We like to think he was possessed by a more racist demon than the one in the book.
Blatty claims that Groucho knew his real identity all along, but that didn't make things any less strange. In reality, Blatty was a publicity director at the University of Southern California, which was apparently a decent enough job, seeing as it allowed him to know which parties he could crash while dressed as a Saudi prince.
The game went on, and Blatty was asked what he was going to do with the $10,000 prize, which he had to divide with another winner (and then again between himself and his split personality). Blatty's answer? He was going to write a famous novel. After taking off with his five grand -- about $41,000 in 2016 money -- Blatty quit his job and focused on his writing career, eventually leading to The Exorcist in 1971. So who knows, maybe the creepiest novel of this century will be written by Sanjaya from American Idol.
What's The Best Fictional School To Attend? In the muggle world, we're not given the opportunity for a magical hat to tell us which school we should go to. Usually we just have to go to the high school closest to where we live or whatever college accepts our SAT scores and personal essay. This month, our goal is to determine what would be the best fictional school to go to. Join Jack, Daniel, and the rest of the Cracked staff, along with comedians Brandie Posey and Steven Wilber, as they figure out if it's a realistic school like Degrassi or West Beverly High, or an institution from a fantasy world like Hogwarts with its ghosts and dementors, or Bayside High, haunted by a monster known only to humans as Screech. Get your tickets here!
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