Game shows came of age toward the end of the Great Depression, and for good reason. People were so hard up for money that the lure of cash and prizes drew in audiences like nothing else. In some ways, the game show can be seen as the precursor to the reality show, taking ordinary folks and immersing them in a world of possibility. But like most forms of entertainment, game shows have their bizarre and sordid side.

10 The Intercept

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Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, but one can immediately see serious logistical problems in adapting it to a game show setting. Leave it to the Russians to put this concept on wheels. The Intercept was a game show in which contestants were instructed to steal a car.

Once they were on the road, they had to evade the show’s police force for 35 minutes. If they could escape, they were given the car as a prize. Of course, winning was nearly impossible—the cars were outfitted with tracking devices, making staying ahead of the police a true miracle.

9 Man vs. Beast


In 2003, Fox aired Man vs. Beast, a show that consisted of people competing (and largely losing) against animals in different events, including an eating contest between former Nathan’s Hot Dog champion Takeru Kobayashi and a half-ton Kodiak bear. The most distasteful competition occurred between 44 dwarfs and an Asian elephant in an airplane-pulling race.

The only event clearly dominated by man was an obstacle course race between a US Navy SEAL and a chimpanzee. The SEAL, Scott Helvenston, wouldn’t have long to celebrate his victory though. The following year, he started as a contractor for the private security firm Blackwater and became the victim of one of the most savage acts of violence in the Iraq War. His team was ambushed by insurgents, torched, butchered, and dragged through the streets.

8 The Price Is Right


Each episode of The Price Is Right concludes with two finalists guessing the price of a showcase, an assembly of big-ticket items like cars, furniture, and vacations. The contestant who guesses close enough to the actual price (without going over) wins.

For the most part, it’s an inexact science. But on September 22, 2008, contestant Terry Kneiss blew everyone away when he buzzed in with the exact amount of his showcase ($23,743), which consisted of a billiards table, a karaoke machine, and a 17-foot camper. Carey’s reaction was noticeably deadpan, as he feared yet another game show scandal might have been in the works.

However, Kneiss hadn’t cheated; a longtime viewer of the show, he merely noticed that many of the items were repeatedly featured. He memorized the prices of many items, and fortunately, those appeared in his showcase. And the $743? That was a fluke. Kneiss randomly used his PIN number.

7 Jeopardy!


Quiz show Jeopardy! is perhaps best known for the 2004 reign of Ken Jennings, a Mormon genius featured on 75 episodes of the show, until losing on the Final Jeopardy answer “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year.” Jennings responded “What is Fed-Ex?” but the correct question was “What is H&R Block?”

In response to the kind of advertising that money couldn’t buy, H&R Block granted Jennings free tax preparations and financial advice for life. He would go on to appear in several more Jeopardy! tournaments, including one against IBM “artificial intelligence” supercomputer Watson (who beat him soundly).

However, winning Jeopardy! is only a matter of having the most money of three contestants. While Jennings often triumphed by tens of thousands of dollars, in 1993, Air Force lieutenant colonel Darryl Scott won a game with a score of $1. In case you’re wondering, the maximum amount one can win in a single game, provided you answer every question correctly, land on the Daily Double questions last in each round, and bet the maximum amount in Final Jeopardy is $566,400.

6 Wheel Of Fortune


Wheel of Fortune, which generally airs right before Jeopardy!, tends to aim at a less academic audience, with contestant auditions that rely less on intelligence than personality. Amiable host Pat Sajak runs the show while statuesque cougar (she’s 56!) Vanna White manipulates the electronic letter board.

Today, players can win hundreds of thousands of dollars, cars, and exotic vacations, but back in the 1980s, the show was “boring” according to Sajak. Instead of competing to win cash, players won symbolic funds which could be used to buy lame prizes like appliances. In 2012, Sajak admitted that the format took so long to film that he and Vanna used to sneak off for margarita-fueled dinners at a nearby restaurant. He claimed he and Vanna would have “two or three or six” margaritas before returning to the set, where they would “have trouble recognizing the alphabet”.

5 Family Feud

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Family Feud premiered in 1976 and was hosted by Richard Dawson, a charming Englishman known for kissing the female contestants. Dawson was succeeded by Ray Combs, a somewhat-forgettable figure who hosted the show for six years. He was infamous for walking off the set after the final episode without even saying goodbye to anyone. In 1994, he was in a car accident that left him with permanent, painful spinal damage.

His career stalled, he suffered financial setbacks (including the foreclosure of his home), and he and his wife filed for divorce. Combs became psychotic, spending time in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Upon his release, he proceeded to destroy the inside of his home and smash his head into the walls. Police were summoned and took him to the Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California to be evaluated. The next day, he hanged himself in the closet of his hospital room with his bedsheets. He was just 40 years old.

4 Press Your Luck


Press Your Luck was a mid-1980s game show that was part quiz show and part “dumb luck.” Contestants played against an illuminated game board that lit up prizes in different patterns, and they could stop it at any time to win the cash or prizes it landed on.

If they stopped the board on a “Whammy” (a caricature of a villain), they would lose everything. It all seemed entirely random until 1984—when unemployed ice cream truck driver Michael Larson appeared on the show and begun to run the board, playing 45 rounds in a row before striking out. His turn went on so long that it had to be incorporated into two episodes of the show.

Larson won an improbable fortune of $110,237. An investigation by CBS found that he had been using the stop-motion function on his VCR to painstakingly review episodes of the show. He realized that the random illumination of the game board actually worked in a predictable sequence. They determined this was not cheating and gave Michael Larson the prize money, but they made sure to reprogram the game board so that no one could duplicate the stunt.

3 Amaan Ramazan


Amaan Ramazan is a Pakistani game show where guests are presented with prizes like laptops, smartphones, and land deeds for correctly answering questions about Islam.

Hosted by the lively Aamir Liaquat Hussain, one of the most famous television personalities in the country, the show has been criticized by opponents for doing wild stunts in the name of ratings. But during the 2013 holy month of Ramadan (which ran from July 9 to August 7), a time when shows in the Islamic world fight for ratings, Hussain unveiled his most audacious stunt yet: He gave away orphaned babies.

Although it appeared on the show that the babies were given away as prizes, the families were approved and fully vetted beforehand. Although this may seem like a controversial move, Amaan Ramazan may have actually saved these children’s lives. Babies are abandoned in Pakistan frequently, especially girls, who are seen by many as less desirable.

2 Cash Cab

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Cash Cab is a quiz show in which a cab driver lobs increasingly difficult trivia questions at taxi passengers while driving them to their destination. It has a three-strikes rule that dumps you on the sidewalk if you rack up three wrong answers during your ride.

The Canadian version of the show endured an ugly scandal in 2011, when the Cash Cab struck and killed a 61-year-old pedestrian in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fortunately for the fate of the show, the accident did not occur during filming, but later in the day when one of the show’s producers was bringing the cab back to a garage for the night.

There have been more than two dozen international versions of the program throughout the world. The American version went off the air in 2012.

1 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?


Who Wants To Be a Millionaire is notable for its “lifelines,” which contestants can use to seek help with a particularly tricky question. Although the lifelines have evolved somewhat throughout the run of the series, two of the common choices were “phone-a-friend” and “ask the audience.” Objectively, the best “phone-a-friend” moment occurred on November 19, 1999, when John Carpenter called his father while answering the million-dollar question. Carpenter didn’t need help—he just wanted to tell his dad he was going to win. And he did, becoming the first million-dollar winner in the US version of the show.

In “ask the audience,” the audience is prompted to provide their answer to the question, usually leaving the contestant with a clear majority choice. In the American version of the show, this is typically the correct answer. However, audiences in international renditions of the show can be quite fickle, instead choosing to troll the contestant and provide the wrong answer intentionally. This has been observed in the French version, and especially in the Russian version.

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Located in the trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass) neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York is One Main Street; a 126-unit loft conversion by David Walentas (creator of the DUMBO neighbourhood) in 1998. The former cardboard box factory was originally built in 1915 and features a beautiful clock tower.

Walentas renamed it the Clocktower Building with the pièce de résistance being a 3-floor penthouse spanning over 6,813 square feet (633 sq. m) and defined by four 14-ft glass clocks on every wall. The three bedroom, 3.5 bathroom penthouse offers 360-degree views, soaring 16-50 ft ceilings, a glass-enclosed private elevator and a skyroof cabana and open deck.

The property was first listed in 2009 for a cool $25 million but has remained unsold on the market, unable to find a buyer willing to purchase what would be the most expensive property ever bought in Brooklyn. In 2011 the property was re-listed for $23.5 million and was also offered as a $50,000/month rental.

In 2012 the list price was again dropped to $19 million but no suitors were found. This year, Corcoran Group Real Estate is handling the listing with an asking price of $18 million. If you or anyone you know might be interested, feel free to contact them direct.

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Are you tired of the big city life? Hey, it’s not for everybody. Not only is it expensive, but you’ll be cramped in a small place with thousands of other people. Luckily, there is a solution for you.

There are houses that exist all over the world that are energy efficient, beautiful and (best of all): secluded. These incredible houses were built right into nature. Check out these sweet houses built into the sides of mountains:

1.) Have dinner near the creek.

2.) Let’s hope there are never any big waves here.

3.) Imagine the view from here.

4.) Any house with a pool is awesome.

5.) This looks more alien-like.

6.) The grass is always greener.

7.) Why climb a mountain? I’ll just live in one.

8.) This house is soooo underground.

9.) Can’t forget that satellite TV.

10.) How do you even get here?

11.) When it snows, you can sled right from your window.

12.) Nice and shady.

13.) Better hope that foundation holds up.

14.) A whole mountain neighborhood!

15.) Slide on down to your home!

Yea, I want that. All of that. If you want to escape the big city shuffle, share this post and get back to your roots, by living in one of these awesome mountain houses.

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If it weren’t for music we would undoubtedly have a very dull existence. The way it affects emotion, moods, and conveys ideas make it one of the most powerful and intimate artistic mediums in the world. We identify with the music we like and through it feel a connection with the people who wrote it. Although we all have our personal tastes there are some pieces and genres that are almost objectively above the rest. These are the men behind those pieces. These are 25 of the most celebrated composers in history.

25. Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven started going deaf at the turn of the century and it became sadly apparent that he could not always hear what he played. After 1819, all conversations with him had to be written down.

24. Antonio Vivaldi

Like Mozart, Vivaldi died in poverty, in an unmarked grave. Both composers were similar in how they achieved greatness in their composition and popularity, yet failed to secure financial greatness.

23. Aaron Copland

Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, he was widely known as “the dean of American composers”.

22. Franz Joseph Haydn

Anyone who can write 108 symphonies makes this list.

21. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Interesting fact: he hated writing The Nutcracker, undoubtedly his most famous work.

20. Carl Nielson

Undoubtedly Denmark’s most famous composer he went against his roots and added foreign, romantic flavors to his music.

19. Gustav Mahler

Sometimes called “the symphonist of death”, he only wrote 9 complete symphonies, all of which are centered around death and the afterlife.

18. Johannes Brahms

One of the finest musical craftsmen of all time, he wrote 4 symphonies which are among the most recorded repertoire ever.

17. Franz Liszt

Liszt was the greatest pianist of all time. He sightread Grieg’s Piano Concerto, playing it perfectly the first time.

16. Modest Mussorgsky

Well known for his smash hit,Night on Bald Mountain, which is the #3 most recorded orchestral piece in history.

15. Frederic Chopin

As a pianist, Chopin was ranked among the greatest artists of his epoch, such as Kalkbrenner, Liszt, Thalberg and Herz, but, in contrast to them, he disliked public performances and appeared rarely and rather unwillingly.

14. Leonard Bernstein

His incredibly popularWest Side Storycombines Jazz, Classical, Puerto Rican and Romantic elements. How could he not make the list?

13. Franz Schubert

Sometimes called the greatest songwriter of all time.

12. Dmitri Shostakovich

Shostakovich himself got into trouble with the goverment for his opera ‘Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District’ (he was made an “Enemy of the People”). They said it was ‘coarse, primitive and vulgar’ and it was banned for almost 30 years!

11. Richard Wagner

In spite of his supposedly less than amiable personality he managed to write the single most famous masterpiece in opera history: The Ring Cycle.

10. Gyorgy Ligeti

A Hungarian-born composer who stands out from the rest of the post-war European avant-garde.

9. Johann Sebastian Bach

He perfected every style of music which existed in his day.

8. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The most gifted musical genius in history, the most famous genius in any field in history, and the perfecter of Classical music had to make the list.

7. John Williams

Williams places above Mozart on this list simply because he is more recent – relatable to modern times – and he wrote the single highest grossing film score ever: Star Wars.

6. Alexander Scriabin

This Russian was born with synesthesia, an extremely rare mental condition where a color is associated with music.

5. Steven Schwartz

His musicalWickedgrossed $56 million its first year on Broadway.

4. Igor Stravinsky

If you have an hour to spare, listen to The Rite of Spring, then you’ll understand. At its premier in 1913, people were so upset by its dissonant harmonies, obtuserhythms, and the fact that the story is of a young girl dancing herself to death, that the most infamous riot in France’s history was started.

3. Bela Bartok

Some say he was the first great ethnomusicologist, and he also pioneered many new string playing techniques.

2. Ennio Morricone

Although he did not ever have as big a hit as John Williams’ Star Wars, Morricone has been named the most successful movie soundtrack composer ever by several musicologists.

1. Andrew Lloyd Webber

The most successful and popular composer in history. His career on Broadway culminated in the 1986 premier of The Phantom of the Opera, which has gone on to become the most popular piece of entertainment of any kind in history, still touring throughout the world to this day. Throughout its 27 year lifespan, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed more than $5.6 billion and been seen by more than 130 million people.

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No one ever said we’ll never feel like royals.

1. Having Fresh Flowers

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There’s no better way to brighten up your home than by adding a few colorful blooms. Even a cheap $5 bunch goes a long way. Spread the cheer by splitting up a bouquet and putting some in each room.

2. This $11 Italian Showerhead

This $11 Italian Showerhead

People who have this showerhead LOVE it. One person bought two so they can take it with them when they travel. For less than the price of lunch, this baby will turn shoddy water pressure into a spa-like experience. Get it here.

3. Buying New Socks

Buying New Socks


They will be soft. They will both match. They will be clean. Studies show that changing into fresh socks in the middle of the day can be zen-like and stress-reducing.

4. Splurging on a Fancy Cuppa

Splurging on a Fancy Cuppa


It feels more extravagant to get one $5 extra-cream-jumbo-mocha Latte every so often than a basic $3 cup of joe every day. You can make up for it by BYOing for the rest of the week. Go grande or go home.

5. Buying a New Toothbrush

Buying a New Toothbrush

Even better — buy a pretty one. This company makes one that’s a three-in-one deal: Biodegradable bamboo brushes are better for the environment, good for your oral health, and for each one you purchase, they donate one to a child in need.

6. Adding a Water Filter to Your Shower

Adding a Water Filter to Your Shower

Even if you live in a city with good water, this will make it better. Softer skin and hair, plus less buildup which means less cleaning. All for <$25. Get it here.

7. Getting Bulk Candy

Getting Bulk Candy

It’s like having an entire convenience store in your house. It’s a DIY adult Halloween. “Which candy would you like?” “Yes, please.” Get it here.

8. Putting Your Kitchen Sponge in This Holder

Putting Your Kitchen Sponge in This Holder

No more soggy sponge, hidden somewhere under three weeks worth of crusty pans. No more mildew. You might still be washing your own dishes, but nothing will transform the experience like this inexpensive and genius invention. Get one here.

9. Using Cloth Napkins


Even leftovers will feel like a five-star affair if you replace paper towels with cloth napkins. Bonus points if you fold them into something fancy. Learn how here.

10. Leaving an Extra-Big Tip

Leaving an Extra-Big Tip


Give your Barista an extra couple bucks for making your mornings bearable. Or leave an extra fiver on your dinner tip. In the grand scheme of things it’s a cheap way to brighten both your and your server’s day.

11. Scoring a Last-Minute Theater Ticket

Scoring a Last-Minute Theater Ticket

Nothing says “bourgeois” like listening to a lady in a ball gown sing loudly in a language you don’t understand. Many theaters and opera houses have day-of or “rush” tickets for productions that are steeply discounted.

12. Saying “Yes” to a $1 Donation

Saying "Yes" to a $1 Donation

We’re programmed to say “no” to any additional purchase when we’re standing in line, but saying “yes” to a small charitable donation can actually make you feel like you’re splurging on something that matters.

13. Getting Something Tailored

Getting Something Tailored

You might not have a couturier on speed dial but you can get that custom-fit feeling for way less than you might think. Dry cleaners and tailors will often take up hems or take in coats or shirts for $10 or $15.

14. Having Fresh Berries

Having Fresh Berries

Out-of-season fruit can be hella expensive. Downright criminal, even. But in the middle of winter, when everything including your food starts to look that same sad brown color, having a box of bright colorful berries all to yourself is totally worth spending out on.

15. Using Fancy Salon Hair Products

Using Fancy Salon Hair Products

Most hair-care products are supposed to be used in tiny doses, so a $20–30 investment can make you and your hair feel fancy-schmancy for a long time.

16. Getting a Manicure

Getting a Manicure

Noble men and women have been getting manicures for over 5,000 years. But this luxurious status symbol has come a long way from the Ming Dynasty days of solid-gold nail clippers. Splurging on a cheap manicure will make you feel like a true royal.

17. Buying a Travel-Sized Bottle of Your Favorite Lotion

Buying a Travel-Sized Bottle of Your Favorite Lotion

Keep it in your backpack or purse and you can have never-worked-a-day-in-your-life hands anytime you want. Plus, they’re so cuuuuuttte.

18. Getting Your Shoes Shined

Getting Your Shoes Shined

Most department stores, like Nordstrom, actually have in-store shoeshine departments. You could also buy some $5 shoe polish and DIY for an even cheaper splurge. Go ahead, kick up your heels.

19. Ordering Dessert

Ordering Dessert

Give yourself permission for a final course when you’re eating out. Better yet — eat dinner at home and go out just for dessert. You’ll feel like a million bucks for (slightly) less than a million calories.

20. Springing for a Fun-cercize Class

Springing for a Fun-cercize Class

From SoulCycling to sword fighting to trampoline jumping, there are some crazy ways to get in shape. Investing in a trial class for something exciting is a better splurge than that cheap gym membership that never gets used.

21. Putting Your Bath Products in Pretty Matching Bottles

Putting Your Bath Products in Pretty Matching Bottles

This cheap DIY is a great way to make your bathroom feel like a luxury spa. See how to do it here.

22. Getting Something Monogrammed

Getting Something Monogrammed

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Chairs. Bags. Shoes. Stationary. Bloomers. Fingernails. Give your [insert literally any item] some Victorian flair with a monogrammed personalization.

23. Giving Someone a “Just Because” Gift

Giving Someone a "Just Because" Gift

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Channel Daddy Warbucks, without the war. Give someone you know a gift just because. For just a few bucks you can brighten someone’s day.

24. Getting a Blowout

Getting a Blowout

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Nothing says royal treatment like someone else washing your hair for you. A simple blowout can be had for around $25–30. Treat yourself.

25. Using a Sharp Knife

Using a Sharp Knife

One good sharp knife is better than a whole block of dull ones. You can get good quality blades for less than $25 here. Or, if you’re brave, get a knife-sharpener and never have a dull blade again.

26. Carrying Disposable Screen Cleaning Wipes

Carrying Disposable Screen Cleaning Wipes

Every time your wipe your computer/phone/tablet/glasses you’ll feel like they’re basically brand new. Get some here.

27. Subscribing to a Monthly Gift Box


For $10–20 you can get exciting gifts delivered to you or someone you love. It’s like having a birthday every month. There are subscriptions for any interest, from beauty to snacks to cycling to socks.

28. Wearing Fancy Underwear

Wearing Fancy Underwear

Give your tush the royal treatment with some fancy new undergarments.

29. Ordering an Overpriced Glass of Wine

Ordering an Overpriced Glass of Wine

It might cost more than the whole bottle, but something about having someone else pour it for you feels totally posh.

30. Buying an Actual Magazine

Buying an Actual Magazine

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In the digital age, buying printed magazines and newspapers feels like a thing of the past. But getting a hard copy version of your favorite publication can also feel like a treat.

31. Using a Pretty Tea Cup/Coffee Mug


For the price of two fancy lattes, you can get a beautiful cup to have at home. Get them here.

32. Having Soft Toilet Paper

Having Soft Toilet Paper

Two words: Two-Ply.

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Whether she’s using a 1946 version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to create Tom and Huck on a river raft or a book about the migratory birds of the East Coast to create a Duck Dynasty piece, Jodi Harvey-Brown tears books apart to create incredible sculptures depicting scenes from the very books she’s just destroyed.

After spontaneously creating her first sculpture from a tattered book she found in an old box of used books, the Pennsylvania artist had found her niche. While she normally shapes her own characters from the pages of the books, she occasionally uses the illustrations in the books as the characters in the scene she’s constructing, breathing new life into the original content of the books.

Harvey-Brown sells her fantastic, whimsical creations on Etsy and even takes custom orders, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, she’d be glad to help you out…

Treasure Island

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Game of Thrones

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The Wind in the Willows

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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The Little Mermaid

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Minas Tirith, from Lord of the Rings

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The Old Man and the Sea

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Through the Looking Glass

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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Chroma The Great from The Phantom Tollbooth

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Gifts from the Sea

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The Millenium Falcon from Star Wars Heir to the Empire

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The Lives of the Great Composers

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Bambi, A Life in the Woods

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The Wizard of Oz

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Pride and Prejudice

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Edgar Allan Poe

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The Book of Jazz – From Then Till Now

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Duck Dynasty

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Scuba Diver

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Parisian Bridge

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Hot Air Balloon

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Sailing Home

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1. Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was originally written for Celine Dion.
2. The song “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia is actually a cover. The original is by Ednaswap.
3. “Tainted Love” is a cover as well. The original is by Gloria Jones and came out in 1964.
4. ALSO “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is a cover by some dude. The original is by a guy named Robert Hazard.
5. One last one: “I Love Rock & Roll” is a cover. It was originally by The Arrows, not Joan Jett.
6. The song “Sweet Child of Mine” was written in five minutes.

7. The song “Like a Virgin” is actually about a guy getting over a breakup.
8. Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” is actually about anal sex.
9. The song “Summer of 69” by Bryan Adams is about 69’ing, like, sexually. In this interview, he said: “Some parts [of the song] are autobiographical, but the title comes from the idea of 69 as a metaphor for sex. Most people thought it was about the year 1969.”
10. Serial killer Aileen Wuornos was obsessed with Natalie Merchant’s “Carnival.” She requested they play it at her funeral.

11. Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” is about a man trying to convince a Catholic girl to lose her virginity to him.
12. Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel” is about heroin addiction.
13. The song “Closing Time” by Semisonic is not about closing a bar, it’s about the birth of the lead singer’s daughter.
14. “Zombie” by The Cranberries is about terrorism in Northern Ireland.
15. “Slide” by The Goo Goo Dolls is about abortion.

16. “Brick” by Ben Folds Five is also about abortion.
17. And “The Freshman” by The Verve Pipe is about abortion as well.
18. Shel Silverstein wrote “A Boy Named Sue.”
19. “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It” was written by Nas.
20. The song “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” samples this YouTube video of a girl stacking cups. “OH MY GOSH.”

21. Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” was written by Pharrell for Michael Jackson’s final album, Invincible.
22. “…Baby One More Time” was rejected by TLC.
23. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was supposed to be a Britney Spears song.
24. Leona Lewis was originally supposed to sing Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
25. “Toxic” was intended for Kylie Minogue, not Britney Spears.
26. Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” was written for Janet Jackson.
27. “Semi-Charmed Life” is about a couple on a crystal meth binge.

28. “1985” by Bowling for Soup is originally by the band SR-71.
29. “Red Red Wine” by UB40 was originally recorded by Neil Diamond
30. Prince wrote Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

31. “The Way” by Fastball is about an elderly couple who went missing and were later found dead in a ravine.
32. Bruce Springsteen wrote “Blinded by the Light.”
33. “Since U Been Gone” was turned down by Pink and Hilary Duff before Kelly Clarkson recorded it.
34. Bruno Mars wrote CeeLo Green’s “Fuck You.”
35. “Me and Mr. Jones” by Amy Winehouse is about Nas.

36. Avril Lavigne helped write the Kelly Clarkson song “Breakaway.” It was meant to go on Avril’s first album, the one with “Sk8er Boi” and “Complicated,” but it didn’t really fit with her image.
37. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston was originally supposed to be for Janet Jackson.
38. Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” was written for S Club 7.
39. Jesse McCartney wrote Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.”
40. Frank Ocean wrote the Justin Bieber song “Bigger.”

41. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was written by Otis Redding. You can listen to his version here.
42. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette is about Dave Coulier (from Full House).
43. “Ben” by Michael Jackson was originally intended for Donny Osmond.
44. Eve 6’s “Here’s to the Night” is about a one-night stand.
45. Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” was originally intended for Rihanna.
46. “Bad” was originally supposed to be a duet between Michael Jackson and Prince.

47. The song “Hey Ya” by Outkast is actually about a man stuck in a loveless relationship.
48. The DMB song “Crash” is sung from the perspective of a peeping tom.
49. “Disturbia” by Rihanna was originally a Chris Brown song.
50. Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” MAY actually be about his then-fling, Elle Macpherson.
51. Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” is about his then-girlfriend, Rosanna Arquette.
52. Lori Lieberman wrote “Killing Me Softly,” not Roberta Flack.
53. Shania Twain or Faith Hill were both given the opportunity to record Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable.”

54. “Candle in the Wind” was originally written about Marilyn Monroe but rewritten about Princess Diana when she was killed and titled “Goodbye England’s Rose.”
55. Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” is about birth control. Bob Marley didn’t want his girlfriend to take birth control pills. The doctor who prescribed the pills was the sheriff.
56. The song “There She Goes” by Sixpence None the Richer is about heroin. The song was actually originally by The La’s too.
57. LFO’s “Girl on TV” is about Jennifer Love Hewitt.
58. Usher’s “Burn” is about Chilli from TLC.
59. The song “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani was written in response to something Courtney Love said about Gwen in Seventeen magazine.
60. Madonna’s “Take a Bow” is reportedly about Sean Penn.

61. “Hero” by Mariah Carey was originally intended for Gloria Estefan.
62. Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” was originally written for Britney Spears. You can listen to Britney’s demo here.
63. Prince wrote The Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”
64. The song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is not about an LSD trip. It’s about a painting John Lennon’s son drew for him.
65. Prince’s song “1999” is about nuclear war.

Note: Some of these have been corrected and changed thanks in part to readers like you.

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