11 Facts About “Netflix” To Tell Your Friends At Parties

1. Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.

2. Netflix become the first original online programming service to earn a Golden Globe.

Robin Wright won Best Actress in a Drama Television Series award for her portrayal of Claire Underwood in House of Cards.

3. Netflix is watched more than any cable network in the United States with more than 40 million streaming members.nf

Almost 30% of US Homes with a TV subscribe to Netflix

4. Netflix launched a contest with a prize of $1 million dollars in October 2006 to improve the Netflix movie recommendation system by 10 percent.benj

It was awarded 3 years later to three teams — an AT&T Research Team called BellKor, commendo’s team BigChaos, and Pragmatic Theory – who joined forces to win.

5. Netflix considers Canada as “Third World” in Broadband Internet rating.

6. Netflix streaming accounts for almost 1/3 of all internet traffic (downstream traffic) in the US.

That’s more than YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Video, and Facebook.

7. Breaking Bad is the most watched show on Netflix.

8. Blockbuster turned down an offer to buy Netflix for as low as $50 million in 2000.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and closed the last of its remaining stores in November of 2013.

9. There’s more British stand-up on US Netflix than on UK Netflix.

10. In March of 2013, Netflix announced a Facebook sharing feature to the Netflix interface.

This lets subscribers in the U.S. see “Watched by your friends” and “Friends’ Favorites” once they agree to share. This was not legal until the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act was modified at the beginning of 2013.

11. In 2011, Netflix announced it was going to split the company into two businesses, with Netflix being the streaming movie business and the DVD-by-mail service would be renamed Qwikster.

They abandoned plans do to this the following month after an outcry from customers.

12 Oddball Facts About Movies That You Probably Didn’t Know

1. Jonah Hill contracted bronchitis from snorting so much fake cocaine The Wolf of Wall Street.

2. Frozen was the first animated Disney film directed by a woman.

3. If the runway in the final action scene of Fast & Furious 6 were real, it would be at least 26 miles long.

4. To get ready for their roles in Fight Club, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton took lessons in Tae Kwon Do‎, boxing‎ and making soap.

5. Barkhad Abdi, the actor who played the head pirate in Captain Philips, ad-libbed the films most famous line – “Look at me. I’m the captain now”.

6. Jamie Waylett who played Crabbe in the Harry Potter series was arrested for growing cannabis, participation in the 2011 England riots, and possession of a Molotov cocktail.

6. Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond film.

8. The first American film to show a toilet flushing on screen was Psycho.

9. The actor who plays ‘Ming Ming’ in the movie ‘Elf’ is played by Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

10. The “Royale with Cheese” as famously explained in the film Pulp Fiction is not in fact a name for the Quarter Pounder with Cheese anywhere in the world.

11. Charlie Sheen stayed up for 48 hours to achieve the wasted look for his cameo in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as a drugged-up felon.

12. The line “I’m the king of the world!” from the movie Titanic was ad-libbed.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Books You Love

1. Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

Maurice Sendak once replied to a young boy’s fan mail with a hand drawn picture of one of his characters. The boy’s mother wrote back saying simply “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.”

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)


J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the end to Snape’s story arc before he ever appeared on camera as Snape in the Harry Potter movies. As a result he often argued with directors based on knowing something they didn’t.

3. Next (2006)

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Critic Michael Crowley gave such a poor review of one of author Michael Crichton’s books, that Crichton made a character ‘Mick Crowley’ in his next book, who was a child molester with a small penis.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)


In the novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, there was a lost chapter, with a 6th child who got ground into the candy. It was deemed to gruesome to publish.

5. The Hunger Games (2008)

Suzanne Collins was a writer on Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All.

6. Charlotte’s Web (1952)


Author of Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) did the recording for the audio book, it took him 17 takes to record the passage about her death because each time he would cry or his voice would crack.

7. World War Z (2006)

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Max Brooks, author of such novels as “World War Z” and “The Zombie Survival Guide” is the son of comic genius Mel Brooks.

8. Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
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Ray Bradbury originally titled Fahrenheit 451 as “The Fireman”, but he & editors found the name boring so they called a local fire station and asked what temperature book paper burnt at. The firemen put Bradbury on hold, burnt a book, and reported that the temp it burnt at was “Fahrenheit 451”.

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)


Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhikers Guide…” series, only told one other person his secret for choosing the number “42″ as the “Ultimate Answer.” That other person is Stephen Fry, who says he’ll take that secret to the grave.

10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

7 Amazing Optical Illusions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

1. The image is not moving

This is not an animated GIF. You could print it out and the effect will still be there.

2. Chase the dots

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This is known as the Hermann grid illusion. The illusion is characterized by “ghostlike” grey blobs perceived at the intersections of a white grid on a black background. The illusion disappears if you fixate on the crossings.

3. The Hidden Tiger

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This was made by American wildlife artist Rusty Rust, sure you see the Bengal tiger but can you find the hidden tiger somewhere in the painting? Keep looking, you will find it.

4. Which way is the train going?

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The train may be moving in a different direction each time you look at the image. Try staring at it long enough and you can make the train change directions.

5. Frog or Horse?

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Most people see the frog right away, there is a horse in the picture as well, no lies!

6. The red lines are straight, yes really!

Can you chase the dots?
This is the Hering illusion where two straight and parallel lines look as if they were bowed outwards. The effect is produced by the lined pattern on the background that simulate a perspective design and creates a false impression of depth. Just another example of your brain creating an optical illusion to mess with you.

7. Spend your day sorting this out…

Can you chase the dots?
Credit: Carlos Whittaker
This extraordinary feat of manipulation of photography will melt your brain hurt if you stare at it for too long.

Ants – Are They A Solid Or A Liquid?

Ever wonder about the viscosity of ants? Ants can flow like a liquid rearranging themselves in the group and bounce back like an elastic solid, not unlike a rubber ball.

Masses of fire ants show a duality that intrigues physicists and could have practical implications. Imagine for example self assembling robots which build themselves out of smaller bits – all inspired by a ball of ants.

In a presentation at a meeting of the American Physical Society researchers showed video of fire ants being poured out of a funnel and also springing back into a rough ball shape after being pressed down.

Let’s just hope that we don’t someday find that fire ants could also be a gas…that would be creepy.

Source: NYTimes

13 Surprising Facts About Animals

1. More people are killed by teddy bears than grizzly bears in any given year.

2. 7% of all Facebook accounts belong to dogs and 4% of all accounts belong to cats.

3. Bugs Bunny was given the rank of honorary master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II.

4. Because of the high amount of mercury in Lake Michigan, more than 40% of the fish are born autistic and do not survive their first year.

5. Penguins have a gland above their eyes, called the supraorbital gland, that converts seawater to freshwater.

6. In 1924, a monkey was tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

7. The main difference between seals and sea lions is that sea lions have ears.

8. Every hour, about 12,500 puppies are born in the U.S.

9. It is illegal to graffiti someone else’s cow in Texas.

10. Platypuses don’t have stomachs.

11. The flamingo can only eat when its head is upside-down.

12. A pig’s orgasm can last up to 30 minutes.

13. There are over one million ants for every human in the world.

8 Things I Learned Playing Bar Trivia Last Night

When it comes to bar trivia, there’s no such thing as useless information.  Here’s what I learned on Monday night by playing trivia at The Diag Bar in Chicago.

1. Frogs Sell Cereal

Since the early 70′s, Dig Em’ Frog has proved that frogs sell more cereal.  During the 1980′s Sugar Smacks ditched Dig Em’ in favor of “Wally the Bear,” and the youth of the world revolted and demaned Dig Em return.  He hasn’t left since. 

2. There aren’t any canyons in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah’s major feature is, of course, Bryce Canyon.  However, there really isn’t any canyons there.  They are more a collection of natural amphitheaters.   I suppose Bryce Amphitheater National Park doesn’t have the same ring to it.



3. Rachel from “Friends” was a Taurus

Rachel was the youngest “Friends” member, but upon further investigation, I found out she is a Taurus.  Most Taurus’s believe if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.  Does that explain the “Rachel Haircut”?

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4. Want to win a Grammy?  Record a song called “Just the Way You Are”

Both Bruno Mars and Billy Joel have won Grammy Awards with songs called “Just the Way You Are.”


5. Someone thought this would sell more sandwiches


6. The Duke

Channing Tatum has played a character named Duke in three different films.  When the Duke Ellington biopic comes out, my money is on Taters to play the lead.  Try to guess Taters filmography by playing this quiz.  (Actually, I just wanted to say “Taters” again.  But the quiz is fun too)


7. Chugging and Puffing

I figured out the problem with today’s youth.  Mr. Watty Piper warped their minds at an early age by opening his book “The Little Engine That Could,” with the line “Chug Chug Chug. Puff Puff Puff.”



8. Grandma’s Best Birthday

According to their ads, the best gift for grandma in 1979 was the Sony Betamax.