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In 1981, Stephen King drew the following conclusion about horror films: "There is fine Waterford crystal that rings delicately when struck... and then there are Flintstone jelly glasses. You can drink your Dom Perignon out of either one, but, friends, there is a difference. The difference here is between horror for horror's sake and art. There is art in a horror film when the audience gets more than it gives. Not when our fears are milked just to drive us crazy but when an actual liaison is found between our fantasy fears and our real fears. Few horror movies are conceived with art in mind; most are conceived for profit."
Entertainment

The Asian giant salamander is the largest amphibian. They live in the cold streams of China and Japan and can grow over 5 feet (150 centimeters) in length and weigh 90 pounds (40 kilograms).
Animals

Pianist Yanni was formally a member of the Greek National Swimming Team.
Sports

A jet or turbo-jet powered aircraft uses more fuel flying at 25,000 feet than 30,000 feet. The higher it flies, the thinner the atmosphere and the less atmospheric resistance it must buck.
Miscellaneous

"Uncle Jumbo" was the nickname of President Grover Cleveland.
People » US Presidents

Goombay is the native music of the Bahamas. Goombay achieves its unique rhythm and style by merging native folk songs with percussion effects from Haiti and Cuba.
Entertainment

Giraffes are the only animals born with horns. Both males and females are born with bony knobs on the forehead.
Animals

The onomatopoeia for a dog's bark in Japanese is wan-wan.
Animals

South Australia's city of Adelaide is unusual in that it was settled by free people. The city has no convict history.
Geography » Australia

Cleopatra was married to her own brother, Ptolemy.
People

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