The Simpsons producer's contract allows them to write the show without interference from Fox. This allows them to make fun of the network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
The last remaining copies of hundreds of silent movies made by Fox and MGM were permanently destroyed during two vault fires (1937 and 1965); including entire collections of some of the greatest actors and directors of the silent era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
A young female Arctic fox fitted with a tracking device trekked 2,175 miles from Norway to Canada in 76 days, settling on Ellesmere Island in Canada. She traveled an average of 28 miles/day with a maximum pace of 96 miles/day, outpacing a previously tracked adult male fox by 1.4 times. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of the 1937 Fox vault fire, in which 40,000 films were destroyed. 75% of all 20th Century Fox films from before 1930 were lost. There are actors for whom not a single copy of a single one of their films survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
In 1998 Mila Kunis was cast in the FOX sitcom That '70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. She played in all 200 episodes of the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
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…
Cleatus, fox sports robotic football mascot, original concept art was drawn by then Executive VP Gary Hartley’s son, who at the time was 7 fastcompany.com/90293253/…
Today I learned of fox saboteurs, people who disrupt illegal fox hunts in the UK! youtu.be/_qI7o9H_wAY
How serial killer Dennis Rader was finally identified. In a letter to police, he asked whether they could trace a floppy disk containing his writings back to him. They replied that they couldn't, and so he sent it to a local FOX affiliate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Today I learned about the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, an endangered megabat species that has a wingspan of up to 1.7m (5.6 feet). taiwannews.com.tw/en/news…
Crispin Glover, who played George Mcfly in Back To the Future, is 3 years younger than Michael J. Fox who played his son Marty in the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
In 1999, Maude Flanders was killed-off on The Simpsons because of a pay raise dispute with the voice actress, Maggie Roswell. She was flying back-and-forth from Denver to Los Angeles and wanted a raise to cover the costs. Fox offered her a $150 per episode raise, so she quit. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 1997 that Fox was scheduled to air a Scott Baio sitcom titled "Rewind" as part of their fall lineup. They cancelled it two weeks before it's debut. variety.com/1997/tv/news/…
Nakatomi Plaza in the movie β€œDie Hard” is actually 20th Century Fox’s headquarters and they charged themselves rent to use it whatculture.com/film/12-d…
Corey Hart (singer of "Sunglasses at Night") was briefly considered for the role of Marty McFly in the 1985 film Back to the Future. A flattered Hart declined, & the role eventually went to fellow Canadian Michael J. Fox instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Today I learned about the Giant Golden-Crown Flying Fox. It is one of the largest bats in the world with a wingspan up to 5.6 feet. timesnownews.com/the-buzz…
The reason that pubs in England have such weird names goes back to medieval times, when most people were illiterate, but could recognize symbols. This is why they have names like Boot and Castle, or Fox and Hound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
Michael J. Fox’s actual middle name is Andrew michaeljfox.org/michaels-…
Though a judge ruled against Carol Burnett when she sued Fox over a Family Guy parody of her charwoman character, the judge conceded that her work took far more creative talent than FG’s β€œcrude parody.” eonline.com/news/55314/ca…
Warner Bros cancelled Home Alone because they didn't want to spend $14,7 million on it. 21st Century Fox continued the production and the film grossed $476 millions worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Eric Stolz was the original Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but was replaced by Michael J. Fox about a month into production because director Robert Zemeckis "felt that he wasn't getting what he needed from Stoltz." screenrant.com/michael-j-…
FOX network refused to pick up the South Park series, saying the talking poo character (Mr. Hankey) would stain "[their] network." The series was then brought to Comedy Central, and it became the highest rated show that made the network one of the fastest-growing U.S. cable channels at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
There was a second sequel to β€œThe Brady Bunch Movie” in 2002. The FOX TV Movie β€œThe Brady Bunch in the White House” once again starred Gary Cole and Shelley Long as Mike and Carol, but recast the actors for all the Brady Kids and Alice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned that FOX attempted to make Family Guy a MMORPG browser game. The reason why no one was barely ever heard about it was because the game didn’t even stay up for a year long. It’s life-time in total is 9 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a fox-like animal in traditional Japanese folklore with giant magical testicles tofugu.com/japan/tanuki/
The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America. It is neither a fox nor a wolf. It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon which literally means "golden dog", and it communicates mainly by scent markings and a kind of "roar-barking." Its urine smells like weed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
"fox tossing" was a favorite pastime of 18th century aristocrats. A couple would stand apart, with a length of cloth between them, and wait for a fox to be herded between them. At the right moment, they would pull the cloth tight, hurling the fox skyward. Whoever sent the fox highest, won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
Home Alone was originally financed/produced by Warner Bros. When the budget grew from $13 million to $18 million and no confidence of success, WB dropped the film, which was then picked up by 20th Century Fox. The film grossed $476.7 million worldwide (of which $285.8 million were from America). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Michael Moore made a late talk show pilot for Fox in the 90s, which guest Kevin Smith. He also had O.J. Simpson as a guest, his first interview after the trial and the audience booed both Moore and OJ. Fox scrapped the project and never aired the pilot, and the footage was never publicly shown. indiewire.com/2016/08/mic…
: Koro the phobia of losing one's penis is triggered by rumors of genital disappearance supposedly caused in China by female fox spirits, in Singapore and Thailand by mass poisoning, and in Africa by sorcery, usually in the context of socioeconomic or political tension. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Today I learned of the Fuegian dog, the only dog naturally domesticated not from the wolf, but from the fox. Now extinct, it was a companion of the Yaghan people living at very tip of Tierra del Fuego. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fue…
The Fox broadcast network (also known as FOX) and 20th Century Fox TV refused to air/produce South Park respectively due to the show having the talking poo character Mr. Hankey. Comedy Central instead bought the series, which was largely credited with putting the once-low network "on the map". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
To combat the theft of trees around Christmas time, University of Nebraska-Lincoln used to spray their trees with fox urine. It freezes and has no odor outside, but thaws if taken indoors. The resultant smell is so rancid it is β€œeye-watering”. dailynebraskan.com/news/c…
Bernard Fox appeared in two films about the sinking of the Titanic, 'A Night To Remember' (1958) and 'Titanic' (1997). In the latter, he delivered the line "Iceberg dead ahead, sir!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The same author (Daniel P. Mannix) is responsible for the source material of the films "Gladiator" and "The Fox & The Hound". wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel…
In the original Pinocchio story he is executed by hanging. The Fox and the Cat bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat and hang him from the branch of an oak tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
A fire broke out at the 20th Century Fox film storage facility in 1937. More than 75% of Fox's feature films from before 1930 were completely lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
The TV movie 'Without Warning' presented as if it were an actual breaking news about meteor fragments crashing into the Earth created an uproar. Channels ABC, Fox, & NBC were flooded with complaints, asking them why they were not covering this event at the same time that CBS was covering it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
The first president of the NFL was a Native American–Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The FOX sitcom "Til Death" starring Brad Garrett was only renewed for a final 4th season to make enough episodes for syndication, despite below average ratings for it's entire run. It made it to 81 episodes and got a syndication deal. tv.avclub.com/nobodys-wat…
Mars Attacks originally had trouble attracting A list actors because most of the characters either die in some cartoonish manner or end up disfigured. That was until Jack Nicholson enthusiastically joined the film. Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox and others followed suit mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Actor David Herman (Michael Bolton from the movie "Office Space") got himself fired from MADtv by screaming all his lines during read-through. Apparently, he wanted to leave the show to do other projects, but Fox would not let him out of his contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In 1999, the short lived"Party of Five" spin off "Time of Your Life", was cancelled by Fox before it finished airing it's whole first season, but oddly it's remaining 7 episodes aired randomly on TBS, six years later. tv.avclub.com/solo-a-canc…
The star wars theme was written purposely on the same key as the 20th Century Fox fanfare (that used to appear before the movie started) so that there will be a continuous feeling and a smooth entry to the film for the viewers. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
The person actually responsible for making the first two Stars Wars films major box office hits was Ashley Boone Jr., the first black man to head the marketing and distribution dept. at a major studio--20 Century-Fox. He was also the first black president of the studio for a brief time. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Mr Burns from the Simpsons was modeled after Barry Diller, the founder of FOX entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Hugh Jackman agreed to make a cameo in "X-Men First Class" on two conditions. FOX had to make a charitable contribution to his children's school and he wanted to be the only one to curse at the main characters. The studio agreed to both terms. screenrant.com/marvel-wol…
Flying foxes, a.k.a. Pteropus, a.k.a megabats have oral sex in addition to intercourse, with fellatio and cunnilingus observed between opposite sexes, as well as homosexual fellatio in at least one species, the Bonin flying fox en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pte…
The movie Cruel Intentions 2 starring Amy Adams was originally planned and shot as a series for FOX called Manchester Prep before FOX pulled the plug. youtube.com/watch?v=piKFO…
If you are a driver in the United Kingdom you are required by the law to stop and report to the police if you run over a dog, a horse, a cattle, a pig, a goat, a sheep, a donkey and a mule, but not if you run over a deer, a cat, a badger or a fox. lutontoday.co.uk/cars/car…
CBS only renewed "Rules Of Engagement" for a 7th season, to make it hit exactly 100 episodes. Sony makes final season deals, and has done so with "Community" at NBC at 97 episodes and "Til Death", at Fox at 81 episodes. Sony sitcoms almost always get to syndication before a cancellation. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Today I learned of the silver fox domestication experiment, which started in the 1950’s, where scientist wanted to see how wolves were domesticated into dogs. This lead to domesticated silver foxes which act like normal dogs yet look like wild foxes evolution-outreach.biomed…
Ex-President Ronald Reagan occupied the 34th-floor Fox Plaza office building (where parts of "Die Hard" were shot) til 2001, breaking tradition by using a private office over a federal one. When Reagan aides toured the 34th-floor in 1989, it was littered with shells/broken glass from "Die Hard". hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The Michael J. Fox movie "The Frighteners" was originally intended to be a "Tales From The Crypt" spin-off en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Deadpool film was only given the green light after test footage shot by the directors two years earlier was mysteriously leaked online. At first Ryan Reynolds thought one of the directors had released the footage but whoever leaked the footage at 20th Century Fox still remains anonymous. wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadpo…
The X-Files episode "Home" was so twisted, dark, and disturbing that it only aired on Fox once, was banned from re-runs on the network, and disappeared until the show re-aired on cable channel FX. uproxx.com/tv/10-fascinat…
Ukkusiksalik National Park is uninhabited now, but the Inuit lived there from 11th century to the 1960s. Remains of fox traps, tent rings, and food caches have been discovered in the area. Usually, the park can only be visited during a few summer weeks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukk…
48 hours before Deadpool was green lit by 20th Century Fox, the studio cut the film's budget by $7-8 million down to $58 million. Numerous changes were made as a result, such as having Deadpool forget his bag of guns before the final battle sequence to avoid a costly gun fight in the third act. io9.gizmodo.com/the-maker…
When Bill Cosby won 3 Razzies in 1987, he insisted that he wanted a real trophy. His original Razzie was worth $1.97, but the Fox Network made him real ones out of 24 carat gold and Italian marble, costing $30,000. He was the first actor to claim any Razzie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Fox tossing was a popular competitive sport among European aristocracy in the 17th & 18th centuries. As the name implies, it involved using a 20 ft cloth sling to fling terrified animals 25 ft in the air. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
The 2015 on-duty shooting death of Fox Lake, Ill. cop Lt. Joe Gliniewicz after he radioed he was pursuing three men through a cement plant was later determined to be an elaborate suicide carried out because Gliniewicz was embezzling from a youth mentoring program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
There is a specific clause in The Simpsons' contract that the network can't give notes, make cuts or exert creative control over episodes, meaning the producers have free rein to poke fun of FOX itself. telegraph.co.uk/culture/t…
Universal Studios, United Artists, and Disney rejected to get involved with "Star Wars" due to budget concerns or believing it wouldn't succeed due to being too strange. Only 20th Century Fox agreed because they wanted to form relations with George Lucas after his success of "American Graffiti". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
COPS was created in 1989 after the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike negatively impacted the entertainment industry and FOX needed a new material that wouldn't require union writers youtube.com/watch?v=xTQTc…
Today I learned of 20th Century Fox World. A movie inspired theme park that Fox planned to open in 2020 in Malaysia with a second park planned for Dubai. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20t…
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest running theatrical release in film history. It has been in a limited release for 4 decades as 20th Century Fox has never pulled it from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in theaters today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The 2000s Fox Live Action Doctor Doom was the son of an Australian Prime Minister en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The 90’s hip hop group Arrested Development sued the producers of the Arrested Development Fox television series in 2003 over the alleged use of their name. The lawsuit was quietly settled for an undisclosed sum. wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrest…
When Haim Saban pitched Power Rangers to the Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), the network almost passed on the show, feeling it was horrible and cheesy. Margaret Loesch, head of the FOX's division, Fox Kids, successfully convinced FOX to pick up the show for her network and it was an instant hit. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Benjamin Martin, the character played by Mel Gibson in The Patriot (2000) was predominantly based on Francis Marion also known as 'the Swamp Fox' a militia leader from South Carolina who was a slave owner and who actively persecuted Cherokee Indians. entertainment.time.com/20…
The J in Michael J. Fox stands for Andrew mentalfloss.com/article/2…
20th Century Fox, convinced that Star Wars was going to flop, agreed to George Lucas’s proposition to forgo an additional $500K directing fee in return to keep licensing and merchandising rights for himself. This decision cost Fox billions and made George Lucas a Billionaire. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The Simpsons episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land" was a response to Fox's attempt to stop the writers from making Itchy & Scratchy shorts after new censorship laws went into place. The network planned to cut the segments themselves, but relented after the showrunner threatened to tell the media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itc…
Former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was the babysitter of Fox & Friends personality Gretchen Carlson cjr.org/the_profile/gretc…
Following the airing of "The Simpsons" episode "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington" in 2003 on Fox, Fox News Channel threatened to sue show creator Matt Groening for mocking the network during the episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
When foxes discovered fairy penguins on a small Australian island, they nearly wiped the colony out. Swampy Marsh, a chicken farmer, began sending Maremma dogs to protect the birds. Over the next 10 years not a single penguin was killed by a fox. bbc.com/news/magazine-350…
That Melora Hardin, the actress that plays Jan Levinson-Gould on The Office, was originally cast to play Jennifer Parker in Back to the Future. When Eric Stolz was fired and Micheal J Fox was hired for the role, she was replaced because she was too tall for Fox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
The Fox Broadcasting Company (better known as FOX or Fox network) owns the rights to β€œThe Simpsons” until 2082 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
"paint the town red" refers a night of drunken vandalism by the Maquess of Waterford. In 1837, he and a group of fox-hunting friends arrived in the English town of Melton Mowbray, where they painted several doors, a sign, a tollgate, the tollkeeper, and sevearl police officers with red paint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of the "Dr Fox Effect". Researchers created a jargon-filled, contradictory, and nonsensical lecture. Audiences rated the lectures highly if the presenter was expressive, even though the lecture was jibberish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
Although the highest grossing film of 1963, β€œCleopatra" was the most expensive movie ever made and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. To recoup its debt, Fox sold 180 acres of its backlot to developer William Zeckendorf and Alcoa, thus giving birth to Century City that we know today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Another amputee finished the Terry Fox run. He was awarded as an officer of the Order of Canada award and eventually had the award revoked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
All of the Christmas themes in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) were hidden during its promotion because the head of 20th Century-Fox insisted it be released in May. The theatrical trailer went through great lengths to not mention anything about the plot, only using non-descriptive adjectives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Keanu Reeves was blacklisted by 20th Century Fox for a decade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea…
Michael J. Fox's middle name is Andrew en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A Minnesota man once sprayed toilet-papering teens on his property, with a squirt gun full of fox urine wral.com/man-sprays-toile…
Today I learned of the practice of "Fox Tossing", a once popular sport involving catapulting a live fox (or a badger or a hare or a wolf or whatever) as high as possible and dodging it as it falls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
, Pixar which is famous for Toy Story and Cars movies, started out as The Graphics Group before it was named Pixar, and was part of Lucasfilm before Disney bought Lucasfilm from Fox, as Disney would eventually acquire them later on. pixar.fandom.com/wiki/Pix…
In 2015, the median viewer age for Fox News was 68 years old. thewrap.com/fox-news-olde…
Die Hard was a sequel to the 1968 movie β€œThe Detective” starring Frank Sinatra. As such, 20th Century Fox were contractually obliged to offer Sinatra the leading role. He turned it down due to his age. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_De…
The Simpsons season 16 episode There's Something About Marrying was so controversial that FOX added a Parental Advisory before its broadcast, a first in the show's history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The box office flop "Idiocracy" (2006) was released in as few theaters as possible by 20th Century Fox so as to not offend the negatively portrayed advertisers in the movie. Fox then planned, and succeeded, in recuperating its budget by purposefully making the movie garner a cult following en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
The maned wolf is neither a fox nor a wolf. It is known as the "skunk wolf" due to the distinctive odor of their urine, which people have likened to cannabis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
20th Century Fox made so much off of Return of the Jedi that they were looking for a tax write-off, so they paid for the entirety of a film with little faith behind it: Revenge of the Nerds. youtu.be/R3tDatQ_cwE?t=84…
The first TV show that Michael J. Fox was in was Leo and Me. Four members of the cast and crew later caught Parkinson’s Disease causing some to suggest that there was an environmental factor. theguardian.com/education…
The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America. It looks more like a long-legged fox than a wolf. Genetic studies show that it is neither fox nor true wolf, but a distinct species. It is the only member of its genus, Chrysocyon. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
My Little Pony voice actor John De Lancie (Star Trek TNG, Breaking Bad) made his Bronies documentary as a big f-you to Fox News after watching their news report on MLP male fans. youtu.be/7MYDDxYg9s0
In 2014 Walmart China had to recall donkey meat products because testing revealed they contained fox meat theatlantic.com/entertain…
The 1992 Super Bowl halftime show was so bad that a huge number of viewers switched to FOX's In Living Color and never switched back. This led to the NFL booking bigger and better talent for the halfime show, starting with Michael Jackson. wbur.org/endlessthread/20…
During the notorious filming for 1963's "Cleopatra"20th Century Fox regularly had chilli from the Beverly Hills restaurant Chasen's air-freighted to Rome to keep star Elizabeth Taylor happy. The film cost eventually almost bust Fox hollywoodreporter.com/new…

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