A filmmaker shot a soap opera web series called IKEA Heights entirely inside a Burbank, California IKEA without their permission. The creator of the show noticed that the well-lit sets and difficulty in getting the attention of employees made it an ideal location to film a show. gigaom.com/2009/09/04/ike…
Soap Operas are called "Soap Operas" because they were literally designed to sell Dove Soap to stay-at-home women during WWII youtube.com/watch?v=h683c…
Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
”Days of our lives” is one of the longest running soap operas, spanning over seven decades of regular screenings with almost 14k episodes (and counting). Some actors have appeared as different characters and some who died in real life still appear years later in flashbacks with unused footage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Today I learned of the Sator Square, a palindrome word square found in the ruins of Pompeii. The five words carved into it, "SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS" can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, or right-to-left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Today I learned about Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American ballet dancer of a major ballet company. In 1957, Raven was once barred from staying with her troupe when an Atlanta hotel owner asked her outright if she was black. Raven quit dancing for a time, only to return to a 27 year career at NYC Opera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
A Soap Opera is the inspiration for the Harley Quinn character. Writer Paul Dini needed the Joker to have a sidekick and was friends with Arleen Sorkin. Dini remembered Sorkin had appeared as a jester in a dream sequence on Days of Our Lives and used the scene as an inspiration for Quinn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of Antonio Paoli, a Puerto Rican tenor considered one of the most outstanding opera singers of all time. During WWI, when all opera houses closed, he lost his voice and became a profession boxer (5-1), retiring after breaking his wrist. He retrained and gained his voice back after the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Adolf Hitler wrote an opera called Wieland der Schmied based on unfinished work by Wagner. Its now on display in Austria. classicfm.com/music-news/…
Despite being considered a classic, the 1959 Porgy and Bess film is not available on home media and only a handful of prints exist because the Gershwins, who wrote the opera it's based on, hated the movie and wanted it destroyed. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Today I learned of Julie D’Aubigny, who was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer who once took vows at a convent just so she could have sex with another nun, and then set it on fire. When she kissed a women at a ball, she was challenged to a duel by 3 men and she then beat them all. historyhustle.com/mademoi…
, Apr. 18, 1930 is a particularly slow day, that British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC) has no news to report & just played Opera music on their airtime. sundaypost.com/fp/on-this…
"Soap opera rapid aging syndrome" refers to the practice of soap operas to age child characters faster than the general timeline of the shows, sometimes becoming adults in a few years after their birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Everett Lee, born August 31, 1916, is an American conductor & violinist who was the first African American to conduct a Broadway musical & the first to conduct a performance by a major American opera company. He's still alive at 103. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
On July 21, 1861, the first major battle of the American Civil War, known in the North as the First Battle of Bull Run and in the South as the Battle of First Manassas, also earned the nickname the β€œPicnic Battle” because spectators showed up with sandwiches and opera glasses to watch the battle history.com/news/worst-pi…
Ricky Gervais took on Grant Bovey ( UK soap opera Star) in a full contact boxing match. youtube.com/watch?v=SqvtE…
The iconic and famed Sydney Opera House actually has terrible acoustics. At least $200 million has been spent trying to fix it. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-1…
English rock band 10cc’s 1975 mini-operetta β€œUne Nuit A Paris” became an inspiration for both Queen’s β€œBohemian Rhapsody” and the overture for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s β€œPhantom of the Opera.” somethingelsereviews.com/…
Today I learned about Rachele Gilmore, an understudy in the Metropolitan Opera. With only a couple hours notice, she was told she would be making her debut in Offenbach's "Les Contes Hoffman". That night she hit an A-flat above high C, breaking the record for highest note ever sung at the Met. broadwayworld.com/board/r…
Jewel, the singer who had hits such as "Who Will Save Your Soul", "Foolish Games", and Roy and Pam's song from the office, "You Were Meant For Me", started her career in a yodeling duet with her father, until she moved to Michigan to study opera. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewel_…
There is no historical evidence of Vikings wearing horned helmets. Of the 5 Viking helmets that have been recovered, only 1 of those is fully preserved and none show signs of horns. The Nordic stereotype was created in the 1870s by Karl Doppler to depict Vikings for a German opera. en.natmus.dk/historical-k…
Andrew Lloyd Webber (the creator of successful musicals such as β€˜Cats’, β€˜Phantom of the Opera’, β€˜Jesus Christ Superstar’ and many more) owns 7 theatres on the West End, has won an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy and was knighted in 1992. lwtheatres.co.uk/andrew-l…
Composer Richard Wagner's career was saved by a Gay Monarch who was clearly in love with him. Wagner played along enough to get money to stage his operas, but never "sealed the deal" so to speak. rictornorton.co.uk/ludwig…
Australian singer Allan Caswell sued Sony, claiming song 'Christmas in Dixie' by US band Alabama copied Caswell's 1979 theme song to women's prison TV soap opera 'Prisoner', but lost smh.com.au/entertainment/…
The term Soap Opera originated with radio dramas that were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not only a longtime opera fan, but has appeared in a cameo role with the Washington National Opera theguardian.com/law/2016/…
Famed composer of musicals (i.e. Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Evita) Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote his first full-length musical at age 17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Spaceman Spiff from Calvin and Hobbes was written as a parody of the space opera genre, spoofing Flash Gordon and Star Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
An opera singer received an 80-minute standing ovation and a 101 curtain calls after a performance of Otello. The same opera singer was also seen by a billion people who watched him in a telecast of Tosca. cbsnews.com/news/placido-…
Soap operas get their name from radio series sponsored by soap manufacturers during the Great Depression aimed primarily for housewives working alone at home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
It is so common to rapidly age children in soap operas, it's been classified as a syndrome: Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome (SORAS) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
The opera section in Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" required 180 overdubs. Eventually the 24-track analog tape had been run over so many times by the recording heads it almost became transparent. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
On 18 April 1930, the BBC's news announced "There is no news," of the 20:45 news bulletin. Piano music was played for the rest of the 15-minute segment. Broadcasting then returned from the Queen's Hall in Langham Place, London, where the Wagner opera Parsifal was being performed. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
On May 10, 1849, an escalation in the public rivalry between two actors led to a deadly riot at Astor Place Opera House in Manhattan, where National Guard had to intervene, and 25 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded. newyorkhistoryblog.org/20…
Soap Operas are called soap operas because the early drama shows were mainly sponsored by soap manufacturers. wordhistories.net/2017/12…
Today I learned about Julie d'Aubigny, a French swordwoman who: dressed in men's clothing, joined a convent to be with her female lover, got challenged to duels by three separate men for kissing a woman at a ball, and was a popular opera singer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev composed an opera, The Giant, when he was only 7 years old - using only the white keys wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei…
Britain's power stations have to learn television schedules to anticipate when there will be a huge power draw as everyone turns on their electric kettles during a break in a soap opera or sporting event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
The Beggar's Opera written in 1728 was accused of being a "base form of entertainment". Similar to the way we blame videogames today; the opera was blamed for increasing crime rates and violence, due to the fact that its main characters were prisoners. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Be…
Highly trained singers, such as opera stars, are unable to match the precision of even the most basic of musical instruments. Researchers suggest this is due to the more recent evolutionary development of the larynx muscles. phys.org/news/2018-04-lar…
Paul Robeson was a college athlete and pro football player, a lawyer, a latin teacher, an opera star, and a movie star, who was an African American who spoke out against racism and became a world activist, and was blacklisted during the paranoia of McCarthyism in the 1950s. biography.com/musician/pa…
"Summertime" by Sublime/Lana Del Rey is not an original song, it was originally composed in the 1930's by George Gershwin for an opera, and has been remixed and covered countlessly since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
After an assassin had shot him while leaving an Opera House Dutch Ruler William the Silent believing these to be his last words told his bodyguards that he forgives the man who killed him and pardons him for the crime. en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wil…
Viking helmets never had hornsβ€”the design was the invention of Carl Emil Doepler, who designed the costumes for Wagner's opera "Der Ring Des Nibelungen". vox.com/2016/4/29/1152656…
After an assassin had shot him while leaving an Opera House Dutch Ruler William the Silent believing these to be his last words told his bodyguards that he forgives the man who killed him and pardons him for the crime. en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wil…
The Syndey Opera House is considered one of the worst project managerment failures of our time. It was 10 years late, 14 times over budget, the architect never saw it completed and the project manager never worked on another project in his career (he became a lecturer at Hawaii Uni) eoi.es/blogs/cristinagarc…
The Tarzan yell contains the voice of an opera singer, the growl of a dog, a soprano, a violin and the howl of a hyena. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Rockefeller Center was named after John D. Rockefeller's son and that it was supposed to be a site for a newer Met Opera building en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Gerord Butler was actually singing as The Phantom of the Opera in the 2004 adaptation. youtu.be/1mPW16cWaoI
There is a British musical based on The Jerry Springer Show entitled Jerry Springer: The Opera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
"La donna Γ¨ mobile" - the ubiquitous opera staple that's been featured in everything from Dorito's Superbowl commercials to GTA3 - is about how women are fickle, untrustworthy, and liars. operawire.com/how-rigolet…
Tehran's Roudaki Hall was influenced by the Vienna State Opera, and was constructed during a period of ten years starting in 1957. It was constructed to function as the national stage for music, opera, and ballet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
It ain't over till the fat lady sings is a phrase generally understood to be referencing the stereotypically overweight sopranos of the opera. The "fat lady" is the Valkyrie BrΓΌnnhilde, who is traditionally presented as a very buxom lady. Her farewell scene lasts almost twenty minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_…
Today I learned about the Foundation Room Chicago. A private bar located inside the House of Blues with annual membership fees ranging from $2200-$8500. The interior is modeled after the Estavovski Opera House in Prague. partyslate.com/venues/hou…
The former Bronx Opera House built in 1913 is now a boutique hotel that opened in 2013. The New York City Legionnaires' disease outbreak were reported to had emerged following the discovery of the legionella bacteria at the hotel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" was only going to be "Porgy" until Juilliard student Anne Brown impressed him by singing his songs for him as he wrote. He cast her in the part of Bess, and expanded it to a leading role. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Rapper Snoop Dogg is a longtime fan of British soap opera "Coronation Street". He once asked for a cameo and tried to open a restaurant based on the show. bbc.com/news/10560305
Shi Pei Pu, a Chinese spy and opera singer, managed to convince Boursicot, his (male) lover of 20 years, that Shi was a woman forced to live as a man. Shi adopted a child who he claimed to have birthed. After discovering the truth, Boursicot attempted suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
The character Dr. Harley Quinn was inspired by Arleen Sorkin, at the time most famous for her portrayal of Calliope Jones on the long-running TV soap opera Days of Our Lives, she provided much of the voice acting for the character subsequently, before retiring from the role in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
The German children's show Unser SandmΓ€nnchen holds the record for the most TV episodes (20,000) and has been on the air since 1959. Soap operas in the US make up the next 4 highest programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Toy theater is a form of miniature theater dating back to the early 19th century in Europe. Toy theaters were often printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudeville theater. Dabblers: Lewis Carroll, Ian McKellen, Terry Gilliam, etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Thousands of European parents cut off their childrens' testicles in hopes they'd become famous opera singers, who were seen as celebrities. We still have recordings from one of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
On August 25, 1830, the French grand opera β€˜La Muette de Portici’ which was honoring King William I on its last performance, was the site of what would become the founding of the country of Belgium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
The USA Soap Opera 'General Hospital' has produced 14,290 episodes since it first aired. If you started today and watched 1 episode per day, you wouldn't finish the series until 2060 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Learned that in addition to Repo! The Genetic Opera there was ALSO a movie called Repo Men, and some people wer upset about it. huffpost.com/entry/irepo-…
A Colorado woman sang opera to scare away a mountain lion that had been stalking her while hiking. The local sheriff said it was only the second stalking incident reported in 34 years but the woman was "obviously educated as to what to do in this unexpected situation." usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Kim Jong-il was credited with amazing achievements by North Korean propaganda, including 11 holes-in-one the first time he played golf, learning to walk at 3 weeks old, and writing 6 operas in 2 years. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Construction of the Sydney Opera House was completed ten years late and 1,357 per cent over budget. Amid worsening relations with the government, the architect quit before its completion and his name was never mentioned at the opening ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd…
The term β€œsoap opera” came from radio dramas being sponsored by the soap company P&G in the 1920’s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
"I Want to Break Free", a song by the British rock band Queen, known for its music video for which all the band members dressed in women's clothes which parodied the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, was considered controversial in the United States and banned by MTV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_W…
Today I learned of actor Josh Ryan Evans who played Timmy Lenox on the soap opera Passions. When the episode where his character passes away aired, Josh died the same day of a heart failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Jackie Chan was trained in his childhood at the Peking Opera School, and has a successful music career outside of his acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The Medieval Madness pinball table use the voices of Tina Fey and dialogue was written by Scott Adsit, both of 30 Rock fame. Tina Fey voiced the cockney princess and the opera singer princess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Today I learned of Julie d'Aubigny, a 17th century French swordswoman and opera singer who was challenged to duels by three different noblemen after kissing a young woman at a society ball. She beat all 3 of them. She was later sentenced to death by fire for kidnapping and arson. She survived that too! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The traditional "Here Comes the Bride" tune comes from an opera in which the heroine falls down dead from grief over the fates of her groom and her brother en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loh…
Antonio Vivaldi composed an opera about Aztec Emperor Montezuma II. It is one of the earliest operas based on a subject from the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
The soap opera, Days of Our Lives, has been running since 1965 and has over 13,500 episodes. It would take over 470 days to watch the entire series non-stop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
The high opera note in Bohemian Rhapsody was not sung by Freddie Mercury, but drummer Roger Taylor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
Mozart published his first piece of music at age 8 and wrote his first opera at age 11 mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The designer of the Sydney Opera House, Joe Bertony (1922-2019), worked as a spy for French Intelligence during World War II, and made two successful escapes; one from Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and a mass execution out of Buchenwald. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In May 2006, over 300 Portuguese school children received medical attention for an illness which caused rashes and shortness of breath. The illness was later cited as being a case of mass hysteria caused by an episode of a soap opera which dealt with a deadly virus outbreak in a school. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The soap opera 'The Guiding Light' had over 18,200 episodes over a 72 year run on radio and TV. If you watched one episode every hour of every day it would take over two years to finish them all. The series ran from 1937 (radio) to 2009 (TV). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The Sydney Opera House actually has terrible acoustics. Edo de Waart, the former chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, once threatened to boycott the building. There is a A$202 Million project to renovate and improve the acoustics. content.time.com/time/wor…
General Hospital is the longest-running American soap opera en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
French composer Georges Bizet died of a heart attack at 37 about a month after his masterpiece Opera Carmen premiered to bad reviews and low attendance. Despite dying convinced the work had been a flop the Opera would go on to become one of the most iconic works of music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is a trained opera singer who can sing opera in seven different languages. youtube.com/watch?v=uQB45…
In 2009 California milk processors funded a 22-minute rock opera titled "Battle for Milkquarious." It was marketed as "The most amazing rock opera ever made about milk." youtu.be/_zDMhwq3pcA
The highest-grossing Broadway show of all time is The Lion King. The most-performed is The Phantom of the Opera. The most expensive top tickets are that of Hamilton. topviewnyc.com/packages/t…
Today I learned that Mozart composed a 7-minute Opera overture in 3 hours, the night before its premiere, while hungover! cmuse.org/mozart-midnight…
There’s an opera house on the U.S.–Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another. worldatlas.com/articles/d…
The composer George Frideric Handel once grabbed an opera singer during rehearsal and threatened to throw her out the window after she refused to sing an aria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about 'Splendor & Misery', a Hugo-nominated hip-hop space opera featuring Daveed Diggs rapping about interstellar slavery and human/A.I. love en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
The Vermont-Quebec border runs right through a library/opera house. The building is open to free use by both Canadians and Americans, provided they enter and leave from their country's respective door. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
The Major-General's Song is 140 years old, and comes from the 1879 Gilbert and Sullivan opera, The Pirates of Penzance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maj…
The "Can-Can" song was originally composed for an opera as a soundtrack to a man descending into hell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orp…
The opera Richard Gere takes Julia Roberts to in Pretty Woman is La Triviata, an opera about a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man. npr.org/templates/story/s…
During the 1989 invasion of Panama, as Manuel Noriega sought refuge at an embassy, the US military surrounded the embassy with loudspeakers. Noriega, a fan of opera, was forced to listen to hard rock titles such as "Welcome To The Jungle", "Give It Up", "Wanted Dead or Alive", "The End", etc. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The WHO has some very specific disease code classifications, such as "hurt at opera", "bitten by orca", "burn due to water skis on fire", and "unspecified spacecraft accident injuring occupant" detroitnews.com/story/new…
There is one library in the world where you can read in two countries at once: the Haskell Free Library and Opera House was deliberately built on the international border between Stanstead, Quebec in Canada and Derby Line, Vermont in the U.S. atlasobscura.com/articles…

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