Double Indemnity is one of my favorite noir movies. I’ve seen it a bunch of times.
Raymond Chandler, who wrote just seven novels, is one of the founding fathers of modern detective fiction. I’ve read a lot of Chandler and knew he co-wrote the screenplay [along with director Billy Wilder] adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel of the same name.
Until recently I didn’t know that Chandler had a cameo in Double Indemnity. What makes this an even greater find is that there are no known film or television interviews with Chandler!
Although here we’re just looking at Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola cans [at Buzzfeed they also look at Dr. Pepper, 7-Up and Orange Crush], it becomes clear how the design for soda cans has changed over the years and how the companies seem to follow each other.
My grandpa [mom's father] and dad both worked many years for Coca-Cola. I can remember the big deal made in 1970 when Coke went to the new mod design. They came out with Coke coolers, hats and bellbottom pants with the new logo. I also believe that Rachel Welch was somehow involved with the roll-out.
It’s funny how what was mod then, is so retro now.
On the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Secret Service realized they did not have a have a bulletproof car to transport President Roosevelt safely to Congress to deliver his Infamy Speech. A quick thinking Secret Service agent realized that the U.S. Treasury had seized the bulletproof limo of Al Capone in 1931.
The car was still in working condition and safely transported the president to Congress. President Roosevelt reportedly quipped, “I hope Mr. Capone won’t mind.”
How often do you meet someone who has the same birthday as you? Not often, right?
At first glance, you’d probably think the odds were 1 in 365. In actuality, the odds are better or worse depending on the day you were born.
My birthday, October 22nd, is according to the chart, pretty common.
Yet, I can only remember meeting one person who shared “my” birthday. We went to elementary and junior high together. Her name was, and I kid you not, Becky Beavers. She was a sweet kid despite the time we got into a spitting contest in second grade. What were we thinking (definitely not about our shared birthday)?
10 Entertainment Careers Cut Short by Unsolved Mysteries is an interesting piece by Robin Warder that was recently posted over at Listverse. While the article doesn’t discuss the deaths of George Reeves, Tupac Shakur or the Black Dahlia, the entertainers that it does cover definitely died/disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Thanks to Bill Crider for pointing me in the right direction.
That’s a photo of some pages from a Houdini scrapbook that belonged to Quincy Kilby, who was a friend to Harry Houdini.
The scrapbook has personal items that belonged to Houdini such as his show requirements (nothing like bowls of just green M&Ms, but still very interesting), an escape challenge letter (which Houdini accepted and was successful in) plus a lot more.