Now You Know

How many movies are made annually in Hollywood?

There hasn’t been a movie made in Hollywood since 1911, when, fed
up with ramshackle sets and the chaotic influence of hordes of actors
and crews, the town tossed out the Nestor Film Company and wrote an
ordinance forbidding the building of any future studios. Even so, the
magic of the name was already established, and so the industry we call
Hollywood grew up around that little town in such places as Burbank,
Santa Monica, and Culver City — but not in Hollywood.

Why do we call Academy Awards “Oscars”?

Since 1928, the Academy Awards have been issued by the American
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for excellence in
filmmaking. The statuettes were nicknamed “Oscar” in 1931 by
Margaret Herrick, a secretary at the academy who, upon seeing one
for the first time, exclaimed, “Why it looks just like my uncle Oscar.”
Her uncle was Oscar Pierce, a wheat farmer.

Who was Mona Lisa in da Vinci’s famous masterpiece?

Although it’s known as the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous
painting was originally titled La Giaconda. Painted on wood, it’s a portrait
of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine merchant. X-rays
reveal that Leonardo sketched three different poses before settling on
the final design. The painting of Lisa has no eyebrows because it was
the fashion of the time for women to shave them off.

What is the most popular rock and roll song in history?

Because the lyrics in the Kingsmen’s 1963 recording of the song “Louie,
Louie” were unintelligible, people thought they were dirty, and
although they weren’t, a U.S. congressional investigation assured the
song’s enduring success. Since being sold by its author, Richard Berry,
for $750 in 1957, “Louie, Louie” has been recorded by nearly one thousand
different performers and sold an estimated quarter-billion copies.

Who owns the song “Happy Birthday”?

“Happy Birthday” began as “Good Morning Dear Children” and was
written by educators Mildred and Patty Hill in 1893. In 1924, a
publisher changed the opening line to “Happy Birthday to You” and
it became a ritual to sing the song to anyone celebrating his or her
birthday. In 1934, after hearing the song in a Broadway musical, a
third Hill sister, Jessica, sued the show and won. The Hill family
was thereafter entitled to royalties whenever the melody was performed

From The Book Titled "Now You Know" by Doug Lennox