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Why actors say ‘break a leg'

Why actors say ‘break a leg'
By Mark Mason on 26-07-12 10:57. Comments (0)
So just why do actors say ‘break a leg' instead of ‘good luck'? (This cropped up in my last blog post.) It turns out that the answer lies in the 18th century, when the Duke of York wanted to bring a boastful friend down a peg or two ...

Apophenia - what's the one thing the SAS have in common with actors?

Apophenia - what's the one thing the SAS have in common with actors?
By Mark Mason on 13-07-12 10:44. Comments (0)
You wouldn't think actors had much in common with the SAS, would you? Apart from a sense of the dramatic, though in the SAS's case they back it up with a bit more than a vodka and tonic and a moan about how their agent just isn't getting them the right auditions. But there is one other thing shared by the two groups of people, and it's an example of a weird thing our brains engage in called ‘apophenia'.

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