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6 Things We Learned from David Hasselhoff’s AMA

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“If you wanna Hassle the Hoff, the time is now.”

That’s how David Hasselhoff, the star of Knight Rider and Baywatch and the big-in-Berlin pop singer, began his Reddit AMA on Friday. Here are six things we learned about The Hoff.

1. HE BLEW HIS AUDITION FOR KNIGHT RIDER.

Though the role of Michael Knight may have seemed tailor-made for Hasselhoff, the actor admitted that when it came time to audition, he tanked. “I was seen on an airplane by Brandon Tartikoff, who was the head of NBC programming, and he personally called me in,” he explained. “The first audition I blew because I was nervous. And the second audition I programmed myself to see it, believe it, live it, and I lived by those words, and programmed myself into I'm here for a reason, and I believe that luck is being prepared for opportunity when it presents itself, and I came in to rock and roll—and I got it.”

2. EVERY DAY ON KNIGHT RIDER WAS A GIFT.

When asked what his favorite part was about working on Knight Rider, Hasselhoff said that, “Waking up, going to work on Knight Rider was an absolute ... gift of rock and roll joy. It was just absolutely amazing to get paid to drive a car fast, to work with scripts that were about saving lives not taking lives, it was a show that really lived up to its motto—that one man can make a difference. And as corny as it sounds, that show and that saying have been kind of my motto and the way that I feel about life ... and about everything. That you can make a difference. And if you make a difference in your own life, you can make a difference in someone else’s.”

3. THERE’S A KITT CAR CLUB.

Hasselhoff says that he has “access to about 35 KITTS pretty much all over the world. There's a KITT car club, and I'm kind of the mentor of that. And I continually restore KITT cars for my own use. I just restored one and sold it for charity for a gentleman in Turkey.”

“The true story—and this is the true story—[is that] there was never one original KITT car,” Hasselhoff continued. “It was made up of many different pieces. And if anyone says it's an original KITT car, the sad part is it's not true. There have been cars that were driven by me, fantastic replicas, but most of the cars were stunt cars, and never actually one original. The original dash and the original nose of the car is in a secret place. And I can't tell you where.”

4. HE DOESN’T THINK HE PLAYED A PART IN BRINGING DOWN THE BERLIN WALL.

When one commenter noted that, “I saw a VH1 I Love the ‘80s show where it seemed like you felt you should get some credit for [bringing down the Berlin Wall],” Hasselhoff was quick to clarify: "No, I never said I felt I should get credit. I've always been misquoted, and I was only asked to sing above the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve because I asked if I could. I also went behind the Berlin Wall before the wall came down, and saw the horror of how people were living. I did a special for National Geographic that was quite accurate, quite moving, about people who escaped, who died, trying to escape—the last person died only 30 days before the Wall came down. And I did find that they were signing my song ‘Living for Freedom.’ I've talked to hundreds of East Berliners who said ‘It was a song about freedom, it was a song about hope—everybody else thought it was just a pop song in West Germany, but for us who lived in East Germany, it was a song that gave us hope…’ And that's my connection.”

5. BAYWATCH PLAYED A ROLE IN CANCER RESEARCH.

Hasselhoff shared that his favorite, and “the most emotional,” episode of Baywatch was one called “Charlie.” It was a true story about “a boy who had cancer who came to live with the Baywatch crew. He spent his last six months on the set of Baywatch while UCLA did research trying to find the gene that caused his cancer. And the great news is they did find the gene that caused his cancer, and were able to identify it. The bad news is that Charlie passed away, and we gave him a lifeguard burial. So we re-created that scene, which happened in real life, on the show, played by another boy named Michael Cuccione. And Michael and I became good friends … He fought his own cancer until he died a few years later. They were amazing, inspirational children. And their memories will always live on through Baywatch.”

6. HE MAY OR MAY NOT BE THE ANTICHRIST

When asked about pervasive web conspiracy theories that he is the Antichrist, Hasselhoff replied that, “When I first read that I was the Antichrist, that was the first time I realized there are some wacky, messed-up people on the Internet who have nothing better to do than to sit there and smoke something they probably shouldn't be smoking ... and come up with crazy stuff like that. I have to tell you that I did read the entire two pages of why I'm the Antichrist. And at the end, I was actually doubting myself. Because it was so good! I have been called ‘The Antichrist’ by several of my ex-wives though. But I just think it's funny that there are people in the world who have nothing better to do than to come up with that stuff. So my answer to that is: get a life! And then: LOL, because it did make me laugh."

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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9 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak
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Maurice Sendak's books were shaped by his own childhood: one marked by the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the concentration camp deaths of most of his extended family, and parents consumed by depression and anger. When Sendak started illustrating and writing for children, he vowed that he wouldn't write stories of sunshine and rainbows, because that's not real life. In honor of what would have been his 90th birthday, here are a few other things about Maurice Sendak's real life you may not have known.

1. HE DESIGNED F.A.O. SCHWARZ'S WINDOW DISPLAYS.

Sendak and his brother visited Manhattan’s F.A.O. Schwarz in 1948 to try to get the company to purchase their handmade, fairytale-inspired wooden toys. Though the toy store declined to purchase the brothers’ work for reproduction, they were impressed with Sendak’s artistic eye and asked him if he’d be interested in a job dressing windows. He worked at F.A.O. Schwarz for three years while taking classes at the New York Art Students League.

2. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE WAS ORIGINALLY TITLED WHERE THE WILD HORSES ARE.

The book was intended, of course, to feature fillies, foals and mares. Editor Ursula Nordstrom adored the title, finding it poetic and beautiful, but there was one problem: Sendak couldn’t draw horses. When he told his editor that the whole horse thing wasn’t going to work out, he recalls her “acid tone[d]” response: “Maurice, what can you draw?”

“Things,” he said, and "things" he drew.

Side note: Ursula Nordstrom was also the editor of a few classics like The Giving Tree, Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Charlotte’s Web among others. Not a bad resume.

3. THE “THINGS” SENDAK ENDED UP CREATING WERE INSPIRED BY HIS IMMIGRANT RELATIVES AND THE WAY HE VIEWED THEM AS A CHILD.

“They were unkempt; their teeth were horrifying. Hair unraveling out of their noses.” Though the monsters were modeled after his family, they weren’t named after them; in fact, the things had no names in the book. They finally received monikers when Wild Things was made into an opera. “We had to have names to tell [the actors] when they were screwing up. They had Jewish names: Moishe, Schmuel. But the names were dropped after the opera. They never had names until they became movie stars.”

4. MOST OF HIS EXTENDED FAMILY DIED IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS.

It wasn't until he was older that Sendak realized how lucky those immigrant relatives were to be alive—and how lucky he was. Most of his extended family died in concentration camps, which his father discovered the day of Sendak's bar mitzvah. He attended the happy event anyway. When unknowing guests burst into "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" when Mr. Sendak walked through the door, Maurice knew something horrible had happened by his father's expression. "My father's face was vivid, livid, and I knew I had done something very bad, that I had made him suffer more than he had to. This 13-year-old ersatz man."

5. EVEN IF WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE HADN'T BEEN SUCH A HIT, YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE KNOWN SENDAK’S WORK ANYWAY.

Prior to the success of his own books, Sendak illustrated the popular Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik.

6. ONE OF HIS BOOKS IS FREQUENTLY BANNED.

Though many parents and libraries initially protested that Where the Wild Things Are was too scary for children, it was his later book, In the Night Kitchen, that landed on the American Library Association’s frequently challenged and banned books list. It features a little boy named Mickey, who is nude throughout most of the story, likely because he’s dreaming. “Have you never had a dream, yourself, where you were totally naked?” he said, when Stephen Colbert asked him about the nudity. (Colbert: “No.” Sendak: “I think you’re a man of little imagination.”) Because of Mickey’s full frontal and some of his nude antics in the book (he jumps into a milk bottle, for instance, and later slides down it), critics have deemed it inappropriate for children. It was #24 on the ALA’s frequently banned books from 2000-2009.

7. HE WAS DEEPLY AFFECTED BY THE LINDBERGH BABY KIDNAPPING.

Sendak believed that the Lindbergh baby kidnapping very much affected his childhood, his work and his views on life in general. Though he was only 3.5 years old when the tragedy occurred in 1932, he says he vividly remembers the whole thing, including hearing Mrs. Lindbergh’s tearful voice pleading with the kidnappers via radio to rub camphor on her infant’s chest because she didn’t want his cold to get worse. “If that baby died, I had no chance. I was only a poor kid, okay? [When the Lindbergh baby was found dead,] I think something really fundamental died in me.”

8. SENDAK HATED EBOOKS.

Waiting for a sweet Where the Wild Things Are app for the iPad so your kids can explore the book in a new way? Don’t hold your breath. To say that Sendak disliked eBooks is an understatement: "F*** them is what I say; I hate those e-books. They cannot be the future ... they may well be. I will be dead, I won’t give a s***!”

9. HE NEVER CAME OUT TO HIS PARENTS.

Sendak never told his parents that he was gay. “All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy,” he told The New York Times in 2008. “They never, never, never knew.” His partner of 50 years, Eugene Glynn, passed away in 2007.

This post originally appeared in 2011.

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