Bill Burr repeatedly mocked the Star Wars franchise and its fans before accepting the role of Mayfeld in The Mandalorian - he was cast because it was believed his past criticism of the franchise would make his casting more amusing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The primary function of a bathroom vent fan is not for removing odors but to exhaust warm, moist air created from using the shower or bathtub which discourages mold growth. thespruce.com/why-you-nee…
Simpsons creator Matt Groening said he was the fan of Beavis and Butthead, because the show largely took "the heat off Bart Simpson being responsible for the downfall of western civilization." mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A Marine sniper unit in Iraq became huge fans of Gilmore Girls. Near Christmas in 2005 one of them wrote to the show's creator about the lack of male clothing options in the show's gift store. Weeks later they received five boxes of Gilmore Girls jackets. thisamericanlife.org/606/…
George Fan (Designer and Creator of Plants vs Zombies) was fired by EA in 2012 for refusing to add microtransactions as he was against the idea of making Plants vs Zombies a pay to win game. bleedingcool.com/games/ea…
After the Beatles fired drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, he formed a new band and released the album: "Best of the Beatles", a play on his own name. This led to disappointment from fans who bought the album without reading the track listing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
J.K. Rowling wrote a real person into The Goblet of Fire. The girl was named Natalie McDonald, a Harry Potter fan who was dying of leukaemia while Rowling was still writing the book. You see her character as a first-year who dons the sorting hat and is sorted into Gryffindor. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
After the famous "More Cowbell" SNL sketch with Christopher Walken ended with "RIP Gene Frenkel" on the screen (underneath Will Ferrell's character), fans have often expressed their sympathies to Blue Γ–yster Cult over his death, believing the fictional cowbell-shredding artist was real. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Computers are incapable of producing randomness so when perfoming tasks like procedural generation they use outside sources like the mouse position or the fan noise as a starting point or even use "pseudorandom" generation algorithms using pre-made numbers. howtogeek.com/183051/htg-…
In 2004, German football club FC Union Berlin was facing bankruptcy and didn't have the €1.5 million deposit required to participate in the season. Their fans gave blood en masse and donated the money they got to save the club. footyaccumulators.com/new…
The Mark Turmell, the game designer of NBA Jam, was a Pistons fan. Since the Pistons and Chicago Bulls were rivals, Turmell wrote a code into the game so that, whenever a Bulls player would attempt a last-second shot against the Pistons, the shot would wind up missing espn.com/espnmag/story?id…
Ed O'Neill used to make birthday phone calls to fans of β€˜Married With Children’ in character, and in true Al Bundy nature, he only called them collect. eonline.com/news/717462/1…
The 1992 Rage Against the Machine track "Killing In The Name" was the 2009 UK Christmas #1 song thanks to a campaign set to prevent a song from "The X Factor" from accomplishing the feat for a 5th straight year. The band would then perform a free concert in London thanking fans for the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Rock band Death Grips didn't play a show in 2013 due to a fan sending them a suicide note explaining how much their music meant to him/her. The band didn't show up at all and had a giant banner of the fans suicide note with their music playing in the background. pitchfork.com/news/51748-…
Today I learned of Sputnik Monroe A Pro Wrestler Who Was A Major Factor In Ending Seregation In Tennessee. He Was Often Arrested For Anti Seregation Actions And Would Hire Black Attorneys To Defend Him, Earning Him Lots Of Black Fans. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
A harmless 2009 coffee commercial for Folgers sparked internet theories about the brother and sister in the ad being incestuous, to the point fan fiction about them was (and still is!) being written. news.avclub.com/this-oral…
All about the DISCO DEMOLITION of 1979, wherein disco-hating White Sox fans were invited to witness a disco-filled dumpster explode in center field before a game. The game never happened and the visiting team won. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned about Yolanda Saldivar, a nurse who quit her job to become Tejana music star Selena's fan club president in San Antonio, then proceeded to embezzle thousands from her. She shot the singer dead in 1995 after being confronted for her actions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yol…
In 1968 a group of Star Trek fans cornered William Sharner as he left 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and attempted to rip his clothes off. It is likely that this event stopped Shatner from attending Star Trek conventions for over a decade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The band Cannibal Corpse appeared in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective because Jim Carrey was a fan and wanted them. They declined at first because of a tour but agreed after production rearranged their schedule to accommodate them and when they met Jim "he rattled off lyrics to 'Rancid Amputation'." vice.com/en_us/article/6v…
There was an official lord of the rings fan club (paid membership) prior to the movies and the entire charter of names is listed in each of the LotR film’s credits. eonline.com/news/42411/lo…
, that the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer. A 21 year old actress who was shot at her front door by an obsessed fan and later died enacted the Nation’s first anti-stalking Law’s in 1990. In 1994, the β€˜Driver’s Privacy Protection Act’ made it illegal to release people’s private addresses. goodhousekeeping.com/life…
The BBC were infamous for "wiping" tapes of their shows (fans of Doctor Who know this story very well). But it's even worse then you'd expect. It's estimated 60 to 70 percent of all BBC programming produced between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s was deleted. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
According to Matt Groening, FOX was never supportive of Futurama, as they moved the show around from time slot to time slot unpredictably for four years, which resulted in poor ratings and its cancellation in 2003. This move left many Futurama fans and production crew shocked and angry. looper.com/164575/the-rea…
On Kenta Kobashi faced Kensuke Sasaki in a wrestling match where Yoshihiro Takayama, on commentary stated β€œI hope this never ends.” This was during a chop exchange fans were witness to. Over 180 chops across the chest were exchanged between the two men for nearly 5 minutes. prowrestlingpost.com/koba…
A Twist Ending to the TV Show St Elsewhere Has Fueled a Fan Theory That It and Every Show it Crossed Over With Took Place Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Teenage Boy; Well Over 200 Shows And Even Movies Are Implicated pastemagazine.com/tv/tomm…
Actor Robert Pattinson dealt with an obsessed fan who had been camping outside his apartment by taking her out on a dinner date. "I just complained about everything in my life and she never came back." today.com/popculture/twil…
Mt. Elbert is the tallest mountain in the Rockies, 12 feet taller than the neighboring Mt. Massive. In the 1970s Mt. Massive fans tried to increase their mountain's height by stacking rocks on top. Detractors would hike the mountain and tear the stack down, Mt. Elbert has remained the highest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
In 2002, the band Creed put on such a bad show at the Allstate Arena in Illinois that a $2,000,000 class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all of the fans in attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
The NFL doesn't play on Friday and Saturday because the 1961 Sports Broadcasting Act prohibits them from doing so to protect fans of college and high school football. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
After writing the original theme song to "Monk," Jeff Beal was fired and replaced with Randy Newman. After he won an Emmy for the original theme, he was hired back and they made an episode in tribute to him about a fan who was mad they changed the original theme song of their favorite show. heraldextra.com/entertain…
Actor Robert Pattinson dealt with an obsessed fan who had been camping outside his apartment by taking her out on a dinner date. today.com/popculture/twil…
A terminally ill Star Wars fan got to see "The Rise of Skywalker" ahead of its scheduled release. A hospice worker tweeted the man's dying wish after seeing a Star Wars tattoo on his leg; 2 days later, a Disney rep arrived at the hospice with a black bag containing a hard drive with the movie. nbcnews.com/pop-culture/m…
Today I learned of the "Malice at the Palace", a 2004 fight between the NBA Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons as well as fans that resulted in nine players being suspended and five charged with assault, as well as five fans also facing assault charges and being banned from attending Pistons games for life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
James Doohan (i.e. Scotty in the Original Star Trek) helped a suicidal fan by personally requesting her attendance to a convention, after 8 years of silence he received a letter from her thanking him for what he did, and stating she had earned her Masters degree in Electronic Engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned about the Hillsborough Stadium Crush. The stadium became so over packed that people began to be physically crushed under the weight of other fans. The disaster resulted in the death of 96 people and left 766 people injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
Simpsons creator Matt Groening said he was the fan of Beavis and Butthead, because the show largely took "the heat off Bart Simpson being responsible for the downfall of western civilization." mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The chorus of Put 'Em Under Pressure was recorded by U2 fans waiting outside the studio en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Put…
Today I learned about Carlos Kaiser, who managed to have a nearly 20-year career as a professional football (soccer) player despite rarely playing and never scoring. He faked injuries or got himself ejected to avoid having to play but still became a fan favorite. β€œLife,” he said, β€œis marketing.” theguardian.com/football/…
That John Wilkes Booth is said to be the first actor to have his clothes torn by fans. His good looks and charm made him an early American heat throb history.com/news/john-wil…
Comic, actor and comedian Carl Reiner was an avid wrestling fan since the 1950s. Late wrestler later turned manager Freddie Blassie appeared as himself on the Dick Van Dyke show which Reiner created a decade after his noted wrestling fandom began. prowrestlingpost.com/carl…
After losing a drunken bet with his bandmates, Sabaton singer Joakim Broden had to walk to the band's next gig. Broden walked from Falun, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, over ~700km, staying at fans' houses and accepting food/beer donations along the way to complete the journey. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Upon learning that Jackie Chan was in a relationship in real life, one Japanese fan ended her life, and another poisoned herself in the offices of Golden Harvest, a Hong Kong film company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Ceiling fans should turn counter-clockwise in the summer and clockwise(on low) in the winter for maximum comfort in hot and cold. delmarfans.com/educate/ba…
A Steelers fan had a heart attack when Jerome Bettis fumbled the ball in the 2005 AFC playoff game against the Colts. He wasn't upset that the Steelers might lose the game, but he was concerned Jerome Bettis' legacy would be tarnished during what would have been his last game ever if they lost. espn.com/nfl/news/story?i…
After Michael Jordan dunked over 6-foot-1 guard John Stockton, an angry fan yelled at him to β€œPick on someone your own size”. The next play he dunked over 6-foot-11 Mel Turpin. As he ran back down the floor, Jordan turned to the heckler and said, β€œWas he big enough?” sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ba…
In 2011, Harry Potter fans from across the UK, and as far as China and Argentina, were in Trafalgar Square to see JK Rowling and the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2. The red carpet - which stretched 1.2km from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square was the longest in the world bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Romans had groups of fans supporting their teams during chariot races. They dressed in their team's colors and often had a brawl with fans of their opponents at the Circus Maximus, just as modern-day hooligans during soccer riots. listerious.com/facts-abou…
Today I learned that the slang word β€œstan” originates from an Eminem song of the same name, a portmanteau of β€œstalker” and β€œfan”. The connotation was originally negative. stereogum.com/2084185/emi…
Fans dont make the room colder, they make you colder by evaporating your sweat foxnews.com/real-estate/d…
Mark Hamill visited a dying fan in the hospital and answered every question as Luke Skywalker because the fan couldn't tell reality from fiction anymore. hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
A 1989 Pink Floyd concert in Venice drew a crowd beyond what the city could handle. Fans relieved themselves on monuments and left behind 300 tons of garbage. Days later the mayor and council members stepped down as protesters shouted β€œresign, resign, you’ve turned Venice into a toilet." ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
, actor Clark Gable fought in WW2 and almost got killed once. When word of this reached MGM, studio executives began to badger the Army Air Forces to reassign him to noncombat duty. Also, Hitler was a fan and offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and bring Gable to him unscathed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is a big Lord of the Rings fan, and under the pseudonym β€˜Ingahild Grathmer’ helped to illustrate the danish version of the book mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The term "Hat-Trick" was first coined in cricket, in 1858, to describe H.H. Stephenson's taking three wickets with three consecutive deliveries. Fans held a collection for Stephenson and presented him with a hat, bought with the proceeds. The term was used in print for the first time in 1865. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Today I learned about Andy Grant, a Royal Marine and Liverpool FC fan, whose "You'll never walk alone" tattoo read "You'll never walk" after an amputation from standing on a mine while serving in Afghanistan. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Fleetwood Mac has released two self-titled, non-numbered albums in their career. In order to tell them apart, fans often call the later one "The White Album". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Crosby, Stills and Nash are in the wrong order on the front cover of their first album, causing confusion for generations of fans. By the time they'd decided which order their names should be in, the house in the photo had been demolished and so they couldn't reshoot. morrisonhotelgallery.com/…
β€” Only 1% of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets were sold to the public. The NFL gave the remaining 99% to teams, broadcast networks, corporate sponsors and other entities. When a fan sued, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled the NFL's ticketing policies didn’t violate any state consumer protection laws. abcnews.go.com/US/jersey-…
Stan Laurel, of Laurel & Hardy, would always graciously reply to fan letters and phone calls. His phone number was listed in the telephone directory and fans could dial the number to speak to him directly. Dick Van Dyke called Laurel when starting out and did an impression of him on his show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
During construction of the new Yankee Stadium, a construction worker and avid Boston Red Sox fan buried a replica jersey of Red Sox player David Ortiz underneath the visitors' dugout with the objective of placing a "hex" on the Yankees, much like the "Curse of the Bambino." wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee…
America's first space shuttle, The Enterprise, was supposed to be called The Constitution but had its name changed after a massive write-in campaign from Star Trek fans. At the dedication, Gene Roddenberry and cast members from the show were in attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The #1 movie on IMDb for years was the Godfather, but fans of the Dark Knight started giving it low ratings in an effort to make TDK the #1 movie. TDK didn't stay on top, but the Godfather was given just enough low ratings to make it fall to the #2 spot, behind the Shawshank Redemption slashfilm.com/imdb-watch-…
Today I learned of the Ross Village Bakery. Located in rural Tasmania, it is believed by many to have been the inspiration behind the bakery in "Kiki's Delivery Service". Roughly 200 fans of the movie visit every day, and people can pay to spend the night in the "Kiki Room", a loft above the bakery. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
Today I learned of Lisztomania, the obsessive fan hysteria surrounding the classical composer Franz Liszt. Admirers would fight over his locks of his hair, pull his carriage like horses, and carry glass vials of his old cigars and coffee dregs. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
In 1956 two young girls who were obsessed with Elvis Presley went missing after going to see "Love Me Tender" for the 15th time. Elvis was so concerned that he issued a public appeal over the radio pleading with them to be β€œgood Presley fans and go home and ease their mother's worries". thecurrentatahs.com/5032/…
Kim Jong-Il was said to be a huge film fan, owning a collection of more than 20,000 video tapes and DVDs. His reported favorite movie franchises included James Bond, Friday the 13th, Rambo, Godzilla and Hong Kong action cinema en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
During the film production of Apollo 13, producers originally wanted Kevin Costner to play as Jim Lovell due to his facial similarities with the main character. Instead, Tom Hanks was cast because he was a big fan of Apollo and space histories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Today I learned of the Fan Meifuri Movement. In 1948, protests erupted in China as Americans pardoned known Japanese WW2 War Criminals. Fearing communist influence, the KMT cracked down hard against the protests. This in turn demoralized many nationalists with the KMT, aiding the CCP's victory in 1949. jstor.org/stable/23612628…
Today I learned of the Dvorak keyboard layout. Its fans say that it requires less finger motion and as a result reduces errors, increases typing speed, and reduces repetitive strain injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvo…
Today I learned about "posers", which are Muppet dummies used for promotional shoots without puppeteers. The Muppet fan community has developed names for some of the more distinctive ones, such as "Flathead Kermit". toughpigs.com/the-poseur/
WWE Wrestler John Cena is a fan of anime and noted his favorite anime film is, "Fist of the Northstar." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Baywatch's fans were predominantly women. 65% of viewers were female, with its number-one audience being women aged 18 to 34. It turns out that the female viewers liked that the show's lead characters were strong, independent, heroic women who were saving lives and were equal to the men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Rage Agaisnt the Machine's song, Killing in the Name of, became the UK's Christmas number one song in 2009, 17 years after the initial release, all because of the fans. loudersound.com/features/…
Today I learned about Formula E, an electric car variant of Formula 1. The series includes an 'attack mode' boost to give the cars more power, aswell as 'fan boost' a social media vote which finishes after the first 15 minutes of a race to give the winners an extra power boost fiaformulae.com/en/discov…
Betty Lynn, the actress who played Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith Show, moved in 2007 from her native Los Angeles to Mount Airy, NC, the inspiration for Mayberry, where she is treated like royalty and still visits with fans at age 93. blueridgecountry.com/depa…
Dwayne Johnson set a new Guinness World Record for the Most Selfies taken in 3 minutes. He took 105 selfies with fans at his movie premiere for San Andreas. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
NASCAR fans were upset when Movoto, a real estate brokerage firm in San Mateo, Calif, used a rating system to list the top 10 most "redneck" cities in America abcnews.go.com/Business/t…
The cast member of Frasier that received the most fan mail was Eddie the dog. NBC reported that he received hundreds of letters a week with job offers and requests for breeding opportunities cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Robert De Niro stalked his own autograph hunters and even agreed to meet one of his long-term stalkers to prepare for his role as an obsessive fan in The King of Comedy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In dry heat fans can make you hotter time.com/5644737/fans-can…
Robin Williams, who was a big fan of the Ninja Turtles, provided Judith Hoag (who plays April O'Neil) with information regarding her character through his comic book collection. tulsaworld.com/news/local…
Today I learned about Ten Cent Beer Night, a MLB promotion on June, 4, 1974, between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, at Cleveland Stadium, leading to a riot between the teams and fans. Cleveland’s manager sent his team on to the field, with bats, in order to protect the Texas team from drunken fans. mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/06…
- There are 15 cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh Official/Trading Card Game that were designed by fans. Through several drawing contests 15 designs were picked as winners and turned into official cards in the OCG/TCG, sold in Booster Packs, and are tournament legal. yugipedia.com/wiki/Fan-Ma…
China was one of the only places in the world that did not release Elvis Presley's music at the time of its initial release. The few Elvis fans who managed to get their hands on his records often saw the material set ablaze by Red Guards and the government denounced his music as pornography news.cgtn.com/news/314d7a…
There's an unofficial language called Portunol (Portugese/Espanol) which is a slang Spanish-Portuguese hybrid. Spanish fans at Brazil's world cup would speak it to work through the language barrier. Brazilians apparently found it extremely offensive. npr.org/2014/07/01/327199…
A motherboard manufacturer once built a cooling fan that uses the waste heat from the CPU to run. theregister.co.uk/2008/02…
In 2017 Glastonbury Festival had to add pineapples to their list of contraband following the success of Glass Animals and their song Pork Soda, which contained the lyric "Pineapples are in my head" and caused fans to bring the fruit to live performances en masse bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng…
Keith Moon was such a big Beach Boys fan, he wrote them a letter asking to be their drummer. "He would have left The Who at the drop of a hat to join the Beach Boys." - Roger Daltrey celebretainment.com/music…
When asked to describe an β€œoutstanding event at Yankee Stadium” for a 50th anniversary celebration of the stadium Mickey Mantle described a blowjob he got from a fan underneath the right field bleachers deadspin.com/mickey-mantl…
King Ludwig II was a huge fan of Richard Wagner. He even threatened to abdicate and follow him when political pressure forced him to exile Wagner from MΓΌnchen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
On March 24, 1975, a 50-year-old bricklayer named Alex Mitchell watched an episode of the comedy series The Goodies, and literally laughed himself to death. According to a poll in January 2020, fans still say "Kung Fu Kapers" is their favorite episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kun…
The main purpose of an extractor fan in a bathroom is to remove moisture rather than get rid of the poop smell centralhtg.com/blog/bathr…
In the 1920s, New York Giants players would ride to games in Brooklyn in horse drawn carts. Dodgers fans would wait along the route and pelt the players with beer, coins, and umbrella parts. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Once the great director Akira Kurasawa sent Stanley Kubrick a fan letter. The latter was known for his endless takes and long production schedules, obsessed for months over the proper response. Following many unsent drafts over several months, Kurosawa died before Kubrick could reply. bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/s…
Nicolas Cage was arrested in 2011 for public intoxication, and was bailed out by a fan who was a bail bondsman. That bail bondsman was non other than Dog The Bounty Hunter. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
James Bond originally used a Beretta 418 until a fan of the novels (and small arms expert) wrote to Ian Flemming criticizing it as "a woman's gun". When Flemming had Bond switch to his iconic Walther PPK in Dr. No, he wrote the fan into the scene as MI6's armorer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
King Abdullah II of Jordan is a fan of "Star Trek: Voyager", where the then-Prince once appeared as a non-speaking character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…

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