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SON OF HOLLYWOOD MONSTER MOVIE TRIVA, TAKE 2!!

In his recent autobiography, Ernest Borgnine reveals that his friend George Lindsay, Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show", turned down the part of "Mr. Spock" on TV's "Star Trek". Lindsay, by the way, started out as a science teacher.





James Whale said hisFrankenstein (1931 star, Boris Karloff. "His face fascinated me. I made drawings of his head, adding sharp bony ridges where I imagined the skull might have joined".





The U.S. Air Force refused to help in the filming of Howard Hawks' The Thing(1951), because the theme of the movie was counter to the Air Force's claim that flying saucers don't exist. In fact, one crew member (Dewey Martin) reads a quote from Air Force regulations denying flying saucers to the others as they are flying near the UFO crash site.





In George Pal's War of the Worlds (1953), the unique Flying Wing aircraft that drops the atom bomb on the advancing Martians was a prototype and remains, to this day, the o…

CANDY, COSTUMES AND CAVITIES, WHAT DOES IT ALL ADD UP TO???

From pumpkin farmers to confectioners to costume shops and beyond, Halloween is big business in the U.S.--generating nearly $6 billion annually in retail sector alone. We dig into the numbers to show where the big money is spent, on everything from national charities to neighborhood dentists.


36 million-Number of trick-or-treat aged kids 5 to 13 in the U.S.
93%-Percentage of children who get to dress up and go door to door.
$5.77 billion-Total spent in 2008 on Halloween, including candy, parties and witches' brew.
$140 million-Money Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised since 1950.
51.8 million-Number of adults who don their sexy nurse, pimp or pirate outfits on Halloween.
73.4%-Percentage of households that say they will dish out treats on Halloween (26.6%: Number of households just asking for a nasty trick)
28%-Number of children, aged 2 to 5, who will get cavities.
1.1 billion-Pounds of pumpkins decorated, turned into pie and smashed in the U.S. each year.

GOLDEN WEEK IN JAPAN!

Golden Week (Gōruden Wīku), often abbreviated to simply GW and also known as Ōgon shūkan ( "Golden Week") or Ōgata renkyū ( "Large consecutive holiday") is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays:



April 29

   Emperor's Birthday (Tennō tanjōbi), until 1988
   Greenery Day (Midori no hi), from 1989 until 2006
   Shōwa Day (Shōwa no hi), from 2007






May 3

   Constitution Memorial Day ( Kenpō kinenbi)

May 4

    Holiday (Kokumin no kyūjitsu), from 1985 until 2006
    Greenery Day (Midori no hi), from 2007

May 5

    Children's Day (Kodomo no hi), also customarily known as Boys' Day (Tango no sekku)






History

    The National Holiday Laws, promulgated in July 1948, declared nine official holidays. Since many were concentrated in a week spanning the end of April to early May, many leisure-based industries experienced spikes in their revenues. The film industry was no exception. In 1951, the film Jiyū Gakkō, recorded higher…