Eleven Fun Facts You Didn't Know About "Stranger Things"

Eleven Fun Facts You Didn't Know About "Stranger Things"

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On October 27th, the long-awaited second season of the Netlifx Original "Stranger Things" premiered. If you're anything like me, you watched Season 1 faster than Eleven consumes her Eggo Waffles. So, to celebrate the return to the Upside Down and all that comes with it, here are 11 (ha) fun facts you may not know about the series.

1. Netflix bought the show within 24 hours of being pitched the concept.

2. Over a thousand (906 boys and 307 girls) auditioned for the lead roles.

3. Before landing the role of Dustin, Gaten Matarazzo was performing on Broadway. His dream role is to play the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera.

4. Millie Bobby Brown was told to get her inspiration from E.T. when playing Eleven.

5. The show was originally set in Montauk, NY.

6. The cast and crew were told to watch specific movies including Stand By Me, The Goonies, Poltergeist, and Nightmare on Elm Street to gather inspiration for the show.

7. Gaten Matarazzo grew up a lot during filming. So much so that they weren't able to use his voice for any dialogue recordings at the end of production because his voice had lowered so much.

8. Over 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt was used to make Eleven float in the pool.

9. Hopper's trailer only cost $1 to buy.

10. Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), requested that his character wear a camo bandana

11. Steve and Nancy weren't originally supposed to get back together at the end of the series but the writers liked the actor that played Steve so much they changed the fate of his character.

Cover Image Credit: Netflix

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15 Inspirational Book Quotes To Get You Through The Day

"There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Something that has always amazed me, no matter how old I get or how much life I live, is the power that words have over people. Offhanded compliments from strangers can often have me smiling throughout the rest of the day, but if that same person were to insult me, it would leave me feeling 2-feet tall.

I’ve noticed that this phenomenon lends itself to written works as well. Watching a movie can become an entirely different experience when the script is written well, I’m less inclined to click out of an article I’m reading if I like the way things are worded, and I’m more tempted to finish a book if I can pick out lines and paragraphs that resonate with me.

A lot of the time, those quotes and paragraphs are inspirational, and today, I’d like to share a few of them, just in case you need a pick me up.

1. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for”. — J.R.R. Tolkien

2. "When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is to comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend you do not notice them." — Lemony Snicket

3. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde

4. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” — L.M. Montgomery

5. “We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.” — George Eliot

6. "...[I]f you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be." — Roald Dahl

7. "Beware; for I am fearless. And therefore powerful." — Mary Shelley

8. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." — Samuel Beckett

9. "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." — J.K. Rowling

10. "There’s only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best." — Doris Lessing

11. “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserve and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists...it is real...it is possible...it's yours." — Ayn Rand

12. “She decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong, and she would be weak, and both would be okay.” — Tahereh Mafi

13. “It was all very well to be ambitious, but ambition should not kill the nice qualities in you.” — Noel Streatfeild

14. “‘You could rattle the stars,’ she whispered. ‘You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.’” ― Sarah J. Maas

15. “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.” ― Norton Juster

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11 Country Songs That Pull On The Heart Strings

Make sure you grab some tissues. These songs will make you cry and look at life a little differently.

Music has the ability to completely change your mood. We often listen to different genres of music depending on our current moods. When you are headed out on the town for the night, you don’t turn on Tim McGraw. When you are headed to church, you don’t blast Lil Wayne. Every once in a while, there will be a song that speaks to your soul, a song that pulls on the heart string and may even make you tear up. Here are 11 of those songs that pull on the heart strings!

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1.“Just A Few Questions” by Clay Walker

Bucky perfectly captivates true love, why we shouldn't take someone for granted, why we should cherish every moment in this song.

2.“I’ll Walk” by Bucky Convington

Sometimes we just need to stop and be mindful of others. Don't let this life get too busy that we forget to love and care for others.

3.“What if She’s an Angel” by Tommy Shane Steiner

Do something for someone else, live selfless, and pass love along to others.

4.“The Chain of Love” by Clay Walker

Always show love and leave judgement behind. You never know what someone is going through or has gone through in life.

5.“The Little Girl” by John Michael Montgomery

We have all had to deal with heart break and Miranda lays out just how that heart break feels. It just doesn't feel right leaving this one out.

6.“Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert

Today, more than ever, we need to love one another. In the end, love always wins. Such a great song and perfect timing. This world sure could use the message in this song.

7.“Love Wins” by Love and Theft

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8.“Laughed Until We Cried” by Jason Aldean

We can all learn something from this song. Breaks my heart every single time.

9.“Alyssa Lies” by Jason Michael Carroll

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“Music is Healing” by Florida Georgia Line

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