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That time one guy almost ruined Chinese food for everyone

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Chinese food whips all kinds of ass and there are countless dishes from the region, as well as variations of them created here in the West, that people fucking love. If you happen to be one of the people that loves a bit of Peking Duck or Dim Sum you may be surprised and annoyed to learn that the Chinese restaurant industry was almost crippled by a single letter written by a guy with a stomach ache.

Someone out there got sniped by Robin Williams in Call of Duty

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Few actors could ever hope to have a presence as commanding as that of Robin Williams, a man who was literally kicked out of the most prestigious acting school on Earth because he was simply too good. As it turns out Williams wasn’t just a skilled actor, but gamer as well, reportedly spending many a night quickscoping teenagers in Call of Duty as a way to relax and unwind. 

That time a studio bought David Hasselhoff like 10 cars for a dollar

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Knight Rider is a TV show about a hyper-advanced supercar inhibited by a priggish AI that solves crimes by having David Hasselhoff run people over. A ratings smash which saw the car become a star in its own right and audiences clambering for ever more elaborate stunts and set pieces, the show initially had trouble sourcing cars to run people over with until about 10 literally fell off a train and onto producer’s laps. 

That time George Lucas built an entire set just to kill off an extra

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There’s few bits of ground online less well-trodden than the glassy smooth hell-lands marked “complaints about Star Wars” with the 1997 Special Edition re-releases of the movies being perhaps the most controversial releases in the series’ history due to a multitude of seemingly random CGI additions. Arguably one of the most impressive shots in the Special Edition is one that was actually realised entirely with practical effects, thanks in part, to an actress who apparently had a deal with the devil to never age. 

That time they wanted Spock to pistol whip the shit out of Captain Kirk

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Within the context of the Star Trek universe the Vulcans are a long-lived and scientifically inclined sentient race who, in typical sci-fi fashion, are defined by a singular trait, in this case, cold rock hard logic and reason. So much so actor Leonard Nimoy once turned down a chance to punch William Shatner in the back of the head because it’s not what a Vulcan would do.