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Movie Trivia for Universal’s 100th Anniversary

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on this date in 1912. According to company legend, Carl Laemmle named his company Universal after seeing “Universal Pipe Fittings” written on a passing delivery wagon. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, we asked the good people at Universal to share some of their [...]

5 Great Australian Frauds

Australians are honest, trustworthy people, without exception. Well… maybe a few exceptions. Here are some of those rare Aussies in history who occasionally tried to tell a few fibs about themselves (including, in one case, lying about being Australian). Naturally, the rest of us are perfectly reliable… 1. Arthur Orton Born into a wealthy English family, 24-year-old [...]

Dietribes: Gnocchi For You

• ”Gnocchi,” a kind of traditional potato dumpling, means “lumps” in Italian (how … appetizing). It can be difficult to pronounce (just ask Katie Couric), but is more or less “gno-key.” • Everyone loves potato dumplings, including Washington’s elite and Russell Crowe (who liked the gnocchi at the DC restaurant Spezie so much he ordered it [...]