Dumb and Dumber - 11 - 18

The movie poster collection at the American Treasure Tour is expansive, and ranges from science fiction to western to drama to children's films.  Today, we are going to talk about one of our the stranger, sillier pieces in the collection.  A black and white poster depicting a scene from the film Dumb and Dumber (the image included here is in color for your entertainment).

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Dumb and Dumber  is a 1994 comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as two friends of equally dubious intelligence.  It's also a road trip film in which the main characters, Lloyd and Harry, manage to get from Rhode Island to Colorado despite many obstacles, including their own limitations.  This was a comedic breakthrough hit for the Farrelly Brothers, who would go on to make one of the (arguably) funniest films of the 1990s, There's Something About Mary.


The guys travel to Colorado to return a briefcase to Mary Swanson.  What is the money in the suitcase intended for?

a)  The purchase of a life-sized stuffed elephant

b)  The ransom of Mary's husband

c)  To buy a 1922 Stanley Steamer.

d)  To pay for the very expensive briefcase.

e)  All of the above

Answer below.


In 1865, the short story that "made" Mark Twain was published today in the New York Saturday Press.  The story was The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.  If you don't know the plot, we regret to inform you that we at the American Treasure Tour blog are not at liberty to describe it to you.  You quite simply must read it.  And if you have children, spouses, siblings, or parents who are unfamiliar with it, you may want to consider reading it to them as well.  When Twain learned of a French translation of the story that had been published, he then re-translated it in English from the French, and published that as "The Jumping Frog: in English, then in French, and then Clawed Back into a Civilized Language Once More by Patient, Unremunerated Toil." 

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Today is an extremely important day, and not just because of Mark Twain.  It is the day, in 1928, when Steamboat Willie was introduced to the world by Walt Disney.  The first fully-synchronized cartoon was released today, with the third appearance of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  To take it to the next level, the Disney Corporation considers today to be the official birthday of Mr. Mouse.  Mickey, that is.


Johnny Mercer was born on Novermber 18th, 1909 in Savannah, Georgia.  The composer of many songs that remain familiar and inherently hummable to this day, Mercer may be best known for co-writing favorites including "Hooray for Hollywood," "Jeepers Creepers," "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," the hit for Frank Sinatra "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," and the ATT blog's absolute favorite Johnny Mercer hit, "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive." Justly heralded as an American great, Mercer won four Academy Awards for his music and continues to be honored in his birth city.

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Surprisingly, more than one American has their birthday today.  (Not really.)  Johnny shares his big day with Oscar Nunez, the 54 year-old actor whose character of ... um ... Oscar was one of the accountants on the hit television show The Office for its nine season run.  Born in Cuba, Nunez's parents were classmates of Fidel Castro at the University of Havana prior to emigrating ultimately to New Jersey.  After he became a certified dental technician, Nunez took up comedy, preferring laughter over laughing gas, one supposes.


I like freedom. I wake up in the morning and say, 'I don't know, should I have a popsicle or a donut?' You know, who knows? - Oscar Nunez

Answer:  d)  The ransom of Mary's husband.