“Honky was adopted as a pejorative in 1967 by black militants within Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) seeking a rebuttal for the term nigger. National Chairman of the SNCC, H. Rap Brown, on June 24, 1967, told an audience of blacks in Cambridge, “You should burn that school down and then go take over the honky’s school.” Brown went on to say: “If America don’t come round, we got to burn it down. You better get some guns, brotha. The only thing the honky respects is a gun. You give me a gun and tell me to shoot my enemy, I might shoot Ladybird.””—Honky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“n a version that was edited for television broadcasts, the famous line “This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!” was changed to “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!”, which is regularly cited as one of the most “creative” edits made for a film to be aired on TV.”—The Big Lebowski (1998) - Trivia - IMDb
“Over the years, Martin has filed numerous lawsuits. Edward Weinfeld, a federal judge for the Southern District of New York, observed that he had a tendency to file “a substantial number of lawsuits of a vexatious, frivolous and scandalous nature.” A number of these filings were allegedly anti-Semitic in nature. In a 1983 bankruptcy case, he filed a motion calling the presiding judge “a crooked, slimy Jew who has a history of lying and thieving common to members of his race.” In another motion that year, Martin stated, “I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did.”—Andy Martin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
At the time, digital typefaces were monospaced, meaning that both a narrow I and a broad M were wedged into the same bitmapped real estate — a vestigial legacy of the way that a typewriter platen advances, one space at a time. Jobs was determined to come up with something better for his sleek new machine, having been impressed by the grace of finely wrought letterforms in calligraphy classes he audited at Reed College, taught by the Trappist monk Robert Palladino, a disciple of master calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds. (The lasting impact of Reynolds’ instruction can also be seen in the playful cursive of the seminal West Coast Beat poets Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen, making Reynolds and Palladino the human hyperlinks between desktop publishing and Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums.)
For the Mac, Kare designed the first proportionally spaced digital font family that allowed text to breathe as naturally on the Mac’s white screen as it does in the pages of a book. The distinctive Jobs touch was upgrading the original monikers of these elegant typefaces from the names of train stations near Philadelphia — like Rosemont and Ardmore — to those of world-class cities like Geneva, Chicago, and New York.
“Rat Man" was the nickname given by Sigmund Freud to a patient whose ‘case history’ was published as Bemerkungen über einen Fall von Zwangsneurose [‘Notes Upon A Case Of Obsessional Neurosis’] (1909). The nickname derives from the fact that one of the patient’s symptoms was an obsessive fantasy concerning two people close to him, in which a pot of rats was fastened to their buttocks to gnaw into the anus.”—Rat Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“I took a course in art last winter. I learnt the difference between a fine oil painting, and a mechanical thing, like a photograph. The photograph shows only the reality. The painting shows not only the reality, but the dream behind it. It’s our dreams, doctor, that carry us on. They separate us from the beasts.”—Harvey (1950) - Memorable quotes
"The activists greeted him with banners that said "Impeach Bonzo and His Co-Star" and "Jane Wyman Was Right," so he decided to return their fire in his inimitable style. "Their signs say make love, not war," Reagan said. "But they don’t look like they could do much of either." Of one particularly egregious demonstrator, Reagan observed that he" had a haircut like Tarzan, walked like Jane, and smelled like Cheetah." When the militants promised Reagan a "bloodbath," he told them that they should start by taking a bath. Reagan once witnessed a sidewalk lined with students staring him down and giving him the silent treatment. Reagan began to tiptoe, put his finger to his lips, and said, "Shhhh." A few students broke out laughing, and Reagan ducked into his car with a smile.
“The major voice work for E.T. was performed by Pat Welsh, an elderly woman who lived in Marin County, California. Welsh smoked two packets of cigarettes a day, which gave her voice a quality that sound effects creator Ben Burtt liked. She spent nine-and-a-half hours recording her part, and was paid $380 by Burtt for her services. Burtt also recorded 16 other people and various animals to create E.T.’s “voice”. These included Spielberg; Debra Winger; Burtt’s sleeping wife, who had a cold; a burp from his USC film professor; and raccoons, sea otters, and horses.”—E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Since the nuclear stalemate became apparent, the Governments of East and West have adopted the policy which Mr. Dulles calls ‘brinkmanship’. This is a policy adapted from a sport which, I am told, is practised by some youthful degenerates. This sport is called ‘Chicken!’. It is played by choosing a long straight road with a white line down the middle and starting two very fast cars towards each other from opposite ends. Each car is expected to keep the wheels of one side on the white line. As they approach each other, mutual destruction becomes more and more imminent. If one of them swerves from the white line before the other, the other, as he passes, shouts ‘Chicken!’, and the one who has swerved becomes an object of contempt. As played by irresponsible boys, this game is considered decadent and immoral, though only the lives of the players are risked. But when the game is played by eminent statesmen, who risk not only their own lives but those of many hundreds of millions of human beings, it is thought on both sides that the statesmen on one side are displaying a high degree of wisdom and courage, and only the statesmen on the other side are reprehensible. This, of course, is absurd. Both are to blame for playing such an incredibly dangerous game. The game may be played without misfortune a few times, but sooner or later it will come to be felt that loss of face is more dreadful than nuclear annihilation. The moment will come when neither side can face the derisive cry of ‘Chicken!’ from the other side. When that moment is come, the statesmen of both sides will plunge the world into destruction.
“You know what I think? I think that we’re all in our private traps, clamped in them, and none of us can ever get out. We scratch and we claw, but only at the air, only at each other, and for all of it, we never budge an inch. - Norman Bates”—Psycho (1960) - Articles - TCM.com
“Discussing a seven day sex ban imposed by women in Kenya, Patricia Nyaundi of the Federation of Women Lawyers said that “Great decisions are made during pillow talk, so we are asking the two ladies at that intimate moment to ask their husbands: Darling can you do something for Kenya?””—Pillow talk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“In The Shrinking Man, Grant Williams is living in a matchbox under a water heater. And at one point in the story the heater starts to leak. The problem: how to make giant water-drops. We tried turning a giant faucet on and off, but that didn’t work. Then I remembered something I found in my father’s drawer when I was a little boy. I didn’t know what they were used for at the time, but what I did was filled them with water and threw them at people. So I asked around the set if anyone had one of these things. Sheepishly, someone finally admitted that he did, and I said, “give it to me.” I filled it up with water, took it up to the rafters and dropped it. It looked like a drop and splashed on impact. I said, “that’s it,” and promptly ordered several gross of prophylactics, and they worked great. A few days later, when the picture was finished, I was called up to the front office and asked what the hell the prophylactics were for? I told them it was a rough picture and we had a wild party afterwards!”—
In societies that regard some races of people as dominant or superior and others as subordinate or inferior, hypodescent is the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union or mating between members of different socioeconomic groups or ethnic groups to the subordinate group.  The opposite practice is hyperdescent, in which children are assigned to the race that is considered dominant or superior.
In the musical Show Boat, a white man in love with a mulatto woman is accused by the sheriff of violating the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. The white man promptly pricks the woman’s finger with a knife, swallows a drop of blood, then tells the sheriff “I’m no white man — I’ve got negro blood in me.” The sheriff lets him off.
In 1989, controversy arose from media reports that [then Speaker of the House] Jim Wright’s main aide, John Mack, had violently attacked Pamela Small sixteen years earlier. Small was attempting to replace blinds in a store Mack managed, and he took her to the storeroom where he then asked her to lie down. When she refused, he repeatedly hit her in the head with a hammer, stabbed her with a steak knife, and slashed her throat, before putting her body in his car and going to see a movie.
Pamela Small survived the attack, and reported it to the police. John Mack plead guilty to malicious wounding “with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable and kill” and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. However, after repeated correspondence with Rep. Wright, whose daughter was married to his brother, Mack was paroled after serving less than 27 months and given a job working for Wright on Capitol Hill.
“Calling in to the radio show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, Clinton was quizzed for a segment called “Not My Job” where the hosts “ask knowledgeable people about things they know nothing about.” Suspecting that Clinton would be out of his comfort zone with My Little Pony trivia, the hosts asked him three multiple-choice questions about the show aimed at little girls. But it seems like they chose the wrong topic, because Clinton killed it, getting all three questions right — including a stumper of question on the Little Pony Rarity’s favorite pastime. (Spoiler alert: It’s giving makeovers!)”—Guess Who’s A Fan? Former President Bill Clinton is a ‘Brony’ | NewsFeed | TIME.com
In English, “ersatz” arose as a pejorative during World War II because Ersatzbrot (replacement bread) was given frequently to the POWs, which was made of the lowest-grade flour, potato starch and frequently intermixed with other extenders such as sawdust. This practice was prevalent on the Eastern front and at the many labor and death camps organized by the Nazi regime.
The term ersatz probably gained international attention during World War I, when the Allied naval blockade of Germany throttled maritime commerce with Germany, forcing Germany to develop substitutes for products like chemical compounds and provisions. Ersatz products developed during this time included: synthetic rubber (produced from oil), benzene for heating oil (coal gas), tea composed of ground raspberry leaves or catnip, and coffee, using roasted acorns or beans instead of coffee beans.
“You cannot describe a wild lion’s roar," Hemingway writes. "You can only say that you listened and the lion roared. It is not at all like the noise the lion makes at the start of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer pictures. When you hear it you first feel it in your scrotum and it runs all the way up through your body.”—Hemingway’s Latest: A Blend of Life, Fiction and an African Bride
“STICKS NIX HICK PIX was a headline printed in Variety, a newspaper covering Hollywood and the entertainment industry, on July 17, 1935, over an article about the reaction of rural audiences to movies about rural life. It is one of the most famous headlines ever to appear in an American publication.
Using a form of headlinese that the newspaper called slanguage, “Sticks Nix Hick Pix” means that people in rural areas (“the sticks”) reject (“nix”) motion pictures (“pix”) about rural life (“hicks”). The conventional wisdom of the movie industry was that themes of upper-class life would not be popular in the countryside; according to the article, this assumption was incorrect.”—Sticks nix hick pix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“The biggest bird-trapping success came in Arizona, where Berwick and an assistant located a rookery of some 20,000 crows. “We followed this flock until we discovered where they roosted at night,” said Berwick. “By then we were pretty desperate to catch some birds, so we were very quiet and very careful. First, we made some nets and put on blackface and black clothing. Then we’d literally crawl on our hands and knees across the field to where the tree was — it would sometimes take half an hour or more — and I’d grab the sentry and put my hand over his beak so he couldn’t squawk and alert the others.” Berwick would wait until a group of birds would fly up and back down again. “When they would land, we would throw the nets over them,” he said. “We got to know the leaders of the flock well and learned to respect their intelligence. Pound for pound, I think the raven and cockatoo are the most intelligent beings on Earth.”—http://www.hitchcockwiki.com/files/articles/TheMakingOfTheBirds/
“The vampire’s attack is not specifically sexual, but in drinking the blood of his victims he is engaged in the most intimate of embraces, and no doubt there is an instinctive connection between losing your virginity (and your soul) and becoming one of the undead. Vampirism is like elegant, slow-motion rape, done politely by a creature who charms you into surrender.”—Dracula :: rogerebert.com :: Great Movies