If curiosity sparks you to search out the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world, your quest will lead you to the Chopard 201 carat luxury watch valued at a cool $25 million! The second most expensive watch in the world (after the $55 million Hallucination by Graff), it contains 874 high-grade diamonds of various shapes and colors, the largest weighing in at 15.37 carts. The watch is cleverly designed with a spring-loaded mechanism which actually moves three large heart-shaped diamonds to reveal the watches dial! Chopard, a Swiss designer and producer of extremely high-quality ladies jewelry and watches, was founded in 1860 in Sonvilier, Switzerland by watchmaker Louis-Ulysse Chopard. The company, which has been owned by the Scheufele family in Germany since 1963, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010. The company and its facilities is now located in Meyrin-Geneva, Switzerland. The company produces, in-house, approximately 75,000 superbly crafted timepieces as well as 75,000 pieces of luxury jewelry each year. Chopard currently maintains 100 plus stores worldwide. Says longtime company owner, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele; “Chopard stands for creativity and innovation but also history and a strong family tradition.”
Did you know? In the 1960’s and 70’s, the graphics on your metal lunch box told the story to your friends and classmates of how cool of a kiddo you actually were! Sound silly? In the 70s and 80s, popular TV show and musical group graphics dominated the lunch boxes of the grade school “in” crowd. The ‘box’ you carried actually became a status symbol. The Osmonds, The Bee Gees, Cinderella, The Incredible Hulk, Superman, Speed Buggy, The Flintstones, Underdog, The Jetsons, The Beatles and many more images depicting preteen pop culture were seen swinging in chaotic school halls at the sound of the morning bell. Boys typically went with super and action heroes while girls tended to lean more towards ‘Disneyish’ type graphics. In the 1980’s, lunchboxes went crazy with designs in myriad new and even brighter colors. There wasn’t a kid alive in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s who didn’t protect, cherish and even occasionally trade his or her lunchbox with a willing and eager classmate. FYI: The first character lunch box (Mickey Mouse) appeared in 1935 and was a product of Geuder, Paeschke and Frey. It was a lithographed oval tin complete with a handle and a pull-out tray but no thermos. Aladdin industries was responsible for the creation of the first TV show lunchbox namely Hopalong Cassidy! * In mint condition, a Dudley Do-Right (The Bullwinkle Show - 1962) lunchbox can fetch more than $2,200!
Why do all good things have to eventually come to an end? Case in point, the widely popular HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Below are some fun facts and trivia to spark memories for die-hard fans worldwide who are undoubtedly feeling a deep sense of pain and loss:
Tyrion Lannister who is played by Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Peter Dinklage, has the distinction of appearing in more episodes that any other cast member! (61/67 episodes).
Filming in Iceland (season 7), where temperatures dipped to -20 degrees, required clothing that the cast and crew did not anticipate. Character Tormund Giantsbane, portrayed by Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju, came to the rescue by providing the cast members with heavy wool underwear from Devold, a clothing company in his native country.
Sansa, played by actress Sophie Turner, actually adopted her on-screen dire wolf, Lady, in real life. After filming was completed, Sophie received permission from her mom to adopt the Mahlek Northern Inuit pup named Zunni.
Kit Harington and Rose Lesie, playing the characters of Jon Snow and Ygritte, were married in June of 2018 in Scotland. The couple fell in love, over time, while in character!
The actor Peter Vaughan who plays the wise and blind Maester of Castle Black, Aemon Targaryen, was actually partially blind at the time of filming. Sadly, Maester Aemon was Peter’s last role.
In the books, Daenery had purple eyes but that feature was eliminated when the contact lenses she was required to wear became a problem for the actress, Emilia Clark.
Queen Cersei, played by actress Lena Headey, was voted the series’ most hated character by fans!
The “Game of Thrones” opening season budget reached an estimated $50-60 million mark. The sixth season had an astonishing budget of over $100 million ($10 million per episode), a series record!
So here is an off-screen crime committed against one of the greatest film makers of all time. As unbelievable as it may sound Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for five Oscars for Best Director but never won one! In addition to that, sixteen of his films were nominated for an Oscar but only Rebecca (for Best Picture), was successful in winning one!. The “Master of Suspense” was once quoted in an interview as saying, “I’m frightened of my movies. I never go to see them. I don’t know how people can bear to watch my movies!” Well, bear it they did! Psycho, released in 1960 and considered to be his most widely regarded film, earned “Hitch” a whopping $15 million, which adjusted for inflation is around $120 million today! Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds - the list of Hitchcock masterpieces is seemingly endless! Just a few months before his death in 1980, a knighthood was bestowed upon him in when he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth ll.
Did you know? Entertainment Weekly described the Star Wars franchise character, Princess Leia Organa, as a “diplomat, spy, warrior and undercover agent”. The Huffington Post referred to her as “a smart, feisty, brave diplomat and warrior". In a 1983 Rolling Stone interview Carrie Fisher was quoted as saying, “There are a lot of people who don’t like my character in these movies; they think I’m some kind of space bitch. She has no friends, no family; her planet was blown up in seconds…so all she has is a cause”. Leia has often been referred to as a 1980s icon, a feminist hero and model for other adventure heroines. The role of Princess Leia was conceived and cast by Star Wars creator George Lucas. Fisher won the role at only 19 after an audition ‘tug of war’ with actresses including Jodie Foster, Amy Irving and Cindy Williams. Her spot-on depiction of Leia sealed the character as an icon, celebrated for her feminist power and classic ‘cinnamon bun hairstyle’. Sadly, Fisher died December 27, 2016 after suffering a heart attack at just 60 years old.
Did you know? Our newest subject of interest is actress Marilyn Monroe’s husband. As you may or may not know, there are three distinctly different possibilities. Marilyn was married to her high school sweetheart, James Dougherty, New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio and lastly playwright Arthur Miller. She also had connections to John F. Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and several others. Possibly we will revisit James and Arthur at a later date but for now the focus will be on “The Yankee Clipper”, the center fielder who dedicated his entire major league baseball career (13 years) to the New York Yankees. Joseph Paul DiMaggio began his career with the Yankees in May of 1936. He won the American League’s most valuable player three times (1939, 1941 and again in 1947). He was also the only player to be chosen for the All-Star team every season that he played. In addition, the Yankees won ten American League Pennants and an astounding nine World Series Championships during Joe’s 13-year stay with them. DiMaggio retired from the Yankees during the 1952 season with a .325 lifetime batting average, 2,214 hits, 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. And yes, as mentioned before, he was one of Marilyn Monroe’s three husbands. Her favorite, I’m sure!
Did you know? Orville Gibson began selling his patented single-piece mandolin in 1898 out of a single room shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1902, the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co. Ltd began to market Orville’s original designs. Following Orville’s death in 1918, designer Lloyd Loar took over and was responsible for the classic L-5 arch top guitar as well as the Gibson F-5 mandolin. Gibson went on to gradually expand their offerings with other electric instruments such as steel guitars, banjos and mandolins. Production was moved to Nashville, Tennessee between 1974 and 1984 where it remains currently along with facilities in Memphis and Bozeman, Montana. All Gibson instruments, believe it or not, are still made in the USA! Undoubtedly, the grandest accomplishment of the Gibson Guitar Corporation is its collaboration with legendary guitarist and designer, Les Paul. A plethora of iconic guitar designs, beginning in the early 1950’s, were produced from that union. When it comes to quality, reliability and sound, the Gibson Les Paul is still one of the top choices of accomplished and discerning guitarists everywhere!
Did you know? Barbie was born on March 9, 1959. She was named after the creator, Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara. The idea for Barbie came as a result of Handler’s encounter, while traveling, with a doll in a popular German comic entitled Bild Lilli. Ruth created a doll similar to Bild Lilli and dubbed it Barbie. Inventor Jack Ryan, an employee of Mattel, using Handler’s drawings, designed the doll for production. He is the same designer who created the mechanics for Hot Wheels cars. Sixty years ago, most toy dolls were fashioned to look like infants. Barbie, instead looking like the model of the ‘perfect’ grown woman, was quite a shocking departure from the norm! More than 350,000 Barbie dolls were sold in her first year on the market! The doll was first introduced at the American International Toy Fair in 1959. Since then, billions of Barbies have been sold. In fact, Mattel claims that three Barbie dolls are sold every second!
Did you know? The members of the original Rat Pack were a group of close-knit friends, namely Errol Flynn, Nat King Cole, Mickey Rooney, Jerry Lewis and Caesar Romero with their leader being none other than Humphrey Bogart! The origin of the moniker, Rat Pack, is something of a mystery but most are convinced it can be attributed to Lauren Bacall. Bogie and Lauren lived in a neighborhood called Holmby Hills and their group of celebrity friends were often referred to as the Holmby Hills Rat Pack. Later the name stuck to the group we traditionally call the Rat Pack; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Opened in 1952, the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was considered the Rat Pack’s clubhouse and home. When a member would do a show the other loyal members would show up and do an impromptu performance! It was no surprise that once audiences caught on to this possible ‘WOW’ event, they began packing the casino. The Sands marquee often read: Tonight Dean Martin, Maybe Frank, Maybe Sammy. The ‘Pack’ recorded five live albums together, including the hugely popular 1960 “The Rat Pack Live at the Sands”. The movie “Oceans Eleven”, released in 1960, was the first movie all five members appeared in together.
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