For Bale, finding the Patrick Bateman within him meant venturing into the darkest, vilest pits of human pain and suffering: Tom Cruise’s eyes. Bale and the director of ‘American Psycho,’ Mary Harron, discussed “how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was,” and how he was always “watching what people did and trying to work out the right way to behave.” Eventually, Bale found exactly that while watching David Letterman when Tom Cruise happened to be the guest. A strange thing Bale noticed about Cruise was his “intense friendliness” that had “nothing behind the eyes.” Which is the nice way of saying, “Look at that creepy motherfucker.”
From “5 Bizarre Inspirations Behind Famous Movie Scenes,” on Cracked
The uglier a Spanish woman is, the less likely Spaniards are to believe she killed her non-gender-specific abusive partner in self-defense.
Chicago’s coyotes are monogamous.
Australian scientists discovered a population of dolphins among whom a technique of using sponges to catch small fish has been passed from mothers to daughters for the past 180 years.
Ancient peoples in the mountains of Chongqing ate premodern pandas.
Korean eunuchs of the Joseon dynasty, most of whom either underwent castration voluntarily or lost their genitals to dogs[!?!?], were found to have lived, on average, 14 - 19 years longer than their intact male counterparts.
Spanish researchers found the spot where Caesar was stabbed.
Scalabrini’s noseless lemur was found to be a fish. [??]
I once asked a talented and fairly famous colleague how he managed to regularly produce such highly regarded 8,000 word features. “Well,” he said, “first, I put it off for two or three weeks. Then I sit down to write. That’s when I get up and go clean the garage. After that, I go upstairs, and then I come back downstairs and complain to my wife for a couple of hours. Finally, but only after a couple more days have passed and I’m really freaking out about missing my deadline, I ultimately sit down and write.”
LTMC: My roommate and I were talking about this the other day. How on earth could they have spent so much money and still have so many horror stories about being ill-prepared with their accommodations? The answer is almost certainly “horrifying amounts of corruption.” I suspect that a lot of that money simply went to line the pockets of contract beneficiaries than actually found its way into infrastructure improvements.
Not to ruin the Olympics for you before the events have even started… but this sort of ruins the Olympics for me before the events have even started.