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    18 Random, Useful, And Unexpected Things People Learned From Movies And TV Shows

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    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community to tell us the unexpected things they learned from movies and TV shows. Here's what they said!

    1. "Sabrina the Teenage Witch taught me what mitosis is."

    ABC

    "There was a running joke where they kept getting interrupted while they were trying to study and didn't say it until the end of the season. My friend and I got really cocky when we got to high school and already knew what it meant."

    β€”michellel44a4b8dd2

    "It took a whole season for them to spit it out – I've never forgotten to this day.""

    β€”rossypop89

    2. "The Big Bang Theory taught me about Schroedinger's Cat."

    CBS

    "When I brought it up in a physics class, my professor did a double-take because he wasn't expecting the question."

    β€”danitheawkpenguin

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    3. "I know the difference between the shipping address and billing address thanks to Monica in Friends."

    NBC

    "She got an ice sculpture delivered to the apartment instead of the location of phoebe's wedding. The line 'I guess it got sent to the billing address as opposed to the shipping address. Ugh, what a pickle' goes round and round in my head every single time I order online. Never once got it wrong thanks to her!"

    β€”han23

    4. "I learnt from The Office that CPR compressions can be done to the beat of 'Stayin' Alive.'"

    NBC

    "People have even reported to the actors that they saved someone's life because they knew that fact, and it was very important to the show that they gave the correct information. The woman who plays the first aid teacher wasn't an actor, that was her actual job!"

    β€”l47925083b

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    5. "On an episode of Full House, Danny's girlfriend at the time is a dry cleaner and she told him that hairspray removes ink stains. It works!"

    ABC

    "I remember that to this day, and use it when I get ink on my clothes!"

    β€”sra18

    6. "I didn't know about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre until I saw Watchmen last year."

    HBO

    "It suddenly became more widely known in 2020, and I attribute it to the show exposing it as recent racial strife. I had never heard of the event until Watchmen, and then it was recognised by mainstream national news."

    β€”daniellet4e464cff0

    "It’s incredibly sad and frustrating to learn about such a monumental part of American history from a TV show, but it opened my eyes that the education I got in school was severely lacking in many areas."

    β€”laurenmhughes27

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    7. "Before I watched Call the Midwife, I had no idea about afterbirth and the placenta..."

    BBC

    "I genuinely thought you just produced a cute little potato. Ignorance was definitely bliss."

    β€”doremimimi

    8. "I know that the tip of your shoelace is called an aglet because of Phineas and Ferb."

    Disney Chanenel

    "Thank you, Phineas and Ferb!! A-G-L-E-T don't forget it."

    β€”thatboleyngrl


    β€”frenchfriesandramen2007


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    9. "Bruce Almighty taught me to spell 'B-E-A-utiful.'"

    Buena Vista International

    "I’m 30 and still rely on it."

    β€”ohitsonlyliz


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    10. "Miss Congeniality taught me how to get away from an attacker with 'S.I.N.G: solar plexus, instep, nose, and groin.'"

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I had to use it once and I'm pretty sure it saved my life."

    β€”cma365

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    11. "Clueless taught me the word 'sporadic.'"

    Paramount Pictures

    β€”lirpayam

    12. "It has to be Matilda! It taught me how to spell the word 'difficulty.'"

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    β€”nadrak

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    13. "Legally Blonde taught me that you can’t shower right after getting a perm."

    20th Century Fox

    "Although I will probably never get a perm, it was good to know."

    β€”peynor

    "I know sodium thioglycolate can deactivate your curls if you get your hair wet from Legally Blonde."

    β€”idoncare90

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    14. "Hamilton legitimately helped me pass my American history final in junior year of high school."

    Disney +

    "It taught me so much and I love learning about it. It's in a really fun way of learning, and I'm so grateful because it genuinely did open my eyes to some of the things that happened during the American Revolution."

    β€”lola6

    β€”alexfromjupiter

    15. "I learned and use Gratitoad from Big Mouth's method to calm down anxieties."

    Netflix

    "The show deals with so many emotional problems that both teens and adults face." 

    β€”orenlevko

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    16. "Miley's bone dance in Hannah Montana taught me all about the names of different bones."

    Disney Channel

    "Whenever I hear 'Nobody's Perfect,' that's the version I think of first."

    –hanifahrahman

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    17. "Thanks to Mean Girls, I know that 'jambo' means 'hello' in Swahili."

    Paramount Pictures

    "I teach Sunday School and one of the songs is set in a safari and they say 'jambo' in the chorus. I knew what to say when one of my students asked what it meant."

    β€”jessieweickert

    18. "Most of the English I know, I learned from watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer over and over with English subtitles."

    The WB / UPN

    "After that, I moved onto other shows and movies and did the same."

    β€”giuliettadec

    Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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