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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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for March 18

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride opened in Disneyland on March 18, 1967.

A Pirates Life For Me

It was on this day in 1967 that The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opened for the first time at Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. It is estimated that 400 million riders have taken the trip since opening day. It was originally planned to be a walk-through wax museum, but after the success of the It’s a Small World and the Carousel of Progress, which first debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney changed his mind. The attraction, which features about 120 audio-animatronic animals and humans, was Disney’s last attraction to be involved with before he passed away. Today, there are five versions of the ride. The others are located in Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, Paris Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland. The ride was also the inspiration for five Pirates of the Caribbean movies starring Johnny Depp.


Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy, was introduced to the world on March 18, 1965.

Pillsbury Doughboy 'Rises' to Fame

On this day in 1965, the world was introduced to Poppin’ Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy for the first time. He was created by a copywriter of all things. The story goes that Rudy Perz was sitting in his kitchen and imagined living dough boy popping out of a Pillsbury can. Originally Poppin’ was created with stop motion animation, but today CGI brings the little guy to life. He was originally voiced by Paul Frees, then Jeff Bergman and most recently, JoBe Cerny. The ticklish little guy has appeared in over 600 commercials representing more than 50 products and has managed to stay out of the oven for all of them.


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