authors received from conspiracy
buffs, the trilogy traces the conflict between the Illuminati and the
Discordians. The Illuminati are elite authoritarians who pull the
puppet strings of the world's political establishment while seeking to
become super-beings by sucking the souls from the masses. The
Discordians resist through convoluted tactics that include a network of
double agents.' (New York Times article).
Beetlejuice: Using Bugs as Food Dye Is Legal and Common
Hello. I adore useless trivia, my favorites being about films and such, but I love it all. Here's some I found and a few I knew. Unfortunately, none of them are useful:
-'Toto' the dog from the Wizard of Oz's real name was Terry, and she also appeared in 12 other films, including Bright Eyes with Shirley Temple and Fury with Spencer Tracey.
-Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (I love Oz trivia) cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for movie theaters across the country. Many seats had to be reupholstered after thousands of children who saw the film were so frightened by her character that they wet themselves. The irony? In real life, she was a kindergarten teacher.
-Harpo Marx's birthname was Adolf, but was changed to Author due to the negative association of Hitler. He never recieved any education beyond second grade, or any formal instrument training.
-The Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the movie Distant Drums. It has been featured in dozens of movies since. Alongside a certain recording of the cry of the Red-tailed Hawk, the "Universal Telephone Ring" and "Castle Thunder", it is probably the most well-known cinematic sound cliché. (I love the Wilhelm scream)
Here's a link to a list of the films that use it: Wilhelm
-The opening scene of Mary Poppins, with Mary Poppins on a cloud, is actually a painting done on glass, with sections left unpainted to allow blinking lights and footage of Ms. Andrews to be seen through it. In fact, all the wide-shot landscapes in the films are paintings.
-Fala, FDR's constant companion dog, is burried under the sundial right near FDR's grave in Hyde Park, NY
-In both the films 'Monsters, Inc.' and 'The Corpse Bride', animators stuck a special nod to stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen. The restaurant in Monsters, Inc. is named Harryhausen, and the brand of the piano seen in Corpse Bride is Harryhausen.
-In the Peter Jackson's 'King Kong', King Kong's roar is a lion's roar played backwards at half speed.
And I have no idea where I found this site, or whose it is, but it's perfect:
In 1947, Henri Goetz and Pablo Picasso approached Henri Sennelier with the idea of designing a professional version of the children's product. Picasso told Henri, "I want a colored pastel that I can paint on anything, wood, paper, canvas, metal, etc. without having to prepare or prime the canvas."
the average california cow produces roughly 10 tons of milk per year. (19,825 pounds, 2,305 gallons)
California produced over 612 million pounds of mozzarella cheese in 1998.
In the 1630's an english law made it necessary that any ship sailing for America have 1 milking cow for every 5 passengers
12 or more cows are called a flink
Only 50% of Goldfish crackers have smiles.
In more important random-but-useful news, gonorrhea is shaped like jelly beans.