40 Things You Probably Didn’t Know & Probably Don’t Need To: TV Trivia!

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Nothing fascinates me like finding out daft and pointless stuff that has no bearing on anything; it’s just the sort of thing that makes you go “Oh, did not know that!” and then carry on with your life…

Well, in the spirit of that ‘total waste of timeage’, here are 40 facts and bits of TV, film and celebrity trivia which may come in handy if you’re bored stiff in the office and for possibly a pub quiz, but little else probably!

So, let’s go with the Bet You Didn’t Know That list….

1. One in every four Americans have appeared on TV
2. George Clooney is scared witless of earthquakes
3. The film American Werewolf in Paris was filmed in Luxembourg
4. Sylvester Stallone earned just $23,000 for playing Rocky in 1976
5. James Bond’s code number 007 temporarily became 7777 in You Only Live Twice
6. Talking of James Bond, his creator, Ian Fleming, was a real-life spy for the British Navy during World War II
7. Nicole Kidman is scared of butterflies
8. The movie Matrix Reloaded is banned in Egypt because of its content
9. Oprah Winfrey won the title of Miss Fire Prevention in Nashville in 1971
10. John Wayne’s neck was 18 inches long… that’s one long neck!
11. Also, John Wayne got his nickname “Duke” from the name of a dog
12. Tom Cruise’s real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV – sounds like a disease doesn’t it? Can you imagine going to the doctor and he says, “I’m sorry, you have Mapother IV, there’s no hope of recovery”
13. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a bellybutton
14. Friends star Luke Perry’s real name is Coy Luther Perry but he changed it to Luke after the character in his favourite movie, Cool Hand Luke
15. Both Kirk Douglas and Samuel L. Jackson used to be cheerleaders when they were kids
16. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot
17. Famous Hollywood director Steven Spielberg played a cameo role as the clerk who takes Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi’s money at the end of the movie, Blues Brothers
18. Tom Hanks collects old typewriters
19. Actor Tom Berenger once worked as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines
20. Sean Connery worked as a milkman before he was famous… obviously
21. Charlie Chaplin once came third in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest
22. In 1976, the Hollywood sign was changed into Hollyweed before being changed back!
23. And the same sign was changed to Holywood when the Pope visited
24. Walt Disney supposedly named Micky Mouse after Mickey Rooney
25. The movie Wayne’s World was filmed in only two weeks
26. The voice of E.T was done by actress Deborah Winger
27. Hill Valley in Back to the future is the same set that was used as Kingston Falls in Gremlins
28. Tarzan has featured in more than 40 films
29. All of the clocks shown in the movie Pulp Fiction read 4:20
30. Actor Michael Crawford was born as Michael Dumble-Smith. He chose his new surname after seeing a passing Crawford’s biscuit lorry
31. In the film Forrest Gump, all the still photos of him show him with his eyes closed
32. The first toilet ever to be shown on TV was in an episode of Leave It to Beaver
33. Peter Falk who played Columbo has a glass eye
34. Rod Stewart once worked as a grave digger
35. Nicolas Cage’s real name is Nicholas Coppola, but he changed it to disassociate himself from his famous Uncle, Francis Ford Coppola. He took the name Cage came from a comic book character called Luke Cage
36. A red London bus can be seen in the background of one of the battle scenes from the film Excalibur
37. Actress Sissy Spacek was so committed to her role as Carrie in the movie of the same name, that she slept with fake pig’s blood all over her to ensure continuity. Ewwwwwwwwwww
38. Now I know this next bit of trivia isn’t TV related but it is celebrity weirdness galore, albeit sad weirdness; Patsy Cline’s plane crashed in 1963 as she was on her way back to Nashville after performing in a benefit concert for the widow of DJ Jack Call who’d died in a car crash. To add to the tragedy list, Country & Western star Jack Anglin was killed in a car crash on the way to Patsy’s funeral!
39. And again, another non-TV and still music weird death was that of the band Chigago’s lead singer who shot and killed himself in a game of Russian Roulette in 1978. Apparently, his last words were, “Don’t worry, it’s not loaded”
40. In the film, ‘Titanic’, when Jack walks through the doors for dinner with Rose and her family, the camera man’s reflection can be seen on the glass

I hope you enjoyed our little foray into the totally pointless and if you know any similarly useless facts, please do let us know!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.