TIL that both the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” and Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series were both inspired by just three consecutive lines from a single scene of Shakespeare’s King Lear

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  1. The three lines:

    Child Rowland to the dark tower came.
    His word was still “Fie, foh, and fum,
    I smell the blood of a British man.”[4]

    — King Lear, Act 3, scene 4, lines 195-197

  2. The Saw series was inspired from a scene in the original Mad Max. Where Max handcuffs some dude to a car that’s gonna explode, tells the dude “you gotta choice, saw off your foot and run…. Err crawl…. Or blow up”

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