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Perhaps one of the most influential, interesting, iconic and talented people ever to hit the stage and screen, David Bowie was not only our childhood hero through the cult film Labyrinth, but also someone we have known and loved our entire lives for his simply genius music.

Always on the hunt for a good bit of tasty knowledge to sink our teeth into, we thought we would do some digging and pop together some cool facts we’ve recently learned about the legend himself. Sit back and enjoy our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About David Bowie…

> His eyes are actually the same colour – Perhaps hard to believe we know, his eyes are the same colour, however after a fight as a kid his left eye was left permanently dilated which gives it the appearance of being darker.

> As impressive at it is, Bowie was in a total of 10 bands; The Hype, Tao Jones Index, Tin Machine, The Buzz, The Riot Squad, The King Bees, The Lower Third, The Manish Boys, The Konrads and The Hooker Brothers.

> He released the first downloadable single from a major artist – Back in 1996, Bowie released his single ‘Telling Lies’ on his website. Given the dial-up speeds back then this might have taken around 11 minutes to complete. How did we have the patience back then?? Well worth the wait though huh.

> He did the voice (gurgling) for the baby in the song “Magic Dance,” in the movie Labyrinth.

> He was buddies with a young Elton John – When he was 17, Bowie (who was then still David Jones) loved to meet up with his friend Reginald Kenneth Dwight (who later of course became Elton John) at the Soho’s Giaconda Cafe, to hang out and talk about music.

> He really didn’t like the song ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ – A classic clip of the man himself with music veteran Bing Crosby singing together shows Bowie singing a song called ‘Peace on Earth’ while Bing sang ‘The Little Drummer Boy’. Bowie’s part, ‘Peace on Earth’, was written for him so Bowie didn’t have to sing a simple duet of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, so they turned it into a mix of the two. Awesome stuff!

> Letting the numbers speak for themselves, David Bowie sold more than 140 million records in his lifetime.

> His first television appearance was in 1964, at the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC program as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.

> David Bowie’s best known duets are of course with Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, and Bing Crosby. However, have you seen this live duet of ‘Tonight’ he did with Tina Turner?

>In 1980, he starred in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.

So there you have them folks. Hopefully we’ve given you a little extra glimpse into the life of this extraordinary man who shook the world and stamped his mark on it forever.

Help spread your love for this cult icon with a little help of our huge range of David Bowie TShirts or Labyrinth Merchandise. So many items from here we’ll sure be rocking for a long time to come.
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Ever since its release back in 2003, Elf has been a part of every Christmas for us. Bringing Buddy back into our lives once again filling us with Christmas joy, we simply can’t imagine a Christmas film list that doesn’t include this Will Ferrel classic!

His unstoppable charm and spirit have come to be a staple in many homes over the festive season reminding us of that little kid inside all of us who just loves decorations, Christmas trees, gifts and of course SUGAR!

Just before we all settle town to tuck into this modern classic (if you haven’t already!), why not take a peep at our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About The Movie Elf so you can annoy wow all your fellow viewers. Enjoy!
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1 – The script for Elf was originally written way back in the ’90s, and Jim Carrey (off of The Grinch fame) was originally tied to the role before Will Ferrell was cast.
2 - Will Ferrell’s reaction to the jack-in-the-boxes are all real, they were controlled remotely out of shot so he never knew exactly when they would jump out each time.
3 – Buddy’s famous 12-second burp was not done by Will Ferrell but it was real! It’s was actually done by the same voice actor who played Brain from Pinky and the Brain.
4 – In the first draft of the script, Buddy was bullied by his fellow elves, which is why he left to look for his dad. But the director pushed to change this because he wanted to keep the North Pole characters warm and sweet and not bullying meanies!
5 – Buddy or Will Ferrell actually suffered from headaches and a lack of sleep from all the sugar he had to eat during filming. Looks fun though.
6 – Peter Billingsley who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story makes a cameo as an elf in the film. Have you spotted him?
7 – To play the bubbly baby version of the titular elf, Favreau had initially cast twin boys whose blonde curly hair made them great little doubles for the mop-topped Will Ferrell. However, the production ran into a problem when instead of smiling and crawling as needed, they cried relentlessly. To replace them, brunette triplet girls were brought in, who were far perkier and more playful, and thereby ready for their close-ups.
8 – The movies director Jon Favreau (who also direct the Iron Man films) makes an appearance in the movie as the doctor who runs the DNA test on Buddy and also the voice of Mr. Narwhal.
9 – The costume Buddy wears is almost identical to the outfits worn by the elves in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Only green.
10 – Just like in Lord of the Rings with Gandalf, to make Buddy look so much bigger than the other elves they used forced perspective techniques rather than CGI. Having him sit closer to the camera than the others for example.
So there you have them folks!

Did we miss any? Is there something else you’d like to know? Give us a shout using the comments box below.

Elf fan? Don’t forget to also take a peep at our exclusive range of Elf clothing including Hoodies, T-Shirts and Jumpers. Take a peep….

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Big news peeps! Swiping our way through the weird and wonderful world of Instagram earlier, we discovered none other than top model, TV star and all round crazy cat Charlotte De Carle (@charlottedecarle) in our very own Mean Girls Boo You Wh*re Rolled Sleeve Boyfriend T-Shirt! Take a peep….
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The perfect way to channel your inner Regina, our exclusive Mean Girls T-Shirts are sure to hit the spot with any fan of this hit 00′s flick and come complete with rolled sleeves for some extra style points.
Available from just £19.99, grab this an a whole load more exclusive Mean Girls designs over at TruffleShuffle.co.uk and start spreading the love today!

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We’ve just spotted something pretty darn extiging at Truffle Towers this week!

Combining two of our very favourite things about Christmas,(Christmas films and Christmas Jumpers of course!), the upcoming Seth Rogan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie xmas flick is set to shake up everything you thought a Christmas film could be.

So what’s it all about? Well! The trio play longtime friends, Isaac, Ethan and Chris, who decide to bring their yearly Christmas Eve tradition to an end. Isaac is about to become a father, and Chris, a pro American football player, has become just too famous to casually hang out like they used to. The gang find themselves in a drug fueled night which goes as smoothly as you might imagine but is sure to be one hell of a ride!
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Taking centre stage we we spotted one of our very own Christmas Jumpers from the mighty brand Cheesy Christmas Jumpers. And what a beauty it is!
Complete with an amazing all over print of reindeer, snowmen,snowflakes and candy canes, this fab Unisex Retro Boxing Day Mashup Christmas Jumper is sure to be a hit ant any Christmas event.
Take a peep for yourself! Check out the official trailer below for a slice of the action to come…
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Due for release November 25th, any TruffleShuffle fans thinking of checking this out near the big day?

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Can you believe it?! Today back in 2004 saw the last ever episode of cult hit show FRIENDS hit our small screens. We’re starting to feel old now!

There was just so much to love about this show, from its quick one liners, amazing physical comedy, totally natural friendship between the cast and the sometimes deep story lines in there. It really had the lot! To help jog some memories and perhaps rekindle some of that old love for these amazing characters and moments, we thought we would pop together some of the very best things about this show that we probably all miss even today.

Sit back and enjoy our 11 Things We All Miss About FRIENDS…

1 – The classic intro.

2 – Ross and Rachel’s will they….won’t they.

3 – The Flashbacks to the oh-so painful past.

4 – “We were on a BREAK!”.

5 – Joey just being Joey.

6 – Joey and Chandlers bromance.

7 – The amazing guest stars.

8 – Phoebe’s weird and wonderful songs

9 – The moments FRIENDS got too real.

10 – Chandlers ermm… jokes.

11 – Tom Selleck’s mighty moustache.

With sooooo much to love about this iconic show, hopefully we’ve inspired you to bust our your DVD collection or to maybe just flick on over to catch some of their re-runs and start feeling some nostalgia love today.

There are still plenty of ways to show off your FRIENDS love though! Thankfully nostalgia is our game and we’ve got some amazing Friends memorabilia ready for you to snap up. Take a peep at some of our faves including Central Perk mugs, Friends T-Shirts and more….

So what do you miss the most about Friends? Let us know by commenting below.
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Calling all you Star Trek fans!! We’ve just drummed up a little treat for you to get stuck into!

Like many fans in the land, we LOVE getting to dig our way into the weird and wonderful worlds of some of our very favourite movies and TV shows which is why we’ve been busting out some amazing 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… posts over our long and varied blogging career.

Well! Inspired by some of our very latest Star Trek T-Shirts, we decided to crack on with some serious research and share some of our latest discoveries of this iconic series with you guys.

Sit back and enjoy our 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… Star Trek!

1 – The late Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in all 80s episodes (including the pilot!) of the original series. Legend!

2 – The actor who played “Scotty” James Doohan took part in D-Day during WW2….and was shot six times by ‘friendly’ fire! Although often covered, you can sometimes spot his missing finger which was a sad result of his wounds.

3 – Leonard Nimoy actually came up with the Vulcan Nerve Pinch himself. He was meant to club his victim but thought this wasn’t something Spock would have done.


4 – Despite this being one of THE most referenced lines ever, no one in the original Star Trek series ever actually said ‘Beam me up, Scotty‘. Huh!

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5 – The U.S.S. Enterprise had a six-lane bowling alley on board. According to Star Trek Blueprints, an authentic set of blueprints for the Constitution-class Starships released in booklet form in 1975, there’s a pretty giant bowling alley on Deck 21, right next to the “Refreshments Area” and the “Food and Beverages Preparation Facility.”

6 – William Shatner has never watched Star Trek! He has added that he hated watching himself, because he feels as though he sucked. When he was directing himself and had to watch the footage afterwards — for example in Star Trek V — he found it really uncomfortable.

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7 – Gene Roddenberry got half the royalties for the Star Trek theme. Because of a contract clause that said if he wrote lyrics for a tune (even if they weren’t actually used) he would get a split of royalties. So even though Roddenberry’s incredibly weird lyrics for the Trek theme were never heard on our screens, he got a 50/50 split with composer Alexander Courage….which didn’t make him too happy.

8 – Patric Stewart was so convinced that the show would fail that for the first six weeks of filming he refused to unpack his suitcases! Oooops!

9 – In 1968, Star Trek featured one of the first ever interracial kisses on American television. Kirk and Uhura snogged it out during ‘Plato’s Stepchildren’.

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10 – Roddenberry originally wanted the Enterprise to fly upside down! Now as we know, there’s no “up” and “down” in space, but the Enterprise is usually shown with its saucer section upwards right? The model they originally made was top-heavy, so it swung upside down on its cord so the saucer and nacelles were down. Roddenberry liked it better that way.

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So there you have em folks! Learn anything new? Got anymore cool facts you like to add? Let us know by leaving a little comment below.

Spotted some awesome Star Trek Merchandise on here? Grab all these and so much more over at TruffleShuffle.co.uk. See you there!

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