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1000 Facts about Animated Shows Vol. 1 By James Egan
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Goofy used to be called Dippy Dawg. In Futurama, Zoidberg has a pet Slinky. Skeletor was cut out of the He-Man cartoon in France because children found him too scary. Spongebob Squarepants was... More > created by a marine biologist. Optimus Prime died 25 times throughout the original Transformers series. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was created as a parody of the superhero, Daredevil. In The Simpsons, Krusty the Clown was supposed to be revealed to be Homer Simpson. Mickey Mouse was animated by Ub Iwerks, not Walt Disney. Scooby Doo was supposed to be called Too Much. Steven Spielberg thinks that Rugrats is one of the most important cartoons in history. Porky Pig is the oldest Looney Tunes character. Although the Grinch is green in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he's white in the original story.< Less
1000 Facts about Animated Shows Vol. 2 By James Egan
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The Peppa Pig cartoon has won a BAFTA. The Pokemon show was banned in Turkey for years. One of the fights in Dragon Ball Z is four hours long. It is the longest fight in anime history. Johnny Bravo's... More > appearance is based off Brad Pitt. Mickey Mouse was supposed to be called Mortimer. The Transformers have fought the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Wolfman. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Donatello, was supposed to be called Bernini. The Itchy and Scratchy Show from The Simpsons nearly had its own spin-off. One of the actresses in Rugrats recorded her lines while she was going through labor.< Less
1000 Facts about Animated Shows Vol. 3 By James Egan
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Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Sheen, Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Goldblum, Meg Ryan, and Sting played main roles in Captain Planet. Mickey Mouse is banned in Germany and Iran. Robin Williams desperately wanted... More > to play Professor Oak in a live-action film of Pokemon. In The Simpsons, Homer has had 188 jobs in the first 400 episodes. Scooby-Doo's real name is Scoobert. Scrooge from Ducktales is the richest fictional character ever. Lois from Family Guy has had eight children. Michelangelo's from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had his named misspelt for 20 years. It is illegal to buy the Transformer, Megatron, in Australia. David Bowie plays Lord Royal Highness in Spongebob SquarePants.< Less
1000 Facts About Film Directors By James Egan
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Martin Scorsese was at death's door when he was making Raging Bull due to a cocaine addiction. Quentin Tarantino can only type with one finger at a time. Robert Rodriguez's children are called... More > Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue and Rhiannon. Ridley Scott has never won an Oscar for Best Director. Mel Brooks defused land mines in World War II. Christopher Nolan can't see red or green. Stanley Kubrick thought his best movie was Eyes Wide Shut. Tim Burton has a phobia of chimpanzees. George Lucas said that Darth Vader was inspired from Doctor Doom from the Marvel Comics. Guillermo Del Toro's father was kidnapped in the early 1990s. James Cameron paid off the ransom of $1 million. Joss Whedon's cult show, Firefly, was supposed to run for seven seasons. Edgar Wright shot the Klingon scene in Star Trek: Into Darkness David Fincher's favourite book is Dracula. Charlie Chaplin has an asteroid named after him. M. Night Shymalan wrote Stuart Little. Alfred Hitchcock had a phobia of eggs.< Less
3000 Facts about Animated Shows By James Egan
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The Simpsons is banned in Burma because "the show has too much yellow." In South Park, Stan's dog is voiced by George Clooney. Scrooge McDuck is the world's richest fictional character. In... More > Family Guy, Meg's heart is in her head. Betty Boop was a dog in her first appearance. James Avery voiced Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also played Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Ukraine's government believes Spongebob Squarepants is "a real threat to children." The Road Runner Show was created to mock the absurd violence in Tom and Jerry. Bugs Bunny isn't a rabbit. In Scooby-Doo, Shaggy's real name is Norville.< Less
1000 Facts about the Greatest Movies Ever vol. 3 By James Egan
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300,000 extras appear in the first scene of Gandhi. King Kong's roar was creating by combining the roar of a tiger and a lion and then rewinding it in slow motion. The makeup for The Planet of the... More > Apes made up nearly 20% of the budget. Eddie Murphy nearly played Jules in Pulp Fiction. Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Oscars. It didn't win anything. Christopher Plummer hated working on The Sound of Music so much that he was drunk most of the time. The Wicked Witch never says, "Fly, my pretties, fly" in The Wizard of Oz. Ozzy Osbourne thought This is Spinal Tap was a real documentary. So much chainmail was made for The Lord of the Rings films that the crew members wore their fingerprints off of their fingers.< Less
1000 Facts About Countries Vol. 3 By James Egan
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An election television debate in Australia was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the Masterchef finale. There is a Carrot Museum in Belgium. Canada is considered to be the most educated... More > country in the world. In Germany, it is illegal to run out of fuel on highway. The ATM machines at the Vatican are in Latin. North Korea claim that unicorns live in their country. Russians hire fake ambulances to cut through cars when traffic is too heavy. Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002. Minecraft and Candy Crush were created in Sweden. When you earn a Ph.D. in Finland, you are given a top hat and a sword.< Less
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 2 By James Egan
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Dolly Parton was one of the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Meg's real father in Family Guy is Stan Thompson. Andrew Sachs asked to have a moustache as his character, Manuel, in Fawlty Towers... More > so people wouldn't recognise him on the street. Friends was nearly called Insomnia Cafe. Iwan Rheon plays Ramsay in Game of Thrones. He was the originally supposed to play Jon Snow. The premise of Knight Rider was made up as a joke. The Tintin comics inspired the story of Lost. Bryan Cranston is most famous for playing Walter White in Breaking Bad. Before he was famous, he played Twinman and Snizard in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Sesame Street has won over 100 Emmys. For It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElheney gained 50lbs for one season because he thought it would be funny.< Less
1000 Facts about the Greatest Movies Ever vol. 1 By James Egan
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The line, "Play it again, Sam" is never said in the film, Casablanca. In The Lion King, Scar was meant to be a baboon and Rafiki was going to be a cheetah. Christopher Walken was considered... More > as Morpheus for The Matrix. It took 43 takes for Marilyn Monroe to say, "It's me, Sugar" in Some Like It Hot. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was the film debut of Christopher Lloyd. When Marlon Brando had to be carried from his bed in The Godfather, he put weights under his body to make himself heavier. He didn't need to do this. He just wanted to annoy the cast. And he did. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was supposed to take place in a haunted mansion. Orson Welles starred, directed, wrote and produced Citizen Kane when he was 25. Dr. Strangelove was supposed to end with a custard-pie fight. After Jurassic Park was released, palaeontologists learned that dinosaurs had feathers. William Wallace was never called Braveheart. Blade Runner takes place in the same universe as Alien.< Less
Hilarious Things That Mums Say By James Egan
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The sheep are being racist again! Why she can’t be addicted to heroin like a normal person! I couldn’t sleep! I was too excited and I couldn’t stop thinking about my morning... More > porridge. Don’t do drugs! You still have a cold! Robocop is just Jesus with a robot. I can’t get the Internet up. The little robots in the computer aren’t doing their job. I can’t find Noah’s Ark under the “True Stories.” I don’t have wrinkles because I never smiled at my kids. There’s no blood in your fingers. Having a child is like having a hairless puppy that learns to talk. Don’t point at the hippo! It might bite your arm off and get sick and then we might get in trouble. Your suit nearly hides your moobs. You seem to get on well with my son in spite of his small hands and girly laugh. Is there kangaroo in beef pie? Tell your cereal to stop being so loud. Skype is working! I have so many Internets! I’ll never forget what I got on my second date. Pregnant.< Less