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That time a guy made 300 Spartans surrender

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If history books and the documentary 300 has taught us anything it’s that there were few problems in the ancient Greek world that couldn’t be solved with a judicious application of Spartan men. Something the Athenian general, Demosthenes apparently wasn’t aware of when he made 300 of them surrender, much to the shock of pretty much the entire known world at the time. 

Eminem’s favourite book is the dictionary

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Despite being almost 50 fucking years old at the time of writing this article, Eminem has continued to excel in an industry otherwise dominated by much younger artists and shows no sign of slowing down. A fact that likely has a lot to do with the fact Eminem fucking loves words and music, so much so his favourite book is, believe it or not, the dictionary. 

Star Wars kept cutting scenes of Stormtroopers being human

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Stormtroopers are amongst the most expendable, paper-thin bad guys in fiction and their are countless pieces of Star Wars media portraying them as nothing more than cannon fodder. Which is odd considering how the most recent Star Wars trilogy tried to humanise them before immediately abandoning that plot point in lieu of playing dumb sound effects over footage of them being violently murdered. 

The Truman show was originally going to feature him fighting crime

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The Truman Show is a movie notable for launching the dramatic career of Jim Carrey and for unerringly predicting the eventual rise of ubiquitous media coverage of painfully mundane people. It’s also notable for undergoing like a dozen rewrites, some of which of would have featured the eponymous Truman being tricked into becoming a reality TV Batman. 

That time the Juggernaut was stopped by the power of music

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Dazzler is a somewhat obscure Marvel hero with the rather uncanny ability to turn metabolise sound via their own body and turn it into light. A power that, on the surface, sounds kind of useless, until you realise that it helped the hero walk away from a fight with the fucking Juggernaut unscathed.