Wise World of Wellen
1. George Lucas gave Mel Brooks permission to parody “Star Wars” with “Spaceballs”, he just had one rule: No merchandising. Brooks agreed, and Lucas’s visual effect company Industrial Light and Magic did the special effects.
2. The Heisman Trophy is named after a football coach from the early 1900s named John Heisman. His biggest contribution to the game was having the center snap the ball to the quarterback. Before that, the center used to just put it on the ground.
3. Pumpernickel literally translates to “devil’s flatulence” in old German. It got its name because people found it hard to digest.
4. Earth’s atmosphere stretches so far, it even goes beyond the moon.
5. In the original myth, Pandora didn’t open a box . . . she opened a jar. “Pandora’s box” comes from a bad translation that stuck.