After a handful of roadblocks, icy bridges, and potholes that life has thrown at me–i’m finally back to getting some real writing done. Just over 2000 words today.
When I hear that a film is the highest grossing film of all-time, or for a weekend, or for a certain month, etc., I always wonder what other blockbuster films would have made, if ticket prices were the same as they are today.
Fortunately, Box Office Mojo gives the answer. They provide a list of the Top 200 films–adjusted for inflation (you can find it here–http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm) if you want the full list.
Many of the films are no surprise–like Gone With the Wind (#1), Star Wars (#2), Jaws (#7), or Raiders of the Lost Ark (#20), the many Disney, and family, films.
But, there were some films I was very surprised to find on the list. Such as:
House of Wax (Warner Bros-1953). This little horror gem–starring Vincent Price–made $23,750 during its initial release. But, adjusted for inflation puts it at #96 with $419,414,900–putting ahead of such modern films as the Iron Man films, Toy Story 1 & 2, and all but one of the Harry Potter films.
Young Frankenstein (Fox–1974). This hilarious horror romp–directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Peter Boyle–made $86,273,333. But, adjusted for inflation puts it at #118 (with $378,872,300).
Stir Crazy (Columbia-1980). This great Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy took in $101,300,000, but adjusted for inflation puts it at #187–with $312,561,300.
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White River Sioux – Doomsday Legend
There is a cave hiding somewhere in the Badlands (called Maka Sicha by the Lakota people). Even today–with many modes of travel available to us, as well as hikers, explorers, and treasure hunters–the cave still remains undiscovered.
Inside the cave is an old woman. Dressed in rawhide, she is wrinkled with age–her skin like an old walnut. For more than a thousand years she has been working on a buffalo robe, meticulously threading it with many thousands of porcupine quills. Her teeth are worn down from biting the quills, flattening them before each use.
Beside the old woman lies a large black dog. Named Shunka Sapa, the dog watches the old woman day and night. Near the wall of the cave burns a fire. Above it hangs a pot of boiling wojapi (a thick, hearty stew, or sauce, of red berries). Occasionally, the woman will put her threading work down and walk over to check on the stew. While she stirs it, Shunka Sapa will–quietly and quickly–rise from the floor and pull out the quills she had been working on. He returns to the floor, and the old woman returns to her work–unaware that the day’s work has been undone.
It is believed that should she ever finish the robe, the world will end.
Perhaps it’s best that no one has found the cave.