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December 26, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

After ChristmasSince the holiday season is still upon us, I thought I would include some fun facts about holiday movies in today's edition. I love watching these films even if I have seen them over and over again!


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QUOTE: "My advice to you concerning applause is this: enjoy it but never quite believe it."

HINT: (1807-1855) was an English poet, published 'The Omni-presence of the Deity'


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The train in The Polar Express is based on the Pere Marquette 1225, a restored steam locomotive located in Owosso, Michigan. In fact, many of the sound effects of the film's train are recordings of the actual train. The Pere Marquette 1225 often runs between Owosso and nearby Chesaning for rides during festivals.


In Home Alone, the picture Kevin finds of "Buzz's girlfriend" was a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl. Director Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that. The boy that was used in the photo was the art director's son.


In Elf, the character Ming Ming is played by Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie Parker in the classic holiday film A Christmas Story.


For the infamous A Christmas Story scene in which Flick's tongue sticks to the flagpole, a hidden suction tube was used to safely create the illusion that his tongue had frozen to the metal.


The airport greeting footage at the beginning and end of Love Actually is real. Richard Curtis had a team of cameramen film at Heathrow airport for a week, and whenever they saw something that would fit in they asked the people involved for permission to use the footage.


Thanks to Home Improvement and The Santa Clause Tim Allen had the No. 1 television series and movie at the box office for one week in November 1994. He also had the No. 1 book on the best seller list, entitled Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man.

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My head and tail both equal are,
My middle slender as a bee.
Whether I stand on head or heel
Is quite the same to you or me.
But if my head should be cut off,
The matter's true, though passing strange
Directly I to nothing change.

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QUOTE: "My advice to you concerning applause is this: enjoy it but never quite believe it."

ANSWER: Robert Montgomery.