13 Now-You-Know Facts (About Movies And Other Stuff)

Turns out, the icon of the art world owes that status to people trying to steal it. Here’s more details about that, plus 12 other stories:

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The house in Parasite was stitched together using CGI. They built the first floor and the yard on an outdoor lot, and put a green screen above them -- they'd later put the second floor there. The other rooms were built separately on soundstages. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: Vulture

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Scofield getting knocked down on the battlefield in 1917 was a total accident. An extra just walked into George MacKay, and they kept filming. Screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns loved it, though, and says it's one of her favorite scenes in the movie. I wish I wrote that, she said. NOW YOU

Source: CinemaBlend

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Hannibal Lecter was partly inspired by Anthony Hopkins' drama school teacher. His movement teacher Christopher Fettes had a cutting voice, and he would slice you to pieces. His analysis of what you were doing was so precise. So he made Lecter act the same way in Silence of the Lambs.

Source: SyFy

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They didn't let George Lazenby cry in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. When he's cradling his dead wife as Bond, he had tears running down his face, but the director told him to stop that because James Bond doesn't cry -So they shot the scene without tears. NOW YOU KNOW

Source: Scenestr

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The whale's closest living cousin is the hippo. Both whales and hippos are descended from Pakicetus, a land mammal that lived in coastal areas about 50 million years ago. NOW YOU KNOW

Source: Royal Ontario Musem

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One proposed scheme to raise the Titanic involved filling it with 180,000 tons of Vaseline. Salvage expert Tony Wakefield suggested filling the hull with polyester bags, and then putting Vaseline in those bags then the Vaseline would harden, and that would make the Titanic buoyant. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: The Bryan Times

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In 2016, the British Navy admitted that its destroyers were breaking down in the Middle East because it was too warm. The destroyers, which cost over $1.3 billion each, had gas turbines that wouldn't work in water that's as warm as the Persian Gulf's. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: The Guardian

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Mona Lisa only became famous when someone tried to steal it. Three Italians stole it from the Louvre in 1911 (even though it wasn't even the most famous painting in that part of the museum), and newspapers all over the world wrote about the heist -- which made the Mona Lisa

Source: NPR

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The single biggest giant squid we've ever found was 43 feet long and weighed nearly a ton. (this is a different giant squid) We just rarely see squid that big because they live deep, deep underwater. Mostly, we just see their carcasses when they float up to the surface. NOW

Source: Smithsonian Institute

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About 6.5 million Americans can't visualize anything in their head. About 2% of the population have a condition called aphantasia, which means your mind's eye is totally blind -. you can't create or recall any mental images whatsoever. NOW YOU KNOW

Source: Scientific American

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At a 1985 summit, Reagan asked Gorbachev if they'd team up if aliens invaded. Gorbachev said the U.S.S.R. would definitely help the U.S. if it was attacked by aliens, and Reagan said the U.S. would do the same for the U.S.S.R. NOW YOU KNOW

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

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Giant anteaters, that grow up to eight feet long, eat 35,000 ants and termites per day. They have no teeth, so they just swallow the ants and start digesting them right away. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: National Geographic

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The Social Network was supposed to be Aaron Sorkin's project. Then they brought it to David Fincher, who only took it after he made sure Sorkin definitely didn't want to direct it. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The Hollywood Reporter