When Orson Welles Met Adolf Hitler

Orson Welles seemingly met most of the 20th century's most famous figures, from Marilyn Monroe to Adolf Hitler.
Orson Welles seemingly met most of the 20th century's most famous figures, from Marilyn Monroe to Adolf Hitler.
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The legendarily irascible film director Orson Welles was born 105 years ago today, May 6. While Welles will forever remain best known for the landmark movie Citizen Kane—the 1941 drama is often hailed as the greatest film of all time—he later became a fixture on talk shows, relating anecdotes about everything from dating Marilyn Monroe to his days in radio.

Appearing on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970, Welles shared details of an encounter he had with another highly recognizable face—Adolf Hitler. But according to Welles, the meeting was mostly forgettable.

Welles attended a dinner function with history’s most infamous monster at the behest of his Austrian hiking instructor. At the time, Welles said the Nazi party was a “minority party of nuts” that “nobody took seriously at all.” Hitler himself “made so little an impression on me that I can’t remember a second of it.” The dictator, he added, “had no personality whatsoever … I think there was nothing there.”

You can watch the segment below.

In another appearance with Cavett, Welles described meeting Winston Churchill, a far more pleasant memory. Churchill attended Othello in London, and then went backstage to meet Welles and proceeded to recite all the actor’s lines from memory.

[h/t Open Culture]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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A Short, Sweet History of Candy Corn

Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
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Depending on which survey you happen to be looking at, candy corn is either the best or the worst Halloween candy ever created. If that proves anything, it’s that the tricolor treat is extremely polarizing. But whether you consider candy corn a confectionery abomination or the sweetest part of the spooky season, you can’t deny that it’s an integral part of the holiday—and it’s been around for nearly 150 years.

On this episode of Food History, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is tracing candy corn’s long, storied existence all the way back to the 1880s, when confectioner George Renninger started molding buttercream into different shapes—including corn kernels, which he tossed at actual chickens to see if it would fool them. His white-, orange-, and yellow-striped snack eventually caught the attention of Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly), which started mass-producing what was then sometimes called “chicken feed” rather than “candy corn.”

But what exactly is candy corn? Why do we associate it with Halloween? And will it ever disappear? Find answers to these questions and more in the video below.

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