20 Inventions That Are Gonna Flip Your “I-Want-It-Now” Switch
The earliest invention happened 23 million years ago. And today there are already an uncountable number of gadgets and devices. Time doesn’t stand still and people are constantly inventing something new, trying to solve a problem or create the impossible. And we thank them for it. After all, cool and useful inventions make our lives easier and make our daily routine less routine.
We at Bright Side adore everything new and couldn’t just ignore these original inventions. And we won’t let you miss them either.
1. This device is used as a simple and convenient way to cut a watermelon. The slicer helps you to create pieces you can easily eat.
2. Every time you slouch, this posture corrector begins to vibrate slightly. This will help you remember to keep your back straight and train you to have good posture.
3. This bracelet is especially good for runners. It has a special pocket where you can put a key and money. Also the bracelet glows, which makes you stand out in the dark.
4. If your daily routine includes washing your kids or pets you can use a special knee pillow. It’s soft and helps you kneel comfortably.
5. This magnetic cup is an excellent container for water on outings. The cup can be attached to the metal coaster and the liquid won’t spill during a day on the boat or while camping.
6. The summer heat is already here and a cool breeze is what we wish for the most. There’s nothing easier than to insert a mini-fan into the USB connector on your phone and enjoy the cool air.
7. With the help of this moldable glue, you can fix the cable, shoes, or whatever you want all by yourself. It’s easy to use and will prolong the life of your favorite things.
8. You know how greasy your hands can be after eating chips? Well, in order to not blur the screen of your phone or other devices, you can use these tongs — you’ll have clean hands and you can continue eating.
9. A hammock is great, but sometimes it’s unbearable to lie in because of the mosquitos around. This hammock has a special net that will protect you from insects.
10. An umbrella doesn’t protect your shoes during the rain, so you may need special waterproof covers. Just put them over your shoes and feel free to walk through the puddles.
11. This self-heated knife will help you spread cold butter easily. You won’t need to connect it to electricity because it heats up from the heat of your body.
12. It’s always difficult to attach a bracelet with one hand. It can take a lot of time and can easily tire you out. But this device will help you easily attach the bracelet without needing anyone’s help.
13. If you don’t always have electricity on hand to charge your gadgets, you can use this power bank. It charges with solar power and is convenient to take with you, since it folds like a fan.
14. You can enhance your photos using a selfie light. It will make your photos brighter and fill them with light in the darkness. It can be hooked up at any time, as it’s easy to use.
15. These anti-snoring strips keep your jaw in a normal position and let you get enough air. They hold your airways open and prevent you from snoring. Also it’s easy to apply and remove the strips.
16. Our phones are always with us, even when we go to bed. And if you have no place to put it while you’re sleeping, then here’s a bedside shelf for you. It’s smaller than an ordinary shelf and pretty roomy.
17. This pillow can be used anywhere and provides comfort for your head. Whether it’s at the airport, your desk, or even a bench on the street — it can be turned into sleeping spot.
18. If you’ve always wanted to try traditional typewriter then you have a chance to do it now. You can use this mechanical keyboard with your gadgets and take a plunge into the past.
19. It can be difficult sometimes to get every last hair off of your brush. This self-cleaning brush can help you. Just remove the teeth and hair will fall off. Remember: It’s better to make sure you do it over the trash can.
20. Those who monitor the humidity level might be interested in this USB air humidifier, which can also work from an outlet. It glows in the darkness too, like a night light.
Which of these products are you ready to buy? And what other cool innovations would you like to have if they existed? We would like to hear your ideas in the comments.
15 Movies You Had No Idea Were Actually Remakes
Some of your favorite movies might be older than you think, because a lot of popular movies are actually remakes of earlier films. In fact, remakes are so important to moviemaking, the first time one came out was 1904, with a remake of The Great Train Robbery, released only a year after the original came out! Today, we are shedding light on these senior movies.
At Bright Side, we love movies and enjoy giving classics their day in the sun. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of films you might not have known were remakes.
Scarface is arguably one of Al Pacino’s best-known roles and it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the part, but he wasn’t the first to do so. The movie is actually a remake of a 1932 film of the same name. To be fair, the original isn’t completely unheard of. The Library of Congress added the older film to the National Film Registry in 1994.
2. A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars is an Italian Western film that arguably made Clint Eastwood a household name. The film was actually influenced by a Japanese film called Yojimbo. Instead of the “Man with No Name”, the earlier film tells the story of a wandering ronin who tries to clean up a crime-ridden town.
Allegedly, Italian director, Sergio Leone intended his film to be a remake but the rights were not secured in time for the release. Unfortunately, the similarities of the films led to a lawsuit from the Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa over copyright infringement which was settled out of court.
3. You’ve Got Mail
You’ve Got Mail based its love story around a time when emails were becoming a big part of people’s lives. While it’s easy to assume this is a period piece, the original story is actually much older. The film is inspired by the play Parfumerie by Miklós László, which was previously adapted into 2 films, The Shop Around the Corner and In the Good Old Summertime.
While the ’90s film isn’t necessarily a remake of either, it pays homage to them — the bookstore in the film is even named “The Shop Around the Corner”. But before you ask, yes, the older stories involved love letters but they were written the old-fashioned way.
4. The Uninvited
The Uninvited tells the story of 2 sisters who become suspicious about their late mother’s cause of death. The story is actually a remake of an earlier Korean film, A Tale of Two Sisters. Those who know Korean folklore might recognize the movie as a retelling of the Korean ghost story, Janghwa Hongryeon Jeon which is an alternate name of the original film.
5. The Sound of Music
Many people know of the real-life Trapp family through The Sound of Music, but their story was already adapted to film by the 1956 West German film, Die Trapp-Familie. Arguably, this example counts as an indirect remake; the latter was based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical which was in part inspired by the older German film.
Another notable detail is that Die Trapp-Familie even had a sequel involving the Trapps in America which was released only 2 years after the first.
6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
When Walt Disney was a teenager, he saw a silent film based on the story of Snow White, starring Marguerite Clark, which later inspired him to make his first full-length animated film. While you can argue that both films are just a retelling of the same story, a lot of scenes in the silent film appear in the Disney cartoon.
In both films, we see the following: Snow White working as a maid in the palace, the girl meeting the prince at the start of the story, the wicked stepmother wanting Snow White’s heart (in the original story, it was the girl’s liver and lungs), and a scene where one of the dwarfs is forced to take a bath. However, for their film, Disney didn’t entirely scrap the scenes from the silent film. Some Disney live shows name the prince Florian which might be a play on “Florimund,” the prince’s name in the silent film.
7. The Upside
Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston star in the film, The Upside, which tells the story of the friendship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man. The film is actually a remake of an earlier French film, Intouchables. The earlier film also has remakes in Argentina and India.
8. Dinner for Schmucks
If you thought Dinner for Schmucks was just another Steve Carell, Paul Rudd buddy comedy and nothing more, you couldn’t be more wrong. The film has a bit of history in that it’s an adaptation of the 1998 French comedy, Le Dîner de Cons, which itself originated as a play.
9. Jungle 2 Jungle
Jungle 2 Jungle is a Franco-American 1997 film that tells the story of a man who learns he has a son who grew up in a native South American tribe and takes him to live with him in the city. The film was actually a remake of an earlier French film, Un indien dans la ville, which has a similar plot but takes place in Paris. Interestingly enough, the original French film had scenes filmed in the United States.
10. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey tells the story of 3 lost pets trying to reunite with their family. The story was previously told by Disney in 1963 under the title, The Incredible Journey. One major difference between the 2 films is that while the original did have some narration, the remake has the animals “speak,” allowing the audience to “hear” what they’re thinking.
Big is a 1988 film that tells the story of a boy whose wish to become an adult comes true overnight. A film with a similar premise is Italy’s Da grande, which was released the year before. While the older film is believed to have inspired the 1988 film, the plots have some differences. For example, instead of getting a job at a toy factory, the Italian “boy in a man’s body” ends up becoming a popular babysitter since he’s good with kids.
12. Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot, which tells the story of 2 men who disguise themselves as female musicians, originated with the French film, Fanfare d’amour. The French film was previously adapted into a West German film in 1951 which also greatly influenced the American film since the French version was hard to trace at the time.
One notable difference between the films is that the American version has a subplot where the musicians are on the run from gangsters — in the earlier films, they were just that desperate for work.
13. Three Men and a Baby
Three Men and a Baby is a remake of the French film, Trois hommes et un couffin. In fact, the original French director, Coline Serreau, was almost going to direct the American remake but eventually dropped out. The idea of men raising babies is so popular, there are at least 4 different Indian remakes of the film, albeit in different languages.
Brothers seemed like it was made to cash in on Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal actually looking like they could be brothers, but it’s actually a remake of the Danish film, Brødre, released around 5 years before. The Danish film also inspired an opera!
15. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Do you know any other films that are remakes and want more people to know about the original? Let us know!
9 Touching Movies Based on True Stories and How Their Directors Changed Them
When making a movie, the purpose of every film director is to succeed at the box office. If they claim that the film is based on real-life events, they can be assured that the viewer will be stuck to the screen. And that is precisely what the phrase “based on a true story” does, it awakens our curiosity and makes us want to see the movie before everyone else. But do these movies always honor the real story?
Bright Side will reveal specific changes to you that were made in some popular movies based on real-life events and the directors who made them.
1. A Beautiful Mind (2001), Ron Howard
The film, starring Russell Crowe, depicts the life of Nobel Prize winner, John Forbes Nash. However, it portrayed some parts about his life that weren’t real at all. For example, Nash didn’t give a speech when he received the Nobel Prize in Economics, but in the film he does. He also didn’t work or collaborate with the US Department of Defense either. The film portrays him as an exemplary father figure, when this was far from the truth. He had a son, but the child was born as a result of Nash cheating on his wife and he never took care of him.
2. The Pianist (2002), Roman Polanski
The man behind the real story of The Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, states in his memoirs that he was born in Warsaw and spent his whole life there. However, the streets that appear on screen were shot in Krakow. In this case, producers had no choice but to change the filming location since Hitler had destroyed the Warsaw ghetto and the entire Polish capital. Polanski had to recreate the Old City of Warsaw and to do so he based his reproduction of the city on the paintings of Italian artist Canaletto, who portrayed the streets of Warsaw in his work.
3. The Untouchables (2011), Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
In the film, the main character, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo is a widower. In reality, he was still married to his wife when he suffered the accident that left him in a wheelchair. She was a wealthy heiress and died 3 years after the incident. They adopted 2 children before she passed, but the children were also erased from the story. The ending of the film doesn’t match reality either. Philippe moved to Morocco where he found love again, a young Moroccan who was a single mother of 2 little girls. Finally, Abdel Yasmin Sellou, the ex-convict hired to take care of the aristocrat, is not originally from Senegal as the film depicts, he’s actually Algerian.
4. Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Don Siegel
This is one of the movies based on a real-life event that is almost entirely true to the original story. It may be because, in this case, reality exceeds fiction, so there was no need to add anything to the film to engage viewers. The movie is a recount of the story of Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin, who managed to escape from Alcatraz. No one ever knew for sure if they survived or not. Years later, however, a letter allegedly written by John Anglin appeared where he confirmed that the 3 of them managed to survive.
The scenes were also filmed in Alcatraz, but there was a small change. The cells of the protagonists were not the ones that the original inmates occupied. The ones shot in the film belong to sector C, while the original cells were located in sector B. If you visit Alcatraz, you’ll be able to see the hole that they escaped through and the paper and plaster heads they used to cover it.
5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009), Lasse Hallström
The greatest difference between the real story and the Hollywood production is that the actual story takes place in Tokyo, while the movie is set in the United States. Another variation in the script is the cause of the death of one of the lead characters. Professor Hidesaburo Ueno passed away after a cerebral hemorrhage, but in the film, Professor Parker Wilson dies from a heart attack. Finally, Hachiko, the undisputed protagonist of the story, is found at a train station in the movie, while the real Hachiko was bought at a pet store.
6. 127 Hours (2010), Danny Boyle
Aron Ralston, the man behind this terrible story, has claimed that the film is so accurate that it resembles a documentary. Very few changes were made in the story. One of them appears in the first scenes of the film, where Ralston meets 2 hikers. In reality, he just showed them some climbing techniques, he didn’t lead them to a hidden lagoon, as seen in the movie.
7. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Gabriele Muccino
Chris Gardner’s son was still a baby when the events that inspired the film took place. In the movie, Will’s 5-year-old son replaced the baby boy. Producers did this to add drama to the story because it made it easier for the audience to see the feelings and reflections of the child throughout the film. Another adjustment made by the director was that, in the movie, Chris’s internship at the prestigious brokerage is unpaid when, in reality, he did actually get paid.
8. Catch Me If You Can (2002), Steven Spielberg
In real life, the main character, Frank Abagnale, ran away from home and never saw his father again. However, Spielberg reunited them in the film. This helped him add drama by showing Frank’s need to please his dad and also his father’s pride after seeing Frank in his pilot uniform. Another difference between the actual story and the movie is the way Frank escapes on the flight back to the U.S. from France. Abagnale disappears from the back of the Boeing 737 and not through the bathroom like in the movie.
9. I, Tonya (2017), Craig Gillespie
The film tells the story of skater Tonya Harding and her rivalry against Nancy Kerrigan, who was not only part of her team, but also her toughest rival. In January 1994, Tonya’s ex-husband attacked Nancy, and although Tonya denied any involvement in the aggression, she was still convicted for covering up for her husband and bodyguard. She was also banned from skating, which put an end to her promising career. The film favors Tonya’s testimony, but also presents opposite opinions through other characters. This way, the movie gives the viewer the power to choose which side to take.
It doesn’t matter if it was done to please the audience, be more successful at the box office, or because the circumstances demanded it. We can’t trust that all content is accurate in movies based on true stories. Do you know any other films that are based on real-life events that differ from the actual story?
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