Did you know that the actors who portray zombies on the megahit television show "The Walking Dead" have to attend "Zombie School"? Or that Daryl played by Norman Reedus, the most popular and highest paid actor on the series ($1 million per episode & approximately $20 million per season) does not even exist in the show's comic version! FYI: Over 4,000 Walkers (zombies) have been killed on the show to date! CGI or computer-generated imagery is used for many effects on "The Walking Dead". For instance, to erase zombie eye-blinks! Zombies are asked to try hard not to blink, but if they forget CGI will step in and fix it! Interestingly, the show is filmed exclusively in Georgia! Lastly, you can buy Daryl Dixon's iconic crossbows (a Bowtech Stryker or a Horton Scout HD 125) at Wal-Mart! The post-apocalyptic show is in its 10th season on AMC and according to its producers, cast and crew is doing quite well, thank you! In fact, "The Walking Dead" is the most-watched series in the history of basic cable!
This 31-year-old athlete of Croation descent is considered by many to be one of the world's greatest rugby players. The 6 foot 2 inch, 225 lb. powerhouse is literally unstoppable on the field! Born in Trebanos, Wales, Justin Tipuric (pronounced Tipu*rich) had a very successful youth career and currently plays for the Ospreys, a Welsh team, as an open side flanker. A rising star of the Welsh games is the way many describe his career path, as he just keeps getting stronger and more confident on the field. "The overwhelming passion he feels for the game is evident and inspiring to fans and teammates. Like LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and myriad other legendary athletes, he recognizes the vital importance of being a team player!” Keep a close eye on Justin Tipuric, for he's undoubtedly headed for international stardom! Just look for the guy in the ever-present blue scrumcap who consistently makes the impossible look easy. By the way, if you have never seen a rugby (football without the helmet and pads) match, do it now! YouTube is loaded with full games and highlights. While you're there, check out a 'haka' - they're crazy!
Okay fellow collectors, return to your seats and buckle up for this news flash! Sotheby's New York, to even the staff's shock and amazement, recently sold in auction a 17th century antique Persian carpet referred to as the Clark Sickle-Leaf carpet for (tighten that harness) here it comes, $33,800,000! The total cost to the anonymous buyer was $43,800,000 after commissions and taxes were factored in. What, you exclaim! It's true. And, this rug was a mere 6 feet by 8 feet in size! The sale easily set the record for the most expensive rug ever sold! What makes these things so valuable? Here are a few reasons: Persian rugs have been around for more than 2,500 years. Persian rugs are labor intensive as they are made entirely by hand. Some rugs can take up to years to complete. Materials such as the fine silk used in the tedious hand-knotting process are extremely costly. Rugs are unique and one of a kind. Finally, the age, history and provenance of a Persian rug has a huge bearing on the value.
The Eiffel tower, at a height of 1,000 feet, was completed in March of 1889. Not to be outdone, America began searching for the right man to create something so spectacular that people would forget about Eiffel's tower. The Chicago World's Fair was just around the corner and it was decided a man by the name of George Washington Ferris would build his proposed colossal metal wheel, America's answer to Gustave Eiffel's monstrosity. Ferris took a big risk, investing $25,000 of his own money as well as hiring a crew of engineers to assist him. The resulting creation, 250 feet in diameter with 36 cars each capable of carrying 60 people, was a huge hit at the fair with 1.4 million riders each buying a 50 cent ticket to enjoy the ride of their lives! Unfortunately Ferris' Chicago World's Fair sensation would be the only one built by the young engineer and inventor. He died tragically of typhoid fever at the age of 37.
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