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!
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.