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Harry Potter

Filming mistakes in the Harry Potter series you wont believe you missed?

Cameraman completely visible

In "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," during a dueling scene between Snape and Malfoy, the camera pans over to completely catch another cameraman kneeling with the children to capture another angle. Whoops!

Visible Wires

In "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," during a Quidditch match, Hermione sets a fire to Snape's cloak. There is a close-up shot of Harry gripping the Nimbus 2000. However, wire rods that are attached to the broomstick are clearly visible in this shot.

Battery pack

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the back of a power battery pack for cordless microphones can be seen in the scene where Harry and Hermione go back in time. No, Harry Potter doesn't have some odd growth on his back. No need to worry.

What was the name of that store again?

In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," when Harry, Hermione and Ron enter the Weasley's Wizarding Wheeze store, the name of the store is written in a gold letter above the shop. but when they leave to spy on Malfoy, the store's name magically just disappears.

Real hair

In "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," a camera angle captures Jason Isaacs' dark brown hair, and it is clearly visible underneath his Lucius Malfoy wig.

Appearing scar

A mistake that we're not sure managed to find its way into "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" has to be the fact that in one shot of a baby Harry Potter, his scar is barely visible as Dumbledore visits him. but in the next close up scene, the scar is clearly marked more prominently.

Tape mark mistake

At the train station while rushing to hop Hogwarts Express, a tape marker for the actors is accidentally captured by the camera and left in the film cut of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."

Microphone mistake

Another filming mistake in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a microphone wire, which is normally supposed to be attached to an actor to capture better quality audio takes, had peeled free during the shot.

Deathly Hallows error

In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," a clear continuity mistake is when Xenophilius draws the Deathly Hallows symbol, he draws it in a way that the bottom of the line is obviously reaching the bottom of the circle. However as the scene cuts away and the shot returns when he finishes the triangle, the line isn't touching the bottom of the Deathly Hallows circle.

Shirt mistake

During Harry's nightmare sequences in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Harry is shown wearing a T-shirt while he sleeps and his Dept of Mysteries visions occur. But when he is startled so much that he wakes, we see Harry has changed into a different shirt entirely.

Crew member's hand

Another crew member mistake in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is in the Whomping Willow. As Ron, Hedwig and Harry are in a car, a crew member's hand is mistakenly shot holding up the bottom of Hedwig's cage.

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Laundry
Household Hints
Cleaning

What is the best way to fold a fitted sheet?

There’s really only one way to fold a fitted sheet without succumbing to the frustration that usually accompanies the task.

The elastic bands do present an issue, see, and most of us end up shoving unfolded linens into our closets. That wastes space, and it’s completely unnecessary—folding a fitted sheet is fairly simple, once you’ve mastered the technique.

Here’s the best method:
  1. Start by holding the sheet lengthwise by the top two corners (the short side of the sheet will hang down). Keep the right side (the one that faces up when you put it on the bed) toward your body, but make the corners inside out, so your hands are inside the corners.
  2. Bring those top two corners together. Fold one corner over the other, pulling it so that its elastic fitting covers the other’s.
  3. From the second corner, slide down the edge of the sheet to the next corner. Pick it up and tuck it into the second corner, bringing the elastic over the new corner, like with the first two.
  4. Slide down again to the final corner. Bring it up and tuck it in behind the other three corners.
  5. Lay the sheet on a table. Keep the corners facing up, and be sure to smooth out any wrinkles as you work to keep your linens as flat as possible. Fold the sheet vertically in thirds. Fold in from one side, then the other side (so, while you’re folding in thirds, you’re only performing two actual folds).
  6. Fold the sheet horizontally in thirds using the same process. For larger sheets, you might decide to fold in fourths. By this point, the sheet should be relatively flat, and the elastic should be completely within the folded linen. If the elastic is still exposed, you may have to shake the sheet out and start over.

Folding a fitted sheet isn’t actually difficult, but it requires some precision and attention to detail. Practice a few times, and you’ll get the process down.

To see this in action, here’s a helpful video from Living On A Dime.

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Actors & Actresses
Movies
Drama and Acting

10 screen characters you never knew were based on real people?

  1. Roy Lee "Rocky" Dennis from "Mask"
    • Eric Stoltz's character in the 1985 American drama film "Mask" was based on the life and death of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis. Rocky suffered from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a rare bone disorder that causes cranial enlargements. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
  2. The Dude from "The Big Lebowski"
    • The Coen brothers, who directed the film, actually had a friend name Jeff Dowd who was the inspiration behind the now legendary "Dude." Although he did have a job, Dowd's penchant for White Russians, nickname, and general personality were given to Jeff Bridges' quirky character in the film.
  3. Edna Mode from "The Incredibles"
    • The short and sassy fashion designer from this beloved Pixar film actually has her roots in Hollywood. Edith Head was a legendary movie costume designer who was nominated for 35 Academy Awards during her career. She worked on more than 400 movies, including Hitchcock films such as "Vertigo" and "The Birds."
  4. Popeye the Sailor
    • Popeye teaches children that smoking, fighting, and spinach are the only three things you need to survive in life. His creator, E.C. Segar, based this character on a local tough guy named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel from his hometown of Chester, Illinois. While the physical resemblance is obvious, his personality wasn't far off, either.
  5. Severus Snape from "Harry Potter"
    • Alan Rickman does a great job of portraying the grouchy potions teacher in the films, but author J.K. Rowling actually had a Snape of her own growing up! He was her chemistry teacher, John Nettleship. Though at first put off by the idea, Nettleship eventually took pride in his fictionalization as the strict professor. He passed away in 2011.
  6. Dirty Harry
    • In addition to being the real-life chief investigator on the Zodiac Killer case, David Toschi also inspired the entire Dirty Harry franchise. The film mirrors the investigation of the Zodiac killings, with Clint Eastwood trying to track down a notorious killer. Unfortunately, Toschi never got his man, and the Zodiac Killer is still at large.
  7. Indiana Jones
    • While Harrison Ford plays the dashing, brave, and adventurous archaeologist in the Indiana Jones films, the character itself was based on several real people. The most apparent connection is to professor Hiram Bingham III, who taught at Yale University. This is the man who re-discovered Machu Picchu and was the basis for the character Harry Steele in the 1954 film "Secret of the Incas" with Charlton Heston. The Indy creators admit that Jones' character is based primarily on Steele.
  8. Norman Bates from "Psycho"
    • Who would have guessed that the creepy killer/mama's boy in "Psycho," the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, and Buffalo Bill were all loosely based on the same real-life serial killer? Ed Gein, who was a brutal murderer in Wisconsin the 1950s, inspired three of these notorious horror characters. Gein, like Bates, was devoted to pleasing his strict mother and, in the fashion of Buffalo Bill, attempted to create a "woman's skin suit" out of his victims' remains.
  9. Zorro
    • Although most memorably played by Antonio Banderas, Zorro has been a sword-fighting, swashbuckling vigilante since the early 1900s. His character was based on the "Mexican Robin Hood," a man named Joaquin Murrieta. Murrieta was a gold miner whose family was attacked. When he was unable to get justice legally, he created a gang to get his revenge. They robbed banks and committed murders until Murrieta was killed in 1853 by the Texas Rangers.
  10. Kramer from "Seinfeld"
    • Many people know Cosmo Kramer as Jerry Seinfeld's kooky neighbor. But Kenny Kramer is the real-life former neighbor of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David. The real Kramer, like his character on the show, tried to make money in ridiculous ways, including taking folks on a bus tour of his life. He actually did end up creating a very successful type of electronic jewelry!
  11. The "Soup Nazi," also from Seinfeld
    • This character was inspired by Al Yeganeh, a soup vendor who runs Soup Kitchen International in New York City. He has said many times that he dislike the character and that it offended him. He even went as far to say it "ruined him." He then closed and reopened his original restaurant, and he now owns an entire chain called "The Original Soup Man."
  12. Nacho Libre
    • Jack Black's character in Nacho Libre is actually based on real-life priest Sergio Gutierrez Benitez. In the 1970s, Benitez anonymously portrayed himself as Fray Tormenta, a mysterious masked wrestler who fought for as little as 200 pesos. He said he was trying to raise money for his orphanage, but he was afraid no one would take him seriously if they knew his real identity.
  13. Ursula in "The Little Mermaid"
    • Disney's sea witch from the 1989 movie is actually based on the flamboyant 1970s drag performer Divine.
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Knee Replacement

15 things no one tells you about knee replacements?

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Meditation and Yoga
Fitness

8 unbelievably difficult yoga poses you have to see to believe?

  1. Firefly Pose
  2. To get into this tricky position, you need to start in a squatted position and place your feet a little less than hip width apart. Tilt forward until your weight is on your hands. Then shift your self to your hands while you keep your knees close to your shoulders. Then stretch your legs out parallel to the ground and straighten your arms.
  3. Wounded PeacockTo get into wounded peacock, keep the fingers on your weight bearing hand turned out. Steady your feet on the floor while balancing your weight on your elbow and extend the other arm out and forward. Rest your fingers on the floor until you get your legs off the ground. Finish the pose by lifting the front arm off the ground as well.
  4. Lotus Headstand Variation with Bound LegsGet into a headstand position in your elbows in place to help you balance. Touch the soles of your feet together then bend at the knees to create a diamond shape. After some practice, try putting your hands together in prayer position.
  5. Eight-Angle PoseThis pose is rather complicated. To do it, go into a forward bend with your hands on either side of your feet, knees slightly bent. Put your right arm between your legs as you bend your knees and elbows, moving your right leg over the back of your right arm. Move your left leg to the right side of your body, cross your ankled and lift yourself off the floor.
  6. One Handed Tree PoseOnce you've mastered the handstand (which is tricky enough) try lifting an arm up. It requires immense arm and core strength, not to mention some pretty strong wrists.
  7. Crane PoseTuck yourself into a ball position, put your hands on the ground and bend your elbows. Put the back of your upper arms on your shins and shift your weight to the balls of your feed. Lean forward and transfer the weight to your hands. Then tuck your knees into the back of your arms. Straighten your arms and look forward.
  8. Forearm-Stand ScorpionStart with a simple headstand, with your hands clasped and your head between your arms. Then look up with your head and unclasp your hands, spreading your fingers out to keep your balance in forearm-stand. Brink your legs together and slowly bend your knees.
  9. Formidable Face PoseStart in downward facing dog with two blocks laying lengthwise in front of you, shoulder width apart. Bend your elbows and place your shoulders in the middle of the blocks. Walk your feet into dolphin pose and keep your hips lifted. Lift one leg into the air and then hop the second one up to meet it.
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