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  • 2006-11-17: Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.
  • 2006-10-04: The characters of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."
  • 2006-10-03: The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squicking their hands in jelly.
  • 2006-09-21: The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squicking their hands in jelly.
  • 2006-09-21: To make the sound effect of bones breaking or the twisting of a neck, people would smash, twist, and break celery.
  • 2006-05-16: Michael Myers wore a mask in the Halloween movie series. It was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
  • 2006-05-04: During the chariot scene in Ben Hur, a red car can be seen in the distance.
  • 2006-03-28: Bert Lahr portrayed the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz.
  • 2006-03-28: Ice Cube's real name is O'Shea Jackson.
  • 2006-03-28: John Forsythe was the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels.
  • 2005-10-13: Batman was created when its inventor saw Leonardo da Vinci's blueprints of a winged flying machine. It was attached to a man's body, which gave it the look of a bat.
  • 2005-07-15: Sparks from the Hogwarts Express train started a fire during filming of Prisoner of Azkaban in Scotland, destroying nearly 80 acres of heather moorland.
  • 2004-08-20: The sharks used in the movie Open Water were real gray reef and bull sharks. The cast wore chain mesh under their diving suits for protection. None were bitten by sharks, but Blanchard Ryan was nipped by a barracuda on the first day of filming.
  • 2004-08-20: The actor playing the female lead role in Open Water, Blanchard Ryan, is in fact deeply afraid of sharks. As a result, Daniel Travis had to enter the shark infested waters first each day to assure her they were not in danger.
  • 2004-08-20: The movie Open water was financed by director Chris Kentis and his wife, producer Laura Lau, both avid scuba divers. The movie cost $130,000 to make and was later bought by Lion's Gate for $2.5 million after its screening at Sundance.
  • 2004-08-20: Open Water was inspired by the 1998 disappearance of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who were left behind by their diving boat off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
  • 2004-08-20: Open Water used Hollywood shark-wrangler Stuart Cove, tame sharks, and well-timed bloody bait to create the film's shark footage. No digital or special effects were used in the film.
  • 2004-08-20: The actors in Open Water spent over 120 hours in the water over the course of production.
  • 2004-08-20: Open Water was filmed on weekend and holidays with a crew that usually consisted of two or three people.
  • 2004-08-20: The actors in Open Water were tethered to the boat so they would not drift off into the strong currents.
  • 2004-08-19: Charles Bishop Weyland, played by Lance Henriksen in Alien Vs. Predator, is a co-founder of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. This is the Company referred to in earlier Alien movies. The Bishop android in Aliens and Bishop II in Alien³ were also played by Henriksen.
  • 2004-08-19: The Alien Vs. Predator story crossed over virtually all forms of media before becoming a feature film. There was a successful comic book series, toy line, multiple video games, sound track (of the PC game) and even a card series.
  • 2004-08-19: Alien Vs. Predator is the first Alien film, and also the first Predator film, to not have an R rating.
  • 2004-08-19: The first left-handed predator (from the Predator film series) appears in Alien Vs. Predator.
  • 2004-08-19: The first Alien movie that doesn't feature Sigourney Weaver is Alien Vs. Predator. Weaver said in an interview that the idea of the crossover "sounded awful."
  • 2004-08-12: Mickey Rooney turned down the role of Archie Bunker on All In the Family.
  • 2004-08-12: Archie Bunker in All In the Family worked as a dock foreman for Prendergrast Tool and Die Company. Then he drove a taxi, and after that he owned a bar.
  • 2004-08-10: Leave it to Beaver premiered on October 4, 1957; the same day Sputnik I was launched.
  • 2004-08-10: The first episode of Leave it to Beaver was delayed by network censors because it showed a toilet bowl.
  • 2004-08-10: Jerry Mathers was cast as the Beave in Leave it to Beaver when he was eight. He had already appeared in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
  • 2004-08-10: Tony Dow was cast accidentally. He merely accompanied his friend to auditions, but the producers preferred him for the part of Wally in Leave it to Beaver.
  • 2004-08-10: Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell in Leave it to Beaver) joined the LAPD in 1970 and was decorated for his valor.
  • 2004-08-10: Although one of the most remembered shows of the 50's, Leave it to Beaver never ranked among the top 25 shows in its day.
  • 2004-08-09: The first television show ever to be put into reruns was The Lone Ranger.
  • 2004-08-09: One alternative title that was considered for NBC's hit show Friends was Insomnia Café.
  • 2004-08-09: The first TV kids show was Howdy Doody.
  • 2004-08-09: The first color televisions, as we know them today, were sold in 1954. There were ones before them, but they flickered, were bulky, and were discontinued in favor of ones that were backwards-compatible with black and white broadcasts.
  • 2004-08-06: Faraway Hill has the distinction of being the first TV soap opera debuted in October 1946 but quickly wrapped up in December 1946.
  • 2004-08-05: Televisions were invented by a farmer who had the idea while plowing his field.
  • 2004-07-12: Casey Kasem was the voice for the animated Batman, several of the Superfriends, Scooby Doo, and Shaggy.
  • 2004-07-01: The first couple to be shown together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  • 2004-06-28: In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.
  • 2004-06-23: John Larroquette of Night Court and The John Larroquette Show was the narrator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • 2004-06-23: No blood (real or fake) was used in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – they couldn't afford it. Instead, the killing scenes were performed behind screens and off-camera.
  • 2004-06-22: Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of Helen on The Jeffersons.
  • 2004-06-18: In 1960, two TV shows started and were the first two with single fathers. They were My Three Sons and The Andy Griffith Show.
  • 2004-06-10: Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used conceptually, if he ever needed a full name. His full name would then be Willy Gilligan, however the actor would rather have Gilligan be the first name.
  • 2004-06-10: The Skipper's full name on Gilligan's Island was Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned in the radio newscast about the wreck in the first episode.
  • 2004-06-10: The Professor's full name on Gilligan's Island was Roy Hickley. It was mentioned in the radio newscast about the wreck in the first episode.
  • 2004-06-10: The Howell's full names on Gilligan's Island were Thurston Howell III and "Lovey" Howell. They were mentioned in the radio newscast about the wreck in the first episode. Lovey's first name, Eunice, was mentioned once in a later episode.
  • 2004-06-10: On Gilligan's Island, Mary Ann and Ginger's full names were Mary Ann Summers and Ginger Grant.
  • 2004-06-10: The Andy Griffith Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was a spin-off of the Danny Thomas Show.
  • 2004-06-09: Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal.
  • 2004-06-09: Betty Rubble's maiden name was Betty Jean McBricker.
  • 2004-06-09: Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble used to smoke Winston cigarettes in commercials.
  • 2004-06-09: Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
  • 2004-06-07: Video Killed the Radio Star was the first video aired on MTV.
  • 2004-05-13: The Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore a Band-Aid in every episode. It was on himself, his clothes, or his glasses.
  • 2004-05-07: Many of the sweaters worn my Mr. Rogers were actually knit by his real mother.
  • 2004-04-16: George Reeves played Superman in the television series. (1952-1958)
    Christopher Reeve played Superman in the movies (Superman I, II, III, IV).
  • 2004-04-02: The Dukes of Hazard's General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T.
  • 2004-04-02: The Blues Brothers' "Bluesmobile" was a 1974 Dodge Monaco Sedan.
  • 2004-04-02: Knight Rider's K.I.T.T was a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am.
  • 2004-04-02: Starsky and Hutch's vehicle was a 1976 Ford Gran Torino.
  • 2004-04-02: Christine, in Stephen King's movie, Christine was a 1958 Plymouth Fury.
  • 2004-04-02: The Fall Guy used a GMC Sierra 1981-1986 ¾ ton pickup.
  • 2004-04-02: Nash Bridges used a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with 1971 headlights.
  • 2004-03-05: The license plate on the Ghostbusters' car, a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance, was ECTO-1.
  • 2004-03-05: It took 1.21 gigawatts of electricity for Doc Brown to power the DeLorean in Back to the Future.
  • 2004-03-05: Marty is wearing Calvin Klein underwear in Back to the Future.
  • 2004-03-05: In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswald's called their ugly green station wagon the Family Truckster.
  • 2003-10-02: Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy. He lives at 1313 Webfoot Walk, Duckberg, Calisota.
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Beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
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