Library of Alexandria was founded at the beginning of the third century B.C. and was believed to have been the largest library in the Mediterranean world. There is much debate about how and when it was destroyed.
Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the patron God Helios that stood at the entrance to the harbor of the island of Rhodes in Greece until an earthquake destroyed it in 282 B.Cmonly known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Pop Rocks were a candy first introduced in 1975, from which small amounts of carbonation are released causing a popping sensation in the mouth and a sizzling noise. Fairly popular in the 80s, there was even an urban myth about how someone who swallowed pop rocks followed by a carbonated beverage died due the gas released causing the person’s stomach to explode. This myth was mentioned in the movie Urban Legends.
Jackson: Your mother got hers at Neiman Marcus. It’s platinum with gold leaf – it costs more than my car!
Patricia Hearst is an heir to the Hearst fortune. She was kidnapped in the early 70s by the Symbinese Liberation Army (SLA) and brainwashed into assisting in a bank robbery. She has also acted in several of John Water’s movies.
Taylor: But you’re supposed to roll them, Rapunzel, and carrying isn’t rolling, is it? I mean, did anyone hear the word rolling come out of his mouth? Check the transcript, I think you’ll find one-word missing – rolling!
“Rapunzel” is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812 as part of Children’s and Household Tales.
Taylor: Wait a second, wait a second! You there, when Lady Godiva here wanted to be town troubadour over you, I stood by your side. Why aren’t you backing me now?
Lady Godiva‘s tale is a myth, probably with some truth . She was an 11th Century noblewoman. When she repeatedly asked her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes in Coventry, he finally challenged her. If she would ride nude on horseback through the market, then he would lower taxes. Lady Godiva took him at his word, and did precisely that, using her long hair as her only covering. In the end, he purportedly kept his word and eliminated the onerous taxes. It’s also the source of the term “Peeping Tom” – When she did it, an order went out for all the peasants to shutter their windows and stay indoors. A local tailor named Tom, however, could not resist and, after making a hole in the shutters, snuck a look or two at Ms. Godiva in all her glory, for which he was supposedly struck blind.
Luke: What do you mean, what is it? My Uncle Louie’s funeral is tomorrow afternoon and I haven’t heard from any of you. Hello?
Possible reference to Dorothy’s dog, Toto, in Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is an American children’s novel written by author L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900.