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TIL the term “mark” originated from the carnival. When dishonest game operators found someone they could entice to keep playing their rigged game, they would "mark" the player by patting their back with a hand that had chalk on it. Other carnies would then keep an eye out for rubes with chalk marks.

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Traveling carnival


A traveling carnival, usually simply called a carnival, or travelling funfair is an amusement show that may be made up of amusement rides, food vendors, merchandise vendors, games of chance and skill, thrill acts, and animal acts. A traveling carnival is not set up at a permanent location, like an amusement park or funfair, but is moved from place to place. Its roots are similar to the 19th century circus with both being set up in open fields near or in town and moving to a new location after a period of time. Unlike traditional carnival celebrations, the North American traveling carnival is not tied to a religious observance.


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Traveling carnival

A traveling carnival, usually simply called a carnival, or travelling funfair is an amusement show that may be made up of amusement rides, food vendors, merchandise vendors, games of chance and skill, thrill acts, and animal acts. A traveling carnival is not set up at a permanent location, like an amusement park or funfair, but is moved from place to place. Its roots are similar to the 19th century circus with both being set up in open fields near or in town and moving to a new location after a period of time. Unlike traditional carnival celebrations, the North American traveling carnival is not tied to a religious observance.

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TIL that the purpose of the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" was to help young girls accept arranged marriages.

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Indeed, as Maria Tatar points out...the story of Beauty and the Beast was meant for girls who would likely have their marriages arranged. Beauty is traded by her impoverished father for safety and material wealth, and sent to live with a terrifying stranger. De Beaumont’s story emphasizes the nobility in Beauty’s act of self-sacrifice, while bracing readers...“for an alliance that required effacing their own desires and submitting to the will of a monster.”

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Beauty, naturally, sacrifices herself.... Her actions inform readers that to “save” their own families by entering into marriages is noble, while preparing them for the prospect of embarking on their own acts of self-sacrifice.... “Many an arranged marriage must have felt like being tethered to a monster.”

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In a Ghanaian story, “Tale of the Girl and the Hyena-Man,” a young woman declares she won’t marry the husband her parents have chosen. She picks a stranger instead...Unfortunately, he turns out to be a hyena in disguise.... The tale concludes succinctly: “The story of her adventures was told to all, and that is why to this day women do not choose husbands for themselves and also that is why children have learned to obey their elders who are wiser than they.”

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TIL When Robin Williams auditioned for the role of Mork on 'Mork and Mindy', he was asked to take a seat. Williams responded by sitting on his head, upside down in the chair. He was hired on the spot because, 'He was the only alien to audition' for the part.

TIL When Robin Williams auditioned for the role of Mork on 'Mork and Mindy', he was asked to take...

“My aunt, who was in charge of casting, told my dad about a comedian doing stand-up on the street corner with a hat that people put money in,” Marshall continues. “My dad said, ‘You want me to hire a kid who stands on the street corner with a hat, on a primetime network television show? A hit show?’ … She said, ‘It’s a pretty full hat.’”

From: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

Fun fact: At the time Robin Williams was just starting out and was broke. When his manager called and said he got the roll and he would get 15 per episode Robin thought he meant 15 hundred. He was ecstatic. Turns out it was 15 thousand.

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Another fun fact - In 1973, Williams attained a full scholarship to the Juilliard School (Group 6, 1973–1976) in New York City. He was one of 20 students accepted into the freshman class and one of two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year; the other was Christopher Reeve.

Reeve remembered his first impression of Williams when they were new students at Juilliard:

He wore tie-dyed shirts with track suit bottoms and talked a mile a minute. I'd never seen so much energy contained in one person. He was like an untied balloon that had been inflated and immediately released. I watched in awe as he virtually caromed off the walls of the classrooms and hallways. To say that he was "on" would be a major understatement.

TIL that Disney’s “Baymax” character design was inspired by Chris Atkeson’s pioneer work in soft robotics. His research in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is based on a theory: “For robots to effectively operate in our world, they’re going to have to be as squishy as we are”.

TIL that Disney’s “Baymax” character design was inspired by Chris Atkeson’s pioneer work in soft robotics. His research in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is based on a theory: “For robots to effectively operate in our world, they’re going to have to be as squishy as we are”.

(Spoilers) That Baymax is a sweet, squishy, gentle, pacifistic robot only makes it all the more horrifying when for about thirty seconds he becomes an efficient, dedicated killer. A brilliant moment in a great film.

This guy is amazing. There's a class at CMU called "Building Virtual Worlds" which produces really, really amazing stuff every year.

For the longest time I thought his name was Betamax and they just pronounced it with a bit of a slur...

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TIL In 1968, Elton John tried to commit suicide because of relationship problems with a woman. He later ran into lyricist Bernie Taupin, who tried to make John more comfortable with his sexuality. The situation inspired Taupin and John to create the song, 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight'

TIL In 1968, Elton John tried to commit suicide because of relationship problems with a woman. He...

People know about Taupin, people often credit them both outside of casual conversation. I'd say he's much better known and credited than most pop-rock act songwriters. Nobody knows most songwriters at all or cares to mention them.

And Taupin wrote 90% of Elton's songs that Elton is known for.

But Elton is the one that is well known.

Taupin's lyrics include such songs as "Rocket Man", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Honky Cat", "Tiny Dancer", "Candle in the Wind", "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "Bennie and the Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "The Bitch is Back", "Daniel", and 1970's "Your Song", their first hit. Hits in the 1980s include "I'm Still Standing", "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues", "Sad Songs", and "Nikita." In the 1990s, Taupin and John had more hits, including "The One", "Simple Life", "The Last Song", "Club at the End of the Street" and "Believe." In September 1997, Taupin rewrote the lyrics of "Candle in the Wind" for "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.[10]

The 1991 film documentary, Two Rooms, described the John/Taupin writing style, which involves Taupin writing the lyrics on his own and John then putting them to music, with no further interaction between the two. The process is still fundamentally the same, with John composing to Taupin's words, but the two interact on songs far more today, with Taupin joining John in the studio as the songs are written and occasionally during recording sessions.

And Taupin wrote the lyrics to 90% of Elton's songs that Elton is known for.

FTFY. Elton is still a musical genius, Taupin is just his lyricist.

One of the most prolific songwriters of all time is famous for other reasons: Dolly Parton. She's credited with writing something along the lines of 700 songs now.

I wasn't aware she was the original songwriter for "I will always love you" - after the Whitney Houston version came out for The Bodyguard, she quipped that she'd "earned enough money to buy Graceland" if she wanted it.

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