Bill Burr repeatedly mocked the Star Wars franchise and its fans before accepting the role of Mayfeld in The Mandalorian - he was cast because it was believed his past criticism of the franchise would make his casting more amusing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space. She also was a doctor in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, started her own business, writes children’s books, has produced and directed modern dance plays, and was also in a few episodes of Star Trek. womenshistory.org/educati…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes to the point where numerous takes needed to re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The cast of Pawn Stars don't work at the shop. The Gold & Silver Pawn is managed by someone else and filming interrupts business because they have to close down to bring in the cast and pre-screened customers. reviewjournal.com/enterta…
Singapore’s street food is so good that some street vendors are awarded Michelin stars for their food! foodandwine.com/travel/si…
When George Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney in 2012, Lucas donated nearly the entirety of the $4 billion to charity’s based on education and wellbeing. consent.yahoo.com/collect…
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has his own fire department with one fire truck. He originally had two but donated one to the Muir Beach Fire Department. There are 12 firefighters in his department and they protect his land and surrounding areas from wild fires. firehouse.com/apparatus/n…
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) had the smallest budget of all the Star Trek movies, only $12m. It is often considered by many, to be the best of one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
The star of Columbo, Peter Falk, has legislation called "Peter Falk's Law" named after him. It prevents children of sick parents being prevented access or information about their parents physical and mental condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
There are 3 trillion trees on Earth, which is more trees than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy and cells in the human brain. usatoday.com/story/news/2…
Today I learned about UY Scuti, the largest-known star by radius. It is 1700 times bigger than our sun, and it would take 1200 years to fly around it in a 900km/h regular passenger airplane. If Earth was in its habitable zone, it would take 10.000 years for one full rotation, each season lasting 2500 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UY_…
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS. itnews.com.au/news/key-ed…
James Doohan, who played Star Trek's Scotty, was a lieutenant in WWII, was wounded during his participation in D-Day, and was once called the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Force." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Classic Hollywood film star Fred Astaire took up skateboarding as a hobby in his late seventies and was even awarded a life membership in the National Skateboard Society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
That, in America, before TV was on 24 hours, there was a nightly sign off where the Star Spangled Banner was played and an image of the American flag was shown before the TV cut to static. nytimes.com/2019/10/30/ar…
James Cameron was originally hired to write the first Spider-Man film, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyed to star. In his script, Spider-Man accidentally kills a child, calls Electro a "motherfucker", and binds Mary Jane to the Brooklyn Bridge with his webs, before having sex with her. screenrant.com/spider-man…
Avengers: Endgame, the current highest-grossing film of all time with $2.8bn, is actually leapfrogged by four films when adjusted for inflation; Gone with the Wind (1939 $3.7bn), Avatar (2009 $3.3bn), Titanic (1997 $3.1bn) and Star Wars (1977 $3.0bn) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, retired from acting when he was 12 due to bullying, destroyed all his Star Wars memorabilia, and was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after being involved in a high speed chase with police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Actors in the early silent film era often went uncredited because audiences just didn’t care β€” then, in 1910, actress Mary Pickford became so popular cinemas started specially advertising her films, making her the world’s first movie star britannica.com/biography/…
Michael Dorn has more on-screen appearances playing the same character (Worf) than any other actor in the Star Trek franchise: 282 episodes and four movies screenrant.com/star-trek-…
A tablespoon of material from our Sun would weigh about 5lbs on Earth. A tablespoon of material from a Neutron Star would weigh over 1 billion tons, roughly as much as Mt. Everest. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
One of television’s first interracial kisses, between Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura, was originally supposed to be between Spock and Uhura. However, when William Shatner (Captain Kirk) heard, he said 'If anybody is gonna get to kiss Lieutenant Uhura it’s gonna be me.’ syfy.com/syfywire/little-…
The phrase "Beam me up Scotty" has never appeared in a single episode of Star Trek en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
John Williams, the legend film composer (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) had problems with the musical timings in E.T.’s BMX chase scene. Steven Spielberg told him to record the music just as he wanted, he then edited the chase sequence around Willams’s Oscar winning soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
The long-range bombardment of Fort McHenry, glorified by the Star Spangled Banner, was quite ineffective. Over 25 hours, the British fired 1,500-1,800 bombs and rockets but only killed 4 and wounded 25. nps.gov/fomc/holdthefort/…
In 1968 a group of Star Trek fans cornered William Sharner as he left 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and attempted to rip his clothes off. It is likely that this event stopped Shatner from attending Star Trek conventions for over a decade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about Silver Star recipient SFC Alwyn Cashe. SFC Cashe was injured and soaked with fuel after a complex ambush in the Iraq. He entered a burning vehicle three times and pulled six soldiers to their safety. SFC Cashe received burns on 75% of his body, injuries he eventually succumbed to. taskandpurpose.com/opinio…
The 1933 worlds fair began by focusing the light from only the 37 light year distant star Arcturus onto photoelectric cells using telescopes. The resulting current switched on the floodlights at the exposition grounds. space.com/25904-may-skwat…
If every star in our galaxy had a trillion planets, each with a trillion people who had a trillion decks of cards & they manage to make 1,000 unique shuffles 1,000 times per second & had been doing so since the Big Bang, they'd only just now start to repeat shuffles. youtube.com/watch?v=SLIvw…
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
Gold is created when neutron stars collide with one another. quantamagazine.org/did-ne…
On May 19th, 1999 when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace released into theaters, an estimated 2.2 million full time employees missed work to watch the film. Costing the US an estimated $293 million dollars from lose of productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The 'Hubble Deep Field image' covers an area of the sky equal to holding a tennis ball at 100 metres away, and contains over 10,000 galaxies, each one with around 100 billions stars in it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Stars don’t actually twinkle. Light rays penetrate through different layers of air, distorting the brightness. That’s atmospheric Refraction. ck12.org/book/cbse-physic…
The grinch star Jim Carrey got CIA torture endurance training to get through the makeup sessions. radiotimes.com/news/2014-…
The Actor That Played Darth Vader In The Original Trilogy, David Prowse, Is Banned From Attending Oficial Star Wars Events And Consider Persona Non Grata In General By Lucasfilm news.avclub.com/david-pro…
The β€œStar Spangled Banner,” the United States’ National Anthem, uses the exact melody of an old English drinking song called β€œTo Anacreon in Heaven” which was popular among Americans in 1812 sporcle.com/blog/2018/08/…
Today I learned about Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Wayne Jackson), former LSU star, and Denver Nuggets player, who lost his career and Nike contract for sitting during the National Anthem in the 90s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah…
Since 1986, the lead singer of the band 'Toto' has been Joseph Williams, the son of legendary composer John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
Robert Blake, star of the 70s detective series "Baretta", was acquitted of his wife's murder in 2005 after a contentious 4-year legal drama. He was, however, found liable by a civil suit brought by his children. foxnews.com/entertainment…
Lone Star ticks can give you meat allergy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
The comedy Taking Care of Business (aka: Filofax) in 1990 that starred James Belushi and Charles Grodin was actually the first screenplay written by J. J. Abrams who later went on to make the Star Trek and Star Wars films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
-one reason for the popularity and growth of Palm Springs was due to the Hollywood studio's '2 hour rule' mandating that stars had to be that close by car in case they were needed for filing visitpalmsprings.com/holl…
The Voyager probes took more than 40 years traveling at 40,000 mph to leave our solar system, but it will be another 40,000 years before they get anywhere near another star nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In 2015, Martin Scorsese directed a 16-minute short film called β€œThe Audition” that served as an advertisement for a Chinese casino. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, with a cameo appearance from Brad Pitt. The budget was $70 million. bestentertainmentreviews.…
The star Antares has a mass of about 12 times that of the Sun, if placed in the center of our Solar System, it would reach somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter nineplanets.org/antares-a…
β€œthat when we see really ancient images of far off and very, very old objects, that light has traveled from that star through the universe for sometimes billions of years and the first object it hit was our telescope detector.” scienceline.ucsb.edu/getk…
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Rene Auberjonois (Odo) was related to Napoleon. His father married Princess Laure Louise NapolΓ©one EugΓ©nie Caroline Murat, a descendant of Caroline Bonaparte. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
A license to sell Star Wars merchandise cost $750,000 dollars. Before the original film had even been released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He-…
William Hootkins, the actor who played the rebel pilot Porkins in Star Wars: A New Hope, was questioned by the FBI after the assassination of JFK, was school classmates with Tommy Lee Jones, and studied astrophysics and oriental studies at Princeton University. forcematerial.com/home/20…
American "astronauts" were nearly called "cosmonauts." In 1959 NASA debated the term "cosmonauts" β€” traveling to the cosmos β€” vs "astronauts" β€” traveling to the stars. "Astronaut" won out at NASA. After Yuri Gagarin flew for the USSR, the Soviets adopted a term which translates to "cosmonaut." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
In the early 1970s, a story was widely reported that Ken Osmond (the actor who played Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver) had become rock star Alice Cooper. Cooper eventually got a T-shirt that said 'No, I am not Eddie Haskell.' But people still believed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, and Mark Zuckerberg founded a project to send swarms of tiny spacecraft, driven by solar sails powered by gigawatt lasers, to nearby stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
In 2017, the "Bouche Γ  Oreille" cafΓ© in Bourges was accidentally given a star when it was confused with a restaurant of the same name in Boutervilliers, near Paris eater.com/2017/2/20/14668…
Today I learned about 'star jelly' or 'star snot,' a gelatinous substance sometimes found on grass or even on branches of trees. According to folklore, it is deposited on the Earth during meteor showers. Nobody is quite sure what it actually is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
A terminally ill Star Wars fan got to see "The Rise of Skywalker" ahead of its scheduled release. A hospice worker tweeted the man's dying wish after seeing a Star Wars tattoo on his leg; 2 days later, a Disney rep arrived at the hospice with a black bag containing a hard drive with the movie. nbcnews.com/pop-culture/m…
Princess Leia's hair in Star Wars was inspired by women of the Mexican revolution. snopes.com/fact-check/ori…
Actor/singer Sheb Wooley, who sang β€œThe Purple People Eater” is also the voice of the famous Wilhelm scream sound effect used in movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and more. youtu.be/Zf8aBFTVNEU
Dave Chappelle agreed to be in 'A Star is Born' after Bradley Cooper flew to a party hosted by Chappelle in Ohio to ask him to join the cast. Cooper had to persistently bother Chappelle before he agreed to be in the film. cinemablend.com/news/2477…
PokΓ©mon is the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, bigger than Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
The 13-star American flag attributed to Betsy Ross was just one of many designs that fit the Continental Congress’ resolution that the flag have β€œthirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field” 1stdibs.com/introspective…
Charles Darwin predicted the existence of the giant hawkmoth 20 years earlier which was eventually discovered in 1882. He was 5,700 miles away then as he sat in his London office inspecting an unusual Star-of-Bethlehem orchid sent by a colleague. calacademy.org/explore-sc…
Part of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was filmed in George Lucas’s pool. More specifically, when Luke goes to Dagobah and the Dragonsnake is seen. starwars.com/news/7-littl…
The title β€œAnchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” was a play words on the obscure 2001 documentary β€œPorn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
While filming "Barry Lyndon" in Ireland Director Stanley Kubrick received word his name was on an I.R.A. hit list for directing a movie featuring English soldiers. Star Ryan O Neil said "He was given 24 hours. He was gone in 12." thejournal.ie/stanley-kub…
Due to his acting roles in many Marvel movies, the late Stan Lee is the highest-grossing actor of all time. With a total box office gross as an actor at $30,617,384,366. The second highest grossing actor is also a Marvel movie star, Samuel L. Jackson of Nick Fury fame. the-numbers.com/box-offic…
I learned there is a disco Star Wars theme. youtu.be/uJ3kV3Icm28
Beverly Hills in Australia was originally named Dumbleton. However, the local residents disliked that name, wanting something more glamorous, and in the 1930s decided to rename it Beverly Hills after the Californian home of numerous American movie stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bev…
Today I learned about John Glenn's Gold Star Mother Speech delivered at the final Senate primary debate after his opponent claimed he had never held a job thirteen.org/programs/joh…
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in Star Trek, had a brother named Thomas who committed suicide along with 38 others in the Heavens Gate cult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Frasier was filmed in Paramount Studios in LA (1993-2004) and as the studios were also used by Star Trek: The Next Generation (87-94), Deep Space 9 (93-99), Voyager (95-01), Enterprise (01-05) there are a total of 262 cast & crew shared credits with Frasier (details in comments) intl.startrek.com/article…
Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in 'Star Wars' variety.com/2015/film/new…
Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes - to the point where multiple takes needed to be re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises. mashable.com/2018/03/13/l…
James Doohan (i.e. Scotty in the Original Star Trek) helped a suicidal fan by personally requesting her attendance to a convention, after 8 years of silence he received a letter from her thanking him for what he did, and stating she had earned her Masters degree in Electronic Engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
George Lucas originally envisioned the planet Tatooine in Star Wars to be a jungle planet, but the idea of having to film in a jungle made him feel "itchy," so he decided to make it a desert planet instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
If the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fractionβ€”by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000β€”then no stars could have ever formed newyorker.com/tech/annals…
Today I learned about Amanda "Powerhouse" Lucas, George Lucas' eldest daughter. She was a professional MMA fighter for six years until she retired to start a family. Lucas had bit parts in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
The TV show Baywatch, best known for swimsuit-clad stars like Pamela Anderson and Kelly Packard, had on average a viewing audience of over 65% women throughout its syndication run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Taurine which is a key ingredient in Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, and other energy drinks, is an amino acid that humans and dogs can produce within their own bodies from other amino acid, but Cats cannot synthesize. Cats must get it from their diet, and it is required to remain healthy. vcahospitals.com/know-you…
There are two Harrison Ford stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - one of them is for the 1920’s silent movie actor and theatre performer. Both are not related in any way wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris…
The Urban Legend that Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) was responsible for Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) auditioning for Star Wars is NOT true. Though they were friends, Mark Hamill says that Robert Englund was 1 of several people who told him and his agent had already scheduled an audition. comicbook.com/starwars/ne…
Today I learned about Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier, won in a poker game, who served in World War II, attained the rank of Corporal, completed twelve combat missions, was awarded eight battle stars, had a custom parachute, and who single pawedly saved 250 airmen.... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
Ex-England football star Paul Gascoigne tried to help save the fugitive murderer Raoul Moat by seeking him out in his dressing gown, with a fishing rod and a cooked chicken. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Beethoven was such a massive star that following composers struggled to pull away from his artistic gravity. Brahms for example refused to make a symphony for 21 years, feeling unworthy. Schubert said: Who can ever do anything, after Beethoven? popularbeethoven.com/the-…
Actress Pia Zadora won a Golden Globe for "Best Newcomer" and a Razzie for "Worst New Star" for the same role en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
The Song of India is the first Indian restaurant in South East Asia to have ever won a Michelin Star, its Executive Chef Manjunath Mural was destined to be a doctor since his entire family was in the profession and decided to change that when he found his love for cooking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned about Stephenson 2-18, which is a red supergiant (RSG) star that has a volume around 10 billion times bigger than the Sun and If placed at the center of the Solar System, its photosphere would engulf the entire orbit of Saturn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A golden chamber with ultra-sensitive lightbulbs is buried under a mountain in Japan and contains water so pure that it can be corrosive and dissolve metal- and it's helping scientists detect neutrinos from dying stars. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-1…
The movie Spaceballs never merchandised toys because George Lucas told Mel Brooks they'd look too similar to Star Wars toys. maxim.com/entertainment/i…
The demand for Star Wars merchandise was so unexpected that none of the action figures were ready for Xmas 1977, forcing the manufacturer to instead release an empty cardboard box as a display diorama for the upcoming toys. The boxes now sell for $4,000 to $8,000 each on the collector's market. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The Star Fleet logo (from Star Trek) is based off the delta symbol. The symbol was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. spacenews.com/u-s-space-f…
The flag of the East India Company is said to have inspired the Grand Union Flag of 1775, ultimately inspiring the current flag of the United States. Mysorean rockets were also used in the Battle of Baltimore, and are mentioned in The Star Spangled Banner: "And the rockets' red glare..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Kim Jong Il once kidnapped the biggest South Korean director and movie star (who were also ex-husband and wife) and brought them to North Korea to make movies for him. They escaped by convincing him to let them go abroad to promote the North Korean film industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
The online MMORPG "Star Wars: The Old Republic" held a massive memorial after the death of Carrie Fisher. Among the efforts, Sith players would hold off NPCs so that weaker players could get through, and one player even made a new character in Leia's likeness so people could pay respects. pcgamer.com/thousands-of-…
George Lucas' choice of John Williams as the composer for Star Wars was due to a recommendation from Steven Spielberg, who worked with Williams on the film 'Jaws' udiscovermusic.com/storie…
Stars don't twinkle in outer space. The refraction of light from earth's atmosphere is why we see them twinkle. earthsky.org/space/why-do…
Leonard Nimoy fought for equal pay for Nichelle Nichols, (Lt. Uhura) as her pay lagged well behind the starring male cast members on 1960s Star Trek. trekmovie.com/2014/07/31/…
Tom Cruise is obsessed with sending his co-stars cakes, even ones he worked with decades ago. Louis Theroux, documentary maker, even went to his grandmother's 100th Birthday Party to find 100 cupcakes from Tom Cruise, after Tom worked with his cousin. insider.com/tom-cruise-se…
In 1054, Chinese astronomers noted a bright "guest star" in Taurus that was visible in the daytime for 3 weeks and didn't completely fade out for almost two years. The "guest star" was actually the supernova explosion that created the Crab Nebula, which is located some 6,500 light-years away. astronomy.com/news/2007/0…

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