Jim Henson and his Muppets got their start on local DC TV doing short TV segments between the news and the Tonight show. youtube.com/watch?v=BVoGf…
Bill Nye had worked alongside Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, where he played Doc Brown's assistant and demonstrated several experiments. These segments later led to Nye getting his own show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Before she had her show β€œTalk Sex” Sue Johanson opened one of the first birth control clinics in Canada. She did weekly sex education segments from 1984-2008 and her show has aired in 25 different countries and five different languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
A key piece of evidence in an active murder investigation, a unique pair of eyeglasses, was sent to the show "Unsolved Mysteries" for their segment profiling the case. After Robert Stack handled them with his bare hands, they were lost. An innocent man was imprisoned for two decades. denverpost.com/2007/07/24…
Today I learned about Microtargeting where machine-learning algorithms ingest large amounts of voter data to divide the electorate into narrow segments and predict which individual voters are best target to persuade or turn out in an election en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The last weekend of Saturday morning cartoons in America was aired on October 4th, 2014. The CW aired its last segment of "The Vortexx" and replaced it with a 5-hour block of educational programming called "One Magnificent Morning" gizmodo.com/this-is-the-f…
The Pointer Sisters provided the vocals for the long running Sesame Street "Pinball Number Count" animated segment. music.avclub.com/1-2-3-4-…
The water which is shipped to the International Space Station all comes from 2 sources in Italy. One source supplies water for the USA segment of the ISS and the other source to the Russian side based on the tastes of the astronauts and the method used to purify the water on board. spacesafetymagazine.com/s…
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…
Fantasia (1940) was the first commercial film with stereo audio. The film was originally supposed to just be the Silly Symphony 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' with the goal to popularize 'Fantasound' and Mickey Mouse, but as costs increased a series of segments were made for a film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
George A. Romero directed a segment for Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
"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_…
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…
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
Tapeworm segments can move youtube.com/watch?v=veM81…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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