Stream of Facts
The third season of The Office featured an episode entitled “The Reason” where Pam and Jim hide Andy Bernard’s cell phone in the ceiling to get revenge for Bernard’s obnoxious singing of The Cranberries’ hit song, “Zombie.” Other than Bernard’s version, “Zombie” has been covered by nine different bands since 1995.
Rob Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s Halloween has grossed over 10 million more than the 1978 original, which, at the time, was the highest grossing independent film to date. Neither film was shot in the fall, though, making the prospect of acquiring pumpkins difficult for the crew.
Pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbita genus, which includes zucchini, squash, and cucumbers. They were once thought to bring about a cure to freckles and a remedy for snakebites. Today, many people believe that pumpkin seeds can be used as a prevention for prostate cancer in men.
The use of garlic as vampire prevention was inspired by an ancient belief that the vegetable had purification and healing powers. Ancient societies would pass garlic around church ceremonies to ensure no evil spirits were attending. They claimed that anyone with a distaste or allergy to it was under the workings of spirits that were precursors to the vampire.
It is believed that the man responsible for the modern day image of the vampire Count Dracula, Bela Lugosi, turned down the role of the monster in James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), claiming that the role was not sexy enough for him. There were twenty minutes of test footage with Lugosi as the monster was shot on video under the supervision of the original slated director, Robert Florey.
New ways of life on Mars are being shot on camera and studied by scientists via a process developed by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This “point and shoot” process allows for less contamination of Martian specimens as it further develops the study of alien life that is astrobiology.
In 2007, an advertisement campaign in New Mexico featured a television commercial of outer space alien creatures at an office dressed in business attire, talking about all the great attractions the state has to offer. However, rather than attracting tourists to the “best place in the universe,” the ad merely enraged New Mexican locals, claiming it was bringing their standards down.