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16 Fascinating Facts About Purple Rain

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Purple Rain, the semi-autobiographical and prophetic story of a musician’s rise to superstardom, opened on July 27, 1984. One month later, Prince Roger Nelson became the first artist to ever have the top movie, album, and single at the same time. Dig if you will these purified facts about the musical 1980s cult classic.

1. ITS ORIGINAL TITLE WAS DREAMS.

William Blinn, executive producer of the TV series Fame, wrote the first draft of the script. He finished on May 23, 1983 in order to get back to the set in time for Fame's third season.

2. THE DIRECTOR TOLD PRINCE HE THOUGHT THE FIRST SCRIPT SUCKED.

Albert Magnoli met Prince, one of his two managers, and his bodyguard for an early morning dinner—then shocked Prince by telling him what he really thought of Blinn’s script. After Magnoli told him his vision for the movie, and just the two of them went for a late-night drive where Magnoli felt his life was possibly in danger, Prince agreed to let the USC film school grad write and direct his first full-length picture.

3. PRINCE’S GIRLFRIEND VANITY WAS SET TO PLAY HIS LOVE INTEREST.

But she dropped out a month before filming to play Mary Magdalene in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. Scorsese’s biblical flick got delayed because of financing, and Vanity's part in the production was eventually scrapped.

4. JENNIFER BEALS TURNED DOWN PLAYING APOLLONIA.

The Flashdance actress opted to go to Yale instead (she graduated in 1987). Gina Gershon auditioned, but the role went to young actress Apollonia Kotero.

5. THE CAST WAS ENROLLED IN DANCE AND ACTING CLASSES.

The Minnesota Dance Theatre welcomed the cast, mostly made up of the band members of The Revolution and Morris Day and the Time. They were enrolled by Prince mostly to get them in shape. After some people complained about exercising to Jane Fonda videos and making jazz hands, Prince eventually stopped making attendance mandatory.

6. FIRST AVENUE & 7TH ST ENTRY WAS PAID $100,000 TO STAY CLOSED FOR 25 DAYS.

The movie's producers paid $100,000 to close down the legendary Minneapolis music club from November 26 through December 20, 1983 in order to shoot the film's many musical performances. They ended up wrapping the location in just one week.

7. PRINCE GAVE MAGNOLI 100 SONGS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR THE FILM.

The director's decision to include “When Doves Cry” was questioned by Prince’s manager, Rob Cavallo, who didn’t think it would be a hit because it didn’t have a bass line. “Purple Rain” wasn’t even one of the 100 songs; Magnoli heard it live at First Avenue and loved it immediately.

8. PRINCE INSISTED THAT APOLLONIA BREAK UP WITH DAVID LEE ROTH.

He didn’t want his co-star to be known for dating someone famous, and made her promise to not date anyone publicly while promoting Purple Rain. She also had to eat only what he ate.

9. APOLLONIA SUFFERED FROM HYPOTHERMIA AFTER SHE WENT INTO THE LAKE.

The scene where The Kid tells Apollonia to purify herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka (omitting the part that the body of water in front of them was not Lake Minnetonka) was shot at the north shore of Minneapolis’ Cedar Lake, on the second day of November. She managed to dive in four times before feeling “delirious” and needing medical attention. They finished shooting that scene weeks later in sunny California.

10. PRINCE RODE A CUSTOMIZED MOTORCYCLE.

A customized 1981 Honda CB400A Hondamatic to be exact.

11. PARTS OF THE MOVIE CAME FROM PRINCE’S CHILDHOOD.

The Kid’s father telling his son to never get married came from an actual conversation Prince had with his own dad.

12. THE SEX SCENE WAS SHOT THREE DIFFERENT WAYS.

When The Kid and Apollonia have sex in his bedroom, the cast and crew shot it with three different MPAA ratings in mind. The R-rated version was kept in.

13. PRINCE REWROTE SOME OF THE SCRIPT HIMSELF.

At times during filming, Prince would claim that the dialogue wasn’t “popping” enough then sit on the floor and rewrite it.

14. PRINCE’S BANDMATES WERE A COUPLE DURING FILMING.

Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin and keyboardist Lisa Coleman kept their relationship private, and stayed together for 20 years.

15. PRINCE AND MORRIS DAY GOT INTO A FIGHT ON SET.

The high school friends went at it, according to the Time drummer Jellybean Johnson.

16. WARNER BROS. ORIGINALLY THOUGHT THEY HAD A DUD.

After studio executives first screened the movie, they thought it was a mess and not commercial enough to be shown in more than 200 theaters. A desperate Rob Cavallo tipped off three movie critics to a secret San Diego screening. When those critics from Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek all wrote glowing reviews of Purple Rain, Warner Bros. decided to put it on 900 screens nationwide. It made $68.4 million at the box office—$61 million more than its meager $7 million budget.

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8 of the Weirdest Gallup Polls
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Born in Jefferson, Iowa on November 18, 1901, George Gallup studied journalism and psychology, focusing on how to measure readers’ interest in newspaper and magazine content. In 1935, he founded the American Institute of Public Opinion to scientifically measure public opinions on topics such as government spending, criminal justice, and presidential candidates. Although he died in 1984, The Gallup Poll continues his legacy of trying to determine and report the will of the people in an unbiased, independent way. To celebrate his day of birth, we compiled a list of some of the weirdest, funniest Gallup polls over the years.

1. THREE IN FOUR AMERICANS BELIEVE IN THE PARANORMAL (2005)

According to this Gallup poll, 75 percent of Americans have at least one paranormal belief. Specifically, 41 percent believe in extrasensory perception (ESP), 37 percent believe in haunted houses, and 21 percent believe in witches. What about channeling spirits, you might ask? Only 9 percent of Americans believe that it’s possible to channel a spirit so that it takes temporary control of one's body. Interestingly, believing in paranormal phenomena was relatively similar across people of different genders, races, ages, and education levels.

2. ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS THINK THE SUN REVOLVES AROUND THE EARTH (1999)

In this poll, Gallup tried to determine the popularity of heliocentric versus geocentric views. While 79 percent of Americans correctly stated that the Earth revolves around the sun, 18 percent think the sun revolves around the Earth. Three percent chose to remain indifferent, saying they had no opinion either way.

3. 22 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE HESITANT TO SUPPORT A MORMON (2011)

Gallup first measured anti-Mormon sentiment back in 1967, and it was still an issue in 2011, a year before Mormon Mitt Romney ran for president. Approximately 22 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, even if that candidate belonged to their preferred political party. Strangely, Americans’ bias against Mormons has remained stable since the 1960s, despite decreasing bias against African Americans, Catholics, Jews, and women.

4. MISSISSIPPIANS GO TO CHURCH THE MOST; VERMONTERS THE LEAST (2010)

This 2010 poll amusingly confirms the stereotype that southerners are more religious than the rest of the country. Although 42 percent of all Americans attend church regularly (which Gallup defines as weekly or almost weekly), there are large variations based on geography. For example, 63 percent of people in Mississippi attend church regularly, followed by 58 percent in Alabama and 56 percent in South Carolina, Louisiana, and Utah. Rounding out the lowest levels of church attendance, on the other hand, were Vermont, where 23 percent of residents attend church regularly, New Hampshire, at 26 percent, and Maine at 27 percent.

5. ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS DON’T KNOW WHICH COUNTRY AMERICA GAINED INDEPENDENCE FROM (1999)

Although 76 percent of Americans knew that the United States gained independence from Great Britain as a result of the Revolutionary War, 24 percent weren’t so sure. Two percent thought the correct answer was France, 3 percent said a different country (such as Mexico, China, or Russia), and 19 percent had no opinion. Certain groups of people who consider themselves patriotic, including men, older people, and white people (according to Gallup polls), were more likely to know that America gained its independence from Great Britain.

6. ONE THIRD OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN GHOSTS (2000)

This Halloween-themed Gallup poll asked Americans about their habits and behavior on the last day of October. Predictably, two-thirds of Americans reported that someone in their house planned to give candy to trick-or-treaters and more than three-quarters of parents with kids reported that their kids would wear a costume. More surprisingly, 31 percent of American adults claimed to believe in ghosts, an increase from 1978, when only 11 percent of American adults admitted to a belief in ghosts.

7. 5 PERCENT OF WORKING MILLENNIALS THRIVE IN ALL FIVE ELEMENTS OF WELL-BEING (2016)

This recent Gallup poll is funny in a sad way, as it sheds light on the tragicomic life of a millennial. In this poll, well-being is defined as having purpose, social support, manageable finances, a strong community, and good physical health. Sadly, only 5 percent of working millennials—defined as people born between 1980 and 1996—were thriving in these five indicators of well-being. To counter this lack of well-being, Gallup’s report recommends that managers promote work-life balance and improve their communication with millennial employees.

8. THE WORLD IS BECOMING SLIGHTLY MORE NEGATIVE (2014)

If you seem to feel more stress, sadness, anxiety, and pain than ever before, Gallup has the proof that it’s not all in your head. According to the company’s worldwide negative experience index, negative feelings such as stress, sadness, and anger have increased since 2007. Unsurprisingly, people living in war-torn, dangerous parts of the word—Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, and Sierra Leone—reported the highest levels of negative emotions.

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11 Times Mickey Mouse Was Banned
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Despite being one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved characters, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Mickey Mouse, who turns 89 years old today. A number of countries—and even U.S. states—have banned the cartoon rodent at one time or another for reasons both big and small.

1. In 1930, Ohio banned a cartoon called “The Shindig” because Clarabelle Cow was shown reading Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn, the premier romance novelist of the time. Check it out (1:05) and let us know if you’re scandalized:

2. With movies on 10-foot screen being a relatively new thing in Romania in 1935, the government decided to ban Mickey Mouse, concerned that children would be terrified of a monstrous rodent.

3. In 1929, a German censor banned a Mickey Mouse short called “The Barnyard Battle.” The reason? An army of cats wearing pickelhauben, the pointed helmets worn by German military in the 19th and 20th centuries: "The wearing of German military helmets by an army of cats which oppose a militia of mice is offensive to national dignity. Permission to exhibit this production in Germany is refused.”

4. The German dislike for Mickey Mouse continued into the mid-'30s, with one German newspaper wondering why such a small and dirty animal would be idolized by children across the world: "Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed ... Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal.” Mickey was originally banned from Nazi Germany, but eventually the mouse's popularity won out.

5. In 2014, Iran's Organization for Supporting Manufacturers and Consumers announced a ban on school supplies and stationery products featuring “demoralizing images,” including that of Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, and characters from Toy Story.

6. In 1954, East Germany banned Mickey Mouse comics, claiming that Mickey was an “anti-Red rebel.”

7. In 1937, a Mickey Mouse adventure was so similar to real events in Yugoslavia that the comic strip was banned. State police say the comic strip depicted a “Puritan-like revolt” that was a danger to the “Boy King,” Peter II of Yugoslavia, who was just 14 at the time. A journalist who wrote about the ban was consequently escorted out of the country.

8. Though Mussolini banned many cartoons and American influences from Italy in 1938, Mickey Mouse flew under the radar. It’s been said that Mussolini’s children were such Mickey Mouse fans that they were able to convince him to keep the rodent around.

9. Mickey and his friends were banned from the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a roundabout way. As they do with many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, Disney had contacted American favorites to win in each event to ask them to say the famous “I’m going to Disneyland!” line if they won. When American swimmer Matt Biondi won the 100-meter freestyle, he dutifully complied with the request. After a complaint from the East Germans, the tape was pulled and given to the International Olympic Committee.

10. In 1993, Mickey was banned from a place he shouldn't have been in the first place: Seattle liquor stores. As a wonderful opening sentence from the Associated Press explained, "Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny and teddy bears have no business selling booze, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has decided." A handful of stores had painted Mickey and other characters as part of a promotion. A Disney VP said Mickey was "a nondrinker."

11. Let's end with another strike against The Shindig (see #1) and Clarabelle’s bulging udder. Less than a year after the Shindig ban, the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America announced that they had received a massive number of complaints about the engorged cow udders in various Mickey Mouse cartoons.

From then on, according to a 1931 article in Time magazine, “Cows in Mickey Mouse ... pictures in the future will have small or invisible udders quite unlike the gargantuan organ whose antics of late have shocked some and convulsed others. In a recent picture the udder, besides flying violently to left and right or stretching far out behind when the cow was in motion, heaved with its panting with the cow stood still.”

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