Justice David Souter was first nominated for the Supreme Court by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. He held the position for nearly 20 years before retiring in 2009 and being replaced by Sonia Sotomayor, and while he is a world famous legal mind, he has a few quirks.
Souter never married and was once named one of Washington’s 10 Most Eligible Bachelors by the Washington Post. He owned a family farmhouse in Weare, New Hampshire for many years, yet moved to Hopinkton for a strange reason.
Souter told his neighbor that his farmhouse was not structurally sound enough to hold the thousands to books that he has! In addition, Souter has several other quirks including only writing with a fountain pen, never using e-mail, and never buying a cell phone!
Lawrence Fishburne’s most famous role is Morpheus in the Matrix Trilogy, yet had he never lied about his age for Apocalypse Now he would most likely never have had to opportunity!
In the 1970’s Fishburne began acting and when the legendary war epic Apocalypse Now was casting, he immediately wanted a role. At the age of fourteen he auditioned, yet knew that they would never hire such a young actor for a war movie.
Instead he said that he was 17, which was the age of the character he was hoping to play and was cast in the movie! Producers found out, yet kept him anyway and strangely the filming took so long he was actually 17 by the release of the movie!
In America, the term jaywalking refers to the illegal crossing of a pedestrian across a road. There are actually penalties for the crime should you be caught, yet they are rarely enforced. Jaywalking is a compound word.
In the early 1900’s a “jay” was a person who lived in the country, was not the most intelligent, and naïve about federal laws. This type of person would have no respect for the traffic laws that govern the country, yet were rarely enforced in the country, and would thus have no knowledge of the rule banning pedestrian crossing. Over the years, this word became compounded with “walking” and so a modern day jaywalker is technically an ignorant country person who doesn’t realize they are crossing the street illegally!
Fred Tatasciore is a prolific voice actor with over 327 voice credits to his name. Most recently, he provides the voice for the cynical, sarcastic and ultra-intelligent protagonist of the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment, Damon Baird. While Baird is tough and intimidating, Tatasciore has worked on projects that are far more warm and fuzzy than Gears of War. In fact, he's well known for providing voices for characters in the Disney classics Tangled, Enchanted and The Princess and the Frog.
Despite the fact that the Gears of War video game franchise focuses on war, specifically the battle between the COGS and the Locusts, one of the game’s writers actually volunteered for the Peace Corps. Tom Bissell, one of two main writers for Gears of War: Judgment, studied English at Michigan State University and after graduation, volunteered for the Peace Corps for seven months in Uzbekistan.
Bissell then became a book publisher and writer in New York City. He wrote travel articles for magazines like Slate, Harper’s Magazine and The New Republic. He also traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan during wartime as a journalist.
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