The offspring of a polar bear and a grizzly bear is called a “pizzly bear.”
"Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it…"
With these words, Maleficent — Disney’s recent remake of Sleeping Beauty — begins. And as we watch Angelina Jolie soar on her magnificent black wings above that fairy tale world, we come to realize that old stories made new can utterly change what we knew and understood about that story… and perhaps about ourselves as well.
'Sleeping Beauty' is an old story. Much older than people realize.
Maleficent, written by Linda Woolverton and directed by Robert Stromberg, drew upon Walt Disney’s well-known 1959 animated musical fantasy Sleeping Beauty.
Disney had been inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairy tale “Dornröschen” (“Little Briar-Rose”), published in their first collection of fairy tales in 1812…
The Internet was actually born outside a biker bar in Silicon Valley. In the early 1970s, several packet-switching computer networks existed. Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf had the idea of joining them up. To do this, they would need a common set of rules, they called these rules the Internet Protocol Suite. One of these networks was a packet radio system that operated out of a converted bread van operated by students at the Stanford Research Institute. On 22nd November 1977, parked outside a bar called Zotts, the van successfully sent a message to London via Norway and back to California by satellite. It travelled 90,000 miles in two seconds.
While David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” pulled in $232 million in 2011, there’s been no official confirmations that the next two books in the Stieg Larsson trilogy, “The Girl Who Pl…