One Actor From “The Godfather” Was Actually the Member of a Mob Family

In Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather — the world’s most famous film about mobsters — there was actually a real-life mobster. When the Italian-American Civil Rights League got word of the film, they basically threatened the movie’s existence. They made sure the word “mafia” was never used in the movie and made it clear that the League was going to be present during the film’s production. When Francis Ford Coppola met Lenny Montana, the tough 320-pound, 6’6″ former professional wrestler was working as an enforcer on the set. Coppola thought Montana would be perfect for the role of hitman Luca Brasi and offered him the part. Although the role wasn’t that big and Montana didn’t see much screen time, it led to a career as a mob character in a variety of movies and television shows.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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