Tolkien wrote yearly letters to his children as if they were from Father Christmas. They started off as simple Happy Christmas letters but grew more complex including a polar bear sidekick, the man on the moon, goblins, snow-elves, pictures, and he even developed an Arktik language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, and Dustin Hoffman did not take salaries for the movie 'Hook'. Instead, they split 40% of TriStar Pictures' gross revenues. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
In 2017 a Toronto man pledged to eat a photo of Jason Segel every day until Jason Segel ate a picture of him. During one attempt, he choked on the photo and almost died news.avclub.com/guy-eatin…
The mountain in the Paramount Pictures logo is a real mountain named "Artesonraju" in Peru, and not simply an artist's depiction of a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
'The Spy Who Shagged Me' in the Austin Powers series is an Academy Award nominated film (for best makeup). It also won a Grammy for Madonna's 1999 song 'Beautiful Stranger' (for best song written for a motion picture, TV or other visual media). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1940 the WPA and NYC Tax Department took a picture of nearly every building in the five boroughs of NYC, these were digitized by the NYC Municipal Archives in 2018, collated, and geo-tagged to create a comprehensive streetview of 1940s NYC. 1940s.nyc/map#13.69/40.70…
Columbia Pictures' contract with the Three Stooges shut the actors out of royalties. Instead, despite headlining in 190 comedy shorts, the Stooges made much of their money doing live shows. When show business slowed down, lead Stooge Moe Howard sold real estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe…
Happy-go-lucky parody musician Weird Al Yankovic once recorded a diss track after his ex-girlfriend broke up with him. The song One More Minute describes all the horrible things he'd rather do than stay with her, and in the song's music video he tears up a picture of her on camera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
In 2004, a woman in Covington, Georgia, tried to pay a $1,675 tab at WalMart using a forged $1 million bill featuring a picture of the Statue of Liberty. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In 2015, a British woman began receiving threatening emails from a stalker that included pictures of her in public she had no idea were being taken. When she contacted authorities, they told her the emails were coming from inside her house. It turned out to be her husband. mamamia.com.au/amanda-pla…
While the Americans sent space probes to Mars, the Soviets sent many probes to Venus, of which 8 of them successfully landed on the Venusian surface and took the first measurements and pictures of the planet’s surface, showing Venus to be a hot, hellish wasteland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Carmine Caridi was the first person expelled from the Academy for lending out his screeners to someone else. Not only was Caridi expelled, but he was also sued by Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros and had to pay each studio $300,000 plus attorney's fees. people.com/movies/godfath…
The colour of ocean water is blue because the absorption that causes us to see water as blue is at the red end of the colour spectrum, and blue is the complementary colour of red. Reflections from the sky play a part, but it's not the whole picture. This is why we can see blue hues in snow. invigoratedwater.com/blog…
Early spy satellites sent their pictures to Earth by dropping film canisters that were picked up by specially modified planes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
Universal Pictures originally considered Tarantino's screenplay From Dusk till Dawn as the follow-up to Demon Knight and the second in a proposed Tales from the Crypt film trilogy, but ultimately produced another vampire film, Bordello of Blood, instead. bloody-disgusting.com/new…
The Victorians had several superstitions relating to death and funerals, few of which have survived today, such as: Thunder following a burial means the deceased has gone to heaven; don't wear new clothes to a funeral, especially shoes; if a picture falls of the wall, someone you know will die. goodfuneralguide.co.uk/20…
In 1992 a graphics artist named Jennifer Joseph was hired as the model for Columbia Pictures logo which is still in use today digitalrev.com/2016/09/07…
The vulture and the little girl picture won the Kevin Carter's Pulitzer Prize showing a starving Sudanese child with a hooded vulture eyeing her from nearby, waiting for her to die. The photographer, Kevin Carter was told not to touch the child in fear of getting a fatal disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In prison serial killer John Wayne Gacy painted a picture of the Seven Dwarfs playing baseball against the Chicago Cubs. Art dealer Stephen Koschal purchased it and was able to get Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Joe Dimaggio to autograph it without telling them its origin. miaminewtimes.com/arts/th…
Perp walks (perpetrator walks) are illegal in France, as it is illegal to publish pictures of an identifiable person in handcuffs or police custody unless they have been convicted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was originally created to prevent the formation of unions in Hollywood. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Today I learned of Harvey Ross Ball, he is recognized as the designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, which became an enduring and notable international icon as a morale-boosting icon for insurance employees. He was paid $45 for his 10 minutes of work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Hormel once sued Jim Henson alleging that Spa'am created a likelihood of confusion with Spam. Judge Kimba Wood wrote in her ruling, "Spam is a luncheon meat; Spa'am is the character of a wild boar in a Muppet motion picture. One might think that more need not be said." deseret.com/1995/9/23/191…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
To compose a picture of a black hole in 2019, 5 petabytes of data were used, which took half a ton of hard drives. Part of this data was physically moved by plane. This allowed a transfer of 14 gigabytes per second, which was faster than if data would be transferred through the internet. sixcolors.com/post/2019/0…
In 2019, a hipster complained to MIT Technology Review for using his picture to imply hipsters look the same, end up discovering the picture was of an entirely different hipster theregister.com/2019/03/0…
Cigarette packaging in Australia is plain and standardized with pictures of the diseases it causes with the name of the disease in big bold letters on the front. theguardian.com/science/s…
The majority of Egyptian hieroglyphs represent sounds, not objects/ideas. In English, this would be like using pictures of a pear, ant, and hood to write "parenthood." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation who run the Crazy Horse statue in South Dakota is worth $77 million, is not operated by the local Lakota people, and is considered a disgrace by many Lakota. Crazy Horse was known for his humility and never allowed his picture to be taken. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Rocky Horror Picture Show has a different ending in the UK version youtube.com/watch?v=yjc-I…
Thomas Edison would hire thugs to destroy movie sets because he felt that he owned the rights to any and all film made since he filed the first patent for the motion picture camera history.com/.amp/news/the…
The Great Picture is the largest print photograph (111 feet (34 m) wide and 32 feet (9.8 m) high) wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gr…
The red-eye effect in pictures is literally blood in our eyes. If a picture is taken when our pupils are dilated, they don't have enough time to constrict and the light reflects off the blood in the back of our eyes. yalescientific.org/2011/0…
The rock band Kiss officially sell a themed casket (coffin) featuring the bands logo and pictures of it's members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis…
When Voyager 1 took the first photographs of Iapetus (Saturns 3rd largest moon) it noticed a distinct black spot at its center. Carl Sagan sent the picture to Arthur C. Clarke (Author of 2001: A space odyssey) along with the words "Thinking of you..." attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Today I learned of the Navratil boys, whose father had kidnapped them after separating from his wife. He tried to move them to America on the Titanic, but died when the ship sank. The brothers were rescued and re-united with their mother after she saw a newspaper picture of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The classic 1914 Italian epic silent film Cabiria was the first motion picture to be screened at the White House en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
Child labor in the United States was largely ended by a photographer named Lewis Wickes Hine. He took child laborers photos at eye level to humanize and personalize each child. He captured nearly identical pictures across the country to show lawmakers this was a systemic problem. youtu.be/ddiOJLuu2mo
Columbia Pictures were doubtful that Kevin Bacon was attractive enough to play the lead role in Footloose (1984). Then-studio-head Dawn Steel went around the lot flashing a photo of Bacon asking, "is he fuckable?" independent.co.uk/arts-en…
. Chalk outlines were drawn by the police for press photographers, not for investigative purposes. It allowed the press to take a picture and represent the scene without the gruesomeness of a body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Dog Poop Girl (2005) is one of the first reported occurrences of doxing (publicly broadcasting private or identifying information). A young woman's dog pooped in a train. She refused to pick it up despite requests. Pictures were shared in Korea. She was publicly shamed and quit university. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
In the 1915 Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio decision, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that motion pictures did not have free speech protections under the First Amendment. This ruling would not be overturned until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mut…
Hilary Farr, one of the designers on HGTV’s β€œLove It or List It” played Betty Monroe, aka Mrs. Ralph Hapschatt, in β€œRocky Horror Picture Show”. popsugar.com/home/photo-g…
Actor, director, and producer Orson Welles refused admission into Harvard at age 16 so he could travel. When he landed in Dublin he convinced everyone that he was a famous Broadway star and began producing plays. When he grew bored of the farce, he went to North Africa to draw pictures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
Before King Kong, there was Ingagi - a 1930 movie described by newspapers at the time as β€œthe gorilla β€˜sex’ picture.” latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In the 1915 film Inspiration, the story of a sculptor's model, model Audrey Munson appeared fully nude, the first woman to do so in an American motion picture. The censors didn't ban the film - because if they banned it, they would also have to ban Renaissance art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
Today I learned of the Big Five major film studios (Warner, Universal, Paramount, Disney, Columbia), only one is technically in Hollywood, Paramount Pictures. Universal Pictures is technically located in an unincorporated area referred to as Universal City and surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maj…
3D cameras have been commercially available since the 1950s. The majority of the cameras worked by taking two pictures eye distance apart to simulate a 3D image. Additionally, the makers of the View-Master made their own stereo camera that was compatible with the famous toy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
"Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" was supposed to be shot and set entirely in NYC, but Paramount Pictures deemed it too expensive and decided to cut corners. This resulted in most of the movie taking place on a ship and little in NYC (most NYC scenes were shot outside the city). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Republic Pictures lost ownership of 'It's a Wonderful Life' to the public domain in 1974. However in 1993, they regained ownership of the film rights because they still had the movie rights to the original book, "The Greatest Gift", and thus the derivatives of said book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…

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