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“If you watch Jaws backwards, it’s a movie about a shark that keeps throwing up people until they have to open a beach”
Highdeas  [“the best ideas (while you’re high)”]

[For a reminder of Jaws‘ place in the scheme of motion picture production and exhibition, see the almanac entry here.]

As we Just Say Know, we might recall that it was on this date in 1984, that Klaus Friedrich set the world record for domino toppling: the most dominoes toppled in a chain reaction. (The pushover must start from a single point; and once the chain reaction ends, the attempt is over. The record depends not on how many dominoes were set up, but on the number of dominoes that fall.)

Friedrich, who set his record in Fürth, Germany, was the last individual to hold the title.  All subsequent records (the mark now stands at 4,491,863) have been set by a Dutch corporation, Weijers Domino Productions, that stages domino spectacles for movies, commercials, and corporate meetings.


Written by LW

January 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

Diagramming (famous) sentences…

From Flowing Data‘s Data Underload:  Famous movie quotes.

As we practice our deliveries, we might recall that it was on this date in 1975 that then-27-year-old director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel Jaws premiered.  Released “wide” (to 500 theaters at once, as opposed to rolling out in a few theaters first, as was then customary) and backed by a (then substantial) $700,000 marketing campaign, Jaws grossed $7 million in its opening weekend (on its way to over $450 million worldwide).  Prior to Spielberg’s triumph, summer had been the studios’ dumping ground for their weaker films; Jaws ushered in the era of the summer blockbuster.


The long and the short of it…

To every new movement there is a backlash…  so as a soon as one encountered the phenomenon of TinyURL, the service that compacts long web addresses into a few characters (the easier to cut and paste), one might have anticipated GiantURL— the service that takes URLs of ordinary length and makes them longer– much longer.

Consider your correspondent’s own LawrenceWilkinson.com; with the help of GiantURL, it becomes:


..which, if pasted into one’s browser, does in fact take one there.

And further to the recently-featured Universal Packing List, another option: PackWhiz.

As we think like expansionists, we might recall that it was on this date in 1933 that the Inverness (Scotland) Courier newspaper related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (as the Courier’s editor called it) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound reward for capture of the beast.  While accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, this was the first modern sighting, and the inauguration of the Loch Ness “fever” that one knows and loves…

Source: Planet Paradigm

It’s probably no coincidence that, on this date exactly 39 years later (1972), Steven Spielberg began the production of Jaws.

Spielberg and “Bruce,” one of the articulated models used in the filming

Written by LW

May 2, 2009 at 1:01 am

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