CHEF BOYARDEE: Clad in a tall, white chef’s hat, Chef Boyardee, is the smiling, yet distinguished face behind such products as Beefaroni and Pepperoni Pizzazaroli. Yes, Chef Boyardee canned goods are the Italian food of choice for hobos and college students. Much like Colonel Sanders, Chef Boyardee was actually real a person (Colonel Sanders was real; but Betty Crocker and Aunt Jemima were pure fictional characters.) That’s the actual chef - for realsies - on the front of each can of Beefaroni; though his name is spelled phonetically and is actually: Boiardi.
Before gracing the front of canned foods – Ettore “Hector” Boiardi headed a kitchen at the prestigious Park Hotel in New York City and once catered a presidential wedding for Woodrow Wilson. In 1924, Bioardi moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he opened his own restaurant. His customers loved his signature spaghetti sauce so much – they began clamoring to make it themselves at home. So Bioardi created a do-it-yourself take-home spaghetti kit. Obviously, this took off like wildfire – or else we wouldn’t be seeing the chef’s likeness on cans of Mini-Ravioli. In 1928, Bioardi and his brothers (Brother Bioardis) opened a small processing plant and coined it the Chef Boiardi Food Company. One problem, his customers and salesmen couldn’t pronounce his name – so he went with the phonetic version. Said Bioardi: “Everyone is proud of his own family name but sacrifices were necessary for progress.” Chef Boiardi remained a consultant with the company until 1978 – and his chef-like face lives on forever on grocery and gas station food mart shelves.

JAY J. ARMES: Armes was an action figure in the 1970’s – put out by the Ideal Toy Corp. Mr. Armes was a double-amputee with interchangeable hands. One moment you could add suction cups and have him scale a wall; the next, he could be outfitted with hooks to zipline down a rope. Marvel comic maven, Stan Lee, was even considering putting out a comic book dedicated to the handless wonder. Quite a feat for one who is simply an action figure…or was he?

Jay J. Armes actually DOES exist in reality – and goes by the self-proclaimed moniker: ‘The World’s Greatest Detective.’ Armes is an El Paso based private detective and double amputee who can easily implant a .22 handgun onto his wrist. Armes had both his hands blown off during a childhood explosive and were replaced with hooks. The tragedy drove him to work that much harder – and he eventually became a private investigator with a client list that included Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando: who he helped to rescue his son, Christian, from kidnappers. Jay J. Armes is now 84-years old and is still working as a private investigator. And his action figure sells on ebay for $95.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: What would a Mad Hatter’s tea party be without Alice and her adventures in Wonderland? Down the rabbit hole you go – as you follow Alice in the Lewis Carroll classic novel – that brings a little girl named Alice face-face with the White Rabbit, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, and the trial of the Knave of Hearts.

Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865, Carroll, who was a mathematician at Oxford (his non-pen name was Charles Dodgson) based the character of Alice on Alice Liddell – the daughter of Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Henry Liddell. Carroll would take Alice and her sisters on row boating excursion. To entertain them, he would tell them tales of a bored little girl named Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. He wrote down the story and the rest is Wonderland history.

ZORRO: When you think of Zorro, you think of a masked swashbuckler dressed in a black costume with flowing cape; riding a horse and carving a swift ‘Z” on doorways throughout Mexican villages. Did you know there was a real-life Zorro that the story was based on? Although real-life Zorro was a hero he wasn’t as cool as movie Zorro. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was born in 1753. He came from a wealthy Mexican family. Due to his cleverness, he was nicknamed: “El Zorro” — which means “the fox.” Unlike movie Zorro, real-life El Zorro was an ordained priest and taught theology at the college of San Nicolas Obispo. Unsatisfied with being just a scholar, El Zorro vowed to help his fellow Mexicans; and empowered the workers by teaching them to plant grapevines and improve their farming methods. His goal was to help Mexico gain independence from Spain.

Spanish authorities soon became suspicious of El Zorro’s activities. Though he didn’t carve “Zs” on doorways – on September 16th in 1810, El Zorro did ring a church bell, calling for a rebellion with the battle cry, “el grito de Dolores” (“the cry of Dolores”). El Zorro then waved a banner picturing Mexico’s patron, the Virgin of Guadalupe. He was joined by the thousands of Mexicans who followed El Zorro as he carried the banner. In the end, El Zorrow and his followers were able to overtake towns west of Mexico City from Spanish authorities; though he did eventually get captured by Spanish authorities and was executed. Still, for someone who was a scholar and ordained priest El Zorro’s exploits were pretty badass!

COSMO KRAMER: On the TV show, Seinfeld, Kramer lived across the hall from Jerry in Apartment 5B. The high-strung, eccentric character is known for his hairdo, vintage clothes, entering a room by sliding into it, and his outlandish schemes. But, did you know Kramer is actually a real, living/breathing human being? In real-life, Kramer’s first name is Kenny – and not Cosmo. He was a struggling comedian who, at one time, lived across the from Seinfeld co-creator, Larry David.

On Seinfeld, the character’s original name was going to be “Kessler” – because David suspected that Kenny would exploit the fame it would bring him and capitalize on it. And that’s just what Kenny Kramer did…

Kenny created the "Kramer Reality Tour" - a NYC bus tour that takes tourists to some of the notable locales featured on Seinfeld; such as Tom’s Restaurant, H&H Bagels, and the Soup Nazi’s kitchen.


Louis C.K.

In a recent "Tonight Show" interview, Louis C.K. told Jimmy Fallon that he had sworn off the internet for a month and had no plans of stopping.
The comedian has previously come out in opposition of constant cellphone use, arguing in one 2013 interview on "Conan" that it erodes people's ability to empathize and feel sad.

Christopher Walken
In an interview with Newsweek ahead of his new movie, "The Family Fang," the actor said that it's "peaceful" not to use a computer.
"My wife always says to me, because she has a computer — apparently, you can look yourself up," he said. "You can do all sorts of masochistic things. I never have that temptation."
Whenever Walken shoots a movie, the producers reportedly give him a phone just for the shoot. Once filming ends, he gives it back.

Winona Ryder
In one 2010 interview, Ryder said that she never uses the internet. In a separate interview that year, she said that she almost never uses a computer.
"I have my email on my BlackBerry, and that's about it. I've never read a blog, ever," said the "Stranger Things" star.
Now that BlackBerry is all but dead, we wonder how she's communicating with people. Christmas lights maybe?

Angelina Jolie
In 2011, Angelina Jolie told USA Today that she'd been browsing Amazon.com for the first time and felt overwhelmed at all the options.
"My brain is too scattered, and the wires go in different directions," she said. "I'll stick to catalogs."
Only a few years before, she admitted to not knowing how to turn on a computer.

Brad Pitt
Jolie's soon-to-be ex-husband isn't any different.
Aside from not being on Twitter — like pretty much every other person on this list — Pitt has explicitly said that he doesn't know how computers work and doesn't want to participate in what he calls "the publicity machine."
"There's this whole other entity that you get sucked into," he told Newsweek in 2009. "You have to go and sell your wares. It's something I never made my peace with."

Elton John
Nearly a decade ago, Elton John boldly declared that the entire internet should shut down for a period of five years.
The British musician argued at the time that music was suffering immensely from the rise of online sharing and communication.
"Let's get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging," he said in the British tabloid The Sun.

George Clooney
Clooney is a vocal opponent of Facebook and Twitter.
Of joining Facebook, he's said, "I'd rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page."
Of Twitter, he told Esquire, "I think anyone who is famous is a moron if they're on Twitter."

Rachel McAdams
In 2009, McAdams admitted to living nearly in the Dark Ages in that she listens to news on the radio, doesn't own a TV — this is pre-streaming services, mind you — and is "really bad at email."
Hopefully, she's caught wind of Netflix by now.

Eminem
In 2010, Eminem gave Spin his reasoning for not learning the ins and outs of a computer.
"Here's why I don't know how to work a computer," he said. "If I learn how, I'm going to be on that b---- all day looking at comments about me, and it's going to drive me crazy."
And even though he joined Twitter in 2009, in seven years he's tweeted only 615 times.

Shailene Woodley
You might think that an actress who stars in a futuristic trilogy likes technology, but the "Divergent" star has told The Daily Beast on multiple occasions that she rarely goes on the internet, doesn't own a phone, and is "not a big technology person."
When she needs directions, she says she has to stop and ask people, which she prefers.
"The more you get away from all the technological buzz," she said, "the more freedom you have."

Jake Gyllenhaal
Speaking to USA Today two years ago, Gyllenhaal expressed his frustration that people seem to be on their phones more than they're engaged with people in their immediate surroundings.
"We're looking down. No one is looking up."
As much as his fans may want him to post selfies and Snaps, the actor said he doesn't want to live in the spotlight that much offscreen.

Jennifer Lawrence
In 2014, Lawrence told BBC Radio 1 that social media and technology baffle her.
"I'm not very good on phones or technology. I cannot really keep up with emails, so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me," she said.
The future isn't bright, either. Lawrence adds that she "will never get Twitter."

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