Gene Roddenberry created the Star Trek TNG character Geordi La Forge in honor of George La Forge, a quadriplegic fan of the original Star Trek series, who died in 1975. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, refused to license his characters for toys or other products. He made an exception for a 1993 textbook, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, which is now so rare that only 7 libraries in the world have copies. A copy sold for $10,000 in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
When dreaming, hardcore video gamers have been reported to be able to toggle between first and third-person point-of-view; readily take control over and even enjoy nightmares; and have more dreams that involve far-fetched or impossible scenarios, like imaginary characters or space travel theverge.com/2014/1/21/53…
Quentin Tarantino's films have their own Universes. One is called 'The Realer Than Real World Universe' that all the characters are in and inside that universe there's another called the 'The Movie Movie Universe' which are shows those characters would watch esquire.com/entertainment…
All of the character in 'Scooby Doo' were based on character in the 50s TV show 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.' Shaggy was originally a beatnik, then a hippy. Legendary DJ Casey Kasem originally balked at voicing a hippie but grew to love the character as Shaggy evolved thru the series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Pedro Pascal (of The Mandalorian) has appeared in the Law & Order franchise four times, playing a different character in each episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
Stan Lee, the co-creator of comic book characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide, was a victim of elder abuse by his business manager Keya Morgan. abc.net.au/news/2019-05-1…
Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar's in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
When filming the original Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen never washed Borat's suit or wore deodorant when in character. He said it gave Borat a "kind of dreadful Soviet-bloc smell the moment I walk in". npr.org/templates/story/s…
Carol Burnett sued Family Guy after the show portrayed her cleaning the floor of a porn shop. The judge ruled against her under the 1st Amendment, but stated "the character Burnett created was far more creative than anything the Family Guy team could come up with on their own." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of John, a teen who was the first person in the UK charged with inciting his own murder. He found his real-life friend Mark in a chatroom and convinced Mark to kill him (John) via a web of fictional characters. Mark stabbed John, convinced the CIA had ordered him to. crimeandinvestigation.co.…
In 2015, a Spanish film maker, convinces David Prowse to reshoot scenes from the Return of the Jedi (1983), when Darth Vader’s mask is removed and he dies (originally played by Sebastian Shaw). All this to try to give Prowse the recognition he never had for this iconic character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_A…
The the 1960s was the heyday for the Quicksand trope - almost 3% of films showed characters sinking in clay, mud, or sand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Popeye was *not* the main character of his comic strip until he became insanely popular, Olive Oyl was. The strip was called Thimble Theatre and Popeye debuted ten years after it started. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Dave Chappelle was offered the role of "Bubba" in Forrest Gump. He turned down the part because he was concerned that the character was demeaning and the movie would bomb. He later parodied the film in the 1997 short Bowl of Pork. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
β€œFlo” the Progressive spokeswoman has appeared in more than 100 commercials since 2008. Stephanie Courtney, the actress and comedian who plays Flo modeled the character after her mother and thinks that the GEICO gecko "puts out more sexual vibes than Flo does" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
The cast of Gilligan's Island once replaced the characters on Roseanne. youtube.com/watch?app=des…
The Office character Dwight Schrute didn't just speak the Dothraki language from Game of Thrones, he improved it: the writers correctly used its grammar and invented a new construction. David J. Peterson, the language's creator, made it canon and named it the Schrutean compound. dothraki.com/2012/10/doth…
The title of the Radiohead album "OK Computer" comes from a line in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "OK, computer, I want full manual control now." The song "Paranoid Android" refers to "Hitchhiker" character Marvin, the Paranoid Android. vice.com/en/article/ev4ga…
Pinot noir became considerably more popular among consumers as a result of the film Sideways. Throughout the film, the main character speaks fondly of Pinot Noir while denigrating Merlot. A study estimated that Sideways cost American Merlot farmers over US$400m in lost revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Alien’s entire cast including Sigourney Weaver was originally just genderless last names, and they then picked the best person for each character, then chose a first name for them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Because of a Legal Battle over the rights of Spawn characters, Spawn and Medieval Spawn aren't fully owned by the same person, despite one being a variation on the other. Todd McFarlane owns Spawn, while Medieval Spawn is split between McFarlane and Neil Gaiman. hollywoodreporter.com/thr…
The Joker character in Batman myth was based on a character in 'The Man Who Laughs', a 1928 movie about a man who is disfigured with a permanent grin. The movie is based on Victor Hugo's 1869 novel of the same name, meaning that the Joker's origins are 150 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr, who holds the record for the longest given name. His full name clocks in at 666 characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
In the 60s not only could you advertise cigarettes on television, but you could have cartoon characters be the pitchmen. For example, The Flintstones endorsed Winston cigarettes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Lenny Montana, the actor who played Luca Brasi in The Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
A study of deaths on the show Game of Thrones found that the probability of a character dying within the first hour after first appearing on screen was 14%. injepijournal.biomedcentr…
Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films) lost so much weight in the three year gap between the fifth and seventh films that he was nearly recast due to being "unrecognizable". He had to wear a fat suit for his final appearance as the character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Simplified Chinese characters were created by the Chinese government 70 years ago to improve literacy. In contrast, traditional Chinese characters have been developed since the 5th century. There are ongoing disputes related to the introduction of simplified Chinese characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Burger King launched a $40 million ad campaign in November 1985 called "Where's Herb?" The idea was to find a character named Herb who'd never been to BK. Other chains pointed out that if Herb wasn't at BK, it meant he probably liked other chains' burgers more. BK profits fell 40% in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
48 different pigs were used for the titular character of Babe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
The reason Sherlock Holmes adaptations portray him as cold and unemotional is because later stories where he has empathy and warmth are owned by the Conan Doyle Estate. They will sue if a depiction of Holmes uses character traits that they own the rights to. intellectualpropertymagaz…
Stephen King’s character of Annie Wilkes in β€œMisery” was the personification of his severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Rod Ansell was the inspiration for the character of Crocodile Dundee, after he famously survived for 56 days stranded in the bush in 1977, when his boat sank leaving him with no water and few supplies. In 1999, he was killed in a shootout by policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Ghostbusters actor Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore, auditioned as the voice for the same character in the animated series but was rejected because they didn't think he sounded enough like Winston from the movie. cbr.com/tv-legends-reveal…
Around the same time Arabic numerals began to reach northwestern Europe, Cistercian monks developed their own numeral system that could express any number up to 9,999 in a single character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cis…
In Tom Hanks' first movie, "He Knows You're Alone", his character was supposed to be killed off, but the crew liked him so much they decided not to film the scene, meaning his character survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_…
The 80s cartoon spin off of "Happy Days" by Hanna Babera, "Fonz and The Happy Days Gang" about the "Happy Days" characters with a time machine created a Hollywood urban legend that it was supposed to be a "Doctor Who" cartoon. This ended up being false, but the myth outlasted the show. cbr.com/tv-legends-reveal…
The Christopher Walken character in View to a Kill, 'Zorin', wasn't properly researched and so the movie starts with a disclaimer about this name. Turned out there was a CA tech company 'Zoran' that made computer chips and, no, they weren't plotting to destroy Silicon Valley. Oops. screenrant.com/james-bond…
Seinfeld was assigned to an inexperienced NBC executive and intentionally broke many sitcom stereotypes: Jerry and Elaine's relationship never blossomed, it offers no growth or reconciliation to its characters, and even Susan's death elicits no genuine emotions from anybody in the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
Roman Colosseum had 80 entrances 76 doors were for the public 4 of them, placed in the cardinal points, were the most important ones. Important characters entered the north and south gate. The "Gate of Life" was in the east and, in the west, "The Gate of Death." famouswonders.com/colosse…
In The 1977 NBA Draft, The Lakers were voided 2 of their picks after jokingly selecting A Wooden Chair and Cartoon Character 'Scooby Doo'. Also selected in the 10 Round Draft was a Water Boy, A Pregnant Woman and then-world athlete, Bruce Jenner. sportscasting.com/the-197…
, Steve Gerber, the creator of Howard the Duck lost the rights to Marvel but took him back in spirit by convincing Marvel to do a crossover with a new character of his and added a scene where Howard gets cloned and the real one leaves and changes his name to Leonard while a clone stays behind. birthmoviesdeath.com/2014…
Ewan McGregor's character in Black Hawk Down is fictionally named because the real person was convicted of child molestation in 1999. The Pentagon gave permission to use actual Army Black Hawks in the movie if the producers agreed to change the name from John Stebbins to 'John Grimes'. crimemagazine.com/war-her…
Today I learned about Pataphysics, a β€œphilosophy” of science that β€œexamines imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysics”. The College of Pataphysics in Paris is permanently headed by Dr. Faustroll, a fictional character, and their Vice-Curator position was previously held by a crocodile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27…
Stone Cold Steve Austin's character was inspired by serial killer Richard Kuklinski, and that his nickname came from his British ex-wife who once told him to drink his tea before it became stone cold. complex.com/sports/2014/1…
The parents were conceived as the leads of sitcom Family Ties but positive reaction to Michael J Fox's character saw focus switch to Alex after the fourth episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Hormel once sued Jim Henson alleging that Spa'am created a likelihood of confusion with Spam. Judge Kimba Wood wrote in her ruling, "Spam is a luncheon meat; Spa'am is the character of a wild boar in a Muppet motion picture. One might think that more need not be said." deseret.com/1995/9/23/191…
Popeye's Chicken wasn't named after a sailor, but Gene Hackman's character Popeye Doyle, from the movie The French Connection. mashed.com/221868/the-rea…
Actor Sam Elliott -- known for his full mustache, and deep, resonant voice -- voices Smokey the Bear in the iconic character's public service announcements, and that the two share the same birthday: Smokey was first introduced on August 9, 1944, the same day Elliott was born. npr.org/2014/08/08/338776…

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