In 1987, a sitting member of Ronald Reagan's cabinet, Commerce Secretary William Baldrige, died in a tragic rodeo accident when his horse fell on him and the saddle drove his belt buckle into his spine latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about Sigurd the Mighty, who after defeating his nemesis Mael Brigte, then tied the leader's head to his saddle as a trophy. The severed head bounced around and the teeth scratched Sigurd's leg. The leg became infected and as a result Sigurd died - Sigurd was defeated by a decapitated head. historycollection.com/biz…
Blazing Saddles had a television spin off that ran for four seasons, of which only one episode was ever aired. The series was made to get around a contract with Mel Brooks that required a TV show before they could make a sequel film, WB simply made an series without telling Brooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Michael Faraday did a four month long experiment on electric eels. Faraday applied copper paddles and saddles to eels and monitored their reactions, ultimately proving the animal's impulses were electrical by observing sparks and deflections on a galvanometer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In Sweden, due to The Producers, most Mel Brooks movies have been given similar names to Springtime for Hitler: Springtime for the Sheriff (Blazing Saddles); Springtime for Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein); Springtime for World History (History of the World); Springtime for Space (Spaceballs) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Blazing Saddles was shown on TV, they took out the flatulent symphony in the famous beans scene, leaving a bunch of cowboys standing up and sitting down, like a weird, silent, Western ballet. youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7X6…
In Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks made the farts louder to prevent the audience’s laughter from drowning them out and TV execs muffled the farts as not to offend their viewers. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Mel Brooks offered the role of Waco Kid (Gene Wilder's character) in Blazing Saddles to John Wayne. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Ivan the Terrible of Russia had a bodyguard corps that wore black clothing and rode black horses. They also had a severed dogs head attached to their saddles, using them to β€œsniff out” treason. Due to the lack of taxidermy, a constant supply of fresh heads was needed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
William the Conqueror’s body exploded at his funeral. He’d died due to an intestinal infection from his horse rearing and throwing him against his saddle pommel. At his funeral, as his too large body was being forced into a too small coffin, his abdomen burst. Mourners ran to escape the stench. history.com/news/10-thing…
Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z) is Mel Brooks' (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs) son en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Today I learned about a Chinese general who castrated himself and placed his severed organs under Emperor's saddle to avoid being accused of sexual improprieties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gan…
Blazing Saddles was the first movie to have a fart scene entertainment.time.com/20…
Aersomith guitarist Joe Perry's wife didn't know who he or Aerosmith was when they met. He didn't ever talk about it and she only discovered it a few years later after finding gold records in some old boxes. This was after songs like Walk This Way, Dream On, and Back in the Saddle. blabbermouth.net/news/joe…
Sigurd Eysteinsson was a Viking leader of the 9th century. In 890, when he began the conquest of Scotland, he killed and decapitated a Scottish leader before hanging his head to his saddle. A tooth scratches Sigurd's leg, the wound became infected and Sigurd "The Mighty One" died soon after en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
Hedy Lamarr filed a $10 million lawsuit against Warner Bros., claiming that the running parody of her name ("Hedley Lamarr") in Blazing Saddles infringed her right to privacy. The studio settled out of court for an undisclosed nominal sum and an apology for the "almost use of her name" wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_L…
Iconic 80s Cartoon Character Thundarr the Barbarian was voiced by the same actor who played Boris the Hangman in Mel Brooks' legendary comedy Blazing Saddles (also played a hangman in Robin Hood: Men in Tights). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
While training for his role in "Django Unchained", Christoph Waltz fell off a horse and broke his pelvis. When he returned to the shoot, Jamie Foxx gave him a gift to make him feel secure: a saddle with a seatbelt. youtube.com/watch?v=_SOKx…
When cowboy/actor Slim Pickens (Blazing Saddles/Dr. Strangelove) joined the military during WW2 he stated his profession was β€œrodeo”, the recruiter heard β€œradio” and Slim spent the entire war as a radio operator en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Despite spending half his career in the saddle, Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
The 'mountain pass theorem' is an existence theorem from the calculus of variations. Given certain conditions on a function, the theorem demonstrates the existence of a saddle point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
For the opening song to "Blazing Saddles," Mel Brookes advertised for a "Frankie Laine-type" singer. Frankie Laine himself offered his services and passionately sang the western tune without the knowledge that it was for a western spoof. wikipedia.org/wiki/Blazin…
Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles premiered at a drive-in movie theater and people riding horses got free admission to watch the movie. cinematreasures.org/theat…
According to legend, the Corgi was a gift from woodland faeries and their markings were caused by saddles and stirrups placed on their backs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
The world premiere of Blazing Saddles took place at a drive-in theater in Burbank, CA where 200 guests watched the film on horseback. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Gene Wilder came up with the idea for Young Frankenstein and pitched it to Mel Brooks on the set of Blazing Saddles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Richard Pryor was originally cast as the Sheriff in "Blazing Saddles," but according to Gene Wilder, was turned down by Warner Brothers because he was "on stuff." youtu.be/ezfVc5MGmIU?t=12…
There are four, six episode seasons of a Blazing Saddles TV show that, aside from the pilot, have never been release anywhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In Welsh folklore, woodland fairies rode on the backs of corgis. A corgi's markings were said to come from the harnesses and saddles that were used to mount them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Blazing Saddles marks the first time a fart recording had been used in cinema uproxx.com/movies/20-thin…
The first actor for the alcoholic Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles lost the role because he was an alcoholic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
During filming Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole added foam rubber to his camel saddle to increase comfort. This eventually spread across the Middle East and O'Toole was called the "Father of Rubber" npr.org/2013/12/16/251610…
Peter O'Toole found his camel saddle uncomfortable while filming Lawrence of Arabia, so he put a piece of foam rubber under it. The film’s Bedouin extras saw this and copied it, and today the practice has spread to become Bedouin tradition. They call O’Toole β€œFather of the Sponge”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
In 2013 a woman was fined for taking her horse into McDonald's. She was initially refused service while in the saddle in the drive-through lane theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead. He suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory. m.mentalfloss.com/article…
The movie "Blazing Saddles" was the first film from a major studio to have a fart joke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead β€” he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Richard Pryor wrote the screenplay for Blazing Saddles however he was rejected for the role of Sheriff Bart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The scene in Blazing Saddles in which a character knocks out a horse with a punch was inspired by a real life event in which Mel Brook's friend Sid Caesar knocked out a horse with a punch after it had thrown his wife off its back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
The 'Utah Teapot' was an early 3D model of a teapot used for modeling experiments because of it's round shape, saddle points, and being able to project it's shadow onto itself. It currently resides in the Boston Computer Museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uta…
CBS developed a scheme to create episodes of β€˜Black Bart’ and never air them to meet the harsh legal clause Mel Brooks had in his contract to retain the rights of airing Blazing Saddles. β€˜Black Bart' was never aired on TV after creating 4 seasons of content. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
During the filming of "Blazing Saddles," a man walked into a scene of the movie. He wasn't a part of the cast or crew, but the director, Mel Brooks, decided to leave him in the movie for comical effect. teamcoco.com/video/mel-br…
In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead β€” he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory. historybyzim.com/2014/10/…
Today I learned of the Saddle Ridge Hoard, $10 million in US gold coins buried in cans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sad…
There is a legend that Welsh Corgis were the preferred mounts of fairies, and their coat markings are the remnants of the fairies' saddles and harnesses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pem…
Frank Hayes, a jockey who died in 1923 after suffering a fatal heart attack in the middle of a steeplechase at Belmont Park in New York State, USA. His lifeless body stayed on the saddle until his horse crossed the finish line, making him the only jockey known to have won a race after death irishmirror.ie/sport/hors…
Robert Ridgely, the actor for Boris, the Hangman from Blazing Saddles/Robin Hood: Men in Tights was also the Colonel James from Boogie Nights en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Mel Brooks' "The Producers" was successfully released in Sweden as "Springtime for Hitler", prompting similar titles for almost all his other films, such as Springtime for Space, Springtime for the Sheriff, Springtime for Frankenstein. (Space Balls, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Viking General, Sigurd the Mighty, was killed by a severed head of his enemy. He had attached the severed head to his saddle and the heads teeth grazed his leg and gave him an infection that he died from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
Syphilis caused "saddle nose," or a collapsed bridge of the nose, and to avoid shame some 16th century Europeans would graft skin from their upper arms. thechirurgeonsapprentice.…

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