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This issue is about the Three Stooges, media that was surprisingly inspired by real life, 'SNL' Hall of Shame moments, and much more.

How the World Came to Believe That the Three Stooges Were on Hitler's Death List

Adolph Hitler's infamous "Death List" wasn't without star power. Included among it was Winston Churchill, Franklin RooseveltH.G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, and at least according to sources like Mental Floss and Empire, Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine, aka The Three Stooges

The oft-repeated story says that, because of the 1940 short You Nazty Spy! — where Moe dressed as Hitler and the Nazis were lampooned — Hitler placed The Three Stooges on his list of high-profile targets. In reality, it seems that the rumor was the product of a rather notorious supermarket tabloid. But that doesn't mean You Nazty Spy! wasn't a brave, landmark piece of satire that was surprisingly layered for the proudly lowbrow Sultans of Slapstick.


Comedies That Were Inspired By Depressing Real-Life Stories

If the 10,000 Transformers sequels didn't tip you off, coming up with fresh new movie ideas can be a pretty tough job. So, occasionally, Hollywood screenwriters have taken inspiration from/cheated off of real-world events. Oddly, it turns out that some flat-out comedies began as true stories that really weren't funny at all. 

Thanks to a little movie magic, these depressing incidents were transformed into comedic gold, to the enjoyment of audiences everywhere who didn't bother to Google the grisly details after the credits rolled.


More Real Life Reads:

'That '90s Show' Continues 'That '70s Show's Trend of Not Hitting for the People Who Lived Through It

15 Comedies to Catch on Streaming Before They Disappear at the End of the Month

Sarah Squirm on Her Grossest Gross-Out Comedy Moments

5 Eulogies That Were Hilarious

An A.I. Turned 'Family Guy' into A Live-Action 1980s Sitcom That's More Freaky Than Funny

15 Hollywood Bigwigs Who Are Sick of Marvel, Too

That Time Judd Apatow and Mark Brazill Got Into an Email Flame War Over 'That '70s Show'

5 of the World's Most Legitimately Dangerous Artifacts

If 'Velma' Is for an Adult Audience, Why Is It So Dumbed Down?

5 Petty Things That Science Has Actually Made It a Point to Study

12 Hall of Shame Moments from 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members

Being a Curmudgeon Makes You a Lot More Productive

15 Awful Ways Companies Saved a Buck by Short-Changing Customers, Partners, and Employees

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