Fact Or Fake
Every morning around 5:50, our makeshift morning show panel has to decide if
the questions we ask about a particular topic are Fact or Fake!
-The Symphony is older than World War 1? (Fake…the war was from 1914-1918. The
Symphony was founded in 1921.)
-The Omaha Symphony performs around 50 shows and presentations annually around
the Midwest? (Fake…over 200.)
-Resident conductor Ernest Richardson’s hobby is gardening? (Fake…he’s an avid fly
-Henry Doorly was the Symphony’s first conductor? (Fake…he worked for the World
Herald. First conductor was Henry Cox.)
-According to the League Of American Orchestras, Omaha falls into the smallest of the 8
tiers of orchestras? (Fake…it’s in Group 2 due to its large annual budget.)
December 18th Birthdays today...
Keith Richards 1943 - Musician (Rolling Stones)
-Keith has a metal plate in his head.
Fact – He got it while on vacation in Fiji, and admittedly under the influence of cocaine, when he fell out of a coconut tree and had to be rushed into emergency brain surgery.
Steven Spielberg 1947 Movie producer-director
-Steven has an aquarium at his California home that contains miniature sharks.
Fake – He has dogs. Spielberg’s cocker spaniel Elmer probably has the most number of appearances in his film library than most of the famous actors whose names are on the poster. Elmer appeared in ‘The Sugarland Express,’ ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ‘1941’ and ‘Jaws’ .
Ray Liotta 1955 - Actor
-Ray won the National Collegiate Athletic Association invitational wrestling championship while attending the University of Miami.
Fake - I've only been in one fight in my whole life... in 7th grade, yet everyone thinks I'm a maniac. Liotta graduated from the University of Miami, where he received a degree in Fine Arts in 1978. He said he did a lot of musicals (Cabaret, Dames at Sea, Oklahoma, Sound of Music) during college.
Brad Pitt 1963 Actor
-Brad’s dad, Douglas Pitt, is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Republic of Tanzania.
Katie Holmes 1978 - Actress ("Dawson's Creek")
-Katie’s first audition in Hollywood landed her the lead role on Dawson’s Creek.
Fake - After a few modeling gigs, Katie was encouraged her to go to L.A. for TV pilot season and in her first audition won a part in the 1997 film “The Ice Storm.” An audition tape was sent to “Dawson’s Creek” creator Kevin Williamson in 1998 – and she was cast as series regular Joey Potter. The show ran for six seasons.
Tom Hanks performed 6 of the movie’s roles. The locomotive featured in the film is modeled after Pere Marquette Railroad's no. 1225…or December 25th. Even the tickets the conductor stamp have the number 1225.
-Rocker Steven Tyler plays an elf at the North Pole in the movie? (Fact…when
the elves are all dancing, he’s on stage singing the song.)
-The shy boy Billy was played by Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks’ partner in the show
Bosom Buddies? (Fact.)
-The boy who the movie is based around is known as The Hero Boy, but his first
name is really Chris? (Fact…it’s never mentioned in the movie, but it’s Chris in
the book. In fact, none of the kid’s names are mentioned except for Billy.)
-When the Hero Boy pulls the train whistle cord, he exclaims, “I’ve wanted to do
that all my life,”…that’s a nod to Back To The Future 3? (Fact…Robert
Zemeckis was the director for both movies and Doc did that in BTTF3.)
-It was the highest grossing movie of 2004? (Fake…10th. Shrek 2 was #1 with
$441 million. Polar Express brought in a total of $163 million.)
Norwegian rock carvings dating back to 2500BC are the oldest known depictions of people skiing. There are around 80 countries in the world offer some form of ski area, and about 350 million people visit ski resorts or areas annually across the globe.
-Nebraska, Hawaii, and Florida are the only states to not have a downhill ski
resort? (Fake…10 total with Kentucky, Delaware, Arkansa, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Oklahoma, and South Carolina too.)
-The highest ski resort in the world is located in China? (Fake…2nd highest. The
highest is Chacaltaya in Bolivia at 17,785 feet. That’s higher than the Mt.
Everest base camp.)
-Skiing made its debut at the Winter Olympics in 1936 in Germany where the
opening ceremony was overseen by Adolf Hitler? (Fact. He also oversaw the
1936 Summer Olympics, the last time a country hosted both in the same year.)
-The fastest ski run recorded was 157 miles per hour? (Fact…by Simone Origone
of Italy. Set the record earlier this year in France.)
-The word manky is slang for mountain hanky panky, which means to flirt with
other skiers? (Fake…it’s the term for the nasty odor of underwear after a
strenuous day on the slopes.)
1917 - Father Edward Flanagan opened Boys Town in Nebraska. The farm village was for wayward boys.
-Father Flannigan declined to give MGM rights to the Boys Town story for the movie “Boys Town” until the studio agreed to provide scholarships for the boys.
Fake - The studio offered Father Flanagan $5,000 for the movie rights to his story. He declined but reconsidered after he read a draft of the screenplay he approved of. MGM also agreed to buy the boys new basketball uniforms.
-Boys Town is the home of the world’s largest stamp ball.
Fact - The Leon Myers Stamp Center promotes stamp collecting among youth and adults, and supports Boys Town programs by selling donated stamps. The World’s Largest Stamp Ball, on display at the Stamp Center, is a favorite with children and adults alike.
-In the 1987 movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman takes Lenny Luthor (Lex Luthor's nephew) to Boys Town after he takes Lex back to prison.
Fact – Lenny was played by Jon Cryer.
-Boys Town was the inspiration for The Hollies hit "He ain't heavy - he's my brother."
Fact - In 1943 Boys Town adopted as its image and logo a picture of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, captioned "He ain't heavy, mister - he's my brother." They felt it epitomized the importance of their residents caring for each other and having someone care about them.
-Charles Manson is a Boys Town alumnus.
Fact - But for only 9 months till he ran away in order to look for his mother.
Hallmark Incorporated made 3.9 billion in consolidated revenues in 2013. They employ 11,300 full-time + 20,500 part-time worldwide between Hallmark and its subsidiaries. Around 10,000 new and redesigned greeting cards annually.
-The company was founded by Mark Hall, who changed the name of the company
from Mark Hall cards when he saw his name on a bill with his first name last?
(Fake…Joyce Hall was the founder. He went by J.C.)
-The Hallmark company owes its beginnings to Nebraska? (Fact…Joyce became
captivated by a salesman who stopped by his family's store in 1906 in Norfolk.
Driven by the postcard craze of 1903, Hall decided to venture from retail of
various products to wholesale of postcards)
-Their first slogan was “Pleasing people the world over”? (Fake…that’s Holiday
Inn. Hallmark didn’t have their first official slogan until 1944 with When You
Care Enough To Send The Very Best. )
-Hallmark owns both the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime Channel?
(Fake… Lifetime is owned by the Hearst Company and Disney. Hallmark did
own Univision from 86 to 92.)
-Hallmark owns Crayola…the crayon company? (Fact…and have since 1984.)
1952 - On the show "I Love Lucy," a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time. Lucy never was referred to as "pregnant," though - merely "expecting."
-Melrose Place aired the first homosexual kiss.
Fake - The kiss was never actually aired on television, because one of the show’s main advertisers threatened to pull back if the scene was shown. Dawson’s Creek characters Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) and Ethan (Adam Kaufmann) shared the first ever on-screen homosexual kiss in the season finale.
-The first couple shown in bed together was on The Flinstones.
Fake – The first show to depict a couple in bed together was Mary Kay and Johnny in 1947, in which the two stars were married in real life. In cartoon world, The Flintstones depicted the first animated couple in bed in the early 60s.
-First on-screen toilet was shown on Leave it to Beaver.
Fact - The pilot episode of Leave It to Beaver in 1957, in which Wally and the Beaver hid a baby alligator in a toilet tank. The episode was rejected by CBS, and producers were forced to compromise by only showing the tank of the toilet–the toilet bowl was not allowed to make its debut.
-The first male nudity was Dennis Franz’s naked backside on NYPD Blue.
Fake - the first instance of male nudity actually occurred in 1973 on M*A*S*H. The episode “The Sniper” features Radar briefly losing his towel as he runs from the sniper.
-Star Trek broke three cultural taboos during its run on TV.
Fact - 1967: First Time the Word Hell was Used on Television. in the episode City on the Edge of Forever (the one with Joan Collins) At the end of the episode, a disgusted Kirk says "Let's get the hell out of here".
TV’s first actual interracial kiss on screen was shared between William Shatner (playing Captain Kirk) and Nichelle Nichols (playing Lieutenant Uhura) in a 1968 episode of Star Trek.
First Bisexuals: Star Trek's 1967 episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" features Tribbles, adorable fuzzy creatures who reproduce constantly and swing both ways. Some would argue that Tribbles were also television's first Furries.
If one spells out numbers, they would have to count to One Thousand before coming across the letter "A". Adult giraffes make sounds that we are incapable of hearing as they use infrasound.
-The band The Clash got their name because of their clothing? (Fake…the bass guitarist
kept seeing the word clash in the news in the 70’s, so he offered that up and it stuck.)
-7 UP was created in 1929. The name comes from the original 7-ounce container and
the direction the bubbles traveled? (Fact.)
-The plastic things on the ends of shoelaces are called callops? (Fact…aglets.)
-The term “get fired” is from centuries ago when clans wanted to get rid of people, they
burned their house down? (Fact…if you were a criminal, you were put in the house
and if you escaped, you were then kicked out of the clan!)
-To tell if a Hawaiian woman is single, look at the flower in her hair. If it’s over the right
ear, she is. Over the left, she’s not? (Fact.)
Live on Thursday, Dec. 4 7 pm. NBC presents a bold new live television production of the classic Broadway musical Peter Pan.
-Tinker Bell got her name because she communicates with the sounds of a tinkling bell.
Fake - She is described as being a tinker, meaning that she mends pots, kettles and acorn caps, and is shown to be very skilled, gifted and talented at it too.
- The first person to portray Tinker Bell as live character was a 71 year old former circus aerialist.
Fact - In 1961 a named Tiny Kline was hired to fly around the Castle during the fireworks display. She weighed in at 98lbs and was only 4’ 10” tall. Kline was hired to glide down a wire connecting the Matterhorn to Sleeping Beauty's Castle. She retired and died in 1964.
-Tinker Bell was born from a baby's first laugh and a white dandelion seed.
Fact - According to the film Tinker Bell, which tells of Tink's history; long before she met Peter Pan. Disney has released a series of direct-to-DVD prequels focusing on Tinker Bell.
-Late actress Brittany Murphy was initially chosen to provide Tink's voice in the film however, due to scheduling conflicts; she was replaced by Ashley Tisdale.
Fake – Ashley does the voice of Candace Flynn in Phineas and Ferb and played Maddie Fitzpatrick on the Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Sharpay Evans in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical and its sequels. Brittney was replaced by Mae Whitman.
-Tinker Bell was modeled after Marilyn Monroe.
Fake - Marilyn Monroe was at the peak of her popularity, in 1953 but Margaret Kerry was the live-action model for silent character Tinker Bell: Kerry answered an audition call that required her to pantomime the motions that would be animated as Tinkerbell. The studios provided props, notably a giant keyhole mounted on a stand as well as a pair of giant scissors, used in the scene where Tinker Bell became trapped in a jewelry box
-The head elf in the workshop at the beginning of the movie Elf who tells Will Ferrel he’s
not making Etch-A-Sketch’s fast enough is Ralphie from A Christmas Story? (Fact…
it’s Peter Billingsly.)
-In the movie Christmas Carol, Scrooge is visited by 4 ghosts? (Fact…Marley, Past,
Present, and Future.)
-The Santa Clause with Tim Allen came out in 1994. There was a week in November
where that movie was #1…Home Improvement was the #1 comedy on TV…and Tim
Allen had the #1 New York Times best-selling book “Don’t Stand Too Close To A
Naked Man? (Fact.)
-In Christmas Vacation, Aunt Bethany recites the Declaration of Independence when
asked to say grace? (Fake…the Pledge of Allegiance.)
-In the movie Die Hard, which takes place at Christmas, when Bruce Willis runs over the
shards of glass with his bare feet, the glass is actually broken sugar cubes? (Fake…the
glass is real, but his feet aren’t. They’re rubber feet and look large in some shots.)
-All Penguins, in their natural habitat, live in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fact - Depending on which scientist you ask, there are 17–20 species of penguins alive today, the most northerly penguins are Galapagos penguins. Penguins evolved to stay in the Southern Hemisphere because there are no land predators, like wolves or polar bears, to take make quick work of the plump flightless prey.
-Penguins wear tuxedos because leopard seals have trouble seeing the colors black and white.
Fake - it helps them be camouflaged while swimming. From above, their black backs blend into the dark ocean water and, from below, their white bellies match the bright surface lit by sunlight. This helps them avoid predators and hunt for fish unseen.
- Penguins don’t have teeth.
Fact - Instead, they have backward-facing fleshy spines that line the inside of their mouths. These help them guide their fishy meals down their throat. Penguins even have spines on their tongues.
-Penguins remove the salt consumed during fishing by sneezing it out of their nostril.
Fact - The supraorbital gland, located just above their eye, filters salt from their bloodstream, which is then excreted through the bill—by sneezing! But this doesn’t mean they chug seawater to quench their thirst: penguins drink meltwater from pools and streams and eat snow for their hydration fix.
-Penguins cool off by sweating through their feet.
Fake - To keep from overheating, penguins pant like dogs to cool off. They also ruffle their feathers and hold their wings away from their bodies.
The Great Cranberry Scare of 1959 occurred after it was revealed that cranberries from Oregon and Washington had been contaminated with a carcinogenic weed killer. Cranberries were pulled from shelves just before Thanksgiving, causing a disaster in the cranberry industry that lasted for several years.
-In 1868, a 100 pound barrel of cranberries went for $.58? (Fact.)
-It takes 440 cranberries to make up a pound? (Fact…4,400 cranberries in one gallon of
-Massachusetts is the leading producer of cranberries? (Fake…2nd to Wisconsin.)
-Half of all cranberries consumed in the U.S. are gobbled up during Thanksgiving?
-Sailors used to eat cranberries to fight off scurvy? (Fact…good source of Vitamin C.)
Actress Cherry Jones turns 58 today. She was President Allison Taylor on the show 24… and told Newsweek Magazine that her models for her characterization of the President were Eleanor Roosevelt and John Wayne.
-As a joke, Clinton’s press secretary showed the movie Air Force One to the press corp
while aboard the plane en route to China? (Fake…Clinton did see it while he was in
-Bill Pullman’s President's speech in Independence Day was filmed on 6 August 1995 in
front of an old airplane hangar that once housed the Enola Gay, which dropped the
atomic bomb on Hiroshima exactly 50 years earlier on 6 August 1945. (Fact.)
-In the movie The American President, Michael Douglas gives Sydney his phone number
to call him back on…456-1414. In reality, that number is the reference section at the
Library of Congress where the archived movies are kept? (Fake…it’s the White House
-No actor or actress had ever won an Oscar for Best Actor or Actress in a film directed by
Steven Speilberg until Daniel Day Lewis did for portraying Lincoln? (Fact.)
-As of 2012, the president who has been played by actors in the most films according to
IMDB was John F. Kennedy? (Fake…Lincoln with 153 films. George Washington
was 2nd with 65. Kennedy was 9th with 33. Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan,
Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft and Herbert Hoover each were portrayed
in one film…and our 29th president Warren Harding has never appeared as a
character in a movie.)
Liam Hemsworth stars as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games film series. Mockingjay opens today.
-According to Liam, the best part of starring in The Hunger Games, after the paycheck, is kissing Jennifer Lawrence.
Fake - “But if we had a kissing scene, she would make a point of eating garlic or tuna fish or something that was disgusting and right before the scene she’d be like ‘I didn’t brush my teeth’. I’d be like ‘great, I can’t wait to get in there and taste it’.”
-Liam doesn't trust crows because they don't have crows in Australia and he had never seen one outside of Disney cartoons.
Fake – It’s squirrels. He'd only seen them on Disney cartoons before moving to the US, "They have a look on their face where they know something you don't, like they're planning something. I don't trust them, to be honest".
-Liam and Chris aren’t the only actors in the Hemsworth family. They have an older sister who currently has a role on the CW’s Arrow.
Fake - His oldest brother, Luke, was the first to get into acting on Australian TV. Luke actually inspired younger brothers Liam and Chris to get into acting themselves!
-Before he moved to the U.S., Liam got his start in show biz on the Australian soap opera Neighbours where he played Josh Taylor, an athletic paraplegic.
Fact - All three brothers have appeared on Aussie soap Neighbours, but not at the same time. Luke starred in 13 episodes in 2001, Chris was in one episode in 2002, and Liam was in 25 episodes in 2007.
-Liam met Miley Cyrus when they both starred movie The Last Song where, according to Rotten Tomatos, their chemistry was the only good thing about the movie.
Fake – The review says “Cyrus and Hemsworth ... represent some kind of theoretical low for how terrible two romantic leads can be, together and separately.
1954 - Sammy Davis, Jr. was involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino, CA. Three days later, Davis lost the ability see with his left eye. He was nicknamed Mr. Show Business after his numerous Vegas stints, TV specials, and Broadway appearances.
-There was no Sammy Davis Sr. His manager thought the name Sammy Davis was too
plain, so Sammy said, “Let’s add Jr.”? (Fake…he’s buried next to his dad Sammy Sr.)
-On the road performing since the age of 3, he was billed as Silent Sammy The Dancing
Midget in states that had child labor laws? (Fact…and always had a rubber cigar in
his mouth to make him look older.)
-He died at the age of 64, and was outlived by his mother and his grandmother?
(Fact…mother was 95 and his grandmother 112.)
-He refused to speak to Bill Cosby after Cos stole his stand-up gig at the Frontier Casino
in Vegas? (Fake…they were life-long friends, and after Sammy died in 1990, Cos
wore a button on his Cosby Show sweaters for a while that said SDjr.)
-He was Jewish? (Fact…converted to Judaism in 1961.)
McDonald’s burger doesn’t rot and it’s not because there are any mysterious chemicals in it, but because low moisture and dehydration basically turns it into a jerky. The Quarter pounder rots because it has more moisture.
-In 2009, Burger King launched a campaign that if you unfriended 10 friends on Facebook, you were entitled to a free whopper.
Fact - The ex-friend would then receive a message explaining that their friendship was less valuable than a whopper. Use the WHOPPER® Sacrifice application on Facebook to get started. Maybe you have 10 Facebook friends you don't care about.
-The Big Mac was originally called the “aristocrat”.
Fact – Yes, but it failed - consumers found difficult to pronounce and understand. The third name, Big Mac, was created by Esther Glickstein Rose, a 21-year-old advertising secretary who worked at McDonald’s corporate headquarters and was designed to compete with Big Boy restaurants' Big Boy sandwich.
-Apple promoted the new iPhone 6 in Germany at Wendy’s restaurants with a 600 gram burger topped with fried apple slices.
-Microsoft promoted Windows 7 in Japan by partnering with Burger King to release a 7 patty Whopper.
Fact - Seven stacked beef patties extend your usual Whopper to over five inches in height and the whole thing costs ¥777 (or $8.55) for the first 30 customers. It was available for one week only -- or seven days.
-The reason why breakfast isn’t served all day at McDonald’s is because McDonald’s serves more burgers than any other fast food restaurant everyday and didn’t want to lose bragging rights if sales dropped with consumers opting for mcmuffins.
Fake – It is mainly because the grill temperature required to cook beef patties is significantly different from the temperature at which eggs are cooked – Several cities like Hong Kong serve Sausage & Egg McMuffins around the clock, due to the prominent use of the egg in meals other than breakfast in those countries.
1961 - The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was released on this day by RCA in 1961, and rocketed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
-Originally, it was recorded in Zulu with no English words? (Fact…in 1939 by Solomon
Linda in South Africa and titled Mbube, which means Lion.)
-The song was actually a B-side to the Token’s song Tina? (Fact…and a dj in New
England liked The Lion Sleeps Tonight better, so he started to play that instead and it
-The only time you hear the word Lion is when they sing the line The Lion Sleeps
tonight? (Fact…other than Womoweh, all you hear is In the jungle, the mighty
jungle…Near the village, the peaceful village…Hush my darling, don't fear my
-The musical The Lion King officially opened on Broadway on this day in 1997?
(Fact…although it had soft openings in Minnesota during the summer.)
-A British band called Tight Fit scored a #1 in the U.K. with their cover of the song in
1982? (Fact…they also had a hit called Fantasy Island and loved to wear workout
gear like Olivia Newton John.)
The Rockettes prepared to open an 18-day, 34-show marathon run at the Orpheum Theater. The show opens Thursday, Nov. 13, and will run through Sunday, Nov. 30.
-The group originally performed at Samuel Roxy Rothafel’s Roxy Theatre and was called the "Roxyettes."
Fake - The group was founded in St. Louis, Missouri by Russell Markert in 1925, originally performing as the "Missouri Rockets." When Rothafel left the Roxy Theatre to open Radio City Music Hall, the dance troupe followed and later became known as the Rockettes.
-The Rockettes are required to be between 5’7” and 5’9”.
Fake - "In order to be a Rockette you have to be between 5’6” and 5’10 ½”," "It’s an optical illusion. They put the tallest girl in the center, going down the less tall girls at the end."
-They wear microphones in their shoes.
Fact - Microphones in their shoes magnify the taps during the "12 Days of Christmas" routine. "We have a whole entire microphone crew, sound wise, they will fix up all of the shoes, tighten up the taps and screws in them. Make sure all of the battery packs are charged. "
-Vincente Minnelli, the legendary MGM film director, created the famous wooden soldier costume.
Fact - Minnelli, also known as the husband of Judy Garland and father of Liza, was a theatrical costume designer before he became director of such Hollywood classics as "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "An American in Paris."
-Rachel Borgman, the Norfolk, Nebraska, native and Rockette also coaches a synchronized swimming team.
Fact - “I do know a thing or two about precision,” she smiled. Her dad, Roger, said he could never have imagined what lay ahead when Rachel was born, just 1 pound and 10 ounces.
Demi Moore turns 52 today. She was born in Roswell, but lived in over 30 different places by the age of 14. Her production company, Moving Pictures, produced all of the Austin Powers movies.
-Demi played the role of Jackie Templeton o the soap opera One Life To Live?
(Fake…General Hospital…at the same time Rick Springfield was on there.)
-She wore a wig for some of the scenes in the movie Striptease? (Fact…they had to re-
shoot a bunch of scenes, but she had already shaved her head for G.I. Jane.)
-Little Richard presided over her marriage to Bruce Willis? (Fact.)
-She lost out to Julia Roberts for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or
Musical in 1990? (Fact…Julia’s Pretty Woman to Demi’s Molly in Ghost.)
-One of the main reasons she was cast in Ghost was because she can cry on cue from
either eye? (Fact.)
McConaughey played the lead in Christopher Nolan's time travel science fiction film Interstellar, which was released this past weekend.
-McConaughey was voted class clown in his senior year of high school.
Fake – He was voted "Most Handsome".
-McConaughey's mother and late father married each other three times (having divorced each other twice).
Fact - His father, James Donald McConaughey, played football for the Green Bay Packers. He died of a heart attack in August 1992.
-Matthew uses the lunar calendar to determine when it's the best time to get a haircut.
Fact - "If you want your hair to be thicker, cut it when the moon is about to be full - a heavy, full, waxing moon. Do not cut it when the moon's waning", he recently said. "Why do you think that (farmers) plant at certain times of the year? It's not hippie-dippie stuff."
-Matthew McConaughey admits that The Notebook makes him cry.
Fake - King Kong (the 1976 version with Jessica Lange) makes him teary eyed. "I remember crying at how much he loved her but he was an ape, he was the outcast."
-His older brother, Michael McConaughey, aka Rooster McConaughey, had a son and named him Miller Lyte McConaughey.
There’s Carhenge out in Alliance, Nebraska. Old cars placed in a formation like Stonehenge. The original London Bridge is located in Lake Havasu, Arizona after an oil baron paid over $9 million to have it moved to the U.S.
-There’s an actual desert in Maine? (Fact…The Desert of Maine is just outside Freeport
where LL Bean is located, and was formed after bad farming practices in the 1790’s.)
-You can find an entire museum dedicated to barbed wire in Texas? (Fact…called the
Devil’s Rope museum, it commemorates barbed wire’s contributions to the fields of
ranching, warfare and security. Located in a former bra factory, the museum has
thousands of strands on display.)
-The geographic center of the U.S. is in South Dakota? (Fact…if you take into
consideration Alaska and Hawaii. If not, it’s in Lebanon, Kansas.)
-The Longaberger Basket Company build its corporate headquarters in Ohio in the
shape of one of its picnic baskets with 2 big handles on the top? (Fact…it cost$30
million to build and is 160 times longer, wider and taller than its Medium Market
-The world’s largest peach is located in Fort Valley, Georgia? (Fake…they say they’re the
peach capital of Georgia…but the largest peach is a water tower in Gaffney, South
Carolina…the peach capital of that state.)
For the first time in a long time, gas prices are lower than milk prices.
-A 22 horsepower Toro lawn tractor with a 46” mowing deck is more expensive than a
hybrid smart car? (Fake…the Toro is about $3000 while the Smart car is around
-Gold bullion is worth more than platinum bullion? (Fake…Gold bullion opened
yesterday at $1179.10 an ounce while platinum bullion was $1241.40 an ounce.)
-A luxury suite at Memorial Stadium is more than one at Arrowhead where the Chiefs
play?(Fake…West Stadium Husker suite for 60 people $150,000 donation for 10 yr
commitment includes ticket price & parking…while Chiefs suites go for almost that a
-The least expensive Manolo Blahnik shoe at Saks Fifth Avenue costs more than the
most expensive set of Lebron James sneakers at Nike’s online store? (Fact…$595 to
-The most expensive yacht in the world cost more than the world’s most expensive car
ever purchased at an auction? (Fact…Russian billionaire has a yacht worth $1.2
billion, while the most expensive car was a Bugatti built between 1936 and 1940 for
$43,700,000. Only 2 were made.)
Bette Midler is back! The legendary songstress is out today with her first studio album in eight years. It's the Girls spans seven decades of famous girl groups.
-Bette is named after Bette Davis.
Fact - and her sisters Susan and Judy are named after Susan Hayward and Judy Garland.
-Bette Midler married her current husband, Martin Von Haselberg, six days after they met.
Fake - Six weeks at a 2 a.m. in a $45 ceremony in Las Vegas. This Dec. 16 will mark the couple's 30th wedding anniversary – practically a record-breaker by Hollywood standards.
-Midler got her musical career started by performing in gay bathhouses with piano accompaniment from Neil Diamond.
Fake - Barry Manilow. Performed her cabaret act at the famed gay men's club, The Continental Baths, in the 70s with Barry Manilow as her accompanist. Her first big album "The Divine Miss M" was produced by Barry Manilow.
-In 1974 Bette received a special Tony Award "for adding lustre to the Broadway season."
Fact - In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award.
-From 1975–1978, she provided the voice of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series Vegetable Soup.
Fact – The character Long John Spoilsport was voiced by James Earl Jones. Vegetable Soup ‘s goal was to educate elementary age children in the value of human diversity.
Sherlock Holmes Weekend continues today. The line Elementary My Dear Watson was never used in the books. That came later on screen.
-The earliest Sherlock Holmes film is over 100 years old? (Fact…Sherlock Holmes
Baffled came out in 1900.)
-Arthur Conan Doyle named his character Sherlock after a cricket player he knew in the
1880’s? (Fact…he originally named the character Sherrinford.)
-Sherlock Holmes is second only to Dracula as a character appearing in the most films?
(Fact…239 to 226 film appearances)
-Doyle killed off the character of Sherlock Holmes? (Fact…in 1893 he had Holmes
killed, but the public demanded he not be dead, so he brought him back to life in
-Sherlock Holmes was a cocaine addict? (Fact…he used cocaine quite often along with
morphine, as both drugs were legal in the 19th century.)
Since it was first published by Image Comics back in 2003, The Walking Dead has become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning a range of successful novels, video games and even action figures. However, all of that pales in comparison to the success of the TV adaptation, which has become the most popular show in the US among the highly coveted 18-49 demographic.
-The Walking Dead initially was written and directed by the same the guy who directed The Shawshank Redemption.
Fact – Frank Darabont is the director behind some of the most popular Stephen King adaptations of all time, including The Mist, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. He left after only one season due to budget constraints.
-The word ‘zombie’ is never actually mentioned in The Walking Dead.
Fact - The most common term is ‘walkers’, although they’re also occasionally referred to as ‘biters’ and ‘the herd’. Creator Robert Kirkman made a conscious decision to avoid the word ‘zombie’ as he wanted to portray a world where movies like Night of the Living Dead don’t exist, so that his characters had no concept of what they were facing.
-Actors cast as ‘walkers’ on the show say their key instruction is to walk as though they’re their Grandma Minnie after a hip surgery.
Fake – They’re instructed to look like they’re coming out of a bar at 2 a.m.
- ‘Undead’ actors on The Walking Dead are forced to eat their meals separately from the human actors because their makeup was turning people’s stomachs.
Fake – It’s required in order to enhance the divide between the two groups on set.
-Dale smokes Morley Cigarettes, a fictional brand of cigarettes also smoked by the Cigarette Smoking Man in The X-Files.
Fact – Tribute is also payed to Breaking Bad. Daryl’s bag in the first season contained blue meth, an intentional nod to Breaking Bad, also on AMC. Likewise, the car that Glen steals in The Walking Dead is the same Dodge Challenger that Walter White bought his son in Breaking Bad.
Thriller was the First Music Video Ever Inducted Into The National Film Registry. John Landis was brought in to direct as he had done the 1981 An American Werewolf in London.
-The woman who played Jackson’s girlfriend in the video, Ola Ray, was a Playboy
playmate? (Fact…Miss June, 1980.)
-At the height of its popularity, MTV ran the 14-minute video twice an hour? (Fact.)
-The video almost never made it to our eyes, as Michael wanted to destroy it when the
Jehovah Witnesses, which he was a part of, heard about the content? (Fact…but the
editor and director his the film canisters from him until he changed his mind.)
-The Thriller video won the very first video of the year at the inaugural Video Music
Awards in 1984? (Fake…The Cars You Might Think won.)
-So it could be eligible for an Oscar, it was shown in theaters for one week…as the
opener to Disney’s Fantasia? (Fact…and parents weren’t too thrilled about it.)
October 29, 2014 is National Cat Day! Let’s see what you know about Looney Tunes’ Sylvester.
-Sylvester the Cat’s cartoons have won three Academy Awards, the most for any Looney Tunes character.
Fact - Sylvester appeared in 103 cartoons in the golden age, Sylvester J. Pussycat debuts in "Life with Feathers" with a suicidal parrot, and receives his first Oscar-nomination.
-Sylvester's lisp was based on the lisp of producer Leon Schlesinger who was head of the Warner Bros. Cartoon Studio.
Fake - Mel Blanc stated that Sylvester's voice is based on that of Daffy Duck, plus the even more slobbery lisp, and minus the post-production speed-up that was done with Daffy's. He also pointed out that, minus the lisp, Sylvester's voice was fairly close to his own.
-Sylvester has "died" the most of any Looney Tunes characters.
Fact – Eight times - having "died" in I Taw a Putty Tat, Back Alley Oproar, Peck Up Your Troubles, Satan's Waitin', Mouse Mazurka, Tweety's Circus, Trick or Tweet, and Tweet and Lovely.
-"Thufferin' Thuccotash" are the first words spoken by Sylvester.
Fact - Thufferin Thuccotash" is Sylvester's catchphrase. Daffy Duck is also known for using the catchphrase from time to time but his own catchphrase is "You're desthpicable".
-Sylvester is the fourth most frequent character in Looney Tunes shorts.
Fact – He has appeared in 103 golden age shorts, making him fourth most frequent character, after Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck, respectively.
Daphne Zuniga, who played Princess Vespa in Spaceballs, turns 52 today. She does a lot of TV stuff, including starring in Family Ties to One Tree Hill.
-The line “Use The Schwartz”…a parody of The Force from Star Wars…was an inside
joke about Mel Brooks’ lawyer Allan Schwartz? (Fact)
-Remember the infamous flatulent cowboy scene in Blazing Saddles? The sound effects
were collected in a locker room by the more-than-willing UCLA football team?
(Fake…Mel and others put soap on their wet hands and squeezed them under their
-Mary Margaret Humes, who played the part of Miriam in History Of The World, was
cast after Brooks met her as a supermarket cashier? (Fake…he saw her on a billboard
on Sunset Boulevard.)
-The song Walk This Way by Aerosmith was written after members of the band went to
see Young Frankenstein and liked Marty Feldman’s line Walk This Way? (Fact…)
-Mel’s last name is actually Kaminsky. He simplified it to Brooks as hit hometown is
Brooklyn? (Fake…it’s an adaptation of his mother's maiden name, Brookman)
-Keanu was given the intimidating nickname 'The Wall' in high school because he wore a Pink Floyd t-shirt almost every day.
Fake - He was called “The Wall” due to his skills on the ice hockey rink. He was an MVP as goalie for his high school’s hockey team.
-He appeared in three movies containing the names of US States.
Fact - He appeared in ‘The Prince of Pennsylvania’ in 1998, ‘My Own Private Idaho’ in 1991, and ‘Feeling Minnesota’ in 1996. Also, his character in ‘Point Break’ is called John Utah.
-The Simpsons used Keanu's character Ted Logan as the basis for dimwitted bully Jimbo Jones.
Fake - Jimbo is loosely based on the character John Bender from The Breakfast Club. Jimbo is named for the executive producer, James L. Brooks.
-Keanu once wrestled Alice Cooper.
Fact - Keanu Reeves' mother worked as a costume designer for stars, leading to the occasional wrestling match at his house. "I remember once, Keanu and I trying to take on Alice Cooper," childhood pal Evan Williams tells PEOPLE. "He tied us up like a human knot."
-June 15 is "Cheer-up Keanu Day".
Fact – In 2010 photos of him, seemingly depressed while eating alone, were posted and a "Sad Keanu" meme spread on internet forums. An unofficial holiday was created when a Facebook fan page declared "Cheer-up Keanu Day".
Renee Zellweger has been in the news a lot this week about her new look.
-Renee is older than all of us in this room? (Fake…she’s 45, born in April.)
-She worked as a lapdancing waitress at the age of 18? (Fact…the owner asked if she
wanted to perform topless and she said no.)
-She earned her Screen Actors Guild card doing Coors Light commercials? (Fact…while
she was in college.)
-She was married to Jim Carrey from 1999 to 2000? (Fake…they dated and were
-When it was announced that she had won her first Golden Globe Award, she
hyperventilated and couldn’t walk to the stage? (Fake…she was in the bathroom.)
1930 - J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. The event was held in Chattanooga, TN.
-The oldest putt putt course in existence was built around 1867 to allow kids to build their golf skills.
Fake – It was built by the Ladies' Putting Club of St. Andrews. It was considered improper at the time for ladies to 'take the club back past their shoulders.' Because of this, they created a course that allowed them to play full games without doing that.
-The first mini-golf courses were actually miniature versions of the larger ones. They had greens, fairways, sand traps etc. Obstacles weren’t used until someone accidentally drove their car onto a course and they joked it would make a good obstacle.
Fake - It wasn't until after the great depression, when these mini golf courses became too expensive, that people began to build courses with whatever obstacles they could find. Tires, rain gutters, barrels and pipes.
-During the Korean and Vietnam Wars the U.S. Military contracted and shipped mini put courses overseas.
Fact - many a G.I. played on a Taylor Brothers prefabricated course that Joe and Bob Taylor built. The Taylor brothers also supplied obstacles to the industry.
-Outside Europe only a small number of countries have participated in international minigolf competitions. These countries include USA, Japan, China, India and Taiwan.
Fact - Nearly all European countries have an official national federation for promoting minigolf as a competition sport. The bi-annual European Championships attract competitors from more than twenty European countries. No player from countries outside of Europe (such as UK, USA, Japan et cetera) has ever reached even the top 50 in World Championships (in men's category)
-Miniputt theme courses can get inventive including Ahlgrim’s Acres, a mini golf course located in the basement of an Illinois funeral home.
Fact - You get a free round of golf with every funeral package, which is even more disturbing when you consider the macabre theme of the course that features mausoleums, cemeteries and a guillotine.
The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series!
-Prior to the Royals, the Athletics, who now play in Oakland, were located in Kansas
City? (Fact…played in KC from 1955 to 1967.)
-The name the Royals came from the owner Ewing Kauffman’s business, The Royal
Bread Company? (Fake…they’re named after the American Royal livestock show
which began in Kansas City in 1899. Kauffman was a pharmaceutical entrepreneur.)
-Only 1 player from the Royals is enshrined in the Hall of Fame wearing a Royals hat?
(Fact…George Brett. The other 6 went in with a different team affiliation.)
-Since their first season in 1969, the Royals have only had 9 managers? (Fake…20. Ned
Yost is the current and he’s been there since 2010. Tony Muser had the longest
stretch of 5 years.)
-Their mascot is named Prince and he’s a smiling Frog? (Fake…Sluggerr the Lion.)
The White House and Disney World need to start sharpening the chainsaws. Syfy announced today that Sharknado 3 will be hitting D.C. and Orlando. Dave Howe, President of Syfy and Chiller, said the flying finned creatures will finally be giving the nation’s capital “what it deserves.” Look for the sharks to chomp their way along the East Coast – or rather, The Feast Coast – in summer 2015.
-Sharkdano 3 will be called Sharknado 3: Sharkpocolypse.
Fake – Syfy held a twitter naming contest and that, along with “The Wizard of Jaws”, “Sharkalanche”, and “Aftersharks” were suggested. “The Second One” won.
-Sharknado was written by Thunder Levin.
Fact - His previous writing credits include the film Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood!
-Ian Ziering stated that he had serious reservations about the script but owed Tara Reed a favor.
Fake – He was motivated, in part, by the need to earn enough to qualify for Screen Actors Guild health insurance for his family
-The premiere of the film was underwhelming with 1.37 million viewers.
Fact – That’s slightly below the average audience of 1.5 million viewers for a typical Syfy original film. Due to an increase in publicity (mostly through Twitter), Syfy repeated Sharknado one week after its premiere. The airing was watched by 1.89 million viewers, an increase of 38% over its initial airing. A third airing of Sharknado got 2.1 million viewers.
-In Sharknado 2 Henry Winkler plays a man on water skis who “jumps the shark”.
Fake - Fin hails a cab, driven by Judd Hirsch, who starred on the seminal ’70s series Taxi. And Billy Ray Cyrus plays a doctor.
Earl Hindman who played Wilson on "Home Improvement" would have been 72 today. He passed away in 2003 from cancer.
-Wilson had no first name? (Fake…it was his first and last…Wilson Wilson)
-Richard Karn’s real last name is Wilson? He played Al. (Fact.)
-The audience seen in the show was filled with production people from other ABC shows
as a perk? (Fake…it’s the actual live audience.)
-The original name of the show was Hammer Time, but they changed it so it wouldn’t be
confused with M.C. Hammer? (Fact…they changed it to Tool Time, but thought it
would be too confusing to name the TV show and the “on the show” show the same.)
-Ashley Judd was the original Tool Time girl? (Fact…she auditioned and won the role,
but turned it down days before the pilot was shot, resulting in the last-minute casting
of Pamela Anderson.)
Mike Judge born on this day in 1962
-Judge's first job out of college was as a programmer for the F-18 fighter at Support Systems Associates, Inc.
Fact – He received a BS in physics from the University of California, San Diego.
-Judge based King of the Hill’s Boomhauer’s voice on what he thought his dog would sound like if he could speak.
Fake – Boomhauer is based on an irate gibberish message that was left on Mike Judge’s answering machine by a caller angry about Beavis and Butt-Head.
-He was the voice of South Park’s Kenny.
Fact - In "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," Judge voiced Kenny in his single unmuffled line.
-In Mike Judge's Office Space, main character Peter is in trouble for failing to file his TPS reports with a cover sheet. TPS stands for Totally Pointless Stuff.
Fake - Judge says, "When I was an engineer, it stood for Test Program Set. Isn't that exciting?" A Test Program Set a document describing the step-by-step process in which an engineer tests and re-tests software or an electronics system.
-In between engineering and cartooning, Judge earned a living in the circus as a juggler.
Fake - Played bass guitar for Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets, a Dallas based blues band.
White Cane Safety Day is a national observance around the world, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
The young Stevie Wonder was born six weeks premature in Saginaw, Michigan. The stunted growth of blood vessels in the back of his eyes caused his retinas to detach. The oxygen pumped into his incubator exacerbated the condition, leaving the tiny baby permanently blind.
-Wonder has 22 Grammy awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist.
Fact - He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists
-Stevie Wonder played the harmonica on the song Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo.
Fake – But he did play on Chaka Khan's cover of Prince's "I Feel For You", on Eurythmics' single, "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" and Elton John's "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues".
-As a part of his Motown contract, Wonder received $2.50 a week for expenses.
Fact - Because of Wonder's age, the label drew up a rolling five-year contract in which royalties would be held in trust until Wonder was 21. Wonder and his mother would be paid a weekly stipend to cover their expenses and a private tutor was provided for when Wonder was on tour.
-In addition to being blind, Wonder also has no sense of taste.
Fake - On August 6, 1973, Wonder was in a serious automobile accident while on tour in North Carolina, when a car in which he was riding hit the back of a truck. This left him in a coma for four days and resulted in a partial loss of his sense of smell and a temporary loss of sense of taste
-Stevie Wonder was responsible for establishing Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday.
Fact - "Happy Birthday" features Wonder lamenting the fact that anyone would oppose the idea of a Dr. King holiday, where "peace is celebrated throughout the world". Wonder used the song to popularize the campaign, and continued his fight for the holiday, holding the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. United States President Ronald Reagan approved the creation of the holiday, signing it into existence on November 2, 1983.