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  • Howie Mandel - Helium voice prank

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    Howie Mandel on one of his favorite pranks: "I had one voice where it sounded like I was in a terrible helium accident and I would go to the emergency rooms of hospitals -- before I was on TV, they didn't know who I was -- and I would go to the ad...
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    After a year at the University of Michigan, Michael Moore started working on a General Motors assembly line (like his father) in Flint, Michigan. He did not stay long. Michael called in sick on his very first day and never went back. Why did Michael at...
  • Charles M. Schulz: Good Grief!

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    "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz's comic vision was inspired by a childhood punctuated by a series of misfortunes and failures. One day the future cartoonist went to see a movie at a theater which had promised chocolate bars to the first 1...
  • Eddie Murphy: Great Song

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    One day in 1985, Eddie Murphy got a call from Stevie Wonder. "We're working on this great song," he explained. "You've got to come down to the studio." "I can't," Murphy replied. "I'm working on a song of my own."Eddie's song? "Party All the Time" (Sam...
  • Cher - West Side Story singalong

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    Young Cher once waited until she was home alone so she could sing along to "West Side Story" (reenacted on a television special). Cher recalled putting her hair in pigtails and announcing: "'I am proud to present West Side Story. I will be playing all ...
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    Howie Mandel once worked as a ride operator at an amusement park. "Make sure the orange safety harness over your left shoulder is securely fastened," he would warn riders. "We're going upside down in five seconds!" This announcement was invariably met ...
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    "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell was nasty from day 1. "That was terrible, I mean seriously terrible," he told the show's very first contestant, prompting fellow judge Paula Abdul to start crying and walk off the set.Paula later hired a writer to cou...
  • George Clooney - Bachelor

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    After his divorce from Talia Balsam, George Clooney vowed never to remarry or have any children. Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer once challenged Clooney to put his money where his mouth was, each betting $10,000 that the second part of his vow woul...
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    Ashton Kutcher once tried to join the mile-high club. Things did not work out as planned. "It was weird trying to get two people in there," he recalled, "and there was like a moron convention going on around the bathroom door. So there was no opportune...
  • Romark: Psychic Driver

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    On October 12th, 1977, the famed hypnotist Romark declared that, in a public display of his remarkable psychic powers, he would drive through Ilford... wearing a blindfold. After placing two coins, a slice of dough, and a thick band over his eyes, Roma...
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an·ec·dote Click to hear the pronunciation [an-ik-doht]
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1. A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
2. pl. an·ec·dotes or an·ec·do·ta: Secret or hitherto undivulged particulars of history or biography.

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Charles M. Schulz: Good Grief!

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"Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz's comic vision was inspired by a childhood punctuated by a series of misfortunes and failures. One day the future cartoonist went to see a movie at a theater which had promised chocolate bars to the first 1...

George Clooney: Clooney's Vault

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In 2003, George Clooney bought a home on lovely Lake Como in Italy. Among the contents left by the previous owner was an empty thousand-pound safe marked "Explosives." One day, Clooney arrived home and was astonished to find that burglars had attempted...

Richard Branson meets Sir James Goldsmith

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Virgin Records' founder Richard Branson was once invited to an exclusive party at the luxurious home of billionaire merchant banker Sir James Goldsmith. While admiring Goldsmith's beautiful pool, Branson -- on a whim -- crept up behind his host and pus...

Jessica Simpson: Pants Off

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"I'm really clumsy, so I trip and fall a lot," Jessica Simpson once confessed. "And every time I perform in New York my pants split onstage. That's happened four or five times. Every time, I pull on my mom's jeans as fast as I can, so there we are, sta...

Niels Bohr: Barometer Question

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During a physics exam one day, young Niels Bohr was asked to "describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer." "You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer," he replied, "and lower the barometer from the roof of ...

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    One day during his stay in London, Benjamin Franklin was invited by an English peer to admire a home which he had built for himself.Notwithstanding its attractive colonnaded facade, the residence was something of a failure, its plan dictated by an inco...
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    In October, 1903, just two months before the Wright brothers completed their first successful powered flight, the astronomer Simon Newcomb published an essay attempting to prove that airplanes would never fly. He got nearly everything right, identifyin...
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    One of twelve children, Dolly Parton grew up in a one-bedroom cabin (without electricity or indoor plumbing) in Tennessee. The doctor who delivered her was paid with a bag of cornmeal."One Christmas, young Dolly cried for a doll that walked and talked....
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