1. Joey Gladstone has a teaching degree
In To Joey, with Love, Michelle complains that since there are no substitute teachers available for her school, she’s forced to watch boring filmstrips day after day.
Her “uncle” Joey Gladstone valiantly decides to make use of his teaching degree and become a substitute teacher to right this wrong. Why didn’t he do that before!? Instead of making use of his degree and making enough money to be his own man, he decided to be a struggling comedian that lived in the alcove of his friend’s house. What gives?
But it gets worse…
2. Joey also has a pilot’s license.
Remember the two-part episode about Jesse and Becky’s wedding? Remember how Jesse, believing that there’d be no more adventures for him after getting married, decides to jump out of a plane? Think back to that episode, think back to right before Jesse jumps and ask yourself something…
Who was flying the plane?
The answer, is Joey frakkin’ Gladstone. So, not only does this guy have a teaching degree he doesn’t monetize, he also has the ability to fly a plane—an ability he used only once as far as the continuity of the show is concerned.
3. Danny Tanner’s lifelong dream was to be an Olympic High Jumper
Danny Tanner tells Stephanie in Gotta Dance that his life’s ambition was to be an Olympic high jumper. While it’s sad that he never achieved his dream, becoming a local celebrity via a morning talk show isn’t that bad a fate.
4. Joey’s was to be Fred Flintstone
From The Play’s the Thing: “Hey, when I was a little boy, I wanted to be Fred Flintstone, but, heck, I had too many toes!”
5. Jesse Katsopolis’ real name is Hermes
In The Legend of Ranger Joe, it’s revealed that the cool Jesse Katsopolis has a first name he finds embarrassing: Hermes.
6. Rebecca Donaldson (“Aunt Becky”) was almost named “Rebecca Plunk”
In Trouble in Twin Town, the television world got to meet Rebecca’s pretentious, douchey cousin, Dick Donaldson and his wife, Donna.
The couple attempts to make Becky feel guilty for leaving her previous boyfriend, Doyce Plunk, by pointing out how successful he is and how they all thought that Becky was fated to marry him.
Fortunately, she didn’t. “Rebecca Plunk” just doesn’t sound right.
7. Pamela Tanner (Danny’s wife, and mother of DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle) was killed by a drunk driver
In Under the Influence we find out that a drunk driver caused the death Pamela Tanner.
8. Twins run in the Donaldson family, evidently
Becky gave birth to twins. Her cousin’s wife gave birth to twins. Coincidence or genetic predisposition? You decide!
9. The Greek village Jesse’s ancestors came from is a reference to his hairstyle
In Greek Week, Jesse’s ancestors are said to come from “Pampadoras” which sounds awfully similar to “pompadour,” the hairstyle that Jesse used at many points of the series.
10. Jesse had more careers than any character on the show
These careers included: Exterminator, Elvis Impersonator, Advertising Mogul, Freelance Musician, Assistant Kids show host (Mr. Egghead and Ranger Joe), Radio show DJ, Professional Musician/Pop Star, Club Owner.
11. Wake Up, San Francisco’s main rival is Up and At ‘Em, Oakland!
In Five’s a Crowd, Danny mentions that Up and At ‘Em, Oakland! always beats Wake Up, San Francisco! in the local awards show each year.
12. Walt Whitman made Jesse drop out of high school
Walt Whitman and a pretentious English teacher named Mr. Pearson, that is. Teenage Jesse was instructed to recite Whitman’s classic poem “Oh Captain! My Captain!” for the class but couldn’t recite a line. The laughter of the class and the sneering of the professor was too much for Jesse, and he ran out of the school, not to return again for over a decade.
In case you’re wondering, here’s how the poem goes:
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
O captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
13. Michelle was the only Tanner child who wasn’t Yankee Doodle in “America the Beautiful”
Instead, the role went to Derek S. Boyd. On an interesting note, in that same episode, Stephanie remarks that when Yankee Doodle sticks the feather in his hat and calls it “Macaroni,” that the “it” refers to the feather, not the hat. The hat, according to Stephanie, is called “Bob.”