Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lars von Trier Always Carries a Rope

The Telegraph [UK]
12 May 2018

By Robbie Collin, Film Critic

Back in the Nineties, a rumour went around that Lars von Trier always carried a length of rope, in case he ever had to climb out of a window.

Among the Danish filmmaker’s many neuroses, claustrophobia is a big one. It’s why he wasn’t in Cannes for the 1996 premiere of Breaking the Waves: after boarding his train at Copenhagen Central, he noticed the carriage windows were sealed shut, so promptly disembarked and went back home.

Hence the apocryphal cord, which allegedly travelled with him to even the mildest business engagements, just in case one turned into a blazing death trap. […]

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Murder Victim Made into Pies (Australian rumor)

The Australian
30 April 2018

To most customers, she’s the sharp-tongued pie cook who serves them tea and cakes at her quirky Devonshire tea house in the Northern Territory outback.

But now Fran Hodgetts is having to tear down a poster linking her pies to those of Sweeney Todd, the fictional, bloodthirsty “demon barber of Fleet Street” whose victims ended up in meat pies.

A placard plastered over another tourist sign for the old Gorrie Airfield near the NT town of Larrimah, 500km south of Darwin, last week advertised “Frans Sweeny Todd pies (sic)”.

The scrappy fake advertisement was apparently in reference to the disappearance of Larrimah resident Paddy Moriarty and a rumour around town that he had ended up in Ms Hodgetts’ famous buffalo, crocodile and camel pies. […]

Newman’s Day (Princeton University Drinking Tradition)

The Daily Princetonian
23 April 2018

On April 24, some University students will partake in a decades-old tradition, “Newman’s Day,” in which participants drink 24 beers in 24 hours.

The tradition, especially popular at the University, comes from an apocryphal quote attributed to actor Paul Newman: “24 beers in a case, 24 hours in a day. Coincidence? I think not.” […]