In 1985, Takahashi Meijin (real name Takahashi Toshiyuki) became a celebrity in Japan when he managed the feat of pressing a button on a video game controller 16 times in one second on television. It's still a world record. indie-games-ichiban.wonde…
A town in Texas renamed itself to Dish in 2005 for 10 years of free television service from the company Dish network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
On Nov 22, 1963 while watching TV reports of JFK's death, Annie Shapiro had a stroke and slipped into a coma. 29 years later she awoke in bed as a 79 year old grandmother still married to her husband. Her first words upon sitting up were "Turn on the television. I want to watch I Love Lucy" cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/…
Comedian Phyllis Diller's first television appearance was on Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life". She said she was transitioning from housewife to nightclub performer. She was soon a nationally known star, and Groucho always took great pride in her success. youtube.com/watch?v=YnzT4…
Since Guillermo's del Toro's first feature film Cronos, he has collaborated with Ron Perlman on a total of eight films and one television series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Today I learned that Tom Petty did not usually allow his music to be played on television, but he let The Simpsons use his song "The Waiting" in the episode "The Cartridge Family" because he was a fan of the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the U.S. television stations east of the Mississippi River all have call signs starting with a "W" and ones to the west have call signs beginning with a "K". Dallas, Texas has both because of a weird rule when they moved the demarcation. dallasnews.com/news/curio…
Eurovision is one of the longest running shows in television history, the most watched non-sporting event on television and helped launch the careers of ABBA, Celine Dion & Julio Iglesias. liveabout.com/what-is-eur…
When George Carlin created his 'Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television' bit, the FCC didn't have the legal authority to ban dirty words from public airways. That bit, played uncensored by a NYC radio station, led to the getting that authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, one man was solely responsible for the laugh tracks heard on television sitcoms. Charley Douglass and his family operated a mysterious tape loop machine, nicknamed the "laff box," that you'd play like a keyboard to create unique laugh tracks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
The Kingdom of Bhutan banned television and the internet throughout the whole country until 1999 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhu…
In the early 1940s a Mexican scientist named Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena created a color television system some considered better than any American system at the time. His work made it possible in the 1970s for NASA to transmit color photos of Jupiter from the Voyager satellite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Mr. Potato Head was the first toy ever advertised on television and the first to be marketed directly to children, rather than their parents. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
In 1949, the Admiral television company sponsored the Admiral Broadway Revue TV show on NBC and DuMont. Six months later, they canceled the show not because it was unsuccessful, but because it was so popular they couldn't keep up with the manufacturing demand for TV sets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
In the film Psycho (1960), a concern for the censors, was an actresses flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible the first time. No flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
All the lyrics of the song Popular by Nada Surf, except for the chorus, were taken directly from the 1964 teen advice book Penny's Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity, written by television actress Gloria Winters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Lillian Brown, the makeup artist of nine US presidents, stopped Richard Nixon's sobbing before he was about to go on national television to announce his resignation by telling him a funny story so that his makeup wouldn't be ruined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
Today I learned that female navels were banned from American television from 1951 to 1983. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Cher was the first woman to regularly display her belly button on television, becoming the first woman to do so in front of a live studio audience in 1971 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Today I learned of the Film Integrity Act of 1987 which would have prohibited the rights holders to a film from materially altering the film without the written consent of the artistic author. This would include the colorization of film or editing of film to make it more appropriate for broadcast on television fd.noneinc.com/Congressio…
The longest running soap opera is "Guiding Light" which began on radio in 1937, transitioned to television in 1952, and ended in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
In 1935, singing cowboy Gene Autry released a Western film in which he is kidnapped by an ancient underground civilization with robots and television. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
After the Sex Pistols said the f-word on the Bill Grundy show in 1976, lorry driver Jason Holmes was so outraged he kicked in the screen of his brand new TV and complained to Thames Television about the damage loudersound.com/features/…
When Phil Collins first performed "In The Air Tonight" on television, he had a pot of paint on the stage, as the song was inspired by his divorce from his wife as she had had an affair with a painter and decorator. stuff.co.nz/entertainment…
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-…
TV remotes used to use ultrasonic sounds that rang at certain frequencies forcing the television to turn on or off, changing the channel or muting or un-muting the sound. The sound was made by by hammers hitting aluminium rods within the remote . bbc.com/future/article/20…
The Bob Newhart Show involves the first documented instance of a drinking game using prompts from a television show - "Hi, Bob!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi,…
Writer Isaac Asimov and Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry died with six months of each other. Asimov helped saved Star Trek from cancellation by writing a fan letter to TV Guide saying it was a "fresh and intellectually challenging science fiction television show". His daughter was a fan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Spock was originally going to have red skin, but the idea was scrapped because the makeup looked like blackface on a monochrome television. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
Even though Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, was disappointed by it for most of his life, he changed his mind the day he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon thanks to his invention, telling his wife "this has made it all worthwhile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
In the 60s not only could you advertise cigarettes on television, but you could have cartoon characters be the pitchmen. For example, The Flintstones endorsed Winston cigarettes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Ed O'Neill (of Married...With Children and Modern Family) went from being impoverished to one of the most highly paid actors in Television, and as a younger man was briefly signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers wealthsimple.com/en-us/ma…
Executives at McGraw Hill were curious to find out why their accountant was on television racing a Mclaren F1 GTR, chartering Concorde trips and showing up to work in a Ferrari. Turns out he had been embezzling Β£2.8 million from them the past 5 years since he was recruited! telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Jane Snowball, a 72 year old British grandmother became the first online shopper in the world in 1982 by using her television to order groceries from her local supermarket. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
The theme music for MTV's Liquid Television was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liq…
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
Tuvalu is the only country in the world where there is no local television station and they have only one Internet service provider. pressreference.com/Sw-Ur/…
The actors of β€œThe Big Bang Theory” are amongst the highest paid television actors ever. Earning $1 million, plus profits per episode. businessinsider.com/big-b…
The domain name ".tv" is actually the country code domain for Tuvalu, a country in Polynesia. Due to its popularity from its similarity to 'television', the Tuvalu government sought to capitalize on it and nearly 10% of its revenue comes from royalties from .tv addresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tv
β€žPut Him in Buccaβ€œ was a Candid Camera Style Iraqi television program. Fake bombs were placed in celebritiesβ€˜ cars without their knowledge and soliders in on the prank β€ždiscoveredβ€œ them at military checkpoints. The celebrities then were threatened with detention and execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Put…
David Hasselhoff holds the record for being the most watched man on television, appearing in various shows from the 1970's to the present, most notably starring in Baywatch which had over 1 billion weekly viewers in 1996. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The first depiction of breastfeeding on television was in Sesame Street in 1977. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
While the British TV show "The Avengers" started being filmed in color in 1966, UK viewers could only watch it in black and white, as there was no color broadcasting in their country. However, this decision was made with US export in mind, as Americans already did have color television in 1966. shropshirestar.com/news/l…
Up until 1972, tennis balls used to be black and white, and were changed to their neon color today because people had trouble seeing them on television. cnn.com/style/article/art…
The creators of the Game of Thrones TV series, Benioff and Weiss, had no prior experience in television and only limited experience writing movie scripts. Their original pilot episode was so poorly received at test screenings that HBO demanded that they re-shoot 90% of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
To avoid confusion, television broadcasts of 'Inception' in Japan include text in the corner of the screen to remind viewers which level of the dream each scene takes place in. famousfix.com/topic/incep…
Disney television enforced a 65th Episode Rule from the late 1990s-mid 2000s. With 65 episodes, one episode can be broadcast each weekday, reaching the 65th episode at the end of the 13th week. This is why shows Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens were canceled at their peak of popularity fr24news.com/a/2020/04/di…
Continental Europe did not have a daily television soap opera until 'Goede tijden, slechte tijden' began in 1990 in The Netherlands. GTST was a remake of Australian soap 'The Restless Years' but the storyline started diverging in season three en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goe…
Dinner (and prime-time television) in Spain starts as late as 10pm because it is in the wrong time zone. In 1940, General Francisco Franco moved clocks one hour forward in solidarity with Nazi Germany but the residents never bothered to adjusted their dinner time to match the new time zone. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
Today I learned about Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began taping whatever was on television in 1979 and didn't stop until her death in 2012.. The 71,000 VHS and Betamax tapes she made are the most complete collection preserving this era of TV. They are being digitized by the Internet Archive. atlasobscura.com/articles…

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