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While filming “2001: A Space Odyssey”, the director Stanley Kubrick was so worried that an alien encounter was imminent that he took out an insurance policy incase aliens were discovered before his movie was released which he believed would have ruined his storyline.
Pineapples were so rare a sight in the 1700’s they were a symbol of wealth. The few that were cultivated in hothouses were worth about five thousand pounds ($8000) each. They weren’t eaten, but were rented out by the aristocracy as a table centerpiece at dinner parties.
Around 100 trees in Poland’s Krzywy Las (Crooked Forest) share a common and bizarre curvature, but no one is quite sure why.
Light bulbs in the New York City subway system screw in “backwards” (i.e. with left-handed threads) so people won’t steal them to use at home.
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Banyan tree roots in Hong Kong.
When the results began coming in from the 30 March 2005 Powerball drawing, lottery officials suspected fraud was underway because 110 players claimed second prizes of $100,000 or $500,000. All 110 players and the jackpot winner got their numbers from fortune cookies.
Are you obsessed with Game of Thrones? I sure am!
I’ve been on edge for weeks now waiting to see how the series ends! While I waited, I spent all my time finding all kinds of awesome facts about the show.
1. The death count stands at 150,966.
This number counts all the battles as well as the many speaking characters that met their demise throughout the series.
2. Season 3 was challenged with filming around Kit Harrington’s broken leg.
Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, broke his leg climbing into a window at his London flat after losing his keys. Stand-ins with wigs were sometimes needed for his scenes.
3. In Season 1, Emilia Clarke was covered in so much fake blood she got stuck to a toilet.
Her character, Daenerys Targaryen, ate a stallion’s heart in a scene. When it was time to take a bathroom break, the sticky prop blood glued her to the seat.
4. Kit Harrington did his audition with a black eye.
The night before the audition, Kit and the woman he was dating at the time had to share a table at a McDonald’s with another couple they didn’t know. The man said some rude things to Kit’s date from across the table. Kit stood up to challenge the man before realizing how big the dude was. But he credits the black eye for getting him the role!
5. Co-creators and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss pranked castmember Alfie Allen.
Allen was sent fake script pages suggesting Allen’s character, Theon Greyjoy, would be killed yet somehow remain on the show. Benioff and Weiss would call him and ask how he felt about being a naked zombie with no dialogue. Allen said sure, no problem. Then he figured it out.
6. There’s a pilot that never aired.
Directed by Tom McCarthy, this pilot was shelved and reshot. Benioff told Variety, “We got everything wrong on a very basic level with the writing of it.” Including omitting the major plot point that Jaime and Cersei were brother and sister.
7. Mathematicians have proved Tyrion is the series’ true protagonist.
After searching through George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice, analysts determined Peter Dinklage’s character is the most interconnected with the other characters. Tyrion also appeared in every episode of Seasons 2 and 5.
8. Sophie Turner adopted the ill-fated direwolf Lady.
After Season 1, the trainer was looking for a home for Zunni, the dog who played Lady. Turner stepped up and gave her co-star a forever home.
9. George R.R. Martin has been working on The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the series, for the past 8 years.
A release date has still not been set. A seventh book is planned, to be titled A Dream of Spring. Martin has said he is surprised that the show has gone ahead of the books, but also he does have a reputation for writing a little slow…
10. There are only 5 episodes in the entire GOT series that don’t involve death.
11. Peter Dinklage was almost not Tyrion Lannister.
Dinklage wasn’t sold on the whole fantasy genre thing and thought he would only end up looking foolish as Tryion. “They told me about his complexity, the fact that he wasn’t a hero or a villain, that he was a womanizer and a drinker, and they painted a flawed and beautiful portrait of him, so I signed on.”
12. Emilia Clarke did the “Funky Chicken” during her audition.
After she finished her scene, she asked Benioff if there was anything else she could do for the audition. As a joke (see #1), he said she could dance for them. Clarke, riding a Diet Coke buzz, did the only dance she knew–the funky chicken.
Hopefully, you’ve combed through your memory for all the important plot points from the past 7 seasons so you’ll be totally on top of exactly what is happening as the new mayhem begins. Or maybe it won’t matter what you remember – if we’ve learned anything from watching Game of Thrones, it’s that what might happen this final season is anyone’s guess.
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