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Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

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On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture for July 25

(Disney)
‘The Black Cauldron's’ Scary Opening
Originally set to open during Christmas of 1984, Disney’s animated, The Black Cauldron, didn’t open in theaters until this day in 1985. Known as Disney’s first animated film to receive a PG rating, the movie was delayed due to a disastrous test screening where young children were running out of the theater scared to death. The scenes included beheadings and other gruesome images. Hardly family-friendly. Disney’s studio chairman at the time, Jeffrey Katzenberg, was so incensed, he ordered that certain scenes be dropped from the final film. When producer Joe Hale objected, Katzenberg edited the film on his own and only stopped when CEO Michael Eisner asked him to. However, with so many scenes now missing from the film, new scenes needed to be animated and the film was delayed. Unfortunately, the changes were not enough to fix the film’s troubles. The film had originally been budgeted at $25 million, but about $44 million was spent by the time the film was finished and the movie only grossed $21.3 million domestically. The movie received mixed reviews from audiences and critics alike. Unlike other Disney films, the movie wasn’t released onto video until 1998. While The Black Cauldron does have its fans, it is one of the least successful Disney films of all time.


World's First "Test Tube Baby" is Born
Lesley Brown had a history of infertility due to a set of blocked fallopian tubes. In November of 1977 she underwent an experimental procedure that removed a mature egg from her ovaries and was combined with her husband’s sperm in a laboratory dish in hopes of creating a “test tube baby.” On this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization was born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England. In December 2006, Louise Brown gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who was conceived naturally.

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