Tributes poured in for respected comedy actor and writer Harold Ramis, last night, after the Ghostbusters star passed away at the age of 69, following a long battle with an autoimmune disease. The star will probably be remembered best for playing Egon Spengler in both the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 movies, but hardcore comedy fans will know that Harold was a veteran writer for the big screen, and along with the Ghostbusters movies , he was responsible for writing and co-writing classic movies such as Animal House, Groundhog Day, Stripes, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Analyze This. He laos wrote for TV and worked on several episodes of the US version of The Office.
With the 30th anniversary of the first Ghostbusters movie coming up this summer – this is very sad! That movie was very popular in my house growing up, as were several of those he wrote the screenplay for! RIP Harold Ramis – your legacy will live on in your brilliant work!
‘Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking’ – Dan Akroyd
‘Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all’ – Billy Crystal
‘Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you’ – Steve Carell
‘Very, very sad to hear that Harold Ramis has died. He was a lovely man and I loved working with him. RIP’ – Elizabeth Hurley
‘Today is a sad day. RIP Harold’ – Rick Moranis
‘Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence in the field. He will be sorely missed’ – Seth MacFarlane
‘I collect spores, molds, and fungus’ – condolences to the family and friends of the great Harold Ramis’ – Jimmy Kimmel
‘REST IN PEACE Harold Ramis: a continued source of everything funny’ Henry Winkler
‘So sad about Harold Ramis. Comedy legend. And a lovely man’ – Rashida Jones
‘Very sad to hear that we lost Harold Ramis. Exceptionally talented, exceptionally kind’ – Julianne Moore
‘So sorry to hear about the death of Harold Ramis, a comedy master. Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and more’ – Steve Martin
‘Egon was my favorite Ghostbuster. Feels like we lost one of the Beatles’ -Jason Reitman
‘Harold Ramis. Ugh. this movie. This movie was EVERYTHING #STRIPES’ – Martha Plimpton
‘Stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Harold Ramis. A comedy hero…’ – Stephen Fry
‘So sad about Harold Ramis. His work changed my life and inspired me and made me want to do what I do. Very nice man and a good neighbor too’ – Tom Arnold
‘Sad to hear brilliant comedian, writer & director Harold Ramis has passed. A giant talent & extremely nice man. RIP’ – Pee-wee Herman
Did you know that the Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik?
He sounds like he’d be fun at a dinner party doesn’t he? Well he wasn’t – he was probably in the corner twisting a white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow box around instead of commenting politely on the pavlova.
In the 80s, EVERYONE had a Rubik’s Cube, whether you wanted one or not. It was the law.
For anyone not around in the 80s, it was a small plastic puzzle with 54 different coloured blocks making up a six sided cube. To win, you had to make each of the six sides the same colour by rotating each face.
SOUNDS EASY RIGHT?
Well, did you ALSO know there are exactly 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 permutations of the Rubik’s Cube – that’s approximately forty-three quintillion.
And this is a present they gave to ten-year-olds. That’s the equivalent of being a forty-three quintillion piece jigsaw – and at least you get a pretty picture of a dinosaur when you finish that. With the Rubik’s Cube, all you got was a cube with six coloured sides – completely useless except for throwing at the cat.
To me, this was just a gift designed to make you feel stupid, angry and bored – in exactly that order – then go back to watching your Ghostbusters VHS.
Anyone who told you they could complete the Rubik’s Cube was lying. Nobody could do the Rubik’s Cube – unless they did it the way I did: peel off all the coloured stickers and re-stick them so all the sides match up. Then take it into the playground the next day and look smug.
(One man who could do it was Feliks Zemdegs, who holds the world record for completing the cube in 6.65 seconds)
An even easier way to solve the cube was merely to twist off the smaller individual cubes, then shove them back on in the correct order. I reckon I could do that in 6 seconds. EAT THAT FELIKS ZEMDEGS.
Poor Professor Rubik could never quite match the success of his multi-coloured cube – but I did own his follow up, Rubik’s Magic. Bored of squares, he’d come up with an exciting new innovation – circles. Basically you wibble-wobbled connected titles around ‘til you made a picture of a circle. This one was more annoying than the Cube because there was no way of dismantling it and cheating.
(BONUS FACT: Yuxan Wang holds the world record for completing Rubik’s Magic in 0.71 seconds.)
The Cube, however, remains an iconic image of the 80s. Every household really did have one, even though 99 per cent of them would just use it as a paperweight. Somehow Prof Ernő managed to convince the world to buy his useless plastic puzzle even though few had the brains to solve it. Now that’s real genius.
The A Team, Karate Kid, Ghostbusters and Gremlins… What have these all got in common? They are all classic 80s TV/ film franchises being remade or given sequels for a brand new audience. The trailer for the new Karate Kid film, out later this year, has already started circulating, as has the promo clip for the big screen version of The A Team. While Ghostbusters 3 and Gremlins 3 have both been confirmed as ‘in the works’, with the idea each will contain the 3D element re-popularised with the massive success of Avatar.