Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More facts about famous people

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Walt Disney was scared of mice:

The irony of Mickey Mouse's creation is that Walt Disney was in fact scared of mice. However, he pictured mice as sympathetic creatures, despite people being scared of them. 

By the way:

He was originally to be called Mortimer Mouse but Walt’s wife convinced him to change it to Mickey. According to Mickey Rooney, the mouse was named after himself, this happening after a meeting he had with the Disneys in the 1920’s when he was a child.

Mickey Mouse was the first ever cartoon character to talk. In the 1929 episode, The Karnival Kid, Mickey's first words were "Hot dogs!".

Walt Disney’s body or head are not frozen and cryogenically preserved. He was cremated on 17 Dec 1966. James Bedford became the 1st human to be cryogenically preserved on 12 Jan 1967.

“Girls bored me - they still do. 
I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.”
- Walt Disney

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Is it true that the name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

It is commonly asserted that when asked the country's name by a child he was first telling the story to, Frank Baum looked to his filing cabinet in the next room, which had two drawers. One drawer was marked A-N, and one marked O-Z. So he called it "Oz" after the letters on the second drawer. 

While this story has been told many times, there seems to be little evidence that it's true. Baum himself told at least two different versions of this story. Others have speculated that it comes from the "Oohs" and "Aahs" his stories produced from readers and listeners. Still others, looking for hidden meaning in the book, claim it comes from the abbreviation for ounces, or have linked it to Uz (Job's home in the Bible), Shelly's "Ozymandias," or Charles Dickens' pseudonym Boz. But L. Frank Baum's widow, Maud, once wrote to writer Jack Snow on this subject and stated that it was just a name that Frank had created out of his own mind.

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Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.

Like any persons, except Adam and Eve, he had a bellybutton when born. However, because of repeated stomach surgery, it was sewn over.

By the way:

Alfred Hitchcock was once stopped at the French border by a suspicious customs official. Eyeing the space where Hitchcock listed his profession as "producer," the official demanded, "And what do you produce?" "Gooseflesh," Hitchcock cooly replied.

Walt Disney refused to allow him to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because Hitchcock had made “that disgusting movie Psycho."

When Hitchcock was a boy, his father sent him to the police station with a letter. Upon reading the letter the policeman locked Hitchcock in a cell and later released him. The officer then released Hitchcock explaining, “This is what happens when people do bad things.” It is reported that Hitchcock spent the rest of his life being afraid of policemen and a constant theme in his movies of the lone individual against inept police.

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