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What's your favorite Seinfeld moment?

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Ten years ago today, millions of people were bracing themselves for what would be the final episode of Seinfeld. Technically, it didn't go off the air until May 14th, 1998 (do you remember where you were and what you were doing that fateful day?), but by mid-March, everyone knew the end was nigh, and just the thought of a final episode caused diehards a lot of angst.

A decade later, and still not a month passes at my office where someone doesn't evoke Seinfeld—either quoting an episode (actually, generally mis-quoting, but whatever), recalling an episode ("How about the one where"¦") or referring to a zany situation as "something right out of a Seinfeld episode."

Poor Larry David. Around my office, every episode of Curb is parsed for Seinfeld moments and invariably held up against the more famous show—the barometer, as some call it—causing many to take sides as to whether or not each was better or worse than an episode of Seinfeld. Rumor has it, in Detroit a fight once broke out over just such an argument and one man pulled a plastic soup spoon. Granted, it's just a rumor, but coming from Detroit, you sorta have to believe it.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to let you all get it out of your systems once and for all. I mean, honestly, it is going on 10 years. What stage of grieving are we in here? Denial? So let us know your favorite Seinfeld moment already.

There were so many classics, everyone has his or her own favorite. Let's get a list going and see which one or two pops up the most often.

After the jump, you'll find a whole long list of curious facts about the show, via Ivy's Seinfeld Page. Many you probably know, but still more you probably don't.

Frank Costanza was played by two different actors: Jerry Stiller and John Randolph.

George's 'real' wife was in the final episode of Seinfeld (She was in the court room).

The Bubble Boy (Donald Sanger) was played by an old man, John Hayman.

Larry David, co-creator, provided the voice of the faceless George Steinbrenner.

The exterior of the gang's usual hang-out place is Tom's Restaurant in New York City, located on the corner of 112th and Broadway.

The Soup Nazi's place is at the northeast corner of 55th and 8th in New York.

Kramer was named Kessler in the first episode: The Seinfeld Chronicles.
(Thanks to dstopczynskI@hotmail.com)

Morty Seinfeld has been played by Barney Martin in every episode except for the second one, when Phil Bruns did.

There is a real Kramer called Kenny Kramer, who is the inspiration for the character Cosmo Kramer.

Michael Richards auditioned for Married With Children and almost became Al Bundy.

Jerry loses $34,275.50 (Plus a TV, a stereo receiver, two charter tickets to Paris, a BMW, two meals at Mendy's, and numerous amorous visits from maid--actual values unknown).

Kramer's obsessions are fresh fruit and golf.

Elaine's first job was at Pendant Publishing.

Elaine has a sister in St. Louis, and an uncle who worked with Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas book depository.

George's first job was at Rick-Bar properties as a real estate agent.

George is a "stall man".

Jerry gargles six times a day.

Kramer got a line in a Woody Allen movie.

Jerry only wears button fly jeans.

George met Jerry at JFK high school when George fell of a rope in gym class and landed on Jerry's head.

Frank Costanza, George's dad, has saved every TV Guide fall preview since the beginning.

Elaine was the cause for the end of Pendant Publishing.

Newman inherited his mail route from Son of Sam.

George has never said "I love you" except to a dog.

Jerry relabels his jeans from a 32" waist to a 31".

Jerry's two obsessions are Superman and cereal.
(Thanks to satyalrk@email.uc.edu)(Rajiv Satyal)

Did you know that the first line of the first episode (The Seinfeld Chronicles) is the same as the last line of the final episode. Jerry tells George, "See, now to me, that button is in the worst possible spot. The second button literally makes or breaks the shirt. Look at it, it's too high, it's in no-man's land". In the first episode George and Jerry are in the coffee shop when he says it, and in the final episode they are in the jail cell.
(Thanks to jmd8658@labs.tamu.edu)(Janice Drabek)

Did you know that the first episode Newman appeared in was The Suicide.
(Thanks to FarleyZ57@aol.com)

Prognosis Negative (The fake movie in "The Dog") was the name of an unproduced screenplay written by Larry David.
(Thanks to PearlJam49@aol.com)(Mark)

Jerry's real name is Jerome Seinfeld.
(Thanks to PHOXZI85@aol.com)

Jerry claims that he invented the "umbrella twirl" to attract customers back when he was an umbrella salesman.

Jerry proposed to Elaine (Serenity Now episode).

Kramer would name his child Isosceles.

Kramer (Michael Richards) was in Problem Child. He plaed a prisoner.
(Thanks to DryLcyYou@aol.com)

Kramer was in the 1980's movie "Transillvania 6-5000" and played a wacky butler like character opposite Jeff Goldblum and Ed Bagely Jr.. Also, Jason Alexander is a Boston University graduate.
(Thanks to Vandelay89@aol.com)

Michael Richards also played in the movie - "Trial and Error."
(Thanks to Vaj Bruce@aol.com)

Michael Richards was on the dating game and also on the show Friday's way back. I believe he was also in Young Doctors in Love.
(Thanks to AbbyRoad27@aol.com)

Kenny Kramer (The real K-man!) is trying out for the U.S. Open Tennis tournament as a ball boy (ballperson) just like Kramer in the show did.
(Thanks to CinnBOBka@aol.com)

Both George and Elaine were in the movie "North."
(Thanks to Steven Pearson)

In real life the real Kramer really lived across the hall from George.
(Thanks to PHOXZI85@aol.com)

Earlier this year the J. Peterman company went bankrupt.
(Thanks to Beagle1795@aol.com)

When they show the outside of the apartment in the show "Will and Grace," It's the same shot from Seinfeld.
(Thanks to Ib716snI83@hotmail.com)

Elaine Benes wasn't in the pilot (The Seinfeld Chronicles). After that episode aired they decided that they needed a female character to kind of balance out the three males.
(Thanks to Beagle1795@aol.com)

Kramer had a dog in the first episode of Seinfeld (Seinfeld Chronicles).

Kramer played Stanley Spadowski in UHF with Weird Al Yankovic. "Stanley Spadowski's Playhouse."
(Thanks to McElhinny1@aol.com)

Julia Louis Dreyfus played in the movie, 'Fathers Day'.
(Thanks to LazyBoy207@aol.com)

Micheal Richards was in the movie 'Unstrung Heros'.
(Thanks to ElyseElyse@aol.com)

When Micheal Richards was in school, he was always the class clown. In fact, he used to slide into his classrooms as a joke!
(Thanks to ElyseElyse@aol.com)

The "Kramer Entrance" was actually an accidental discovery. He was late for his cue, so he accidentally slid through the door. Everyone thought it was funny and decided to keep it.
(Thanks to ElyseElyse@aol.com)

Michael Richards was in an episode of 'Cheers' and a small part in 'So I married an axemurderer'.
(Thanks to Antixism@aol.com)

Michael Richards (Kramer) was in the movie 'Airheads' with Brenden Frasier and Adam Sandler.
(Thanks to PHOXZI85@aol.com)

Julia Louis Dreyfus and Tom Arnold were involved in a fued with each other that started when Julia Louis Dreyfus parked in his parking spot at their studio. The fued escalated and the two exchanged heated arguments. Finally Roseanne Arnold got involved and apparently wrote BITCH on Julia's windsheild using soap scuds. Finally NBC ended the ongoing problems because Roseanne Arnold was very powerful in Hollywood and they were afraid of what might happen.
(Thanks to Gloopy7@aol.com)

Did you know that Michael Richards once guest starred on an episode of Mad About You as the character Cosmo Kramer. I believe the premise was that when Paul was single, Kramer's apartment was his apartment and then when he got married, he sub-let it to Kramer. I haven't seen the episode in a while, so I can't be too sure if I have the premise right, but I know that Michael Richards appeared as Kramer on Mad About You.
(Thanks to Beagle1795@aol.com)

'Ol George said 'i love you' once to this chick-as. You might have suspected he was rather apprehensive about it and also after all his worrying he said it to her and she didn't say it back. He said it again to her and she said "i know."
(Thanks to cifelli@bellatlantic.net)(Wheaton)

That Newman's only good quality is that he's merry.
(Thanks to ProbePhage@aol.com)

Michael Richards played the character "Feos" in Transylvania 6500.
(Thanks to (georgeg@lorencook.com)(George Georgiades)

Did you know that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member on Saturday Night Live during the 80's. She was on the show with Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Martin Short, among others, and her husband, Brad Hall was also a cast member.
(Thanks to Beagle1795@aol.com)

The boy in the hospital who was promised by Kramer that Paul O'Neill would hit two homeruns and catch a fly ball in his hat in order to get the birthday card for Steinbrenner that was signed by the team, is also the boy who was starring on the TV show when Kramer and Mickey were the stand-ins.
(Thanks to Zup999@aol.com)

George's ATM password is BOSCO.
(Thanks to alain.e.garciadubus@attcanada.net)

The restaurant O'Neal's was used twice in Seinfeld. Once when Jerry and Elaine go out with Kramer and the low-talker, and once when Elaine loses a bet from Todd Gak and she meets his parents.
(Thanks to Zup999@aol.com)

Did you know that in "The Airport" the guy who stinks up the
bathroom before Elaine goes in is Seinfeld writer Larry Charles.
(Thanks to WEIER@prodigy.net)

That the mother and the child with the dirty mouth in "The Nonfat Yogurt" re also in the episode "The Parking Space."
(Thanks to WEIER@prodigy.net)

The guy in "The Frogger" who is suppose to get the truck is also on the bus on The Peterman Reality Tour in "The Muffin Tops."
(Thanks to WEIER@prodigy.net)

The guy who drives the black Saab in "The Puerto Rican Day" also comes out of the movie "Firestorm" with Jerry in the "The Engagement" while George is stuck seeing "The Muted Heart" with Susan.
(Thanks to WEIER@prodigy.net)

Kramer used to work for H&H bagels, but went on strike for 12 years.
(Thanks to ansakt99@student.umu.se)

George often claims to be an arcitect.
(Thanks to ansakt99@student.umu.se)

Jerry once gave george the important mission to exercise the gascets in his toilet.
(Thanks to ansakt99@student.umu.se)

Kramer once made a hole in one...in a vale.
(Thanks to ansakt99@student.umu.se)

Jerry didn´t throw up for 13 years. A black and white cookie put a stop to that.
(Thanks to ansakt99@student.umu.se)

Mr Lippman started a shop called "Top of the Muffin" after the end of pendant publishing.
(Thanks to ansakt99@student.umu.se)

In the episode where George gets into a fight with Ruthie, the lady at Monk's, he stops with kramer in the street to get a pack of gum; the man selling the gum is Larry David.
(Thanks to Zup999@aol.com)

Did you know in "The Muffin Top" when Kramer takes the stumps to Jiffy Dump the man who won't let Kramer "dump the stumps" is the same man in the episode where Susan's friend is traveling with Joseph and Kramer to get to wear the technicolored dream coat. Also when Elaine wants the Nicole Miller dress, she dates Craig who hit on her right in front of Jerry when George parks his car in Jiffy Park and the same man won't admit that hookers are doing business in the cars.
(Thanks to Allie52927@aol.com)

The mohair sweater in the sniffing accountant is also worn by Mrs. Sokol's daughter who George dates while trying to get an unemployment extension.
(Thanks to Kinetic999@aol.com)

If you look closely in the episode "The parking garage," you can see mirror images of the people walking around the garage. This is because they used mirrors to make the studio look like a large parking garage.
(Thanks to Kinetic999@aol.com)

The Jackie Chiles actor was in an episode before the Jackie Chiles character was created. He appeared as a cop who calls Jerry "Mr. Steinfeld" when Kramer gets Jerry an illegal cable hookup.
(Thanks to Kinetic999@aol.com)

If you pay attention, you can notice that Jason Alexander is actually dying of laughter in the scene when elaine throws George's hair piece out of the window.
(Thanks to Kinetic999@aol.com)

You can hear Jerry laughing at Jason during the scene in which George is asking the Reverend about a death certificate for an airline rebate. Jerry is completely off stage and George piles up his plate with a bunch of appetizers (probably wasn't part of the original script).
(Thanks to Kinetic999@aol.com)

The actress that plays the woman who fired George from his new job as a bra salesman (Christa Miller from The Drew Carey Show) also plays the woman who dates George and eats his peach pit.
(Thanks to presumably_so@hotmail.com)

In The Engagement while George and Susan are in the movie theatre after seeing The Muted Heart, Jerry and an unknown character are walking out of another theater talking about how good "Firestorm" was. Now... that unknown character is the SAME guy in The Puerto Rican Day who the gang refers to as "Maroon Golf"
(Thanks to squirt10_@yahoo.com)

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12 Surprising Facts About Bela Lugosi
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On October 20, 1882—135 years ago today—one of the world's most gifted performers was born. In his heyday, Bela Lugosi was hailed as the undisputed king of horror. Eighty-five years after he first donned a vampire’s cape, Lugosi's take on Count Dracula is still widely hailed as the definitive portrayal of the legendary fiend. But who was the man behind the monster?

1. HE WORKED WITH THE NATIONAL THEATER OF HUNGARY.

To the chagrin of his biographers, the details concerning Bela Lugosi’s youth have been clouded in mystery. (In a 1929 interview, he straight-up admitted “for purposes of simplification, I have always thought it better to tell [lies] about the early years of my life.”) That said, we do know that he was born as Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó on October 20, 1882 in Lugoj, Hungary (now part of Romania). We also know that his professional stage debut came at some point in either 1901 or 1902. By 1903, Lugosi had begun to find steady work with traveling theater companies, through which he took part in operas, operettas, and stage plays. In 1913, Lugosi caught a major break when the most prestigious performing arts venue in his native country—the Budapest-based National Theater of Hungary—cast him in no less than 34 shows. Most of the characters that he played there were small Shakespearean roles such as Rosencrantz in Hamlet and Sir Walter Herbert in Richard III.

2. HE FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR I.

The so-called war to end all wars put Lugosi’s dramatic aspirations on hold. Although being a member of the National Theater exempted him from military service, he voluntarily enlisted in the Austro-Hungarian Army in 1914. Over the next year and a half, he fought against Russian forces as a lieutenant with the 43rd Royal Hungarian Infantry. While serving in the Carpathian mountains, Lugosi was wounded on three separate occasions. Upon healing from his injuries, he left the armed forces in 1916 and gratefully resumed his work with the National Theater.

3. WHEN HE MADE HIS BROADWAY DEBUT, LUGOSI BARELY KNEW ANY ENGLISH.

In December 1920, Lugosi boarded a cargo boat and emigrated to the United States. Two years later, audiences on the Great White Way got their first look at this charismatic stage veteran. Lugosi was cast as Fernando—a suave, Latin lover—in the 1922 Broadway stage play The Red Poppy. At the time, his grasp of the English language was practically nonexistent. Undaunted, Lugosi went over all of his lines with a tutor. Although he couldn’t comprehend their meaning, the actor managed to memorize and phonetically reproduce every single syllable that he was supposed to deliver on stage.

4. UNIVERSAL DIDN’T WANT TO CAST HIM AS COUNT DRACULA.

The year 1927 saw Bela Lugosi sink his teeth into the role of a lifetime. A play based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker had opened in London in 1924. Sensing its potential, Horace Liveright, an American producer, decided to create an U.S. version of the show. Over the summer of 1927, Lugosi was cast as the blood-sucking Count Dracula. For him, the part represented a real challenge. In Lugosi’s own words, “It was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was a success.” It certainly was. Enhanced by his presence, the American Dracula remained on Broadway for a full year, then spent two years touring the country.

Impressed by its box office prowess, Universal decided to adapt the show into a major motion picture in 1930. Horror fans might be surprised to learn that when the studio began the process of casting this movie’s vampiric villain, Lugosi was not their first choice. At the time, Lugosi was still a relative unknown, which made director Tod Browning more than a little hesitant to offer him the job. A number of established actors were all considered before the man who’d played Dracula on Broadway was tapped to immortalize his biting performance on film.

5. MOST OF HIS DRACULA-RELATED FAN MAIL CAME FROM WOMEN.

The recent Twilight phenomenon is not without historical precedent. Lugosi estimated that, while he was playing the Count on Broadway, more than 97 percent of the fan letters he received were penned by female admirers. A 1932 Universal press book quotes him as saying, “When I was on the stage in Dracula, my audiences were composed mostly of women.” Moreover, Lugosi contended that most of the men who’d attended his show had merely been dragged there by female companions.   

6. HE TURNED DOWN THE ROLE OF FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER.

Released in 1931, Dracula quickly became one of the year's biggest hits for Universal (some film historians even argue that the movie single-handedly rescued the ailing studio from bankruptcy). Furthermore, its astronomical success transformed Lugosi into a household name for the first time in his career. Regrettably for him, though, he’d soon miss the chance to star in another smash. Pleased by Dracula’s box office showing, Universal green-lit a new cinematic adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Lugosi seemed like the natural choice to play the monster, but because the poor brute had few lines and would be caked in layers of thick makeup, the actor rejected the job offer. As far as Lugosi was concerned, the character was better suited for some “half-wit extra” than a serious actor. Once the superstar tossed Frankenstein aside, the part was given to a little-known actor named Boris Karloff.

Moviegoers eventually did get to see Lugosi play the bolt-necked corpse in the 1943 cult classic Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. According to some sources, he strongly detested the guttural scream that the script forced him to emit at regular intervals. “That yell is the worst thing about the part. You feel like a big jerk every time you do it!” Lugosi allegedly complained.

7. LUGOSI’S RELATIONSHIP WITH BORIS KARLOFF WAS MORE CORDIAL THAN IT’S USUALLY MADE OUT TO BE.

It’s often reported that the two horror icons were embittered rivals. In reality, however, Karloff and Lugosi seemed to have harbored some mutual respect—and perhaps even affection for one another. The dynamic duo co-starred in five films together, the first of which was 1934’s The Black Cat; Karloff claimed that, on set, Lugosi was “Suspicious of tricks, fearful of what he regarded as scene stealing. Later on, when he realized I didn’t go in for such nonsense, we became friends.” During one of their later collaborations, Lugosi told the press “we laughed over my sad mistake and his good fortune as Frankenstein is concerned.”

That being said, Lugosi probably didn’t appreciate the fact that in every single film which featured both actors, Karloff got top billing. Also, he once privately remarked, “If it hadn’t been for Boris Karloff, I could have had a corner on the horror market.”

8. HE LOVED SOCCER.

In 1935, Lugosi was named Honorary President of the Los Angeles Soccer League. An avid fan, he was regularly seen at Loyola Stadium, where he’d occasionally kick off the first ball during games held there. Also, on top of donating funds to certain Hungarian teams, Lugosi helped finance the Los Angeles Magyar soccer club. When the team won a state championship in 1935, one newspaper wrote that the players were “headed back to Dracula’s castle with the state cup.” [PDF]

9. HE WAS A HARDCORE STAMP COLLECTOR.

Lugosi's fourth wife, Lillian Arch, claimed that Lugosi maintained a collection of more than 150,000 stamps. Once, on a 1944 trip to Boston, he told the press that he intended to visit all 18 of the city's resident philately dealers. “Stamp collecting,” Lugosi declared, “is a hobby which may cost you as much as 10 percent of your investment. You can always sell your stamps with not more than a 10 percent loss. Sometimes, you can even make money.” Fittingly enough, the image of Lugosi’s iconic Dracula appeared on a commemorative stamp issued by the post office in 1997.

10. LUGOSI ALMOST DIDN’T APPEAR IN ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN—BECAUSE THE STUDIO THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD.

The role of Count Dracula in this 1948 blockbuster was nearly given to Ian Keith—who was considered for the same role in the 1931 Dracula movie. Being a good sport, Lugosi helped promote the horror-comedy by making a special guest appearance on The Abbott and Costello Show. While playing himself in one memorable sketch, the famed actor claimed to eat rattlesnake burgers for dinner and “shrouded wheat” for breakfast.

11. A CHIROPRACTOR FILLED IN FOR HIM IN PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.

Toward the end of his life, Lugosi worked on three ultra-low-budget science fiction pictures with Ed Wood, a man who’s been posthumously embraced as the worst director of all time. In the 1953 transvestite picture Glen or Glenda?, Lugosi plays a cryptic narrator who offers such random and unsolicited bits of advice as “Beware of the big, green dragon who sits on your doorstep.” Then came 1955’s Bride of the Monster, in which Lugosi played a mad scientist who ends up doing battle with a (suspiciously limp) giant octopus.

Before long, Wood had cooked up around half a dozen concepts for new films, all starring Lugosi. At some point in the spring of 1956, the director shot some quick footage of the actor wandering around a suburban neighborhood, clad in a baggy cloak. This proved to be the last time that the star would ever appear on film. Lugosi died of a heart attack on August 16, 1956;  he was 73 years old.

Three years after Lugosi's passing, this footage was spliced into a cult classic that Wood came to regard as his “pride and joy.” Plan 9 From Outer Space tells the twisted tale of extraterrestrial environmentalists who turn newly-deceased human beings into murderous zombies. Since Lugosi could obviously no longer play his character, Wood hired a stand-in for some additional scenes. Unfortunately, the man who was given this job—California chiropractor Tom Mason—was several inches taller than Lugosi. In an attempt to hide the height difference, Wood instructed Mason to constantly hunch over. Also, Mason always kept his face hidden behind a cloak.

12. HE WAS BURIED IN HIS DRACULA CAPE.

Although Lugosi resented the years of typecasting that followed his breakout performance in Dracula, he asked to be laid to rest wearing the Count’s signature garment. Lugosi was buried under a simple tombstone at California's Holy Cross Cemetery.

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How to Carve a Pumpkin—And Not Injure Yourself in the Process
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Wielding a sharp knife with slippery hands around open flames and nearby children doesn't sound like the best idea—but that's exactly what millions of Halloween celebrations entail. While pumpkin carving is a fun tradition, it can also bring the risk of serious hand injuries. According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), some wounds sustained from pumpkin misadventure can result in surgery and months of rehabilitation.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to minimize trauma. Both ASSH and CTV News have compiled safety tips for pumpkin carvers intended to reduce the chances of a trip to the emergency room.

First, it's recommended that carvers tackle their design with knives made specifically for carving. Kitchen knives are sharp and provide a poor grip when trying to puncture tough pumpkin skin: Pumpkin carving knives have slip-resistant handles and aren't quite as sharp, while kitchen knives can get wedged in, requiring force to pull them out.

Carvers should also keep the pumpkin intact while carving, cleaning out the insides later. Why? Once a pumpkin has been gutted, you’re likely to stick your free hand inside to brace it, opening yourself up to an inadvertent stab from your knife hand. When you do open it up, it's better to cut from the bottom: That way, the pumpkin can be lowered over a light source rather than risk a burn dropping one in from the top.

Most importantly, parents would be wise to never let their kids assist in carving without supervision, and should always work in a brightly-lit area. Adults should handle the knife, while children can draw patterns and scoop out innards. According to Consumer Reports, kids ages 10 to 14 tend to suffer the most Halloween-related accidents, so keeping carving duties to ages 14 and above is a safe bet.

If all else fails and your carving has gone awry, have a first aid kit handy and apply pressure to any wound to staunch bleeding. With some common sense, however, it's unlikely your Halloween celebration will turn into a blood sacrifice.

[h/t CTV News]

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