Tim Burton did not direct "Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas." Henry Selick, director of "James and the Giant Peach" and "Coraline," carried out the task, due to Burton having prior commitments to "Batman Returns." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, is the only president to have military experience without having been an officer. He was a private in the Pennsylvania militia in 1814. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
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…
The British actually sent a spy named James Bond to Warsaw, Poland in 1964, where he worked at the Embassy. He was notable for his charisma and fondness of women. ipn.gov.pl/en/news/4634,0…
Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson were largely considered to play James Bond in the movie "Goldeneye". Neeson turned it down because he wasn't interested in action films at the time and Gibson was too busy with his project "Braveheart" despite being recommended by Sean Connery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
James Stewart, an American actor, rose from the rank of Private to Colonel in only 4 years during his WW2 military service, and eventually became a Brigadier General, making him the highest ranking actor in American military history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
James Cromwell, the actor who played Farmer Hoggett in Babe, has since been arrested at least five times for animal rights activism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Celine Dion's vocal performance for "My Heart Will Go On" was recorded in only one take as a rough demo. She intended to re-record it but Titanic composer James Horner loved it and left the vocals untouched when he produced the final mix. people.com/music/celine-d…
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (the 32nd president) is related to the most other U.S. Presidents with a total of 11; 5 by blood and 6 by marriage. Notable mentions are George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and James Madison. factmonster.com/us/govern…
James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1…
Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones had never personally met until in 2014 when they both appeared in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. cinemablend.com/new/Star-…
James Bond creator Ian Fleming named one of his most famous villains, Auric Goldfinger, after the architect in revenge for his bulldozing of a number of Victorian villas in order to build his own modern home at Willow Road in Hampstead. idealhome.co.uk/news/erno…
Today I learned of Charles Fraser-Smith (one of the inspirations behind 'Q' in the James Bond movies) designed a special left-hand thread for the disguised screw-off top of a hidden-document container; he thought that "no German would ever think of trying to unscrew something the wrong way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Notorious crime boss and FBI's No.1 most-wanted fugitive at the time James 'Whitey' Bulger was arrested in 2011 after a former Ms. Iceland recognized him as her neighbor in California from a news report whilst she was home in Iceland. She was awarded $2 million for informing the FBI. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Queen Elizabeth II specifically asked to be in a James Bond skit with Daniel Craig for the Olympics, breaking royal protocol. When asked if she would like to say something she said, "Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me." olympics.nbcsports.com/20…
James Cook, the famed 18th century British explorer, was killed on the beach in Hawaii after he tried to kidnap the island's monarch, KalaniʻōpuΚ»u. hawaiihistory.org/index.c…
James Blunt, who wrote, ''You're Beatiful'', studied aerospace manufacturing engineering and became an army captain, before starting his career at 30 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A British man legally changed his name to James Bond and all its film titles up to Casino Royale as middle name. At 69 words, it was one of the longest recorded name in the world. digitaljournal.com/articl…
A permit was denied for the production crew of "The Sopranos" to film the episode "Pine Barrens" at South Mountain Reservation by Essex County, New Jersey Executive James Treffinger, due to the show depicting Italians as corrupt, Treffinger was later convicted and imprisoned for corruption en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
In Leutze's famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, the officer standing behind Washington and holding the flag is Lt. James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
John Dee (known for being her Majesty’s dark conjuror) was the inspiration for the James Bond franchise. Dee & Queen Elizabeth I secretly corresponded through letters that were written in secret code. His coded signature on the letters was 007. woe.edu.pl/content/dr-joh…
Despite inventing the game of basketball, James Naismith is the only Kansas head coach to have a losing record (55-60) in the program’s history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Celine Dion never wanted to sing β€œMy Heart Will Go On” for the movie Titanic (she admitted she even hated it) and James Cameron didn’t want any song to end the movie at all. popsugar.com/entertainmen…
Roger Moore was older than Sean Connery and was 45 years old when he first took over as a "younger" James Bond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
James McCormick sold the ADE 651, a fake β€˜bomb detector’, all over the world (specifically Iraq) by purchasing novelty golf ball detectors for less than $20 and reselling it for $5000 each. His scam has cost lives and the β€˜bomb detectors’ are probably still in use today. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2238036…
James Brown would impose fines on his band members if they didn't wear the right stage clothes or if they made a mistake during a show. His dance moves and hand gestures were his way of pointing out the person who made the mistake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
All ski area maps look the same because they were all painted by the same man. James Niehues, Ski Map Artist. jamesniehues.com/
After writing the main riff of Seven Nation Army, Jack White planned to save it in case he was ever asked to write a James Bond theme. Deciding this was unlikely to happen, he recorded the song anyways. Five years later, he was asked to write the theme song for the Bond film Quantum of Solace. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/2…
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
While filming The Empire Strikes Back, every actor except Mark Hamill & James Earl Jones was kept in the dark about Darth Vader being Luke's father. David Prowse's (Vader's physical actor whose voice Jones dubbed over) script had the line "No, Obi-Wan killed your father" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During James Stockdale's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, he slit his scalp and bashed his face in with a stool to prevent being paraded around as a propaganda piece, and later slashed his own wrists to show that he would rather die than submit and cooperate with his captors. usna.edu/Ethics/bios/inde…
The shortest president of the United States was the 4th president, James Madison who stood at only 5' 4" whereas the tallest was Abraham Lincoln who was 6' 4" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
Children's author Roald Dahl singlehandedly took on six German bombers in WWII, developed a medical shunt that saved 3,000 childrens' lives, and was partially the inspiration for James Bond en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Matthew McConaughey originally auditioned with Kate Winslet for 'Titanic' (1997) and was confident he got the role of Jack, but Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed next and James Cameron said every woman in the building showed up for the meeting so he thought, 'maybe I should cast this guy'. thewrap.com/james-cameron…
LeBron James decision to leave Cleveland to join Miami Heat was so disliked by the world at the time, that Osama Bin Laden's translator, who was being held at Guantanamo Bay prison wrote a letter to his lawyers saying "LeBron James is very bad man. He should apologize to the city of Cleveland." cbssports.com/nba/news/os…
The Puritans viewed marital sex as a fundamental right. One man, James Matlock, was excommunicated (exiled from the church) after denying his wife sex for two years. tampabay.com/archive/2002…
In 1959 Alfred Hitchcock was approached to direct the first James Bond movie. However, he did not want to make another spy thriller right after "North by Northwest", and instead started working on "Psycho". variety.com/2015/film/new…
James Earl Jones does not appear on screen in his eight movies with the highest domestic box office gross. He provides a voiceover in five Star Wars movies, two Lion King movies, and Adam Sandler’s Click. the-numbers.com/person/12…
Today I learned of James Stephen "Big Jim" Hogg, a Texas politician. He had a daughter in 1882, named Ima Hogg. He claimed to have not seen the irony at the time. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Ho…
Sean Connery wasn't the first to portray James Bond on screen. In 1954 a live television adaptation of Casino Royale aired, starring American actor Barry Nelson as Bond. tvobscurities.com/2009/02…
Arthur Guinness, founder of Guinness, signed a 9,000 year lease at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin for Β£45 per year back in 1759 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Rick James and a pre-fame Neil Young once founded a 1960s Motown band called 'The Mynah Birds' faroutmagazine.co.uk/neil…
There's a 1967 film starring Sean Connery's brother Neil titled "O.K. Connery" (released as "Operation Kid Brother" in the US) about James Bond's brother being obliged to thwart a world domination plot, which also starred Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and others from the early Bond films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.K…
In the Rage Against the Machine song β€œKnow Your Enemy”, Maynard James Keenan of Tool sings the β€œI got no patience now” bridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
In 2015 James "Iron Cowboy" Lawrence ran 50 Ironmans on 50 consecutive days in 50 different states ironcowboy.com/
Joe Manganiello is a huge D&D fan and frequently hosts celebrity D&D campaigns that include: Vince Vaughn, Tom Morello, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn among many others.. variety.com/2020/biz/feat…
Today I learned about James Edgar, a businessman who has been credited with being the one who first came up with the idea of dressing up as Santa Claus for Christmas. He started the tradition in 1890 in his Brockton, Massachusetts, department store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The tradition of using "Hail to the Chief" to announce the arrival of the US President was established by 11th President James Polk's wife. Polk himself was not deemed an impressive figure, so his wife Sarah had a band play the song to end his embarrassment of entering a room and no-one noticing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
The phrase "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" did not originate in The Shining. Although its origin is unknown, it dates back to as far as 1659, in James Howell's "Proverbs" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
In 1850 Michigan's Beaver Island was home to a Mormon Kingdom. After Joseph Smith's death, many Mormons considered James Strang to be the head of the church. He proclaimed himself King of the Mormons, had a crown and scepter, and afterward he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…

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