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X-Pac Takes Lie Detector Test … Over Meth Arrest

WWE legend X-Pac — real name Sean Waltman — is so determined to prove he’s not a meth dealer, he took a lie detector test and passed with flying colors … but there’s a catch.

We broke the story, X-Pac was arrested at LAX on April 29 after drug dogs found pills in his luggage that officials believed to meth. He was booked for possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

X-Pac previously claimed the…

An alternate history park where the Union Army loses the war… to dinosaurs.

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A Union soldier in the jaws of a dinosaur.
Abraham Lincoln steels himself to fight a raptor for the Gettysburg Address. Katharine Bowman (CC BY 2.0)
Dinosaurs made by Mark Cline at Dinosaur Kingdom. Katharine Bowman (CC BY 2.0)
Just a hint of Union blue uniform is visible in the T Rex’s jaws. Katharine Bowman (CC BY 2.0)
A cowboy rides a raptor in front of the gift shop. Katharine Bowman (CC BY 2.0)
Dinosaurs vs. Yankees. Katharine Bowman (CC BY 2.0)
A Union soldier versus two dinos. Katharine Bowman (CC BY 2.0)

In the woods of Virginia, a science fiction alternate reality version of the Civil War wages on.

The story behind the park goes something like this: In 1863, while excavating fossils…

Dawn Wells: Forever Mary Ann

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Dawn Elberta Wells was born on October 18, 1938, in Reno, Nevada. Dawn Wells has lived such a full, rich, idyllic life, it is a bit ironic that her very first dream was probably the only one she never achieved. “I wanted to be a ballerina more than anything,” she says, “(but) I couldn’t get 15 inch thighs and grow another five or six inches. And my knees started dislocating.”

Nonetheless, Dawn had a very happy childhood, she rode horses, and her mother grew the family’s own fruits and vegetables. She attending Reno High School where she was class treasurer, president of the debate team, and an honor roll student. After high school, Dawn enrolled at Stephens College in Missouri, where she studied chemistry. But after taking a theater course, Dawn got the acting bug and transferred to the University of Washington, where they had a good theater department.

A knockout, Dawn also entered and won the Miss Nevada beauty pageant in 1959. She competed in the Miss America pageant in 1960, in which (hard to believe) she did not win. Although she didn’t win, the contest paid for Dawn’s last two years in college.

After graduating, Dawn went to Hollywood to attempt a career in show business. She got both her first agent and her first acting job within six weeks. Dawn was to marry her agent Larry Rosen in 1962. Beautiful, eager, and talented, Dawn got many guest starring roles in tv series including ‘77 Sunset Strip, Wagon Train, Maverick, and Bonanza.

In 1964, Dawn auditioned for a new show on the CBS schedule called Gilligan’s Island. She met with the show’s creator, Sherwood Schwartz, where the two chatted about the character she was up for- Mary Ann Summers, a farm girl from Kansas (based on Judy Garland’s “Dorothy” character in The Wizard of Oz.)

Before officially testing for the role, her agent/husband Larry called and asked how Sherwood liked her. He was told, “She’s too smart to play Mary Ann,” to which he replied, “She can play dumb.”

When Dawn heard of this conversation, she quickly disagreed. “Mary Ann’s not dumb,” she declared, “She’s not very experienced, she’s kind of naive, but she’s not dumb.” It was as if she already fully understood the character she was to make immortal, before she even had the role.

Trivia: Another young, beautiful actress named Raquel Welch was also up for for the Mary Ann role.

Dawn did finally test a

nd was given the part, at $1,600 a week. According to Dawn, “CBS (originally) hated the show” and Sherwood Schwartz “was sure it wouldn’t go into a second season.”

Dawn credits the incredible success of Gilligan’s Island to a few factors. “We had fun,” she says, “and the chemistry was perfect. Half of it was the casting. Very good casting.”

Dawn’s Mary Ann became famous and beloved (by the show’s male viewers) for her short shorts. She actually helped design them. In the show’s early days, Dawn was not allowed to show her belly button (a full year before Barbara Eden faced the same censorship of the times in I Dream of Jeannie). This rather…