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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

Oscars by the Numbers

Neil Patrick Harris host this year's Oscars on Sunday (ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Oscars this Sunday night on ABC. Have you ever wondered what all goes into each show? Here are just a few of interesting stats.
8.5
Number of pounds of the Oscar statuette.
13.5
Number of inches tall of the Oscar statuette.
19
Number of times that Bob Hope had hosted the show.
24
Number of competitive award categories this year.
25
First Academy Awards to be televised (1953)

40
Number of ushers and ticket takers inside the Dolby Theatre
43.7
Million Americans watched the 86th telecast.
50
Number of Oscar statuettes created for this year’s ceremony.
50
Number of years that ABC has broadcast the Academy Awards including this year.
51
Number of Oscar statuettes that were created for last year’s ceremony.
67 
Number of print reporters on the red carpet last year.
83
Number of countries submitting foreign language films.
78
Number of still photographers on the red carpet last year.
86
Number of Academy Award presentations to date.
100
Number of production vehicles and trailers.
100
Number of minutes of the shortest Oscar ceremony (1959).
225
Number of countries which will be watching this year’s telecast.
263
Number of minutes of the longest Oscar ceremony (2002).
300
Number of people who work in the Oscar telecast production office.
323
Number of features eligible for Best Picture this year.
350
Number of crew members working during the telecast.
500
Length of feet of the red carpet.
915
Number of press organizations requesting credentials. (269 received them)
771
Number of Red Carpet fan bleacher seats.
2,951
Number of Oscar statuettes presented since the very first Oscars.
3,300
Number of seats available at the Dolby Theatre.

6,124
Number of voting members.

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