Skip To Content

    12 Completely Random Facts That Will Make You Say "Ohhh Wow, Didn't Know That"

    We could've lived in a world with an animated Harry Potter movie!

    1. The Cowardly Lion costume in The Wizard of Oz was made from real lion skin and fur.

    Warner Bros.

    2. Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet onscreen.

    Universal Pictures

    3. Walt Disney was the original voice of Mickey Mouse. He voiced the iconic character for almost 20 years (from 1928-47).

    General Photographic Agency / Getty Images

    4. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball basically created the television industry with I Love Lucy. They shot the series with 35mm film (instead of kinescope*) which allowed for the series to air reruns and also be sold in syndication.

    Archive Photos / Getty Images

    *Kinescope was the standard way shows were broadcast in the early days of television. But, it was low-quality and would deteriorate with each rebroadcast.

    5. Barbie actually has a full name, it's Barbara Millicent Roberts. Also, she is from Willows, Wisconsin.

    6. Color televison existed in the '50s. But there weren't many color TV shows broadcast since they were expensive to produce. Also, few people owned color TV sets because they were very pricey for the time.

    A color television set cost about $1,000 in 1954, which is over $9,000 today if adjusted for inflation.

    7. While the Beatles performing on The Ed Sullivan Show marked the first time they performed live on a U.S. TV show, it wasn't their first appearance on American television.

    There had been several news stories about them as early as the previous year (1963), and Sullivan's TV rival, Jack Paar, showed on his show performance footage of the band he got from the BBC — which aired a month before they appeared on Sullivan.

    8. Paul Winchell, who voiced Winnie-the-Pooh's Tigger and The Smurfs' Gargamel, was an avid inventor and even created an early artificial heart.

    Disney, Warner Bros. Television

    9. Most of the Muppets are left-handed because Muppeteers usually operate them with their right-hand.


    10. Truman Capote, who wrote the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, hated Audrey Hepburn's performance as Holly Golightly in the film adaptation. He had wanted Marilyn Monroe (who turned down the role after being advised against it) to play the character.

    Paramount Pictures

    11. Smokey and the Bandit beat out Star Wars: A New Hope at the box office on their opening weekend.

    Universal, 20th Century Fox

    The two movies opened on the same weekend. But, Star Wars was not expected to be a hit (I KNOW!) so it opened in very limited release (only about 32 theaters), while Smokey opened in over 300 theaters.

    12. Steven Spielberg was originally offered the chance to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Spielberg's idea was to combine several of the books and make them into a computer-animated movie, with, reportedly, Haley Joel Osment playing Harry.

    Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    Luckily, for all of us Potterheads, Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling both wanted it to be live-action and not combine the books into a single film.

    Nostalgia Trip

    Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF

    Newsletter signup form