The Indiana Studio Where Bob Ross Filmed The Joy of Painting Is Being Turned Into a Happy Little Tourist Attraction

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Even if you've binge-watched every episode of The Joy of Painting, you may not have have given much thought to where the show was filmed. But Bob Ross's beloved program isn't set in a magical place outside space and time—it was shot in a real home in Muncie, Indiana. Now, the Ball State Daily News reports that the historic house is being turned into a tourist attraction.

The L.L. Ball home at the Minnestrista museum and public gathering space served as Ross's studio from 1983 to 1988. It's where he crafted the landscape paintings, spoke the words of encouragement, and made the happy little accidents that turned The Joy of Painting into a sensation.

The L.L. Ball home at the Minnestrista museum and public gathering space in Indiana.
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At the new "Bob Ross Experience" at Minnestrista, fans will get to walk in the footsteps of the iconic artist. The exhibit will showcase some of Ross's original paintings, as well as a real palette he used to paint them. Keeping with the spirit of The Joy of Painting, guests will even get to create artworks of their own in the house's "interactive painting studio."

In order to build the exhibit and restore Bob Ross's studio to its former glory, Minnestrista has launched a fundraising effort. The Indiegogo campaign has raised more than $19,000 of its $200,000 goal, with the streaming service Twitch matching every dollar that's donated up to $25,000. You have until the end of today, November 5, to contribute.

The "Bob Ross Experience" is set to open in October 2020 in honor of the artist's birthday on October 29. You can find more happy little facts about Bob Ross here.

[h/t Ball State Daily News]

Letters From James Bond Creator Ian Fleming Detailing His Infidelity Hit the Auction Block


If the adage “write what you know” truly applies, then James Bond author Ian Fleming took it to heart. Like 007, his famously womanizing character who later went on to star in a hugely successful movie franchise, Fleming was apparently prone to finding himself in choppy relationship waters, according to a collection of private letters coming up for auction.

Sotheby’s is offering a collection of 160 pieces of correspondence belonging to Fleming, including a series of exchanges between the writer and his wife, Ann, that detail his infidelity.

“You mention ‘bad old bachelor days’—the only person you stopped sleeping with when they ceased was me!” Ann wrote, apparently referencing Fleming’s indiscretions. Other letters seem to hint at a more stable, if lurid, coupling, with Fleming affectionately referring to her as “darling baby” and opening his messages by addressing her as “Dear Monkey” or “Darling Pig.”

Before they married, Ann expressed hope Fleming would arrive to take her away from her then-husband, Esmond, Viscount Rothermere, and “put me in your bed with a raw cowhide whip in my hand so as I can keep you well behaved for 40 years.” Clearly, that plan didn't succeed.

Fleming and Ann were married in 1952 and remained together until his death in 1964. The letters were often exchanged while the writer was on retreat at Goldeneye, Jamaica, where he wrote many of his Bond novels. The letters also frequently reference his work and some of Bond’s origins. In one, he explains work is going so well he’s completing a chapter a day. Describing a boat given to him by a friend, he wrote that “I have christened [it] Octopussy.”

The salacious letters will be auctioned from December 3 to 10 and are expected to fetch between about $260,000 and $400,000.

[h/t The Telegraph]

The Office-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Here to Show Off Your Dunder Mifflin Spirit


It's now easier than ever to gift your loved ones with Dunder Mifflin-inspired Christmas presents, thanks to Target's new The Office collection. What does it include, you ask? Ugly Christmas sweaters with Dwight Schrute's face and the paper company's logo on them.

As reported by POPSUGAR, Target is selling two different holiday sweaters—one featuring Dwight's festive face and another, more general Dunder Mifflin one—on its website, each priced at $29.99. It seems the NBC series' popularity will never die, as companies continue to sell The Office-related products, from cool artwork to construction sets.

While fans continue to binge The Office on Netflix, they know that major changes are ahead. NBCUniversal is launching its own streaming platform, Peacock, and will take the show back in January 2021. In the meantime, you can still soak up as much Dunder Mifflin insanity as you can handle via Netflix—and now you can do it decked out in a festive holiday sweater.


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