When former 'Tonight Show' host Johnny Carson died in 2005, 'Late Show' host David Letterman recited a comedic monologue at the beginning of the show, revealing later that every joke had been written by Carson, who had been sending in one or two jokes a week during his retirement today.com/popculture/lett…
The juggling done by David Bowie's character in Labyrinth was actually performed by juggler Michael Moschen, who had to do all the tricks blind while standing behind Bowie. He won a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant" for his techniques a few years later in 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Jane Stanford, founder of Stanford University, was murdered by strychnine poisoning. The president of the university at the time, David Starr Jordan, was suspected of covering up the murder. The killer was never found. stanfordmag.org/contents/…
Famous actor John Witherspoon ("Pops" in the Friday series, Granddad in The Boondocks, Lloyd in Black Jesus) was best friends with late night talk show host David Letterman. Letterman was even the godfather of his two sons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Michelangelo's statue "David" has a bulging vein in his neck that only appears during certain types of heart disease or during extreme stress or excitement. usatoday.com/story/news/h…
Today I learned about Australian drug smuggler David McMillan who is the only Westerner to have successfully escaped Bangkok's notorious Klong Prem prison. He cut his cell bars with hacksaws, scaled seven inner walls, then mounting the outer wall using a bamboo ladder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In 1975 David Bowie and Dennis Hopper broke into a psychiatric ward wearing spacesuits to deliver cocaine to Iggy Pop. faroutmagazine.co.uk/iggy…
Actress Lara Flynn Boyle was asked out by Jack Nicholson while smoking a joint with him and then boyfriend David Spade. Spade later found out the two were together after paparazzi covered a car crash Boyle and Nicholson were involved in. nationalpost.com/entertai…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
In 1980, ABC tried to duplicate Saturday Night Live with an edgier show called Fridays. By the 3rd episode some stations refused to air it due to objectionable content concerning zombie gore, cannibalism and blasphemous humor. Several writers would go on to make Seinfeld - including Larry David. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
David Bowie was punched in the left eye as a teenager, leaving it permanently dilated. He later thanked his friend, George Underwood, for doing so, saying it gave him "a kind of mystique." This mystique helped enhance some of Bowie's most iconic images. steamregister.com/the-rem…
When David Attenborough's series "Blue Planet II" aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down standard.co.uk/culture/tv…
Today I learned of Sir David Brailsford, a British cycling coach who theorizes if you make a 1% improvement in a host of tiny areas, the cumulative benefits will be extraordinary. Utilizing this theory of "marginal gains"; his teams have won 18 gold medals, six Tour de France titles, and 59 World Championships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of Calvert DeForest aka Larry "Bud" Melman from the Late shows with David Letterman. He was the first face to greet viewers on both the NBC and CBS debut shows. He was a regular feature on the shows from 1982-2002 and had a cult following. He requested no funeral service and left no survivors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
In the most famous scene of the movie "Gone With The Wind", an alternate line "Frankly my dear, I just don't care." was also shot in the event the censors would object. The censors approved the movie but fined producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the curse. history.com/this-day-in-h…
James Earl Jones decided to go uncredited for his role of voicing Darth Vader because he considered David Prowse’s performance inside the Vader costume to be the more defining of the two performances. whatculture.com/film/10-a…
A human skull recovered in the back garden of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough belonged to a woman murdered in 1879 bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
David Byrne of Talking Heads has an Academy Award for composing the score for The Last Emperor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Michael Jackson and Sting were Jim Henson's first choices for Jareth in Labyrinth, before his son Brian convinced him that David Bowie would be perfect smoothradio.com/artists/d…
David Bowie wanted to make a musical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1984 David Letterman introduced the world to "Velcro Jumping" by proving that with enough Velcro a man could stick to a wall. And by the 1990s, it had become a favorite pub activity in New Zealand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
In the 1980 David Lynch film The Elephant Man, Mel Brooks served as a producer but was intentionally left uncredited so audiences did not expect a comedy going in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Missouri Deer poacher David Berry Jr Deer sentenced to watch Bambi in prison bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
42-year-old Zamboni driver, kidney transplant recipient, and practice hockey goalie David Ayres, led the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win after their two pro goalies were injured. Cheered by the opposing team's fans, he was the oldest player ever to make his pro debut in a major sport. tampabay.com/sports/light…
Sir David Mathew was a Welsh knight who stood at 6'8 (2.03m). At 60 years old he saved the life of Edward IV at the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil (the battle of Towton 1461). He died at the age of 84 in an 'altercation'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
Gates McFadden who plays Doctor Beverly Crusher in Star Trek The Next Generation, choreographed the dancing for David Bowie in the 1986 Jim Henson film, Labyrinth. youtu.be/enRGL3r7Fgw?t=28…
The cast of FRIENDS each made $1M per episode in the final two seasons and now make $20M per year per cast member for reruns. The show still generates $1B/year for Warner Bros. All thanks to David Schwimmer encouraging the cast to negotiate as a team. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
In 1991, Michelangelo's statue of King David was attacked by a person with a hammer. Before the person with the hammer could be stopped, damage was done to the toes of the left foot. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave and unknown location in a cemetery in Palo Alto where his parents and tech royalty like David Packard were buried mercurynews.com/2015/10/1…
In the late 90s with millions in the bank, David Lee Roth became a state-licensed EMT who went on hundreds of calls wikipedia.org/wiki/David_…
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…
David Bowie didn't have different colored eyes (heterochromia), but different sized pupils (anisocoria). youtu.be/UAy5VFfiRKo
Today I learned of DeAndre McCullough, a small-time drug dealer made good, a recovering addict who had a fledgling career counseling troubled teenagers and an actor. The HBO show "The Corner" by David Simon was based on his real life, and was an inspiration for "The Wire". He died of a drug overdose at age 35. davidsimon.com/deandre-mc…
Actor David Carradine, best known for playing Bill in the Kill Bill series, died by autoerotic asphyxiation in a hotel in Bangkok en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Philadelphia man David Good was reunited with his mother after traveling deep in to the Amazon, to locate her tribe. His mother, Yarima, escaped back to the Amazon 6 years after David's father had married her and brought her to Philadelphia. inquirer.com/philly/livin…
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…
Jason Alexander threatened Larry David that he'd quit "Seinfeld" if he ever wrote another episode not featuring George after the table read of Season 3's "The Pen." nypost.com/2016/07/10/the…
Baileys was invented in 1973 by a South African man, David Gluckman, working for a London marketing agency designing drinks for an Irish company. The name was inspired by a local restaurant, Baileys Bistro. irishtimes.com/culture/bo…
Tiffany Sedaris, sister to comedienne Amy Sedaris and author David Sedaris, was a survivor of Elan School, but committed suicide after her graduation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
David Lee Roth wrote the lyrics to the Van Halen song 'Jump' after watching a man waffle as to whether or not to commit suicide by jumping off a skyscraper vhnd.com/jump/
Vanilla Ice used Queen and David Bowie's Under Pressure song baseline for his one-hit wonder Ice Ice Baby but didn't pay any royalties to Queen or Bowie. After facing a lawsuit, he then claimed he purchased the song Under Pressure in an interview, only to be corrected by a Queen spokesman. ultimateclassicrock.com/v…
David Bowie was so unconvinced of the commercial viability of his album "Low" that after its release he decided to tour as Iggy Pop's keyboardist instead of promoting the new record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
David Fincher worked with legendary cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth (Blade Runner) for two weeks on Alien 3. Jordan stepped down due to Parkinson’s disease and died four years later. Fincher went on to work with his son Jeff Cronenweth on four other films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
Keanu Reeves was a last choice for the role of "Neo" from The Matrix. Brad Pitt was first to accept before declining. Leonardo DiCaprio later accepted before declining. Others considered were Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Kevin Costner, David Duchovny, and Tom Cruise. yahoo.com/entertainment/t…
Today I learned about Evil Dave Letterman, a midwestern man who would appear on The Howard Stern Show that happened to sound EXACTLY like David Letterman. Stern would have him read off-color jokes about race, pedophilia and homosexual acts, forcing the real David Letterman to make several cease & desist orders. youtu.be/m6NPnsup-Iw
After screening the movie WarGames at Camp David, President Reagan was inspired to learn more about America's vulnerability to cyberattack. The response: "Mr. President, the problem is much worse than you think." newamerica.org/weekly/how…
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld killed off George’s fiancΓ© Susan because of her bad chemistry with Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus hollywoodreporter.com/liv…

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