Shyamalan's 'Glass' is Engaging Almost Until the End

I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try.

In 2000, Mr. Shyamalan hoped that lightening would strike twice with Unbreakable which also starred Bruce Willis. Like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was a mystery only this time, the story featured the lone survivor of a train crash who left the accident without a scratch on him and an incredibly fragile, wheelchair-bound, comic book enthusiast which appeared to be the polar opposite. The story was intriguing, but basically fell apart near the end when the twist was revealed. Now almost 19 years later, the same thing ha…

This Day in Pop Culture for November 4

Jeff Probst is Born
Long before hosting CBS’ Survivor,” Jeffrey Lee Probst was born on this day in 1961 in Wichita, Kansas but he grew up in Bellevue, Washington. One of his first jobs was working as a producer and narrator of marketing videos. For a few years he served as host of the Ernst Home and Garden Show, a local Seattle program but he made it to the big time in 2000 hosting the first season of Survivor and 18 years later, he is still hosting it. In fact, he was won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program four times from 2008-2011. In addition to Survivor, he hosted The Jeff Probst Show, a syndicated daily talk show from 2012 to 2013. A little known fact is that Probst became an ordained minister by the Universal Life Church Monastery a year before so that he could remarry his parents celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. He also officiated the marriage of actress Jen Fischer to sceenwriter Lee Kirk in 2010. He himself has been married to Lisa Ann Russell since 2011.

(James Ritty)
The First Cash Register is Invented
James Jabob Ritty opened his first saloon in Dayton, Ohio in 1871 and billed himself as a “dealer in pure whiskies, fine wines and cigars.” While his business was successful, Ritty discovered that some of his employees were pocketing customer’s money instead of depositing the cash. For years he struggled to find a way to better record his cash transactions. While on a steamship trip to Europe in 1878, Ritty was fascinated with a mechanism that counted how many times the ship’s propeller made a full circle. When he got home, he and his brother began working on the first cash register and on this day in 1879 the device was patented as “Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier.” Soon, the pair opened a small factory manufacturing cash registers but kept the saloon open as well. The second business wasn’t as successful and created too much stress for the Rittys. The brothers sold the second business to a group of investors who created the National Manufacturing Company which was renamed The National Cash Register Company in 1884 and today is better known as NCR.

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