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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!

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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.

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*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.


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.

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.


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.

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

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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.

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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.