Monday, December 9 A vet named Pete Hodgson was known in New Zealand as one of the pit bulls of the Labour Party. Outside New Zealand, though, he is known for being appointed "Minister of the Rings" to promote the fact that "The Lord of the Rings" …Read more. Saturday, December 7 In 1541, on the Yucatan Peninsula, a Franciscan monk named Diego de Landa burned all the Mayan books he could find, except for a few codices written in hieroglyphs on bark paper. This was part of an inquisition to suppress traditional religious …Read more. Friday, December 6 Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer for "A Thousand Acres," a book that reworked Shakespeare's "King Lear" as the story of an aging farmer who divides his land among three daughters: Ginny, Rose and Caroline. These names parallel …Read more. Thursday, December 5 Norm MacDonald anchored the fake news on "Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update." But his brother, Neil, actually is a reporter in Canada, and is currently the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The National, the flagship news program on …Read more.more articles
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Gary Dahl won the 18th Bulwer-Lytton contest for deliberately bad writing. He also wrote "Advertising for Dummies." But he is most famous for something entirely different: He invented the pet rock. After listening to friends complain about their real pets, he thought it'd be funny to sell pets that didn't poop, shed or do much of anything. He also included an "instruction book" full of puns. The fad didn't last long in 1975, but it lasted long enough to make him a millionaire.
Malaco sells Swedish Fish, but they're not really fish.
Previous answer: Casablanca literally means "White House."
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