In the movie Tron, Jeff Bridges filled out his computer outfit a little bit too much.
The bulge of his crotch was too big, and he was forced to wear a dance belt to conceal it.
A similar thing happened years later with Brandon Routh in the new Superman movie; in that case, his crotch was made smaller with computers.
Though the film itself was an initial failure, the arcade video games based on the movie were a great success.
They actually out-grossed the film! The cult success to the movie led to Tron Legacy, which was released a couple of decades later!
Stock brokers slide their fingers under their nose to signal Deutsche Bank. It's origin? Hitler's mustache!
Hand signaling is a system of hand signals used on financial trading floors to communicate buy and sell information in what is called an open outcry trading environment. This system is used at financial exchanges like at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the American Stock Exchange or AMEX.
The AMEX is the only U.S. Stock market to allow the transmission of buy and sell orders through hand signals. Traders usually flash the signals quickly across a room to make a sale or a purchase. Signals that occur with palms facing out and hands away from the body are an indication the gesturer wishes to sell. When traders face their palms in and hold their hands up, they are gesturing to buy. Numbers one through five are gestured on one hand with the fingers pointing directly upwards.
To indicate six through ten, the hand is held sideways, parallel to the ground. Counting starts from six when the hand is held in this way. Numbers gestured from the forehead are blocks of ten, blocks of hundreds and thousands can be indicated by repeatedly touching the forehead with a closed fist.
The signals can otherwise be used to indicate months, specific trade option combinations, or additional market information. Some hand signaling also refers to a specific brokerage firm. For instance, the finger across the upper lip known as the Hitler Mustache signifies the Deutsche Bank.
Viggo Mortensen has been around Hollywood since the 1980s. He was relatively unknown until he landed the part of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the early 2000s. The films shot him to fame and he became a sex symbol. His role in A History of Violence brought him critical acclaim and even more love from the ladies.
Viggo is a really artsy guy. Apart from acting he has many artistic talents. He is a poet, a photographer, painter, and musician. In 2002, he even founded Perceval Press where they publish little-known artists and authors. He has experienced many different cultures growing up in Argentina, New York, Venezuela, and Denmark.
As an adult he lived throughout Europe for two years until settling back in the U.S. to pursue acting. With the help of Perceval Press, Viggo's published a lot of his own work. So far he's published 17 works of poetry, photography, and painting. Viggo also loves music. Since 1994, he has released 16 albums. He's even collaborated with Buckethead on some of his albums. He is also a political activist and backs different candidates including Barack Obama for presidency.
Near Tiruchi, India is the Grand Anicut dam. The people are pushing for it to be recognized with a World Heritage status. The dam was built 2,000 years ago and is still standing and functioning today.
The dam is an engineering marvel and was built by Chola King Karikalan during the first century. The dam is one of the oldest water diversions or water regulating structures in the world in use. The dam is massive and built with uneven stones 329 meters long and 20 meters wide on the river Cauvery. Engineers, historians, and tourists alike come to visit the dam, but little is actually known about it's history.
They do know the main reason for the dam being built was to divert water from the river to the lands for irrigating crops by way of canals. When it was built, it irrigated about 69,000 acres of land and today it brings water to over one million acres. Other dams have been built in replication of the Grand Anicut dam since it's creation.
Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators, or RTGs, are used to power NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. RTGs have no moving parts that can break down or wear out and therefore are known for being extremely reliable.
They generate electrical power to the spacecraft by converting heat generated by the decay of plutonium -238 fuel into electricity by using something called thermocouples. Altogether, thermocouples have been used for a combined time of over 300 years in RTGs and remarkably they have never ceased to generate power.
Other things that use thermocouples are air conditioning units, fridges, and medical thermometers. They are most used, as seen in the examples, for temperature regulating devices. They are simply made with two plates of two different metals that conduct electricity when joined by closing off the electrical circuit and kept at different temperatures.