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Marlon Brando was paid $1 million in advance for the role of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. He threatened to quit and keep the advance. Francis Ford Coppola told his agent that he didn’t care, and if they couldn’t get Brando, they would try Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, and then Al Pacino. Brando eventually turned up late, drunk, 40kg overweight, and admitted he hadn’t read the script or even “Heart of Darkness”, the book it was based on. He read Coppola’s script, and refused to do it. After days of arguments over single lines of dialogue, an ad-lib style script was agreed upon, and this was shot according to Brando’s stipulations that he appears in shadows. Marlon Brando so angered Francis Ford Coppola that the director turned over the filming of Brando’s scenes to Jerry Ziesmer, the assistant director.
Mind-bender of the day: Two massive black holes entwined in a gravitational tango, captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The suspected black hole merger, named WISE J233237.05-505643.5, is located about 3.8 billion light-years from Earth.
Pair with this scintillating debate on the nature of “nothing” moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Wrong. Studies show that there are certain times of the day when drinking a cup of coffee will not help you stay awake. The times of your 24-hour cycle where your blood spikes and produces cortisol. Your cortisol level peaks between 8 AM and 9 AM, so a cup of coffee may not be as beneficial as you believe.
Although your cortisol levels peak between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., there are a few other times where—on average—blood levels peak again, like between noon and 1 p.m., and between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
In the morning then, your coffee will probably be the most effective if you enjoy it between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., when your cortisol levels are dropping before the next spike.