Pancreatic cancer has such a terrible five-year survival rate not because it is necessarily more virulent than other forms of cancer but because its symptoms and manifestation often prevent it from being diagnosed until after it has metastasized.
It took JRR Tolkien 12 years to write the Lord of the Rings, due partly to external pressures but also due to his extreme perfectionism when it came to his own writing -- the material before Moria includes at least fifty scraps of overlapping drafts and constant markups. In earlier drafts, the story was much lighter (and finally became darker after Tolkien settled on the Ring and its history as the central part of the plot), "Frodo" was known as "Bingo," "Strider/Aragorn" was "Trotter" and a hobbit with artificial feet rather than a man. There probably a year lull between Balin's tomb and the continuation of the narrative...
To land upside down on the ceiling, flies grab it with their front legs and then somersault the rest of their body over. They also jump up and backwards when taking off, so if you swipe at them from behind they will generally jump straight into your palm.
Various actors were considered and/or offered leading parts in The Matrix but refused -- including Ewan McGregor, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio. In a quick flash of Neo's passport during the movie (which was filmed in 1999), his documentation is slated to expire on September 11, 2001.