You might think you’re having a good day, but I can guarantee you’re not quite as happy or entertained as an Australian horse named Kruzah.
When Matt Leblanc auditioned for the part he had $11 to his name. With his first paycheck he bought a hot dinner.
Lisa Kudrow based her character off of Jennifer Aniston due to Aniston's interests 'spiritual' subjects
Chandler is the only middle child.
Jennifer Aniston ate a cobb salad for lunch almost every day of shooting for ten years
Bruce Willis appeared on the show after losing a bet to Matthew Perry when they worked together on 'The Whole Nine Yards'
Gunther did not have any lines until Season 2
The couch in Central Perk was found in the Warner Bros basement
Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but asked to be Monica after reading the parts
Ellen Degeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay
None of the six ever made more money than the others. They all started off making $22,500 per episode and ended at $1,000,000. All pay negotiations were done in unison.
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Your years of babysitting are most likely looked back upon with fond recollections and a few scars. They were the years you sacrificed Saturday nights and summer Fridays playing “mom” and making tax-free, above minimum wage, hourly rates.
The years of your adolescence and maybe even the ones through college spent making bank and still living at home.
Now, you’re older and have most likely moved beyond your nanny years, progressing to something more “suitable” and “professional,” or at least something that includes a cubicle.
But as you stare at the dismal walls of your new life, I bet you sometimes can’t help but wonder, maybe babysitting was the best job you’ll ever have…
Because, in between the tantrums and one too many episodes of “The Backyardigans,” that job wasn’t half bad. Actually, that job was pretty damn good.
As you work your way, climbing the corporate ladder and scraping by to make ends meet, you might recall those glorious moments of all-you-can-eat chicken nuggets and nap time. You start to remember the days of open air at the playground and complete control.
You were the CEO, the boss; you made the decisions and called the shots. You got paid to watch TV once the kids went to bed and had free reign of someone else’s fridge. You were in control, you were powerful, you were… alive.
Watching someone else’s kids may not have been what you envisioned for your life, but as you look at your life now, staring at a paycheck cut in half by taxes you don’t understand, maybe you should look back at those years of cleaning vomit and dressing squirming toddlers as the good years, at least… for now.
You were CEO.
You called the shots, made the demands and were the only one you had to answer to. The kids looked up to you, asked your permission and followed your orders.
You were at the top of the ladder and it will probably be a long time, if ever, that you ever have that much control again.
A hard day’s work meant a day at the playground.
Those rough days, the days when you’d come home and collapse into a ball of exhaustion were the days you spent running around in the fresh air.
Your roughest ones were ones spent chasing kids around a park and pushing bodies on swing sets.
You got paid to watch TV.
At what other job will you get paid to watch trashy TV while stuffing your face with free ice cream and chicken nuggets? At what other office can you put your feet up, lie back and just bask in the warmth of someone else’s flatscreen?
Your company dinners included macaroni and Happy Meals.
The company credit card was used for things like bounce houses and unlimited pizza. Your conference room food included Happy Meals with extra ketchup and maybe one or two extra McFlurrys.
Your due diligence included knowledge of the Disney franchise.
You got bonus points for your extensive knowledge of “The Little Mermaid” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Your reports included DVDs of your favorite Disney movies where you’d get to spend the entire meeting re-watching movies you used to love.
Your clients had complete faith in you.
Unlike “the real world,” where everyone is scrutinizing your every decision, your clients were pretty damn easygoing. All you had to do was make sure there was a new episode of “Dora The Explorer” and something good for dessert.
There were no numbers to show or orders to follow up on. You were always the number one employee.
The most complicated part of your day was figuring out how to get to gymnastics class.
Those days that really tested you, that made you stronger and more savvy, were the days you had to run errands.
That’s right, running through the grocery store while carrying two kids, figuring out which soccer field was the right one and making sure to get them from music lessons back to home in time for “The Backyardigans.”
Nap time was built into your schedule.
You know that period of time around 2 and 3 pm when you start to get really tired? It’s around the time you buy your third cup of coffee or maybe that Red Bull.
Well, at your old job, you had nap time built into your schedule. For two glorious hours, you got to take that siesta you’re always complaining to your coworkers as something that should be built into the American work schedule.
A shared interest in SpongeBob counted as “bonding.”
Company bonding may not have been happy hour drinks while discussing office politics, but rather, juice boxes while discussing the complexities of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Or maybe it was hours at the library reading them their favorite books and singing their favorite nursery rhymes. Either way, there was some serious bonding going on.
Your job stress came most from making sure you got to the playdate on time.
Time management didn’t include spreadsheets and due dates, but car pool schedules and school bus times. The hardest and most taxing parts of your day included getting them on the bus or to their already arranged playdate.
Potty training was considered a true skill.
You were a master of your field. You had the résumé and the skills to prove it. You could potty train, count to 50 and knew your Times Tables. You were revered for your limited knowledge of French and your subpar vocabulary skills.
You were employee of the month every day and always earned that Christmas bonus.
Research included the newest PG movies.
If you really wanted to impress your clients, all you had to do was pay attention to the latest trends. You weren’t analyzing numbers or stats, but anything with bright colors and catchy theme songs.
You got extra points for taking your clients to the movies where you had access to unlimited popcorn and those kid boxes your mom would never buy you.
There was no tax.
Let me repeat: There was no tax.
Your boyfriend or girlfriend could go to work with you.
Nowadays, it wouldn’t exactly be kosher to have your significant other sitting next to you during work. It would seem to a little strange to invite your crush to come help you at your job, making out whenever your clients turned around.
In the babysitting world, however, it was completely normal to play house and introduce the kids to your newest assistant.
The only work you brought home was a stain or two.
You didn’t go home and harp on the day. You never had to do work on the train or think about what you needed to finish tomorrow morning. You didn’t think about meetings and deadlines.
You wiped your hands clean (literally) and went home to bask in your easy money and newfound love for “Chowder.”
Your clients were really cute sometimes.
While the people you work with today don’t scream or throw tantrums, they also don’t delight you with that childlike innocence that’s so refreshing and invigorating to be around.
Working with children gives you a respite from the stressful and sometimes sad plight of the adult world and helps you remember your own childlike self. While it may not have been your dream job, it did make you dream again.
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Being a mailman isn’t an easy job. The famous, unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” and postal workers take that motto pretty seriously. Even as the delivery of personal correspondence has gone down thanks to the advent of email, the postal service still remains vital for the delivery of packages and other types of mail.
One of the age-old stereotypes about postal workers is that they don’t get a lot of love from animals. Just about every cartoon I ever watched growing up always had mailmen being chased by dogs. In real life, I haven’t seen that, but I have seen a mailman who is tormented by a bunch of angry wild turkeys every day – that was pretty crazy. Still, what this next postman has to deal with on a daily basis might be the funniest thing I’ve seen yet.
Along with snow and rain and heat, this guy needs to add “crazy cats” to his list of things that will not keep him from his duties. Apparently, the cat in this video does this every single day, so the mailman decided to tape it so that the world could see what he puts up with. A simple task like putting the mail through the door slot becomes an ordeal as this ferocious feline swipes and claws at anything that approaches the slot. I have to hand it to this guy though, he is a seriously good sport about it.
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Since joining Buffy the Vampire Slayer in its third season in 1999, Alexis Denisof has worked as a beloved supporting character in many of Joss Whedon’s subsequent television and film productions. Now, he’s at the center of the Whedonverse.
Denisof starred as the Benedick, the leading man in Whedon’s scrappy, black and white adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which was filmed in the director’s backyard and soared to $183,500 in receipts at five theaters in its opening weekend. It was a great victory for what was a quickly-made passion project, as well as for the 47-year old actor, who is married to another Whedonverse member, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan.
Denisof spoke with BuzzFeed shortly before Much Ado was released, in a conversation that covered that film, his role on Angel and other projects.
There was a Lincoln Center screening in New York and it sold out within minutes. It’s a black and white, straight up Shakespeare adaptation shot in someone’s house. Did you ever think there’d be so much anticipation for a movie with those three defining elements?
Alexis Denisof: I can’t believe it. If you’d have told me this a year ago, I’d have said you’re out of your mind, there’s no way people are going to get excited over a Shakespeare movie in black and white with, let’s be honest, people they probably hadn’t heard of, other than maybe Nathan and Clark, but unless you’re fans of Joss Whedon, none of the others in it. I can’t believe it, and we’re all happily astonished at how this is being picked up by people and the excitement that is starting to generate around this movie.
The film is set in his house, and I thought, wow, it’s brave for someone with such a national profile to basically give the world an intimate tour of his home. I remember thinking, “His kids have a lot of stuffed animals,” and it’s almost weird to know that.
AD: At first you sort of think, is this really a good idea? First of all, can you shoot a Shakespeare movie in twelve days, and do you want to do it at your house? It sounds crazy. But Joss is just the right kind of crazy. And he pulled it off in a short amount of time. He had a clear idea of what this movie was and he put together a group of people who love working with each other and know each other and get up to speed quick and there was no pressure because a studio hadn’t put up hundreds of millions of dollars that had to be made back. So everyone who’s there wants to be there, and I think that’s part of what’s on screen, that we’re having a really good time.
Sometimes when movies are put together very quickly, there ends up being a good bit of improv. But obviously, that’s not something you did. Was it difficult to memorize all that intricate Shakespearean dialogue in such a short period of time?
AD: It is a lot of lines for Beatrice and Benedick and some of the other characters, and you don’t want to get them wrong for everyone to see and read, so we didn’t feel that we could or should improvise with the dialogue. But in a way, it leaves you free in so many other ways, because once you get the words and you know what you’re saying and you know what they mean, then that’s locked in. Joss doesn’t have to do re-writes, we don’t have to wonder if there’s a problem in the writing. The writing is magnificent, so if a scene isn’t working, then we’re the ones having the problem, not the writer.
You’ve worked with Joss for quite a while, from back in the days when his work had mostly a cult audience. Now ABC is promoting a Joss Whedon show as its top newcomer, making a big deal of him. Was it weird to see that, him being so heralded by a network?
AD: For sure. We back in the day felt like the underdog. We were hanging on for dear life and when Angel got canceled, it was a great disappointment because we had quite a few years of story left to tell. But in those days, genre was a dirty word, and boy times have changed. I think it’s a good thing, there’s room out there for everybody, and it’s taken networks a long time to realize just how big that audience is, and to realize that Joss is more than just a genre writer-director. That while Buffy and Angel might have seemed a little bit cult-like, what he really is is a fantastic mainstream blockbuster movie maker. And I think Avengers really changed the perception of him in the industry.
They keep bringing old shows back, like Arrested Development. Would you be open to that for Angel or is it best to let it be?
AD: I think if it’d been 12 or 18 months you may have been able to resurrect that show, but I think now there’s too much water under the bridge to try to bring Angel back. For people that know Angel and love it, whatever you did now, it couldn’t and wouldn’t be what it was. And if you don’t know Angel, there are a bunch of shows that are out there now that are direct descendants of Angel and owe a great deal to Buffy and Angel and they are already here and they’ve already got a lot of eyeballs on them. I just don’t know if there would be a need for it. At the time Buffy and Angel were being made, they were pretty off on their own in a wilderness that we all knew and love and people who knew and loved were turned onto it, but it wasn’t what TV networks were greenlighting. It was only because Joss was so damn good at it that they just had to put it on TV and because the fans were so passionate and so loyal, it just couldn’t be denied. It’s hard to imagine now. It would have to be a complete reboot if you brought Angel back, and it would have a whole different look and I think it would have different actors and a different purpose and style, and I don’t know that it would be a successful decision.
Would you watch that?
AD: I’d probably check it out, sure. And if only for the novelty and then I’d probably get hooked on it and then be kicking myself that they didn’t ask me to be in it.
Who do you think should play you in it, who would you cast as Wesley?
AD: That’s such a hard question, to ask me to recast myself! I don’t know if I can give you an answer on that one. I can tell you that over the course of those five seasons, the journey of that character was so extraordinary and extreme that maybe you hire three or five actors to play it, one for each season or season and a half. He really went through it a lot.
You now have a small role in the Marvel Universe, which has a similarly devoted fanbase. Everyone’s always speculating about what’s going to happen in it, and I imagine even some participants don’t know. Do you just get a phone call one day and they tell you to come down to set?
AD: Well it’s a little longer than one day before, and I wouldn’t be allowed to say anything, but I don’t know anything is the real truth, and I would be the last one to find out if I was involved. The Marvel Universe is a big universe and it’s expanding rapidly and they have a lot of options on the table. It’s exciting.
Well you do have your web-series, H+, and those are becoming more and more prominent. Do you worry about the format going into it, since it’s still pretty new, or do you just dive right into it?
AD: Well I just follow the writing, and they sent me the script that I got 20 pages into it and I got completely hooked. And I couldn’t imagine how they would shoot it, for the web or anything else, because it seemed impossible, but it made me want to meet these guys and once I met them, I thought like, god, maybe they could do it. There was a degree of risk, I didn’t know exactly how it would turn out, but I had this strong feeling that I wanted to be a part of it because I was attracted to its script. Web programming is still in its early days even now, although more ad money is coming in and when ad money comes in, higher quality content follows.
H+ is extremely high quality, I think it holds its own against television and film and its look and feel, and I’m happy about that because not all web programming does. But that’s okay, not all web programming does; what’s great about the web is that it’s whatever you make of it, and if people like it and watch it, great. And if they don’t, it doesn’t really matter, there’s nothing at stake yet. It’s not a TV network, if no one is watching the shows it’ll go away, and movie studios are spending a huge amount of money and if no one goes watch their movies, they’re going to go bust. But the web doesn’t operate like that and I think it’s great that there is still a place where you can bring any kind of content you want and hopefully they’ll find it.
H+ is in the works for a second series and I’m definitely excited and looking forward to hearing what happens to series two.
Is it ever NOT about politics for The Left? Publisher of “The Nation” Katrina vanden Heuvel somehow twists Father’s Day into a plug for universal Pre-K and burdening small businesses with a paid sick leave mandate.
Editor’s note: In an earlier version of this post, Katrina vanden Heuvel’s name was misspelled. Twitchy apologizes for the error.
Actor and comedian Jon Lovitz has had it with the anti-Israel brigade:
Damn straight. And before Hamas apologists try to play the “What about Gaza?” card:
Yes — a tragedy for which terrorists are responsible.
And if you can’t deal with reality …
Then it sucks to be you:
As much as it may piss off people like @__ShirMcC__, Lovitz will continue to stand up for Israel.
Israel isn’t backing down, and neither is Lovitz in his vocal support of the country’s right to exist and defend itself. Thank you, sir.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional text.
American officials are seeking to seize $23.7 million in high-end Manhattan real estate they say were purchased with money from a huge fraud exposed by a lawyer who later died in prison.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed a civil forfeiture complaint Monday against properties held by nine offshore companies and the assets of two other companies they say laundered part of the proceeds of a huge Russian tax fraud that caused a rift in U.S.-Russian relations.
“Today’s forfeiture action is a significant step towards uncovering and unwinding a complex money laundering scheme arising from a notorious foreign fraud,” Bharara said in a statement. “A Russian criminal enterprise sought to launder some of its billions in ill-gotten rubles through the purchase of pricey Manhattan real estate. While New York is a world financial capital, it is not a safe haven for criminals seeking to hide their loot, no matter how and where their fraud took place.”
The complaint says that the real estate was purchased with money traced to a $230 million Russian tax fraud known as the “Magnitsky case” for the whistle-blowing lawyer who uncovered it. Sergei Magnitsky alleged in 2008 that corrupt officials and criminals conspired to steal subsidiaries of his client, Hermitage Capital Management, and claim a $230 million tax refund. He was jailed by the same officials he accused and died in prison a year later, aged 37. A report by Russia’s presidential human rights council in 2011 found that he had been systematically tortured, but President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied there was any criminality in Magnitsky’s death.
Hermitage’s owner, London-based investor William Browder, has spent the years since Magnitsky’s death campaigning to bring the officials to justice and attempting to trace the $230 million. Congress passed a law named after Magnitsky last year introducing sanctions and visa bans against 18 officials accused of human rights violations, including some of those named in the fraud. Russia responded by banning all adoptions of Russian children by Americans and filing separate tax evasion charges against Browder and Magnitsky, who by then had been dead for over three years. A Moscow court convicted both men in July.
“It became clear that we needed to get justice outside of Russia, and one way to get justice outside of Russia was to track the money,” Browder told BuzzFeed. Browder’s lawyers were helped by Swiss banking documents provided by Alexander Pereplichny, another whistleblower who died in unexplained circumstances in Britain late last year, before lobbying the U.S. to file charges. Switzerland has frozen bank accounts linked to the fraud.
Three Russians are named in the complaint, including Denis Katsyv, the son of a former deputy governor of Moscow province. Katsyv is the owner of Prevenzon Holdings, a Cyprus-based company U.S. officials say laundered money from the fraud. He has denied being involved with the fraud or benefiting from the case.