The insane 100-mile footrace inspired by a prison escape (plus, the very weird tale of F. Scott Fitzgerald's grave).

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1978's Star Wars Holiday Special is not something many people are proud of. George Lucas wanted nothing to do with it. Executive Producer Dwight Hemion called it the worst thing he's ever done. Bea Arthur made a cameo in it, and never seemed to bring it up. How could so many talented people be involved in something so hilariously terrible? Our oral history explains all. 
 
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For all the times we've caught shrimp in our mouths at Benihana, we've never thought to ask what the restaurant's name meant. It's named for a red safflower that grew out of the rubble after the WWII bombing of Japan. To read more surprising facts about Benihana, click here. 
 
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That F. Scott Fitzgerald's corpse was turned away from a cemetery doesn't surprise me. The fact that Zelda Fitzgerald is buried in the very same grave, right on top of her husband's casket, mostly because she was too cheap to buy a "family plot" does! Click here to read the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad situation a dead F. Scott Fitzgerald found himself in. 
 
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We've heard of coins with errors that occasionally slip through the U.S. Mint. But we've never seen anything like this nail that was accidentally stamped with a Roosevelt dime. Apparently, it's worth way more than the ten pennies you'd expect to trade it in for.  
 
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Chimpanzees get 11.5 hours of sleep a night. Gray mouse lemurs get 17! And while we're very envious of both of them, this new study from Duke University shows that humans are actually way more efficient sleepers than most beasts in the animal kingdom. 
 
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And finally, the newsletter's taking a few days off. But if you need a wonderful way to kill some time, be sure to check out this longread on an insane 100-mile race, inspired by a prison escape, that takes place in the backwoods of Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains. Happy holidays!  
 


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LARRY HEIDER
FROM THE EDITORS
Here's What's Buzzing Around The Office:
1
1978's Star Wars Holiday Special is not something many people are proud of. George Lucas wanted nothing to do with it. Executive Producer Dwight Hemion called it the worst thing he's ever done. Bea Arthur made a cameo in it, and never seemed to bring it up. How could so many talented people be involved in something so hilariously terrible? Our oral history explains all. 
 
2
For all the times we've caught shrimp in our mouths at Benihana, we've never thought to ask what the restaurant's name meant. It's named for a red safflower that grew out of the rubble after the WWII bombing of Japan. To read more surprising facts about Benihana, click here. 
 
3
That F. Scott Fitzgerald's corpse was turned away from a cemetery doesn't surprise me. The fact that Zelda Fitzgerald is buried in the very same grave, right on top of her husband's casket, mostly because she was too cheap to buy a "family plot" does! Click here to read the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad situation a dead F. Scott Fitzgerald found himself in. 
 
4
We've heard of coins with errors that occasionally slip through the U.S. Mint. But we've never seen anything like this nail that was accidentally stamped with a Roosevelt dime. Apparently, it's worth way more than the ten pennies you'd expect to trade it in for.  
 
5
Chimpanzees get 11.5 hours of sleep a night. Gray mouse lemurs get 17! And while we're very envious of both of them, this new study from Duke University shows that humans are actually way more efficient sleepers than most beasts in the animal kingdom. 
 
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And finally, the newsletter's taking a few days off. But if you need a wonderful way to kill some time, be sure to check out this longread on an insane 100-mile race, inspired by a prison escape, that takes place in the backwoods of Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains. Happy holidays!  
 


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Fun


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Comics


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FUN FACT
In 2008, snow enthusiasts in Bethel, Maine built the world’s largest snow person. Thirteen million pounds of powder were used to build the 122-foot-tall entity, and volunteers used pine trees for her arms instead of branches. 

For more about this, CLICK HERE

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