Trivia & Useless Facts
In Psycho, the color of Mrs. Bates' dress was periwinkle blue.
The first song played on Armed Forces Radio during operation Desert Shield was Rock the Casba by the Clash.
Sam Spade's license number was 137596.
The names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Mikazaru: Hear no evil, and Mazaru: Speak no evil.
Four people played Darth Vader: David Prowse was his body, James Earl Jones did the voice, Sebastian Shaw was his face and a fourth person did the breathing.
Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Van Winkle.
Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like a Lady" was written about Vince Neil of Motley Crue.
Tweety used to be a baby bird without feathers until the censors made him have feathers because he "looked naked." Source: Mike Joffe
George Harrison knows how to play the sitar. Source: Kara Fitzgerald
The Looney Tunes song is actually called "The Merry-Go-Round is Broken Down."
Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa and grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska.
King Kong is the only movie to have its sequel (Son of Kong) released the same year (1933). Source: Dan Bezaire
The last Playboy centerfold to have staples was published in 1985. Venice Kong was the model.
Melanie Griffith's mother is actress Tippi Hendren, best known for her lead role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
Shannon Hoon, the now-dead lead singer of the group Blind Melon was a back-up singer for Guns N' Roses on their Use Your Illusion 1 CD. Source: Ryan Mouncey.
The name Horshack (Arnold in "Welcome Back Kotter") means "the cattle are dying". Source: Nick at Nite! Submitted by Renée Kelleher
Mary Tyler Moore was banished from the Ed Sullivan Show after her first appearance. Her crime was insisting on lip-syncing a song she was to perform; a Sullivan taboo. Source: "American Heritage" magazine
"Gone With the Wind" is the only Civil War epic ever filmed without a single battle scene. Source: "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"
David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.
The Andy Griffth Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was a spin-off of the Danny Thomas Show.
The "Hallelujah Chorus" fits into the Easter portion of Handel's Messiah, not Christmas.
From Gilligan's Island, the Professor's real name was Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann's last name was Summers and Mrs. Howell's maiden name was Wentworth.
From Gilligan's Island, the skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.
Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.
Jethro Tull is not the name of the rock singer/flautist responsible for such songs as "Aqualung" and "Thick as a Brick". Jethro Tull is the name of the band. The singer is Ian Anderson. The original Jethro Tull was an English horticulturalist who invented the seed drill.
In the early days of silent films, there was blatant thievery. Unscrupulous film companies would steal the film print, reshoot a scene or two, and release it as a new production. The combat this, the Biograph company put the company's trademark initials AB somewhere in every scene -- on a door, a wall, or window. Source: "Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts"
Mae West did not utter her infamous line "Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?" until her last film, "Sextette." It had been floating around for years and has always been attributed to her, but it's exact origins are unknown. The line doesn't appear in any of her films, plays or other writings. Source: "New Yorker" magazine
At least fifty four operas have been written about Faust (including a recent one by Randy Newman). Source: "2201 Fascinating Facts"
The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.
The Mamas and Papas were once called the Mugwumps.
Lynyrd Skynard was the name of the gym teacher of the boys who went on to form that band. He once told them, "You boys ain't never gonna amount to nothin'."
Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.
Alan Thicke, the father in the TV show Growing Pains wrote the theme songs for The Facts of Life and Different Strokes
Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? It's Paul Reiser himself. And Greg Evigan sang the "My Two Dads" theme.
Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes.
In the 1983 film "JAWS 3D" the shark blows up. Some of the shark guts were the stuffed ET dolls being sold at the time.
"Ever think you're hearing something in a song, but they're really singing something else? The word for mis-heard lyrics is 'mondegreen,' and it comes from a folk song in the '50's. The singer was actually singing "They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green," but this came off soundingl ike 'They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.'"
ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)
The license plate number of the Volkswagon that appeared on the cover of the Beatles Abbey Road album was 281F.
The Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was written about Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.
The Beatles song "Martha My Dear" was written by Paul McCartney about his sheepdog Martha.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were the two left-handed Beatles.
Paul McCartney's mother was a midwife.
John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
John Lennon's assassin was carrying a copy of "The Catcher in the Rye" when he shot the famous Beatle in1980.
Don Mac Lean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. All three were on the same plane that crashed.
Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.
Elvis weighted 230 pounds at the time of his death.
Elton John's real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever seen in England--(about 1961)
Elton John's uncle was a professional soccer player. He broke his leg playing for Nottingham Forest in the 1959 English FA Cup Final.
Mr. Spock's (of Star Trek) blood type was T-Negative
One of the many Tarzans, Karmuela Searlel, was mauled to death on the set by a raging elephant.
Some of Beethoven's symphonies were performed in Kentucky before they were performed in Paris, France.
During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.
Meursault, the title character in Albert Camus' famous novel The Stranger, had a first name, Patrice, which was mentioned only in Camus' personal journals.
John Larroquette of "Night Court" and "The John Larroquette Show" was the narrator of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play itagain, Sam."
Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty," but he did say, "Beam me up, Mr. Scott".
See for yourself: TV sitcom characters rarely say goodbye when they hang up the phone.
The 80s song "Rosanna" from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.
Warren Beatty and Shirley Mac Laine are brother and sister.
Jean Harlow was the first actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine.
Sylvia Plath was a famous poet who killed herself at age 31 by sticking her head in an oven.
Sylvia Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, was married three times, and two of the women he married committed suicide.
Herman Melville didn't catch on as a major literary figure until long after his death in 1891. He had become so disillusioned by the commercial failure of "Moby Dick" (1851) and other novels that he gave the pen and became a clerk in New York. His "Billy Budd" wasn't even published until 1924. Source: "Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts"
The only member of the band ZZ Top to not have a beard has the last name Beard
Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of "Helen" on "The Jeffersons."
Devo's original name was going to be De-evolution. They shortened it to Devo.
Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book 'The Naked Lunch".
Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman.
Andy Warhol created the Rolling Stone's emblem depicting the big tongue. It first appeared on the cover of the "Sticky Fingers" album.
The real name of the "I've fallen and I can't getup" lady is Edith Fore.
Ralph Kramden , of The Honeymooners, made 62 dollars a week.
The Velvet Underground was named after a book on the S&M culture.
The Velvet Underground's first manager was Andy Warhol, who also produced their first album and designed the cover artwork. The cover artwork for the album (called "The Velvet Underground and Nico") featured a bright yellow banana that could be peeled off to reveal a bright pink banana underneath, with the label "Peel Slowly and See." "Peel Slowly and See" is the title of the Velvet Underground comprehensive boxed set, which is the only currently-available Velvet Underground recording to feature a peelable banana. The peelable banana caused substantial delays in the production of the VU's first album and contributed to Lou Reed's firing Andy Warhol as the group'smanager.
Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was "Smile".
Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain smoked forty cigars a day for the last years of his life.
Samuel Clemens aka MarkTwain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley's Comet came into veiw. When he died in 1910, Haley's Comet came into view again.
Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Roger Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.
Spencer Eldon was the name of the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's album Nevermind.
Roberta Flack wrote "Killing Me Softly" about singer Don McLean.
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere. Source: "Random Trivia" fact contributed by Jim Cobb
Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for directing.
There are 22 stars surrounding the mountain on the Paramount Pictures logo.
The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie "Barbarella".
Lucy Ricardo's maiden name was McGillicudy.
Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
In the movie "the Right Stuff" there is a scene where a government recruiter for the Mercury astronaut program (played by Jeff Goldblum) is in a bar at Muroc Dry Lake, California. His partner suggests Chuck Yeager as agood astronaut candidate. Jeff proceeds to badmouth Yeager claiming they need someone who went to college. During the conversation the real Chuck Yeager is playing a bartender who is standing behind the recruiters eaves dropping. General Yeager is listed low in the movie credits as "Fred."
Dracula is the most filmed story of all time, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is second and Oliver Twist is third.
"The Siege Of Belgrade" was a poem written by Alaric Watts in 1817. It was a poem where each line (of 27) had only words beginning with each letter of the alphabet: Line 1: A-words. Line2: B-Words. Line 26: Z-words
The number of the trash compactor in Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977) is 3263827.
The movie "Paris, Texas" was banned in the city of Paris, Texas, shorty after its box office release.
Spot, Data's cat on StarTrek: The Next Generation, was played by six different cats.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard's fish was named Livingston.
The music group Simply Red is named because of its love for the football team, Manchester United, who have a red homestrip.
The "second unit" films movie shots that do not require the presence of actors.
Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make -$5 million going to actor's salaries.
TVs 'Bananas in Pajamas' are played by women.
Pablo Picasso's career lasted seventy-eight years, from 1895 until his death in 1973. He made more than 13,000 paintings over the years and over 100,000 prints, engravings and designs. He also did over 300 sculptures and ceramics. Picasso used his mother's maiden name. His father's last name was Ruiz.
In Mel Brooks ''Silent Movie", mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.
Gary Burghoff who played Walter Radar O'Reily on M*A*S*H has a deformed left thumb. If you watch closely you will see that he never shows his left hand.
Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)
When a film is in production, the last shot of the day is the "martini shot", the next to last one is the "Abby Singer".
A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are actually talking.
The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."
They Might Be Giants is the first modern band with an Accordion and a Glockenspiel
The real name of Astro (the dog from The Jetsons) is "Tralfaz" -- his real owner appeared one day to claim him but wound up giving him back to the Jetsons.
"Video Killed the Radio Star" was the very first video ever played on MTV.
The first video ever played on MTV Europe was "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits.
The "Grinch" singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a charming man named Thurl Ravenscroft.
The famous split-fingered Vulcan salute is actually intended to represent the first letter ("shin, "pronounced "sheen") of the word "shalom." As a small boy, Leonard Nimoy observed his rabbi using it in a benediction and never forgot it; eventually he was able to add it to "Star Trek" lore.
Michael Di Lorenzo, who plays Eddie Torres on New York Undercover is one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video.
Vincent Van Gogh comitted suicide while painting Wheat Field with Crows.
Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an aligator while he hosted "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.
Jamie Farr (who played Klinger on M*A*S*H) was the only member of the cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean war.
The Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore a band-aid in every episode. Either on himself, his glasses, or his clothing.