1. The famous hunting trip during which President Theodore Roosevelt refused to kill a bear, spawning the name “Teddy Bears,” took place in Mississippi.
2. Dr. James Hardy performed the first human lung transplant in the world at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1963.
3. Mississippi was home to many famous people, including Jim Henson, Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, B.B. King, and Jimmy Buffett.
4. Mississippi is one of 21 states to have milk as its state beverage.
5. According to the Mississippi Code of laws, it is illegal to seduce a woman over the age of 18 with “promised or pretended marriage.” Should someone be found guilty of such a crime, he could land behind bars for up to five years.
6. The world's largest (and some claim only) cactus plantation is in Edwards, Mississippi.
7. Tamales are a staple of delta cuisine. They tend to be smaller than Latin American tamales, and are simmered instead of seamed. And often served with gravy!
8. Barq's Root Beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898 by chemist Edward Adolf Barq, Sr. Philadelphia pharmacist Charles Hires is credited with inventing the first form of root beer, which he originally called "root tea," in the 1860s; he introduced his concoction to the public at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. The Hires family sold the first bottled, commercial version of root beer in 1893. Barq's, which was bought by the Coca-Cola Company in 1995, has been in continuous operation since 1898.
9.National Geographic magazine is printed in Corinth, Mississippi.
10. Along with Helsinki, Moscow, and Varna in Bulgaria, Jackson, Mississippi is one of only 4 cities in the world officially sanctioned to host the International Ballet Competition. When a group in New York was looking for a space to host an international ballet competition in the 1970s, dance instructor Thalia Mara managed to persuade them to choose Jackson, the city where she had recently established a new dance company. Mara reasoned that it would give competitors a taste of real Middle America and hoped that the competition might help her struggling business.
11. The first store to sell shoes in pairs was Phil Gilbert’s Shoe Parlor in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1884.
12.The nation’s largest Bible restoration company, Norris Bookbinding, is in Greenwood, Mississippi.
13. Although predated by a handful of the Seven Sisters, Mississippi University for Women (founded in 1884) was the first public women's college in the U.S.
14. An ancient biblical manuscript, said to be the oldest book in America, is housed at Ole Miss.
15. In 1935, Brothers Fred and Al Key, aka “the Flying Keys” of Meridian, Mississippi, set the world record for keeping a plane aloft. Refueling the plane in the air, they kept it aloft for 653 hours and 34 minutes—that’s 27 days, 5 hours, and 34 minutes in the air.
Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.
Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.
Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.
Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.
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The Social Network—a movie made when Facebook was less than seven years old and the social media era was relatively new—seemed destined to age poorly. But in the decade since its premiere in October 2010, the film’s depiction of the website and its young founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is more relevant than ever.
Even if you haven’t logged onto Facebook in years, the film offers plenty to love, from David Fincher’s detailed direction to Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar-winning script. In honor of its 10-year anniversary, here are 10 facts about The Social Network.
1. Aaron Sorkin started writing the script for The Social Network before the book it's based on was published.
The Social Network is officially an adaptation of The Accidental Billionaires, Ben Mezrich's 2009 book detailing the founding of Facebook. But according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, he had already completed 80 percent of the script by the time he read the book. The project came to him in the form of a 14-page book proposal the publisher was shopping around to filmmakers ahead of the title's release. “I said yes on page three," Sorkin told Deadline in 2011. "That’s the fastest I’ve ever said yes to anything."
Instead of waiting for The Accidental Billionaires to be completed and published, Sorkin started working on the script immediately, doing his own first-hand research for much of the process instead of referring to the book.
2. Shia LaBeouf turned down the role of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.
When Transformers star Shia LaBeouf turned down the role of The Social Network’s lead character, Jesse Eisenberg was hired to play Mark Zuckerberg instead. Superbad's Jonah Hill was another star who came close to being cast in the movie, in his case as Napster founder Sean Parker; ultimately, Fincher decided Hill wasn’t right for the role and cast Justin Timberlake instead.
3. The Social Network wasn’t filmed at Harvard.
Harvard University is integral to the legend of Facebook, and setting the first half of The Social Network there was non-negotiable. Filmmakers ran into trouble, however, when attempting to get the school's blessing. The 1970 adaptation of Love Story been shot there, and damaged the campus; the school has reportedly banned all commercial filming on the premises since then. To get around this, The Social Network crew shot the Harvard scenes at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and two prep schools, Phillips Academy Andover and Milton Academy, in Massachusetts.
4. David Fincher did sneak one shot of Harvard into The Social Network.
To convince the audience that they were indeed seeing Harvard, Fincher couldn’t resist sneaking in a shot of the campus’s iconic architecture. When Jesse Eisenberg runs across Harvard Square (which is not on Harvard property) in the beginning film, some nearby arches (which are on Harvard property) appear in the background. Fincher got the lighting he needed for this scene by hiring a street mime to roll a cart with lights on it onto the campus.
“If security were to stop him, the mime wouldn’t talk," The Social Network’s director of photography Jeff Cronenweth toldVariety. "By the time they got him out of there, we would have accomplished our shot.”
5. Natalie Portman gave Aaron Sorkin the inside scoop on Harvard.
Natalie Portman attended Harvard from 1999 to 2003, briefly overlapping with fellow star alum Mark Zuckerberg. While enrolled, she dated a member of one of the university’s elite final clubs, which are an important part of The Social Network’s plot. When she learned that Sorkin was writing the screenplay for the movie, she invited the writer over to hear her insider knowledge. Sorkin gave the actress a shout-out in the final script. During one of the deposition scenes, Eisenberg's Harvard-era Zuckerberg is described as “the biggest thing on a campus that included 19 Nobel Laureates, 15 Pulitzer Prize winners, two future Olympians, and a movie star.”
6. Armie Hammer and his body double went to twin boot camp for The Social Network.
Armie Hammer is credited as playing both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, but he wasn’t acting alone in his scenes. Josh Pence was cast as a body double and Hammer’s face was digitally pasted over his in post-production. For every scene where both twins appear on screen, Hammer and Pence played separate Winklevi, and then they would swap roles and shoot the scene again. This method allowed the characters to physically interact in ways that wouldn’t have been possible with split screens. Pence’s face may be missing from the movie, but his physical performance was still essential to selling the brothers' dynamic. He and Hammer worked with an acting coach for 10 months to nail down the characters’ complementary body language.
7. The Social Network's tagline was changed at the last minute.
For The Social Network’s main poster, designer Neil Kellerhouse made Jesse Eisenberg’s face the focal point. Over it, he superimposed the memorable tagline: “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Originally, the text read “300 million friends,” but it was changed under the assumption that Facebook would hit half a billion users in time for the movie’s October 2010 release.
“We were really hedging our bets," Kellerhouse told IndieWire. "But we scooped them on their own story because right as the film was coming out they got 500 million [members] so we got their publicity as well. It worked out super serendipitously.”
8. Fight Club’s Tyler Durden (kind of) makes a cameo in The Social Network.
Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed the Easter egg David Fincher snuck into The Social Network. In the scene where Mark Zuckerberg is checking someone’s Facebook to cheat on a test, the name “Tyler Durden” can be seen in the top-left corner of the profile. Tyler Durden is the name of the narrator’s alter ego (played by Brad Pitt) in 1999’s Fight Club. Fincher directed both films.
9. The real Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t a fan of The Social Network.
The Social Network doesn’t paint Mark Zuckerberg in the most flattering light, and unsurprisingly, the real-life Facebook founder wasn’t happy about it. Following the movie’s release, he called out its “hurtful” inaccuracies, specifically citing the fictional Mara Rooney character that’s used as his motivation for founding the website. But even he admits that some details were spot-on. “It’s interesting what stuff they focused on getting right," Zuckerberg said at a Stanford event. "Like every single fleece and shirt I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own.”
10. A sequel to The Social Network is not out of the question.
The Social Network premiered when Facebook was less than a decade old, and the story of the internet giant has only gotten more dramatic since then. Since settling lawsuits with Eduardo Saverin and the Winkelvoss twins, Facebook has been battling scandals related to privacy issues and its influence on the 2016 election. The last 10 years have provided more than enough material for a sequel to The Social Network, and both Aaron Sorkin and Jesse Eisenberg have expressed interest in such a project. As of now, there are no confirmed plans for a follow-up.