Today I learned of the CSI Effect. Due to popular TV shows exaggerating the capabilities and techniques of forensic science in criminal investigations, many jurors have begun to demand a greater amount of evidence from the prosecution during trials, raising the standard of proof needed for a conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI…
ITunes helped save "The Office" when it reached four of the top five slots for downloaded TV shows in the platform. That’s when the people behind the show learned that their audience skewed young, rather than the white-collar workers they thought would be watching mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Frank Sinatra died the night of Seinfeld's finale and his ambulance made it to the hospital in record time because traffic was so light due to everyone watching the show. groovyhistory.com/frank-s…
Jerry Seinfeld is banned from the New York soup stall that he used for the basis of The Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. Weeks after the episode aired, Seinfeld went in for lunch, and chef Al Yeganeh asked him to leave, unhappy with the moniker the show had given him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Three Stooges performed at the very first Super Bowl Halftime Show. During their performance, Larry Fine spotted a football player hitting on his wife. He flipped him the bird, and for this he got in trouble with CBS and had to pay a fine of $42.50. sandiegoreader.com/weblog…
NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Psychology research shows that people love to hate do-gooders (especially at work). Highly co-operative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive circumstances. news.uoguelph.ca/2018/07/…
A 1992 Japanese TV show combined English lessons with gymnastic exercise programs. On the show, three gymnasts would perform synchronized exercises while chanting phrases like, "Hasta la vista, baby," "Spare me my life!", "I was robbed by two men!", and "I have a bad case of diarrhea." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zui…
When the Seinfeld finale originally aired on NBC, TV Land paid tribute by not programming any shows opposite it, instead showing an image of a closed office door with hand written notes that said, "We're TV Fans so... we're watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm et, 7pm pt". screenrant.com/seinfeld-b…
When John Lennon performed "Woman Is the N****r of the World" on the Dick Cavett Show, Cavett was told to apologise for the song's content before the performance. The show received about 600 letters of complaint - but all criticized Cavett's apology, not the song's lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
Howard Stern mocked Selena's murder and burial, poked fun at her mourners, criticized her music and said that Spanish people had the worse taste in music. Stern then played Selena's songs with gunshots in the background on his show. wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena
Janis Joplin's will stipulated that $2500 go to throwing a hard-partying funeral for her. The funeral was held in a popular rock venue she used to have shows at and many of her musician friends performed. The 300 attendees got drunk and partied hard. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
During the Edo period in Japan, some firefighters set fires intentionally so they could show off their firefighting skills in public or create more business for themselves since some firefighters had construction businesses. Some firefighters were executed for this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Eliot Ness, famous for taking down feared gangster and bootlegger Al Capone, died a penniless alcoholic that no one had heard of. His autobiography was published after his death and only then did he become famous with TV shows and movies being made of his exploits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
About Austin Rogers-a bartender that became a 12-time β€œJeopardy!” champion whose impressively broad knowledge helped him win more than $400,000 on the show. Today, Rogers still works as a bartender in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Carol Burnett sued Family Guy after the show portrayed her cleaning the floor of a porn shop. The judge ruled against her under the 1st Amendment, but stated "the character Burnett created was far more creative than anything the Family Guy team could come up with on their own." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The show VeggieTales focused on retelling Old Testament Bible stories because the creator's mom did not want to see Jesus as a vegetable. factsandtrends.net/2018/1…
Jahna Steele was voted Las Vegas' "Sexiest Showgirl on The Strip" in 1991, "Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year" in 1992, and "Most Beautiful Showgirl" in 1993. She was later fired from the "Crazy Girls Revue" show when people found out she was transgendered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jah…
In 1749 a stage show was advertised a where a man would squeeze his body into a wine bottle. It was a bet between the Duke of Portland and the Earl of Chesterfield that they could advertise something impossible and get fools to pay for it. The sold out theatre rioted when no performer showed up. hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
In the β€œThe Wizard Of Oz” movie, the Tin Man cried chocolate syrup instead of actual machine oil as the oil didn’t show up well on film today.com/popculture/wiza…
On the Carol Burnett Show, they would frequently do two takes of every skit. One done as it was written, and then again with Tim Conway being allowed to include his bizarre ad-libs such as having a Hitler handpuppet sing, or telling a story about Siamese Twin elephants connected at the trunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Many medieval manuscript illustrations show armored knights fighting snails, and we don't know the meaning behind that. blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanu…
Contrary to myth, bats aren't blind. Research shows that depending on the circumstances, bats sometimes prefer using eyesight to sound when hunting. In fact, many bats don't echolocate at all. These species have particularly sharp vision, and can even see ultraviolet light britannica.com/story/are-…
Despite the fact that the TV show Cheers premiered almost 40 years ago, every regular cast member is still alive with the exception of Nicholas Colasanto who died while the series was still airing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Festivus (Dec. 23rd) from "Seinfeld" was a real thing created in 1966 and not invented by the show. Daniel O'Keefe created it to celebrate his first date with his wife 3 years before. His son Dan introduced Festivus to the rest of us when he wrote the episode "The Strike." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Kurt Vonnegut had a cameo appearance in the movie; β€˜Back to School.’ When the protagonist (Rodney Dangerfield) is asked how he is gong to write a paper on β€˜Vonnegut’ for literature class, if he hasn’t read any of the books? ...the actual Kurt Vonnegut shows up at his dorm room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349…
After Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, graduated high school he worked as a fry cook during summers at a restaurant in Islesford, Maine known as Islesford Dock Restaurant. The restaurant would later be the inspiration for the Krusty Krab in the show. bangordailynews.com/2018/…
Before asbestos was seen as hazardous, a Han dynasty general had a jacket made from it. He would pretend to spill wine on it at dinners. Then he'd throw it into a fire and pull it out to show it was still intact to impress his guests. daily.jstor.org/when-asbe…
Film critic Roger Ebert briefly dated Oprah Winfrey, and persuaded her to syndicate The Oprah Winfrey Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
The peak of TV attention can be assigned an exact date: Sunday, September 9, 1956, when Elvis Presley made his first appearance on television, on CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show. Its 82.6 percent share of US viewers has never been equaled or bettered. decades.com/lists/the-10-…
BBC has a kids show called β€œRastaMouse” where the main character- RastaMouse, is a Jamaican, crime-fighting, reggae music star youtu.be/7mrdmpDfDC0
Today I learned about ongoing Greek TV show "Light in The Tunnel" which among solving countless muder and missing cases in Greece, was added twice on the Guinness W.R.; once for finding 85 missing persons in the span of 75 episodes and again for finding a woman missing for 58 years, in just 10 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
The tv show ER once filmed a live episode, which had to be performed twice: once for the east coast and again west coast. tvworthwatching.com/post/…
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globe…
Squirrels are a common cause of power outages in the USA. They pose a danger to electrical/power grids. The Squirrel Index shows the peak of squirrel electrical disruption is from May to June and October to November. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The TV show Mork & Mindy is a spinoff of a specific episode of Happy Days, which featured Mork trying to take Richie back to his home planet. The show was trying to capitalize on the popularity of the recently released Star Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I learned about Matt Kennedy Gould. He was the only real person in a 1990's Big Brother type reality show called The Joe Schmo Show. The rest of the cast were all actors and actresses. gazettereview.com/2016/09…
UPN bought "Malcolm In The Middle" before Fox. When they where shooting the pilot, UPN literally owned the show. At the last minute, UPN decided it wasn't a fit and passed on it. Fox picked it up instead. UPN folded in 2006. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
, First Lady Barbara Bush Wrote an apology letter to Marge Simpson after criticizing the show. ew.com/tv/2018/04/18/the-…
Fred Savage was the first person to host Saturday Night Live who was born after the show’s premier in 1975. He was 13 when he hosted in 1990. popsugar.com/entertainmen…
The cast of FRIENDS each made $1M per episode in the final two seasons and now make $20M per year per cast member for reruns. The show still generates $1B/year for Warner Bros. All thanks to David Schwimmer encouraging the cast to negotiate as a team. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Lawrence Welk was the first TV show to air in stereo - in 1958, before stereo TV had been invented. ABC simulcast one audio channel on its radio network, the other channel via TV; listening to both would give you the stereo effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saved a baby's life whilst filming Carpool Karaoke. A hysterical woman approached the set screaming "My baby can’t breathe”, Kiedis calmly took the child and restored it's breathing through CPR. He then resumed filming the show. radiox.co.uk/artists/red-…
Windsocks are calibrated to visually show wind speed as well as wind direction. They are designed such that each inflated red/white stripe indicates a 3 knot increase in wind speed to a maximum of 15 knots. hollandaviation.nl/en/win…
Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony was abducted at age 4, which led to abuse and him being molested for 2 years. John Walsh shared the story on America's Most Wanted in 1983 which led to his rescue. Bizzy went on the show in 2002 to update and thank John Walsh. Video in link. cleveland.com/entertainme…
The most expensive item purchased on the TV Show 'Pawn Stars' was a series of original sketches of the book 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. Rick paid $250,000 for the sketches. looper.com/190487/the-mos…
In the early 1800s they had laughing gas theaters where people enjoyed a show after inhaling nitrous oxide. This was a few years before they figured out it can be used for anesthesia. pdf.sciencedirectassets.c…

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