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So you think you know everything ...

October 14, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor (lletusick@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

Think you know everything?

Try these facts from the Useless Facts website on for size.

-- Frostbite Falls, Minn., was home to Rocky and Bullwinkle.

-- "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)," the first film featuring the character Indiana Jones, was crawling with four-, eight-, and no-legged creatures: Number of boas, cobras and pythons used in the film: 7,500; number of tarantulas: 50.

-- The first ever televised murder case appeared on TV in 1955, Dec. 5-9. The accused was Harry Washburn.

-- Beaver Cleaver graduated in 1953.

-- Muppets creator Jim Henson first created Kermit in 1955 - as a lizard. He was made from Henson's mother's coat and two halves of a Ping-Pong ball (no flipper feet or 11-point collar).

-- The person who performs the Muppets - Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal and Grover - is Frank Oz. Oz also is the voice of "Star Wars" Yoda. By the way, his real name is Frank Oznowicz.

-- The 1997 Jack Nicholson film "As Good As It Gets"- is known in China as "Mr. Cat Poop."

-- Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)

-- The writers of "The Simpsons" have never revealed what state Springfield is in.

-- A theater manager in Seoul, Korea, felt that "The Sound of Music" was too long, so he shortened it by cutting out all the songs.

-- Bruce was the nickname of the mechanical shark used in the "Jaws" movies.

-- The original title of the musical "Hello Dolly!" was "Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman." Why did they change it? The original had such music, poetry and pizzazz.

-- Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

-- A two-hour motion picture uses 10,800 feet of film, not including the previews and commercials.

-- In the Mario Brothers movie, the Princess' first name is Daisy, but in Mario 64, the game, her first name is Peach. Before that, it's Princess Toadstool.

-- "60 Minutes" is the only show on CBS that doesn't have a theme song.

-- The TV sitcom "Seinfeld" was originally named "The Seinfeld Chronicles." The pilot, which was broadcast in 1989, also featured a kooky neighbor named Kessler. This character later became known as Kramer.

-- In Hitchcock's movie, "Rear Window," Jimmy Stewart plays a character wearing a leg cast from the waist down. In one scene, the cast switches legs, and in another, the signature on the cast is missing.

-- In the movie "Two Jakes," which is set in the 1940s, Jack Nicholson walks right by a BankOne automatic teller machine. Didn't know there were too many of those around in the 1940s.

Did you know all that? Don't lie, Santa is watching

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

 
 

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