Tuesday, 31 May 2016

C & H

Calvin and Hobbes

Just Do What YOU Want

The majority of UK GPs disagree with the UK chief medical officer that there is “no safe level of alcohol consumption”, according to an independent survey carried out by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Of the 1,006 GPs surveyed by medeConnect on behalf of Camra, 60% said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” disagree within the statement: “There is no safe level of alcohol consumption”. This compared to 30% who said they strongly or somewhat agree with the statement.

The survey also found that almost two thirds (63%) of the GPs agreed that moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle. This compared to 23% who disagreed that moderate alcohol could be part of a healthy lifestyle.

Earlier this year the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, issued new alcohol guidance that recommended both men and women should drink no more than 14 units a week – the equivalent of six pints of average strength beer or seven glasses of wine a week.

However Dame Davies also stated that there was “no safe level of alcohol consumption”, with a single glass of wine serving to increase the risk of cancer.

The new guidelines were also criticised for being “out of line” with Europe, where recommended alcohol limits are much higher. Compared to the UK’s 14 units, the US advises 24.5, France 26, Italy 31.5 and Spain 35 units a week.

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), criticised the government’s lack of consultation with the trade regarding the new guidelines, which have made producers’ recent efforts to improve unit labelling on their products pointless given that such labelling is now inaccurate.

Various UK trade bodies, including the Portman Group, the British Beer and Pub Association and the WSTA are now looking to challenge the guidelines. CAMRA is now calling on the Department of Health to launch a full public consultation into whether the new alcohol health guidelines are fit for purpose and “adequately supported by evidence”.

“We made the observation when the new guidelines were published that the Chief Medical Officers had ignored evidence which showed that moderate drinking can have a beneficial effect,” said CAMRA’s national chairman, Colin Valentine.

“Only recently, we commissioned a report from Oxford University ‘Friends on Tap’ which found that those who had frequented a local pub were happier, healthier and felt more integrated in their communities than those without. Furthermore, research has shown that the mortality rate of moderate drinkers is lower than those who abstain altogether. It therefore is no surprise that this survey has illustrated that GPs overwhelmingly believe that a moderate consumption of alcohol can be part of a good and healthy lifestyle.”


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We Had it Hard?

Councillors in Seoul have been criticised over a move to allow "cram schools" to teach secondary school pupils until 11pm.
The privately run schools provide after-hours tuition, sometimes called "shadow education", to prepare students for exams. In Seoul they can currently teach until 10pm, but the city council thinks that's not enough, the Korea Times reports.

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Viz Bits

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Peaky Blinders

One of the best shows around- can't wait for series 3.

Peaky Blinders is a series based on the eponymous gang that may or may not have terrorized Birmingham, England after World War I. Cillian Murphy stars as Tommy Shelby, the leader of the Peaky Blinders, and the series was created by Steven Knight, who co-created Who Wants to be a Millionaire? almost two decades ago. The British production has gained more and more American fans thanks to an exclusive distribution deal with Netflix (not to mention the addition of Tom Hardy to its cast in season two). Just in time for the third season premiere, we've gathered up some eye-opening facts about Peaky Blinders.

1. STEVEN KNIGHT BASED THE SERIES ON A STORY HIS FATHER TOLD HIM.

"One of the stories that really made me want to write Peaky Blinders is one my dad told me," show creator Steven Knight explained. "He said that when he was eight or nine his dad gave him a message on a piece of paper and said 'go and deliver this to your uncles.' His uncles were the Sheldons, who eventually became the Shelbys. Even though the history books say the Peaky Blinders were only around until the 1890s, they weren’t—people in Small Heath knew these people as Peaky Blinders."

2. THE TERM "PEAKY BLINDERS" MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ITS ORIGINS IN A VIOLENT TRADITION.

Some believe the gang's name came from the fact that they reportedly sewed razor blades into the peaks of their caps, for the purposes of rendering their victims temporarily or permanently blind when head-butting them. Not everyone agrees with this theory; some historians believe the name simply came from the gang's flat caps with stiff peaks (and that they mainly committed violence by way of their metal-tipped boots, belt buckles, and knives).

3. SAM NEILL GOT SOME HELP WITH HIS ACCENT FROM LIAM NEESON.

Sam Neill, who plays Belfast detective Chester Campbell, was born in Northern Ireland, but moved to New Zealand when he was seven years old. "They (the producers) said not to have too strong an accent because we need to be understood, but the Northern Ireland accent is very challenging," Neill told the BBC. "I probably had one, but it was well beaten out of me in the playground in New Zealand, there's not a trace of it now. But I enlisted the help of my friends James Nesbitt and Liam Neeson."

4. HELEN MCCRORY GOT SOME HELP FROM OZZY OSBOURNE.

Helen McCrory said she learned how to speak with a Birmingham accent by watching "endless" clips of Ozzy Osbourne; the Black Sabbath vocalist is one of the English city's most famous natives. Cillian Murphy, meanwhile, learned the accent on "quite a drunken Saturday" with Knight at the real Garrison pub.

5. KNIGHT WOULDN'T KNOW IF PEAKY BLINDERS IS LIKE BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE WIRE, OR ANY OTHER PRESTIGE DRAMA IT HAS BEEN COMPARED TO.

Knight, who has written every episode of the series, makes a point not to watch a lot of television shows or movies, for fear that they might influence his work. "I've never seen The Wire, I’ve never seen Boardwalk Empire," he told Den of Geek. "I don’t really want to be looking at other people’s work because it does affect what you do inevitably ... And film as well. I try not to watch [movies]. I know, it’s very weird. Previously, I’ve always pretended, especially in Hollywood when you go in and they say ‘It’s a film a bit like so and so’ and you go ‘Oh yeah, yeah, yeah’ and I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got no idea what you’re talking about."

6. CILLIAN MURPHY HAS HAD TO SMOKE A LOT OF CIGARETTES.

Though Murphy is rarely seen without a cigarette in his mouth in Peaky Blinders, the actor himself is a non-smoker. "I don’t smoke but people did smoke all day and night then," Murphysaid. "I use herbal rose things, they’re like my five a day! I asked the prop guys to count how many we use during a series and it’s 3000."

7. THE TIMELINE CAN BE CONFUSING TO THE ACTORS.

Since the series is not filmed in chronological order, it sometimes feels to Murphy that Tommy gets unstuck in time. “We could be doing episode four in the morning and the finale in the afternoon," Murphy explained of shooting the third season. “It was an incredibly mindf***ing shoot, so I got our director Tim Mielants to draw up four A4 sheets which I put up in my trailer about where Tommy was going, where he was at with the Russians at any point. I needed it to figure out what the hell was going on.”

8. ALL OF THE VISUAL REFERENCES TO HELL ARE INTENTIONAL.

"The use of flames in the first episode is very deliberate," Colm McCarthy, who directed all of the the second season, told Den of Geek. "The first time that we see The Garrison, we have this huge fireball. The next time we go there, Tommy is there and he’s got a flame whooshing behind him. We open that shot on fire, and then we end the episode with Tommy in that deep angle with that flame going in the background and he’s in a pit. Absolutely, there’s definitely a sense of hell. That’s very deliberate."

9. IT COULD HAVE STARRED JASON STATHAM

Knight directed Jason Statham in the 2013 film Redemption, and the writer-director was anxious to re-team with the actor on Peaky Blinders. Though Knight wouldn't say which character he wanted Statham for, he told Den of Geek that he approached Statham about starring in the series. "But it was difficult because obviously he’s so committed elsewhere," Knight said. "He’s such a great, great guy. He’s such a good bloke and such a nice bloke, as well as all the stuff that goes with it, he’s a really nice bloke."

10. MICHAEL GRAY AND JOHN SHELBY ARE BROTHERS IN REAL LIFE.

Finn Cole, who plays Michael Gray, has his brother Joe (who plays John Shelby) to thank for his role in Peaky Blinders. "[Joe] got the script ... and we were chatting about it," Finnexplained. "I never really had the intention of auditioning for it, I was still at college at the time doing my A levels and I had to concentrate on them and then the following week after I had read it ... I was really bored and I just thought ‘you know what? I’m going to give Joe a call and see what he says.'" Joe told his brother that they were doing open auditions in Birmingham, but Finn couldn't afford the train ticket. So Joe suggested he tape an audition and he would set it along to his own agent. "We sent it to his agent and he sent it on to the casting director and it went from there," according to Finn. "I had a couple of meetings and before I knew it I was on set, which was a crazy couple of months, but it was really exciting and really good fun as well. For his part, Joe said that Finn "kept nagging" him about getting an audition.

11. THE SERIES HAS SOME CELEBRITY FANS.

David Bowie was a major fan of the show; he sent a photo of himself with razor blades in his cap to Cillian Murphy one year before his passing. He also sent a representative from his music label to Knight to play his album, Blackstar, a week before the public even knew it existed. His music will be featured in the show's third season.
Snoop Dogg is also a dedicated viewer. He even arranged for a three-hour meeting at a hotel with Knight when he was in London. "We spent like three hours in St Martin's Lane Hotel just building joints and he's talking about how the show reminds him of how he got into gang culture," Knight told the Independent. "It's incredible, I mean I don't know where the connection is but it's really taking off. It was surreal. We've kept in touch."

12. KNIGHT HAS REVEALED WHEN THE SERIES WILL END.

The show will conclude with the sounding of the World War II air raid sirens. "That ending is definitely the ambition, whether we get there or not I don't know," Knight said. "I do want it to be the story of a family between two wars."
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Human Rights

Ryanair migrants desperation
Aid agencies are deeply worried about the wellbeing of refugees after human traffickers have begun using budget airlines to move them.
Sara Pahor, an aid co-ordinator for the UN, told reporters, “In an attempt to circumvent the authorities and cut costs, traffickers are using no-frills airlines such as Ryanair to transport them.
“These desperate migrants must endure inhumane and squalid conditions with inadequate leg room for many, many hours.
“This group of Libyans is severely malnourished, dehydrated and has been left dangerously confused by the luggage tariff system.
“Many have endured half a day being sat next to a stag party coming back from Corfu.
“And because they were using Ryanair, they still had a three hour onwards journey even after they thought they’d arrived at their planned destination.”
The efforts of several humanitarian organisations and the navies of a number of European countries have been largely successful in intercepting and protecting the lives of refugees and migrants as they make dangerous boat crossings into western Europe.
This, of course, has forced smuggling gangs to use ever more desperate means of transport.
Faisal, a refugee from Syria, told us, “Even after paying for the crossing, the criminal bosses demanded huge bribes.
“I had to pay extra because I didn’t check in online, and also because I was unable to fit all my worldly possessions into a bag of sixty cubic centimetres or less, weighing not more than 35 kilos.
“I also had to pay 60 euros for a taxi to take me from our airport to the city centre.
“I’ll tell my brother to reconsider the P&O Ferries.”
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It's all in the Name- 3

Truth in advertising? (Source)


Is your AC cold enough? (Source)


If it wasn't for the smaller print, we'd have thought it was a porn theater. (Source)


We hear they give the best...manicures. (Source)

It's all in the Name- 2

With a name like that who wouldn't give these guys business? (Source)


It's a chain and despite its name seems to be a pretty well-loved eatery. (Source)


Yes, it's a real place, located in Ventura, CA and yes, they have changed the sign since, but we think still warranted inclusion on our list. (Source)

It's all in the Name- 1

It's probably someone's name, but still... (Source)


You wouldn't think the two would go together, but they really do. (Source)


There are a few Camel Tow towing companies, but we think this one has the most "in your face" advertising—for any company. Ever. (Source)

Oddee

Well Said

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Edgar Bergen(Charlie McCarthy)
US comedian & ventriloquist (1903 - 1978)

DYK?

The Haskell Free Library and Opera House straddles the Canadian and Vermont border.  The actors perform in Canada while most of the audience sits in the United States. There is even a painted line running through the building.

Tuesday Nightclub

We're doing rather well on the beer front and are now readily keeping off it for days at a time, venturing off to the Corner but twice a week.

We still come back to our Friday night out, a habit hard to break but a good time to meet up with the poor sods who have to work during the week and then we pick one more day as we fancy.

It could well be tonight as I am feeling thirsty.

IotD

Continual and ongoing upgrades.

Oi


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Bloody Upgrades

Having only installed Windows 10 yesterday, why is it necessary to upload even more stuff the very next day?  By doing so the laptop switched off during the night and it has taken forever to get everything up and running again.

Tesco (Lotus) Finest

We also have a small section of T-L's finest range where most of the lines are super expensive and no one even looks at as it costs far too much. However, when items are not shifting they drop the price to clear the shelves and that is when the fun starts.

We picked up a jar of Hollandaise sauce for THB 25, real chicken and white wine gravy for THB 20 and jars of curry sauce for THB 35.

Al items are best before 2017 so we have a few treats in store at very good prices indeed.

Why Always Me?

As I approach the check out counter in Big C, this gadgy sways over to me, grabs my arm and informs me his tube of mustard is a real bargain and it will go a treat with hot dogs.  In his other hand he is carrying a small bottle of local whiskey.  Need I say more?  Of course:

Pissed Up Gadgy:  "This mustard will be brilliant for my hot dogs"

Me attempting to use The Force to make him disappear and showing no stamina to resist engaging in conversation with him:  "That isn't mustard"

PUG:  "Yes it is"

M:  "Nope.  It says 'Remoulade" on the tube and in Germany it is a mayo based condiment for sea food similar to tartar sauce"- regretting the comment instantly.

PUG getting all excited at making contact with a member of the human race:  "I speak German"

M:  "No you don't or you would have called it mustard.  It will work however, so enjoy"- shut the fuck up you imbecile (to both parties in the conversation.

PUG:  "I also speak Dutch but I don't like them.  They are tightwads and didn't want to buy my helicopters"

Cue a long and very boring war story where he won it for America and they didn't even offer him a gold watch on his 35 year stint.

PUG:  "I also used to play squash"

M:  Where the fuck did that come from  "good for you, now please go away"- it made him even more determined.

PUG:  "Where are you from?"

M:  "England"- now deserving all I get for continuing this ghastly episode

PUG:  "I used to work there.  London, Manchester, Liverpool.  Have you met the Queen?"

M:  Ignoring him now as we were about to get served.

Cashier takes the bottle of whiskey and leaves to find the dooby that takes off security tags.

PUG:  "Come back, it's gone 11:00 I am legally entitled to buy that"

M:  "Behave yourself, she is merely talking the tag off.  Show some manners"

He looks at me and I am not even sure he remembers any of the conversation over the past ten minutes and I just hope no one else in the queue thinks we are together.

Not the best of trips to the supermarket...

Such Attention

The landlady arranged for a replacement fridge freezer without a murmur (and a jolly fine it is at that) and has now followed this up asking for a convenient time to get our air conditioning to be serviced.

It's rather nice to be on the other side of the fence for a change and be waited in hand and foot.

GWS Khun Ayr

Poor Khun Ayr couldn't make it yesterday as she wasn't feeling well at all.  We wish her a speedy recovery and not to worry about anything.  Seeing as we've been away in Siem Reap for the best part of a week the apartment has barely been used and all is fine.

Hopefully she will be back next week for business as usual.

Kelfiori?

Nope, means nowt to me either yet I had this word in my head when I woke up and can't imagine why.  I recall my nephew being very proud of owning a "Kelfiori" tie and my recoiling in horror when he informed me it was £30.

Thirty notes for a tie?  Are we even related?

Anyway, Google comes up nix so I am going to claim it as an Italian designer label and wait for the profits to roll in.

Or I could simply carry on dreaming.

Monday, 30 May 2016

C & H

Calvin and Hobbes

Think it So

The symptoms of sleep deprivation include anything from a headache and poor vision to a depleted sex drive.
But a 2014 study by psychology professor Kristi Erdal argues that the amount of sleep youthink you get may be more important than how much you actually get.
Erdal's research took 21 undergraduate students from Colorado College, gave them a five minute lesson on what constituted good sleep and bad sleep, and got them to report on how much they had slept the night before.
Students were connected to Biopac equipment, which they were told would measure their pulse, heart rate and brain frequency (only brain frequency was actually measured).

Findings showed that the students who were told they had slept well performed far better in cognitive tests than those who were told they had slept badly.

"When participants were informed that they had experienced below-average sleep quality the night before, they tended to perform worse on the test, regardless of how well they felt they had slept.
The observed pattern of cognitive functioning is consistent with what one might observe if participants had actually experienced a poor night’s sleep."

So...believing you've slept well is enough?

Erdal calls it "classical conditioning" which may also be why another study concluded that drinking a coffee placebo has a similar effect on brain function and concentration as a cup of real caffeinated coffee.
We should take the findings with a pinch of salt, though.
The NHS stresses that sleep deprivation can make you prone to serious medical conditions like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, and while it may vary from person-to-person, eight hours of sleep a night is the general rule for optimum health.
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Bang On

Britain is the most corrupt country in the world, according to journalist Roberto Saviano, who spent more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia.
Mr Saviano, who wrote the best-selling exposés Gomorrah andZeroZeroZero, made the comments at the Hay Literary Festival. The 36-year-old has been living under police protection since publishing revelations about members of the Camorra, a powerful Neapolitan branch of the mafia, in 2006.
He told an audience at Hay-on-Wye: “If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me well it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it’s the UK.
“It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital. 90 per cent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore.
“Jersey and the Cayman’s are the access gates to criminal capital in Europe and the UK is the country that allows it. That is why it is important why it is so crucial for me to be here today and to talk to you because I want to tell you , this is about you, this is about your life, this is about your government.”
TInd

Poor Taste Visual

29 Times Grammar Fails Made Things Totally Different. #6 Is Just Hilarious!

Marvellous

As the summer travel peak approaches, Britain’s biggest budget airline is cracking down on late-running passengers, The Independent can reveal.
EasyJet is imposing a new rule which means anyone trying to pass through the security barriers with less than 30 minutes before take-off will be prevented from getting “airside” and sprinting to the gate – and could end up paying £80 to switch to another flight.
More at TInd

My Photo

As frequent travellers this is a huge bone of contention when we have been waiting patiently upwards of two hours before take off.  It causes delay, pisses people off and gets ugly when stragglers start opening all the overhead lockers looking to stow their bags.

There is a reason they are closed, they are full and if you decide to move my back out to cram yours in, we will be having serious words.

Let's hope more companies follow suit and this idea "takes of".

Ar, Me 'Earties

Johnny Depp domestic abuse
A large number of Twitter users have urged fans to weigh up Johnny Depp’s alleged domestic abuse against the fact that he can do a really good pirate.
After a judge had granted Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, a restraining order based on the evidence placed before him, fans of Depp have insisted the judge was a little hasty.
Twitter user Deppismyman wrote, “Sure, hitting women isn’t great, but you didn’t see it actually happen yourself, did you, and also Johny was absolutely amazing in Pirates of the Caribbean.
“Remember, she could easily have punched herself in the face to get those bruises, and have you seen him in Donnie Brasco? The cheekbones on the man, breathtaking.
“At the end of the day, if you’re going to have a phone thrown at your face by anyone, who better to throw it than Edward Scissorhands himself?”
However, most movie fans have said the restraining order does not go far enough, considering Depp’s crimes.
Cinema regular Simon Williams told us, “Look; the man made The TouristMordecai andThe Lone Ranger; you can’t lock him up for long enough as far as I’m concerned.”
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Muppet-tastic

When The Muppets made their feature film debut in The Muppet Movie in 1979, the result was pure magic. The dreamy songs, innovative special effects, and bubbly characters all catapulted the flick to box office gold and widespread critical acclaim. (It also kicked off a beloved movie franchise that’s still chugging along today.) Here are some facts about how Jim Henson and director Jim Frawley made it all happen, and the famous faces you missed behind those puppets.

1. THE SET WAS SURPRISINGLY UNHAPPY.

The set of The Muppet Movie wasn't quite as sunny and cheerful as its lead characters, at least according to some who were there. Actor Austin Pendleton, who played Max, told The A.V. Club, “That was a very unhappy set, because Jim [Frawley] was very unhappy directing that movie. And I noticed that was the only time the Muppet people used an outside person to direct a Muppet movie. They never did that again. After that, it was either Jim Henson or Frank Oz. And I would have liked to have been in one of those, because those sets were very harmonious. But this was not.”

2. “THE RAINBOW CONNECTION” REQUIRED A DIVING BELL.


For the movie’s adored opening song, Henson had to find a way to operate Kermit while completely hiding himself in a swamp set. His solution was to fold himself into a custom-madediving bell placed in a water tank. And you should take the folding part quite literally. Because the tank was only four feet deep, the diving bell was correspondingly short; Henson, who was 6’3”, had to contort himself into the bell with his monitor. Then, he would stick his arm through a rubber tube to control Kermit. The whole scenario was so strange that it scared Henson’s 13-year-old son John when he visited the set.

3. FOUR PUPPETEERS AND A LITTLE PERSON DROVE THE STUDEBAKER.


The sequences where Fozzie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang cruise around in that old Studebaker seem effortless, but they were a logistical nightmare. Kermit and Piggy each required a puppeteer, Fozzie required two, they all needed monitors, and none of them could appear in the shot. So four men squeezed underneath the dashboard of the car with their video monitors to accomplish this movie magic—but the engineering didn’t stop there. Frawley told SF Gate that they also “had a little person in the back of the car, steering and driving. We had a video camera on the nose of the car so he could see where he was going.”

4. THAT STUDEBAKER IS NOW IN THE STUDEBAKER NATIONAL MUSEUM.

The 1951 Bullet Nose Studebaker Commander now belongs to the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana. The museum opened in 2005, but South Bend has curated Studebakers for much longer than that. Since the cars were manufactured in the city, the Studebaker Corporation donated its entire collection and archives to South Bend in 1966 after its final car was assembled. That’s how the museum wound up with 120-plus cars in its collection, including the prized Commander.

5. ORSON WELLES’S CHARACTER IS NAMED FOR THE PRODUCER.

Orson Welles appears briefly in the movie as producer Lew Lord, and that moniker was no accident. It was a nod to British producer Lew Grade, who got The Muppet Show on the air when all the American networks passed and executive produced The Muppet Movie. Also, he was an actual lord.

6. THE CREW HAD TO BUILD A 60-FOOT ANIMAL.

When Animal accidentally eats Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s Insta-Grow pills, he memorably balloons through the roof. Henson refused to use a normal puppet on a miniature set to accomplish this effect, so his crew had to construct a gigantic Animal head that measured 60 feet.

7. THE SHOOTING STAR WAS REALLY A CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT.


For the scene where Kermit has a desert revelation, Frawley wanted to include a shooting starin the night sky. So the crew attached a Christmas tree light to a wire on the sound stage and when they got the signal, shot it across the set.

8. DOC HOPPER WAS SUPPOSED TO EARN REDEMPTION.

Frank Oz and Jim Henson had a pretty harmonious working relationship, but they did disagree on one part of The Muppet Movie: the fate of villain/ Colonel Sanders caricature Doc Hopper (played by Charles Durning). Henson believed they should redeem Hopper in the end, proving that he wasn’t such a bad guy after all. But Oz didn’t share that idealistic view. As Brian Jay Jones recounted in Jim Henson: The Biography, Oz dismissed this as “bullsh*t.” And clearly, he won.

9. JIM HENSON AND FRANK OZ APPEARED AS TWO OF HOPPER’S MEN.


Henson and Oz voiced several Muppets in the movie, but they also played two of Doc Hopper’s nameless gunslingers in the western showdown scene. (They're simply billed as “Doc Hopper’s Men” in the credits.) See if you can spot them in the clip above.

10. THE FINALE FEATURED 250 PUPPETS.

Henson had a vision for the musical finale of The Muppet Movie, and that vision involved 250 puppets. He wasn’t content to fill the screen with placeholders, either; Henson wanted every single puppet actively participating in the number. To accomplish this feat, the production had to hire almost 150 extra performers through the Los Angeles Guild of Puppeteers of America. On the day of filming, everyone took their marks on the floor of an enormous pit and when Frawley shouted, “Muppets up!,” each person raised their Muppet(s) for the ambitious final number.

11. THOSE PUPPETEERS INCLUDED JOHN LANDIS AND TIM BURTON.

In an interview with The New York Times, director John Landis revealed that he was one of the many extras involved in the closing song. Frank Oz, who was busy handling Miss Piggy, asked him to fill in for Grover. But he wasn’t the only famous director in the pit. As Landis recalled, “Thirty years later, I was in a restaurant in Beverly Hills and got introduced to Tim Burton. Tim said: ‘We met before. I used to be in the animator/puppeteers union, and I’m in the pit on The Muppet Movie. And everyone was saying, That’s the guy that made Animal House!’”

12. THE MOVIE WAS DEDICATED TO HENSON’S HERO, EDGAR BERGEN.

As a kid, Henson was enamored with Edgar Bergen, the ventriloquist who appeared on The Chase and Sanborn Hour with his dummy Charlie McCarthy. Bergen made a huge impression on Henson, as well as many of the puppeteers who would dominate his Muppets crew. Bergen appeared on the second season of The Muppet Show and also had a cameo in The MuppetMovie with Charlie McCarthy, much to Henson’s delight. But he sadly passed away before the film’s release. Henson dedicated the film to his memory, and vowed to continue his legacy. (The Bergen family clearly saw Henson as Edgar’s heir; his widow Frances and daughter Candice gave Henson a framed photo of Bergen and Charlie with the engraving, “Dear Jim—Keep the Magic Alive.”)

13. “I’M GOING TO GO BACK THERE SOMEDAY” WAS SUNG AT HENSON’S MEMORIAL.


After Henson passed away on May 16, 1990, his friends and family prepared a medley of his favorite Muppet songs for his memorial at St. John’s Cathedral in New York City. Gonzo’s poignant Muppet Movie ballad, “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday” was one of the selections, and Gonzo himself (or at least his voice actor, Dave Goelz) performed it.
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