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Spotify Will Now Show You Ads During Music.

5/11/2022

Supposedly,…

Yes, you read that headline right.

According to Ars Technica, Spotify plans to now introduce ads during music for users of it’s free plan, which accounts for the major share of Spotify customers.

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Spotify is a proprietary Swedish audio streaming and media services provider founded on 23 April 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon.

It is one of the largest music streaming service providers, with over 456 million monthly active users, including 195 million paying subscribers, as of September 2022.

Spotify is listed (through a Luxembourg City-domiciled holding company, Spotify Technology S.A.on the New York Stock Exchange in the form of American depositary receipts.


Spotify offers digital copyright restricted recorded music and podcasts, including more than 82 million songs, from record labels and media companies.

Spotify is a proprietary Swedish audio streaming and media services provider founded on 23 April 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon.

It is one of the largest music streaming service providers, with over 456 million monthly active users, including 195 million paying subscribers, as of September 2022.

Spotify is listed (through a Luxembourg City-domiciled holding company, Spotify Technology S.A.on the New York Stock Exchange in the form of American depositary receipts.


Spotify offers digital copyright restricted recorded music and podcasts, including more than 82 million songs, from record labels and media companies.

As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements and limited control, while additional features, such as offline listening and commercial-free listening, are offered via paid subscriptions. Users can search for music based on artist, album, or genre, and can create, edit, and share playlists.


Spotify is available in most of Europe, as well as Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, with a total availability in 184 markets.

The service is available on most devices including Windows, macOS, and Linux computers, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, smart home devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Nest lines of products and digital media players like Roku.


Unlike physical or download sales, which pay artistes a fixed price per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on the number of artist streams as a proportion of total songs streamed. It distributes approximately 70% of its total revenue to rights holders (often record labels), who then pay artists based on individual agreements.

According to Ben Sisario of The New York Times, approximately 13,000 out of seven million artists (0.0019%) on Spotify generated $50,000 or more in payments in 2020.

In 2012 Sprite Created Beach Showers

https://www.bmediagroup.com/news/giant-soda-machine-shower/

The Sprite Soda Shower

This whole event was part of a outdoor media campaign in 2012 thought up by advertising agency Ogilvy Brazil that the Coca-Cola Company used to help promote Sprite

They built a giant dispenser complete with the famous green and yellow logo of the lemon-lime drink, and they invited people to stand where the cup would usually go. 

Once the beachgoer pushed back on the giant lever, a shower would rain down on them.

The best and worst news about the campaign is that it only poured water, not Sprite. 

Less refreshing, but also less sticky for the people.

They mixed the giant contraption with the opportunity for people to have samples of the soda, and it created quite a stir. 

 Ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Brasil won a gold award at the 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June 2012 for the Sprite Shower.

Since the summer days on the crowded beach in Brazil could get up to 40°C, there were a lot of people looking for something to cool them down.

It managed to shower more than 1,500 each day that it was in place, and you can be sure that these people made an association in their mind with that green label.

This insulation also appeared in Israel and Australia in recent years.

The Shortest Commercial Flight In The World Lasts Just 57 Seconds

Post First Published: 23 September 2022 11:58 AM

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From: What it’s like to fly on the shortest commercial flight in the world, which lasts just 57 seconds

BusinessInsider.com

Alison Millington 

Mar 9, 2018, 12:42 AM

  1. The shortest commercial flight in the world is a 1.7-mile route between two Scottish islands.
  2. The flight between Westray and Papa Westray near the mainland of Orkney lasts just 57 seconds.
  3. It is used by local islanders and “even the local banker.”

Read: 8 Things You Need To Know Before Eating McDonald’s Fries


The shortest commercial flight in the world is in the air for just 57 seconds — and it costs £36 ($51) return.

The route from airline Loganair, the only major UK airline owned and headquartered in Scotland, covers 1.7 miles between the two islands of Westray and Papa Westray, near the mainland of Orkney, an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland.

Read: How to Book a Flight Using AirMiles

The flights are serviced by two, eight-seater Britten-Norman Islanders, and while the flight takes an average of one and a half minutes — making it the shortest scheduled route in the world — the quickest time on record is 57 seconds in the air “in a favourable wind,” according to the airline.

This video shows the exact route of the flight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwyVWaCAD2A

Islanders, teachers, doctors, police officers, and “even the local banker” use the service, according to Loganair, which costs £36 on a day return or £45 for a “sightseer fare.”

Meet, Ray Ruschel, A 49 Year Old College Freshman Football Player.

Post Published: September 10 2022 10:08 AM

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‘If I had the chance and didn’t take it, I would regret it’; 49-year-old Freshman joins NDSCS Football team

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“They’ve all been very receptive of me coming in and playing,” Ruschel said. “At first, they thought I was another football coach on our first day of camp. And whenever I got in line to get pads, they were like ‘wait a minute, you’re playing?’”

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Ruschel is 49 years old, which for most prospective freshman student athletes, may pose too much a challenge. Not quite for the 17-year-long active duty member currently in the North Dakota Army National Guard.

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“So, I’ve been surrounded by young people throughout my military career,” Ruschel said. “So on and off the field, these guys are really, truly tremendous, I try and instill being punctual, being awake, just doing my hardest. Working to strive to do my best every day at practice and also during games.”

READ: 19 Things About French Supermarkets That Are Low-Key Fascinating

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Head Coach Eric Issendorf sees this too, the former 90s Wildcat player just a year younger than Ruschel.

“He’s always in a good mood, he’s always just Ray,” Coach Issendorf said. “He’s always in a good mood, just ready to work and do what he can for his teammates.”

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“Overall, everybody’s been very welcoming and helpful in everything I ask,” Ruschel said.

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Recovering from a break-up is similar to kicking a drug addiction, according to brain scans

Post First Published: 2/09/2022 8:46 PM

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A relationship breakup leaves many people feeling sick, distressed and depressed. And science has proved that pain is justified – but there is a way to move on from these feelings.

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This Article Excerpt Is From: Why is a Breakup Like a Drug Withdrawal? By OpenHouse

If you use an MRI scanner to look at the brains of those going through unwanted breakups, when seeing a photo of their former partner that they want to be in touch with the same parts of the brain light up as they would if you were showing a drug addict a picture of their drug of choice, whilst they were going through the process of going cold turkey in the first few weeks.

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At least understanding that you are literally going through something not dissimilar from a heroin addict coming off heroin can help you understand why you feel so desperate to talk to them, and also to understand why you need to be more gentle with yourself than before. 

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I also thought it was really interesting to understand that the brain scanner shows that when your brain is activated in this way, we’re driven as humans to find this object or substance that we’re craving. This really helped me understand why, from a biological perspective, I was desperate to contact my ex, even though he clearly had no interest in contacting me. 

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The closest thing I got to a solution here was every time I wanted to message him, I would write the message down in the notes part of my phone. If I still wanted to send the message in 24 hours, then I would allow myself to. The interesting thing is that 99% of the time when it got to 24 hours later, I actually couldn’t think of anything worse than sending him the message I wrote down. It was always highly emotional, so dramatic and was literally telling him how much I loved and missed him, and I couldn’t believe that he had done this to me. 

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Over time, instead of just putting down sporadic messages that I wanted to send him, I also started to write down longer form thoughts and feelings about him and our breakup. It was as if I was writing a letter to him. I ended up writing it and rewriting it to the point that it became such a cathartic exercise, but it also got me out of the addiction cycle of wanting to open up a conversation with him. 

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I’m not sure if this will work for everyone, but for me it definitely felt like a way that I could almost engage with him without actually engaging with him. 

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I also know that one day, if we ever speak again, I will put all of my thoughts down on paper and we will be able to have a rational, emotionally mature and balanced conversation because I have processed everything already.

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McDonald’s Created And Almost Sold Bubble Gum Flavoured Broccoli

Post First Published: 26/08/2022

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McDonald’s Created Broccoli That Tastes Like Bubble Gum

Sam Colt 

Nov 15, 2014, 12:15 AM

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McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson spoke at an event hosted by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz on Thursday night, where a guest asked what the fast-food chain was doing to get kids to eat healthier.

Thompson pointed out that McDonald’s had redesigned their milk jugs and reduced their fry sizes.

But McDonald’s wackiest attempt at making their menu more nutritious was to design broccoli that tasted like bubble gum.

If that sounds like it wouldn’t taste good, it didn’t.

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“It wasn’t all that,” said Thompson.

The McDonald’s CEO said kids were confused by the taste. The bubble gum flavored broccoli was a failure.

Read More: 8 Things You Need To Know Before Eating McDonald’s Fries

Thompson defended McDonald’s menu options. He claimed McDonald’s sells the most salads of any American restaurant chain.

At the same time, the fast-food CEO said parents have to make food choices for their kids themselves.

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“You can’t ask a business to do things that you as a parent won’t do yourself,” he said.

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McDonald’s Almost Included Bubble Gum-Flavored Broccoli in Happy Meals

Luckily, they soon realized no one actually wants to eat that.

by Khushbu Shah  Nov 14, 2014, 11:52am EST

McDonald’s has some really bad ideas when it comes to convincing kids to healthier. Case in point: The chain’s bright idea to create bubble gum-flavored broccoli. According to Business Insider, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson revealed during an event last night that alongside reducing french fry serving sizes and introducing milk, the chain also engineered the broccoli to make kids meals more nutritious.

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Not surprisingly, they the candy-flavored cruciferous didn’t exactly taste good. In the worlds of Thompson, “It wasn’t all that.” Turns out kids were quite “confused” by the taste resulting in the idea being a total failure. Other awful ideas McDonald’s has recently had? Not-really-chorizo chorizo burritos.

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Leo Fender, Founder And Inventor Of Fender Guitars Could Not Play Guitar.

Post First Published: 26/08/2022

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From : Eight Things You May Not Know About Leo Fender By Fender.com

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8 Things You Might Not Know About Leo Fender

In celebration of what would have been his 108th birthday.

By Pauline France

More than 70 years ago, Leo Fender founded Fender and subsequently changed the face of music as we know it with countless inventions and innovations.

Now, in celebration of what would have been Leo Fender’s 108th birthday, here is a list of eight facts that you might not have known about him (with an assist from his widow, Phyllis Fender):


1. He Was Born in a Barn in 1909, and His Parents Were in Agriculture

Leo, whose full name was Clarence Leonidas Fender, was born on Aug. 10, 1909, on his parents’ ranch in Orange County. Back then, the property straddled the border between Fullerton and Anaheim.

Leo’s parents grew vegetables, melons and oranges and sold their produce from a truck in Long Beach.

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2. He Didn’t Play Guitar, but Did Play Saxophone (and Dabbled in Piano)

Leo wasn’t a guitarist, and legend says he didn’t know how to tune a guitar either. This obviously didn’t deter him from creating the most popular electric guitars in the world.

He wasn’t, however, entirely unaccomplished with playing musical instruments. He became interested in music during grammar school and took piano lessons, but switched to saxophone.

His interest in sax didn’t last long, though, as his affinity for radio and electronics took precedence.

3. His Uncle Is Greatly Responsible for Leo’s Love of Electronics

Leo Fender’s uncle John West helped pique Leo’s interest in electronics.

West ran an auto shop in Santa Maria, Calif., and mailed Leo a package of discarded electric automobile parts for Christmas.

Leo visited his uncle’s shop a year later, and was fascinated by a homemade radio he saw there. This was a defining moment for Leo, and one that propelled his fervent curiosity for radio and sound.

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4. A Health Condition Prevented Him from Being Drafted for World War II

Leo’s left eye was replaced by a glass eye when he developed a tumor at just 8 years old. Because of this, he was not eligible for conscription for World War II, unlike the man who would eventually become his peer and a powerful sales and marketing force for Fender, Don Randall.

Had Leo been drafted, he might not have had much time to tinker with electronics. Much worse, the world might’ve missed out on some of the greatest musical inventions of all time (like the Telecaster and Stratocaster). Let that sink in for a while.

5. He Was an Accounting Major

Contrary to popular belief, Leo had no formal training in electrical engineering.

He actually majored in accounting at Fullerton Junior College and worked as a bookkeeper for an ice company, the California Highway Department and a tire company.

His heart, however, always stayed true to electronics, and after losing his job at the tire company, he set up Fender’s Radio Service in Fullerton. That’s where the real magic began.

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6. He Married Twice, but Had No Children

Leo married his first wife Esther in 1934. They remained together until she died of cancer in 1979.

Leo married his second wife Phyllis in 1980 and remained together until his death in 1991.

He had no children from either marriage.

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7. He Loved Cameras and Boats

When speaking to Phyllis about the lesser-known side of Leo, she shared candid details about his non-musical hobbies: cameras and boats.

“Leo was not interested in pictures, but rather the camera itself,” said Phyllis. “Camera companies would send him their newest cameras, and he would go out and take pictures of the trash cans.”

As far as his photography skills, that wasn’t necessarily his forte, according to Phyllis.

“He was a horrible photographer,” Phyllis said with a laugh. “When we went on vacation, it looked like we went on two separate vacations because I took pictures of sunsets and flowers, and Leo would take pictures of gears and motors.”

Leo also loved boats, owned at least three, and even acted as a consultant for a boat company.

“Leo would help a manufacturer in the Bay Area design boats,” said Phyllis. “They would send blueprints back and forth, and when they agreed on a design, they’d build it and send it to Leo.”

Phyllis also mentioned that Leo and his longtime friend and business partner, George Fullerton, cruised in the boats almost every weekend in Catalina Island, Calif.

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8. He Died in 1991 after Battling Parkinson’s Disease.

It’s been 26 years since Leo passed away on March 21, 1991, from complications with Parkinson’s disease. He was 81 years old.

He is buried next to his first wife, Esther, in Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Calif.

Staying true to his character, Leo worked until the day before his death doing exactly what he loved.

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Author Victor Hugo was so popular with the local sex workers, when he died, every brothel in Paris closed down for a day of mourning.

25/08/2022

https://www.reddit.com/r/QuotesPorn/comments/glr34r/he_who_opens_a_school_door_closes_a_prison_victor/?utm_source=ifttt

From : The Guardian Party Tricks And Naked Writing The Eccentric Life Of Victor Hugo Books blog Victor Hugo By Marianna Hunt Sunday 30 December 2018 18.00 AEDT

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Victor Hugo is rightly remembered for his amazing literary output, and for his philanthropic work as a member of France’s National Assembly, campaigning for an end to poverty, free education for all children and the abolition of the death penalty. But he was also incredibly eccentric and libidinous, with a penchant for writing while starkers, and armed with a party trick – swallowing oranges whole.

The BBC remake of Les Misérables seeks to upturn what we think we know about the story, looking beyond the musical to the pages of the novel it came from. But what if we take a step further, looking beyond the pages to the man behind them? The stripped back (in more ways than one) Hugo is far more interesting than he’s given credit for.

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Hugo was probably the 19th-century’s most prolific sex addict

Hugo’s insistent retellings of the story of his own conception might be explained by the fact that the guy was obsessed with sex. He claimed that on their wedding night he and his wife Adèle Foucher had sex nine times. Foucher reportedly lost interest in intercourse altogether – but 19th-century Paris had enough brothels to keep Hugo entertained morning, evening and night. Venerated as a saint (albeit only in the Vietnamese religion of Cao Dai), when Hugo died the brothels of Paris closed down for a day of mourning, allowing all the city’s sex workers to pay their last respects to a loyal client. Literary critic Edmond de Goncourt claimed a police officer told him that sex workers even draped their genitals in black crepe as a mark of respect.

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He loved a party …

For much of his life, Hugo reportedly hosted around 30 guests for dinner every night. His party trick was to shove an entire orange in his mouth then fill his cheeks with as many lumps of sugar as possible. He’d then churn it all up in his mouth and glug down two glasses of kirsch before swallowing the lot. Neat.

In his spirit, even Hugo’s funeral turned into a party; urban legend has it that Paris experienced a mini baby boom nine months later.

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… but he loved fame even more

It’s probably quite difficult not to let your ego inflate when you’re so famous that the street you live on is renamed after you – Hugo spent his last few years on Avenue Victor Hugo, having letters addressed to him as “Mr Victor, in his avenue, Paris”. Prior to that, Hugo lived for 15 years on the Channel Island of Guernsey, where he wrote poetry and the majority of Les Misérables. He was so well-known even there that fans would take home pebbles that he had stepped on as mementos.

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At his dinner parties, Hugo would list the reasons why he was superior to Balzac, Racine and while he was at it, all other French writers. (The orange trick may have been secretly devised by guests as a way to get him to shut up.) And in 1881, in celebration of his entering his 80th year, a national holiday was decreed, all school punishments were lifted and Hugo sat and waved at a procession of 600,000 people as they wandered past his front door.

The champion of the poor and miserable was never poor and miserable

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When negotiating payment with his publisher for Les Misérables, Hugo famously declared that he wanted to be paid more than anyone else had ever been paid to write a book. Biographer David Bellos claims that the 300,000 francs (around £3m in today’s money) Hugo received still remains the highest figure ever paid for a work of literature.

Luckily for the publisher, the investment paid off: Les Misérables was so hotly anticipated that Parisian workers queued up at bookshops with wheelbarrows to fill with newly purchased copies, to later sell to colleagues for profit. Possibly not quite the solution to urban poverty Hugo had in mind …

Hugo would hide his own clothes to avoid procrastination

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When working on a novel, Hugo spent most of his days locked up inside his study with nothing but a pen and paper. Literally nothing: it may be apocryphal but multiple sources state that Hugo would remove his clothes and give them to his servants, with instructions not to return them until he’d finished a chapter.

In her memoirs, Hugo’s wife wrote that, while writing The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the author purchased “a huge grey knitted shawl, which swathed him from head to foot, locked his formal clothes away so that he would not be tempted to go out and entered his novel as if it were a prison. He was very sad.” Whatever it takes.

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The time travel machine in  “Back to the Future” was supposed to be a refrigerator.

15/08/2022

https://www.artofthetitle.com/title/back-to-the-future/

From:

How Back To The Future Almost Nuked The Fridge

BY PETER SCIRETTA/JULY 15, 2009 6:00 AM EDT,


After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released, a new pop culture term was coined. Nuke The Fridge is a reference to the film’s opening scene (possible spoilers if you haven’t seen it) where Indiana Jones finds himself on a Nuclear test site and hides in a refrigerator to survive the atomic blast. The phrase Nuke The Fridge was joined as an alternative to Jump The Shark, another pop culture term based on a scene in an episode of Happy Days when Fonzie literally jumps over a shark while water skiing. The scene was considered so preposterous, and is considered by many to signify the moment in time when the show became unappealing to its core audience.

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How Back To The Future Almost Nuked The Fridge

BY PETER SCIRETTA/JULY 15, 2009 6:00 AM EDT
After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released, a new pop culture term was coined. Nuke The Fridge is a reference to the film’s opening scene (possible spoilers if you haven’t seen it) where Indiana Jones finds himself on a Nuclear test site and hides in a refrigerator to survive the atomic blast. The phrase Nuke The Fridge was joined as an alternative to Jump The Shark, another pop culture term based on a scene in an episode of Happy Days when Fonzie literally jumps over a shark while water skiing. The scene was considered so preposterous, and is considered by many to signify the moment in time when the show became unappealing to its core audience.

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But did you know that Back to the Future almost Nuked The Fridge almost 25 years earlier?

In the original draft of Back To The Future, Marty McFly worked for Professor Brown, who was a movie bootlegger and the time machine was a laser device that was housed in a room. In the story’s climax, the device was attached to a refrigerator, and taken to the Nevada desert test site for the atomic bomb, where it was strapped into the back of a truck and driven into the atomic explosion in order to harness the power from the nuclear explosion. Marty had to climb into the fridge as the truck barreled towards ground zero.

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Why was the idea scrapped? Director Robert Zemeckis has said in interviews that producer Steven Spielberg was afraid that children would start climbing into refrigerators and getting trapped inside, after replicating the scene in the film. Who would have thought that he would have made a film where the hero climbs into a fridge at a nuclear test site almost 25 years later.

Zemeckis still believed that the time machine should move, and they came up with the idea of using a retrofitted DeLorean because it could lead to the gag of farmer Peabody thinking it was a UFO/Aliens. The concept of the Hill Valley courthouse didn’t come until much later. Even the third draft of the screenplay involved taking the DeLorean time machine to the atomic bomb test site. The idea was scrapped because it was deemed too expensive for the budget. ILM wanted one million dollars to create the bomb effect, and at that time, that was a lot of money. The power source was changed to lightening and the location was changed to the Hill Valley courthouse, which they filmed on the Universal Backlot.

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Art director Andrew Probert was hired onto the project, and actually storyboarded the Nevada Atomic Bomb Test Site sequence from the third draft before the idea was scrapped. Probert presented the storyboarded sequence at DMC event, and you can watch the film’s original third-draft ending embedded below.

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The film dodged another bullet as it was almost released under the titled “Spaceman From Pluto.” Universal president Sidney Sheinberg was convinced that no movie with “Future” in the title had ever been successful. Coming off the hugely successful E.T., Sheinberg loved the idea of Marty being mistaken as an Alien, and sent a memo suggested the “Spaceman From Pluto” title, and included a bunch of suggestions on how to incorporate the idea better into the story. Zemeckis was freaked out, and everyone was afraid to argue with Sheinberg about his new idea. Spielberg eventually dictated a memo back to Sheinberg saying “Dear Sid, Thank you for your most humorous memo. We got a big laugh out of it. Keep ’em coming.” Spielberg said that Sheinberg would be so embarrassed to tell them that he was actually serious, and that they’d probably never hear from him again. And Spielberg was right.

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Thanks to Luis R for the tip on the video.

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