The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go”

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Wherever You Will Go (RCA, 2001)

Wherever You Will Go was the debut single of the American band The Calling from their debut album Camino Palmero. It topped the American Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks, the second longest running number one of the chart’s history (behind Smooth by Rob Thomas and Santana). Wherever You Will Go was named the number one song of the 2000s decade on the Adult Pop Charts by Billboard magazine. Meanwhile, on the Pop chart (Hot 100), it peaked at #5. Worldwide, it peaked at the top of the Italian, New Zealand and Polish charts.

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“Peanut Butter Solution”

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Peanut Butter Solution (Cinema Plus/New World Pictures, 1985)

The Peanbut Butter Solution (French title: Operation beurre de pinottes) was a Canadian 1985 family horror fantasy film. The movie was directed by Michael Rubbo and is the second title in the Tales for All (Contes Pour Tous) series of children’s movies created by Les Productions la Fete. The film features the first English language songs performed by Celine Dion (Listen to the Magic Man and Michael’s Song). Skippy peanut butter paid for product placement promotion in the film.

The plot: Convinced that a recently burned-down structure harbors ghosts, young Michael (Matthew Mackay) and Connie (Siluck Saysanasy) decide to investigate the ruins. In true “urban legend” fashion, what Michael sees inside the structure causes him to go bald on the spot! His distress is mollified when a pair of friendly ghosts whip up a “peanut butter solution” that will ostensibly restore his hair. Michael then gets kidnapped by a paint-brush manufacturer.

“Dirty Work”

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Dirty Work (CBS, 1986)

Dirty Work was the Rolling Stones 18th British and 20th American studio album. It was released during a period when relations between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards has soured considerably. The boys had been feuding over the band’s direction for much of the 1980s. Almost all of the band members had spent the previous years working on side or solo projects themselves so it was quite rare to have all five members of the band in the studio at the same time. This meant that several guest musicians had to appear on the album. There was no supporting tour as the level of animosity between band members was too high and prevented them from being able to work together. This didn’t stop the album from selling well, reaching Platinum or Gold status in a number of countries. The singles: Harlem Shuffle was a cover of an R&B song from Bob & Earl from 1963. One Hit (To the Body) only reached #80 in the UK and was their lowest charting single at the time. It was a top 20 hit in the U.S. and Belgium, at #28 and #29 respectively.

“Dumb” Test

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The “Dumb” Test

Head to https://www.silvergames.com/en/the-dumb-test to play the “Dumb” Test. The objective? Don’t get more than 3 answers wrong because three strikes and you’re out.

Proposal Day

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Proposal Day (March 20)

Did you know that there is a day all about proposing to your significant other? It falls on March 20. As of this moment, it is an unofficial holiday. A similar holiday, Propose Day is also an unofficial holiday sometimes celebrated on February 15, the day after Valentine’s.

Trivia: The ancient Romans were the first people to use engagement rings as a way to signify that a person was no longer available for marriage.

Nazareth, “Love Hurts”

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Love Hurts (Vertigo, 1974)

Love Hurts was written by American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant. It was first recorded in 1960 by the Everly Brothers but was never released. Roy Orbison covered the song in 1961 as a B-side to Running Scared and hit #5 in Australia. In 1975 Jim Capaldi hit #4 in the UK, #6 in Australia, #8 in Ireland (amongst others) with his cover. (His version would prove to be his highest charting UK single.) But a year earlier in 1974, Love Hurts would be the most popular version. Scottish hard rock band Nazareth covered Love Hurts as a power ballad and became the only version of the song to be an American hit single, peaking at #8. This version topped the charts in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Norway. In fact, in Norway, Love Hurts was at the top spot for 14 weeks becoming the top single of all time there. And finally, Cher originally covered the song in 1975 as well for her 12th album Stars but didn’t release it. In 1991 she covered the song again for her 20th studio album of the same name. It only peaked at #8 in Denmark and #43 in the UK.

Glenne Headly

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Glenne Headly (March 13, 1955 – June 8, 2017)

Glenne Aimee Headly was born in New London, Connecticut. She was married to actor John Malkovich from 1982 to 1988 when her film career began to take off. (Headly and Malkovich divorced after she learned of his affair with Michelle Pfeiffer during the filming of Dangerous Liaisions.) Headly went on to star in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy and Mr. Holland’s Opus. In 2017 Headly made her final film appearance in Just Getting Started that was released six months after her death. She was starring in Future Man alongside Ed Begley Jr. and Josh Hutcherson, a comedy series on Hulu at the time of her death. They were midway through filming the series. Headly died of complications from a pulmonary embolism on June 8, 2017 at the age of 62.

“Gulliver’s Travels”

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Gulliver’s Travels (Benjamin Motte, 1726)

Gulliver’s Travels, or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships is a prose satire of 1726 by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, satirising both human nature and the “travellers’ tales” literary subgenre. It is Swift’s best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature. Swift claimed that he wrote Gulliver’s Travels “to vex the world rather than divert it”. The book was an immediate success. John Gay remarked “It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery.”

Wonka Oompas

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Wonka Oompas (1970s)

Wonka Oompas are now the name of fruit candy, but back in its inception in the 1970s, the Wonka Oompas were half filled chocolate and peanut butter candy pieces. They were about the diameter
of a quarter and they bulged in the middle.

Marc Summers’ Mystery Magical Tour

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Marc Summers’ Mystery Magical Tour (Nickelodeon, 1988-1996)

Marc Summers’ Mystery Magical Tour was an American television special that aired on Nickelodeon as a Halloween themed show. It originally aired in 1988 and continued airing at Halloween until 1996. The show was designed to show off the talents of stage magicians Lance Burton and Tina Lenert as well as capitalize on Marc Summers’ newfound popularity as host of the network’s game show Double Dare. Actors Shiri Appleby, Jonathan Brandis and John Astin all appear. The special was filmed at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles.