The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Pointer Sisters provided the vocals for the long running Sesame Street "Pinball Number Count" animated segment. music.avclub.com/1-2-3-4-…
George A. Romero directed a segment for Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 1992, National Public Radio ran a spot with former President Richard Nixon saying he was running for president again. It was an actor, not Nixon, and the segment was an April Fools' prank. history.com/topics/holida…
Today I learned of the 1976 film "Once Upon A Girl", a animated porn made by a group of animators from Disney and Hanna Barbera, with live action segments with Hal Smith and the voice of Frank Welker in the animated segments, and was released in adult theaters and later video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onc…
Humans and many other Eukaryotes have segments of DNA that hop around to different positions on chromosomes. They're called Transposons, or "Jumping Genes," and their discoverer Barbara McClintock was ridiculed for thirty years before being awarded a Nobel Prize in 1983. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A wildly popular Canadian TV show (The Red Green Show) made a change to a key segment for its remaining 10 seasons after receiving a single request for it from a blind viewer. youtu.be/QHzbqY0kwIQ?t=20…
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…
The β€œPrometheus and Bob” segment on Nickelodeon’s β€œKablaam”, was planned to be made into a live action movie with David Spade and Chris Farley. After Farley’s death, the film was scrapped and some of the script was rewritten and made into Jack Black’s β€œGulliver’s Travels”. kablam.fandom.com/wiki/Pr…
Mr. Fred Rogers had included a segment of his show dedicated to trying to explain what the assassination of John F Kennedy to children and their parents in the days after the shooting in Texas. Along with his insight and wisdom on life and death. youtu.be/_MRC0qu75TU
When Big Bird appeared on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, Mr. Rogers wanted to do a segment where Caroll Spinney would remove his Big Bird costume, demonstrate how the puppet worked, and talk about what it's like to play Big Bird. Spinney refused to do it, not wanting to ruin the illusion for kids. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Mi…
Saturday Night Live used to feature dance segments. The female dancer in this dance group (The Lockers) is actually Tony Basil. The one hit wonder singer of the 80’s song β€œMickey”. vimeo.com/131597746
Today I learned of Monica Bonilla, a girl who was kidnapped by her father in 1982. 8 years later, Unresolved Mysteries aired a segment on her and a viewer gave a tip that a girl they knew resembled her. They were mistaken. By chance, the tip still led police to Monica, and they rescued her from her father. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Far East cultures have a measurement similar to the inch, but slightly longer because it's based on the second segment of the thumb instead of the second segment of the index finger which was the inspiration for the Western inch. Called in China: "cun" or "tsun", Japan: "sun" and Korea: "chon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
The sandbox tree's fruiting bodies are large capsules which can explode when ripe, splitting into segments and launching seeds at 70 metres per second (160 mph). One source states that ripe capsules catapult their seeds as far as 100 metres (330 ft). The sap is poisonous and can blind humans. youtu.be/PM5SL_Tuoqo?t=39…
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…
In 2004 Amanda Berry's mother appeared on tv and was told by a famous Psychic that her daughter was dead and went on to repeat her "final words". She died a few years later, not knowing that her daughter was not only alive but she was watching the segment as it aired theguardian.com/world/201…
"The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" segment "Lovematic Grandpa" of is based on the television show, My Mother the Car. The sitcom featured Jerry Van Dike owning a car reincarnation of his deceased mother. The first episode had a gag about the car backfiring that had to be censored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
In 1987, Fred Rogers visited the then-Soviet Union to film a segment for both his show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "Good Night, Little Ones!", Russia's longest-running children's program. Rogers was the first American to appear on the latter show. nytimes.com/1987/09/21/ar…
A cockroach can live for a week without its head. Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments, they’re not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can't drink water. pestworld.org/news-hub/pe…
Unsolved Mysteries' host Robert Stack was often skeptical of the paranormal stories that the show covered. While recording narration for the show's segments, he would occasionally turn to his producer and exclaim "come on, Raymond!" mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Kermit the Frog's last appearance on Sesame Street was in an Elmo's World segment in the show's 40th-season premiere on November 10, 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
Clarkson faked all the Reliant Robin roll overs during it's segment on Top Gear. Clarson writes: "A normal Reliant Robin will not roll unless a drunken rugby team is on hand. " driving.co.uk/car-reviews…
On 9/11 the breaking news of the attacks interrupted NY 1's "Today In New York City History" segment. youtu.be/FH9bvzeF-EU?t=12…
Mr. Rogers gave George A. Romero (director of Night of The Living Dead) his first paying gig as a filmmaker. He would go on to make a series of segments for the show including one about Mr. Rogers getting a tonsillectomy in which he jokingly considers it as the scariest film he's ever made. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The director the Night in Bald Mountain segment in Fantasia also posed shirtless as a visual reference for the character of the demon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Tapeworm segments can move youtube.com/watch?v=veM81…
Leeches Have 32 Brains. The surface of the leech's body can be divided into 102, but the internal structure is divided into 32 segments. Each of these 32 segments has its own segment of brain. Every leech also has two reproductive organs and 9 pairs of testes. Yep. 18 balls. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Fred Rogers, after filming a segment on David Letterman, stopped by Eddie Murphy's dressing room to give him his regards, and tell him how much he liked his portrayal. fredrogers.org/facebook/e…
George A. Romero began his career shooting short films and TV commercials. One of his early films was a segment called β€œPicture, Picture” for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Archimedes would deduce geometric properties of a figure by comparing it with a simpler figure. He referred to planar regions, and line segments, as though they had mass and weight. Archimedes deduced the volume of a sphere by comparing it with a cylinder and a cone whistleralley.com/torus/t…
During one of Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" segments, he asked random people on the street to name one of the Ten Commandments. The most popular response given was "God helps those who help themselves" (which is not in the Bible). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
The film inside the SR-71’s camera was five inches wide and two miles long. Once a SR-71 returned, the photo-maintenance division removed the film and cut it into 500-foot long segments. Then they would put on surgical gloves and go up and down the lines, inspecting this massive roll of film. aviationhumor.net/why-is-…
In 1981, Mr. Rogers had a segment on his TV series where a disabled boy named Jeffrey Erlanger described to the audience what it was like to be handicapped and in a wheelchair. 18 years later, Jeff surprised Mr. Rogers with an appearance during his induction into the Television Hall Of Fame. youtube.com/watch?v=Q3vp-…
Today I learned of Conspiracy Theory Rock - A Banned Segment from Saturday Night Live, part of a March 1998 "TV Funhouse" segment, has been removed from all subsequent airings of the Saturday Night Live episode where it originally appeared because it "wasn't funny". vimeo.com/168549072
It is impossible for a centipede to have 100 legs. They have one pair of legs per body segment, but always an odd number of body segments, allowing for 98 and 102 legs, but not 100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of β€˜Hamilton’) has done a lot of work on Sesame Street, including singing the theme song to the recurring β€œMurray Has a Little Lamb” segment. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Li…
The 1981 cult film Heavy Metal was planned to be remade around 2010. David Fincher, Guillermo del Toro, Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski, Tim Miller, and James Cameron were planned to direct a segment each. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
NBC's Dateline aired a segment showing gas tanks on General Motors pickup trucks tended to explode on even low-speed impacts. G.M. responded with an investigation showing that Dateline had rigged explosions in the show by affixing model-rocket engines to a truck’s underbody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dat…
The Saleen S7 supercar featured a pair of emergency trunk release latches...that weren't accessible from inside the trunk. Skip to 9:31 for the relevant segment. autotrader.com/car-video/…
Lalo Schifrin, the composer for Cool Hand Luke (1967), sold the track from the movie "Tar Sequence" to ABC News Stations which became the now iconic theme of most opening news segments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
The KKK was denied the permit to Sponsor a segment of Interstate 55 in Missouri; when the federal court declared it unconstituional and the KKK was given the sponsorship the Missouri Legislature renamed the segment "Rosa Parks Highway" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
News channels owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group are required to do 'must-run' segments. Which is a centralized system of mandating news stories, reports or segments at all 193 (soon 233) stations that SBG owns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Today I learned that the guitar segment in the song β€˜Pump it’ was borrowed from β€˜Miserlou’ by Dick Dale. youtu.be/mKpsuGMeqHI
National ensign of France is not divided into equal parts, but instead into a ratio of 30:33:37, to compensate for the flapping of the flag making the furthest segment appear smaller en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
MTV banned Beavis and Butthead from referencing fire, specifically Beavis' "Fire" chant, after an arson was blamed on the show. In response, the show had Beavis chant words similar to fire such as fryer. The ban was lifted for the revival and Beavis says fire 7 times in the first video segment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The cameraman who videotaped The Station nightclub fire was there to film a planned segment on nightclub safety en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Weather Channel released a compilation of the music used during their 'Local on the 8s' segment. It peaked #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart for Contemporary Jazz. thump.vice.com/en_us/arti…
In 1957 BBC aired a 3 minute segment about a Swiss family harvesting their "spaghetti tree" as an April Fool's Day Prank, when hundreds of people called into the BBC to ask them about it they told them to, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The '104 days of summer vacation' referenced in the Phineas and Ferb cartoon song was used because co-creator Dan Povenmire only expected the show to last 52 episodes, like most Disney Channel shows lasted at the time, and there were two segments per episode, making it 104. phineasandferb.wikia.com/…
The Sydney Opera House's shape was described by using an orange, "The one, unifying geometry linking all the spherical surfaces is a radius of approximately 74 metres, a solution that was explained by peeling an orange and laying out its wedged-shaped segments in a certain way." dictionaryofsydney.org/en…
The animation segment in Bowling for Columbine that followed Matt Stone's interview was made to look like it was by the South Park creators, which angered them and led to Michael Moore being parodied in Team America: World Police en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Before he died in a car wreck, Walter Gehring discovered a segment of DNA, called the homeobox, that has the exact same parts in organisms as diverse as fungi and humans, further indicating that all species evolve from a common ancestor. embryo.asu.edu/pages/walt…
On January 27, 1992, then President George H. W. Bush said that he wanted the American family to be more like the Waltons than the Simpsons. Matt Groening responded by making a short segment in which Bart said, "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the Depression, too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2006, Guy Goma showed up at the BBC for a job interview as a computer technician. He was mistaken for Guy Kewney, a computer expert, and put on live TV to discuss a judicial verdict. Despite his amazing performance faking his way through the segment, he did not get the job. youtu.be/e6Y2uQn_wvc
In 1958 Walt Disney produced a nature documentary titled "White Wilderness", which featured a segment on lemmings, detailing their tendencies to commit mass suicide. Lemmings do not commit mass suicide, Disney pushed them off cliffs to create the scene. adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm…
Antarctica is divided into 9 territories, with eight of these claimed by nations including Australia, Norway, France and Chile. The ninth segment of the continent, called Marie Bird Land, is the largest single unclaimed territory on Earth due to its extreme remoteness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
There's a radio station in Adelaide called Three D that has a segment on Sundays called "The Prison Show", in which callers can call the station to leave song requests and shoutouts to local prisoners. threedradio.com/shows/the…
The funky Sesame Street segment known as "Pinball Number Count" which counts to 12 by following the journey of a pinball was created in 1976 and featured The Pointer Sisters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
NASA’s Mars Climate Orbiter Disintegrated upon entering the Martian Atmosphere in 1999 due to the failed translation of English Units into Metric Units in a segment of ground-based, navigation-related mission software. mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msp98/n…
In 1957, the BBC aired an April Fools segment showing a family harvesting spaghetti from the family spaghetti tree. When viewers asked how they could grow their own, they were told to place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best. news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/…
Anderson Cooper, soon after graduating college, forged a press pass and gained entrance to Myanmar to meet with students fighting the Burmese government. He was ultimately able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One, launching his journalism career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
OJ Simpson had a failed TV Show in 2006 called Juiced in one segment, Simpson is at a used car lot in Las Vegas where he attempts to sell his white Bronco. A bullet hole in the front of the SUV is circled with his autograph. He even claimed it had "escapability". en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
America's Most Wanted once caught a fugitive when the employees at a cafΓ© gathered to watch a segment about a murdered colleague, then realised that the child molester from another segment of the same episode was in the kitchen as the replacement for the murdered man. deseretnews.com/m/article…
Today I learned of a Half rhyme or imperfect rhyme, sometimes called near-rhyme, lazy rhyme, or slant rhyme, is a type of rhyme formed by words with similar but not identical sounds. In most instances, either the vowel segments are different while the consonants are identical, or vice versa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Hunter S. Thompson's First Main Appearance In Playboy Magazine Was November 1973. It Was Their "On The Scene" Segment entitled "Hunter S. Thompson: Commando Journalist. hstbooks.org/2017/09/28/h…
In 2006 Ireland blocked the US from transporting arms to Israel through Shannon Airport, "segments of the Irish public see the airport as a symbol of Irish complicity in perceived US wrongdoing in the Middle East." jpost.com/International/W…
None of the actors for Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" got to see the script until 15 years later, Philip Haldiman (Denny) being the first to finally see it. (Video segment starts at 5:40) youtube.com/watch?v=fBAi_…
In the United States as many as 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year (1% of the entire US population or 10% of its poor). 23% are families with children - the fastest growing segment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Walt Disney originally planned to continually release Fantasia while replacing old segments with new ones, so that viewers would never see the same film twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Before making "Night of the Living Dead" director George Romero shot a segment for "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" in which Rogers underwent a tonsillectomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, internationally renowned sex therapist, made regular appearances on the PBS Kids show Between the Lions as Dr. Wordheimer in a parody segment of her sex therapy show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
In 2014, Fox News plagiarized BioShock Infinite's logo in a segment on immigration titled "Defending the Homeland," seemingly unaware of the game's critical exploration of xenophobia. forbes.com/sites/erikkain…
Even though Sesame Street's famous Pinball Number Count cartoon shorts went up to 12, only eleven segments were made. There was never a cartoon for 1. muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Pin…
Robert Shields was a preacher and teacher, who recorded his life in five-minute segments for over two decades, creating a diary with 37.5 million words. nytimes.com/2007/10/29/us…
The name Tetris comes from the Greek prefix tetra (meaning four) because every block is made up of four segments en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
Many Major League Baseball players have refused to face softball pitcher Jennie Finch in her 'This Week in Baseball' TV segment, where she challenges the best hitters in MLB, because she strikes out so many of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
Nikki Cox of Unhappily Ever After fame appeared as a background dancer at 9 years old in the "Badder" Segment of Michael Jackson's Moonwalker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
On April 1st 1957, the BBC show Panorama pranked Britain with a segment claiming that spaghetti grew on spaghetti trees in Switzerland. youtu.be/OcLhRIU81EI
Millipedes normally only have 3 pair of legs when hatched and add segments as they moult en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about Parochialism, meaning a focus on a tiny part of an issue rather than the issue as a whole. The word originates with Christian Parishes (Parochia in Latin) & refers to how Christian sects often focus on segments of belief rather than the faith as a whole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The segment of Highway 401 passing through Toronto is the busiest highway in North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Matt LeBlanc (Joey from Friends) holds the record for the fastest track time on Top Gear's "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment. Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) holds the record for second fastest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Tom Petty included a segment in the CD version of Full Moon Fever that created dead air "in fairness to those listeners" using cassettes and records who would have to get up and flip to the other side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
Rupert Jee once unknowingly pranked one of the most violent men in drug cartel history in a "Tonight with David Letterman" segment borderlandbeat.com/2015/1…
George Romero started his film career shooting segments for Mister Rogers' Neighborhoood mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Disney's Fantasia was the first film to use stereo audio, and that this was first used in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the third segment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Rattlesnakes' rattle grows as the snake moults its skin. The number of segments it has corresponds to the amount of times it moulted. en.m.wikipedia.org/?title…
MLK once said, "It would be morally irresponsible for me to [condemn riots] without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society," and that "large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility...than about...humanity" gphistorical.org/mlk/mlks…
Today I learned about Glass Lizards/Snakes, A species of reptile that looks like a snake but is classified as a lizard. Their name coming from where their Autotomy can result in multiple segments breaking off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
The Simpsons Executive Producer James L. Brooks got his start writing for the panned, short-lived 1965 sitcom 'My Mother the Car' about a man whose dead mother possessed and communicated to him through a 1928 Porter touring car. The 'Lovematic Grandpa' Simpsons segment later parodied this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
The "grape lady" that fell during an news segment broke several ribs, and was so embarressed that she now stays out of the spotlight. factsack.com/so-what-happ…
Usain Bolt owns a 3-ton segment of the Berlin Wall espn.com.au/figure-skatin…
U.S. Submarine crews have an 18 hour day with three six hour segments, instead of a 24 hour day science.howstuffworks.com…
Researchers shone beams of light on two million separate sections of a 500 year-old tapestry to show each segment in its original colour, allowing visitors to see what it looked like when it was first created for King Henry VIII in 1537 news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Anderson Cooper got his start in journalism by entering Burma on his own with a forged press pass, selling homemade segments to the youth-oriented program Channel One News. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
During a taping of "The Price is Right," the Plinko board still had wires attached that ensured a dropped chip would land on the $10000 slot (they do this for off-air promotions). The contestant got three $10000 winnings in a row before a producer stopped the contestant. The segment was re-taped en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Porn Star Lisa Daniels portrayed the female "Heavy Metal" character in South Park's Major Boobage Episode. Her segments were filmed in live action and then animated using rotoscoping. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maj…

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