All posts tagged: Facts

Why I’m Vegan

Why are you vegan? I’m asked this question all the time and the full answer is far too complicated for me to answer succinctly. Instead, I tackle the interrogation with a simple answer – “for the environment, animals, and my health” – but the truth is there’s far more to it. Sometimes my response is enough, but more curious folks will press further. How is being vegan better for the environment? But aren’t dairy cows treated well? So where do you get your protein? In such moments, I wish I had a packet I could give them and say “read over this and that’s your answer.” Although realistically I can’t walk around with copies of a document highlighting the facts that informed my decision to go vegan, I can share one digitally. So here’s my web-based Why I’m Vegan fact sheet for those who are curious and for vegans who need a reminder of why they made changes to their lifestyle. Let’s start with one of my favorite facts: “Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 …

Catalina Island: Facts n’ Photos

Before visiting Catalina I knew nothing about the island except for the fact that it’s off the coast of California and (most importantly) that it was the iconic setting for the end of Step Brothers. After spending a weekend on Catalina Island I learned quite a bit and am here to report back with some fun facts and a few photos I took during my short visit. 1. The Catalina Island Wine Mixer is now a real thing, and it’s happening in September! There’s even a Step Brothers themed costume party y’all. 2. The Wrigley family owns Catalina and has since the early 1900’s. 3. The Wrigley family were known for their gum and numerous other business ventures, including as part-owners of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs even held their spring training on the island from the 1920s until the 1950s. 4. There aren’t many cars on the island. In fact, residents have to spend 30 years on a waiting list before they can even get a Smart Car. Now that’s patience. 5. Instead of cars people use golf carts, and they’re loud, annoying, …

Happy Earth Day!

I’m no scientist, but this I know: if we continue treating our planet without care or compassion, the repercussions will be insurmountable. This Earth Day, lets not only celebrate our beautiful world, but also acknowledge the threats we pose to our environment and the need to take action! Here are a few web-based resources where you can learn more about what’s threatening our environment today: Non-profit environmental institutions: World Resources Institute, Greenpeace, Air & water pollution: National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Oceana Climate change: Climate Action Network, The Climate Institute, Endangered animal life: World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Animal agriculture: United Nations Environment Programme, PETA Global warming is real. It is happening today. It is being charted by our satellites. It is being charted by our scientists. It is being charted by those of us in this body, and I think the real key is if we are ready to admit that fact and take the action to make the necessary conversion. – Dianne Feinstein War contributes greatly to global warming, which shouldn’t surprise us. All those bombs going off, all …

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! Historically, women have been erased or excluded from countless professional arenas. This occurrence of exclusion and erasure is particularly true of the sciences, but is also evident in tech, politics, and the arts. Luckily, numerous publications (such as Women in the World and MAKERS) will be celebrating the successes of so many women in honor of International Women’s Day, and I’m excited to read about some of the amazing trailblazers who have made the world a more vibrant, interesting, and accepting place. In addition to celebrating these successes, it’s imperative to know the facts about global women’s issues. Please read and share these statistics on women’s health and safety worldwide, which were gathered from UN Women and DoSomething.org. Be sure to check out these sites to learn more about what they are doing in the fight for women’s equality. Approximately 35% of women worldwide have experience physical and/or sexual intimate partner crime or sexual violence committed by a non-partner. In some countries, up to 70% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Women who experience physical or sexual abuse committed …

50 Facts | Get to Know Me Better

I’ve reached a point where I have no idea what this blog’s identity is, really, other than that I like to write about certain things (in particular, film, television, pop-culture, and women’s issues) but sometimes I prefer to write about what’s going on in my life. And when I write about myself, it’s usually because whatever I’m saying I believe is relatable to someone, somewhere out there (like moving away from home or breaking out of a creative rut). But how interesting can it be to read about someone who you don’t really know? By simply reading what I write, you get a small portion of me, but the interaction isn’t necessarily as engaging as it could be. So I guess what I’m saying is, why would you want to read about what I have to say on a number of topics if you know very little about me? And that’s where this post comes in. Here are 50 facts about me. Let me know if anything resonates with your likes, dislikes, and experiences. 1. I’m 24 years old. 2. My birthday is on Cinco …

10 Facts About Francis Ford Coppola on His Birthday

1. Francis Ford Coppola was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 7th, 1939, but grew up in a New York suburb. 2. When he was young he caught polio, so during his quarantine he practiced puppetry and spent time watching movies. 3. He graduated with a drama degree from Hofstra University and went on to receive an MFA in Film Production from UCLA in 1967. 4. He is considered a part of the New Hollywood wave (or American New Wave) of filmmaking, which includes other masterful directors such as Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas, among others. 5. His family is full of accomplished filmmakers and actors including, but not limited to, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Gia Coppola. 6. He owns a successful winery – the Francis Ford Coppola – of which I can personally vouch for. 7. Supposedly George Lucas based the Star Wars trilogy character Hans Solo on Coppola. 8. He is credited for directing 12 different actors in Oscar nominated performances, …

‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Facts on the Film’s 20th Anniversary

This is the week of anniversaries! Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino’s most iconic and well-known film was released in theaters. To this day, Pulp Fiction continues to captivate audience members, both young and old. To celebrate, here are twenty facts on the film’s twentieth anniversary: 1. The shot of Vincent shoving the syringe into Mia’s chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then reversing the footage. 2. Whenever Vincent goes to the bathroom, something terrible happens. 3. Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson. 4. The passage from the Bible that Jules has memorized was mainly made up by Tarantino and Jackson. 5. The film cost $8.5 million to make – $5 million of which went to the actors’ salaries. 6. Originally, Uma Thurman turned down the role of Mia Wallace, but Tarantino desperately wanted to cast her so he ended up reading her the script over the phone, eventually convincing her to accept the role. 7. “Fuck” is said 265 times. 8. Jules’ car, a 1974 Chevy Nova, is never fully seen, only the interior or parts of …

Happy Labor Day (But What’s it Really All About?)

Happy Labor Day! But what’s it really all about? Labor Day takes place on the first Monday in September. It’s a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the American labor movement. The first Labor Day was held in New York City in 1882 by the Central Labor Union. Over 10,000 people marched in solidarity as “a day of the people.” Oregon became the first state to officially declare Labor Day a holiday in 1887. Following the deaths of 30 workers and injuries of 57 at the hands of the U.S. military during the Pullman Strike of 1894, Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday. In Canada Labour Day also takes place on September 1st, and in many other countries a similar holiday takes place on May 1st.

10 Facts About Stanley Kubrick

In honor of Stanley Kubrick’s birthday on July 26th, here are 10 facts about one of the greatest directors of all time. 1. Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928 in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. 2. After his second failed marriage he permanently moved to England. 3. Kubrick supposedly refused to talk about his movies on set and never watched them once they were completed. 4. Although he had a pilot’s license, he was known to be extremely afraid of flying. 5. Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) was the only author that Kubrick had a personal relationship with, despite the fact that most of his films were adaptations. 6. He loved cats – at one point owning 16. 7. He believed that The Godfather was the greatest film ever made. 8. In his 48 year career he made 16 films. 9. He loved Woody Woodpecker so much that he wanted to feature the cartoon in every film he ever made, but Woody Woodpecker’s creator, Walter Lantz, refused. 10. Kubrick was nominated for the Academy Award for Best …

10 Facts About Tom Hanks On His Birthday

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? Who doesn’t think he’s an amazing actor? Who doesn’t believe he seems like a kind, fun, and humble guy? I hope not, because that’s a world I don’t want to live in. In honor of his birthday, here are ten facts about the cool guy we all wish we knew personally, Mr. Tom Hanks: 1. Tom Hanks is known for often playing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations. 2. His favorite films are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Fargo, Elephant, and Boogie Nights. 3. He is the most represented actor on the AFI 100 Most Inspiring Movies Of All Time list with four films including Forrest Gump (#37), Philadelphia (#20), Apollo 13 (#12), and Saving Private Ryan (#10). 4. He is the second actor to win back to back Oscars for Best Actor for Philadelphia in 1993 and Forrest Gump in 1994. 5. He once worked as a hotel bellman at a spot frequented by celebrities. A few of the celebrities whose bags he carried included Sidney Poitier, Bill Withers, and Cher. 6. He has played the love interest of Meg Ryan’s character in three films: Sleepless …