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Forrest Gump's Apple Investment Would Equal Billions Today

Many fans lament American remakes of foreign films, such as "Let The Right One In" or "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." How easily we forget that it's a two-way street. For example, Japan is about to remake the Clint Eastwood movie "Unforgiven" as a samurai epic. As the article points out, turnabout is fair play: Remember when Eastwood remade Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" in 1964 as "A Fistful of Dollars"?

In the film "Forrest Gump" (adapted, lest we forget, from the novel by Winston Groom), Gump and his friend Lieutenant Dan invest in a little tech start-up named Apple. A finance blog crunched the numbers to deduce what their investment would be worth today: about $7.8 billion. That's a lot of boxes of chocolate!

Someone broke the first rule of Toddler Fight Club: they talked about Toddler Fight Club -- specifically, to the Delaware police, armed with a cell-phone video that showed day-care workers forcing tiny children to battle each other for sport. Ever since the 1999 David Fincher adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, copycat fighting rings (mostly illegal, especially when babies are involved) have proliferated across America. Which makes one wonder: Did anyone ever actually finish the book or movie? Because the second half pointedly illustrates why this might not be such a good idea.

The BBC would have you believe that the surreal elements in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland weren't really evocative of drug use after all, and that Carroll's interest in his young photographic subjects was probably not sexual. All of this sounds like an insidious PR campaign. Next they'll be trying to tell us that Picasso was actually a good husband, or that Emily Dickenson wasn't secretly afflicted with epilepsy -- she just needed to get out more.

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