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Did you know Groucho Marx's brother was an inventor? 
Zeppo Marx might have been the "straight man" among his brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Gummo), but he got his chance to laugh all the way to the bank in other ways. The youngest member of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team, Zeppo (whose real name was Herbert Manfred Marx) had a knack for mechanical processes and founded the Marman Products Company in Inglewood, California, in 1941. The company's biggest (and most infamous) claim to fame was producing the clamps used to secure the atomic bomb dropped by the Enola Gay on Hiroshima during World War II. In fact, Marman clamps are still used in a variety of spaceflight systems, including the Cassini orbiter. In addition to his work on the Marman clamp, Zeppo Marx also earned two patents for early heart rate monitors and another patent for a heating pad.

Making their Marx:
֍ Groucho Marx hosted The Tonight Show for two weeks after Jack Paar quit. He also introduced Johnny Carson as the show's new host in 1962.

֍ The Marx Brothers originally wanted to be singers, but after a commotion caused by a runaway mule :D interrupted an early show, Groucho got the crowd roaring with laughter, and a comedy team was born.

֍ Chico once impersonated Harpo on the TV game show I've Got a Secret and got away with it.

No, I had never heard about Zeppo and Marman Clamps. Pretty cool.

I am old enough to remember Groucho from his TV show, and remember those black and white TV movie matinees of the Marx brothers, although I probably never saw half of 'em. They were old then.

Groucho Marx was incredibly naturally funny. Brilliant ad-libbing.....with him it seemed like it was all ad-libbed.

I didn't know any of this. Great find. "You Bet Your Life" was a staple on TV for me as a kid. I. remember the duck dropping down if someone said the secret word.

Eddie's point about Groucho being a great ad-libber is true. He was also reputedly quite the ladies' man. And  I did not know that Groucho Marx hosted The Tonight Show for two weeks after Jack Paar quit, and introduced Johnny Carson as the show's new host. I remember that Paar quitting was news, but I was only 12 and late night TV was not on the menu for school nights.

As an old geezer, I remember Groucho well. ;D All he had to do was lift his eyebrows and I would start laughing!  :D

I'll never forget a skit they did where a tall, modestly dressed (no cleavage showing) woman with prominent breasts stands in front of Groucho. She is much taller than he is, which puts him at eye level with her boobs. She introduces herself and he says, "Pleased to meet you, both of you."  ;)  ;D  :D

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