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32 Fun Facts about Family Guy

It seems today that all we see is violence in movies and sex on TV…and no one is going to exploit that quite like Family Guy.

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Chances are if there was a political faux pa, a media meltdown, a viral video or picture, or a celebrity feud in the past 20 years, Seth MacFarlane’s long-running cartoon was gonna bring it up and throw it right back in your face.

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Not shying away from any sensitive topic (I mean, they’ve covered everything from family abuse to creepy child-loving neighbors), Family Guy is a show that will make you laugh and cry. And personally, I LOVE it!

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Sure they have their up and down episodes, and when they killed off Brian I just about lost it, but Family Guy is always a show I know I can turn to when I need a laugh. No one is safe from MacFarlane’s clever, on-topic writing, and the characters that make up the town of Quahog, Rhode Island are nothing if not colorful reminders of people you surely know in your own life…in situations we can ALL relate to, TBH…

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Hard to believe, but Family Guy is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and after 16 seasons and countless celebrity guest-stars, there’s no denying that Family Guy will go down (giggity) in history as one freakin’ sweet show!

Whether you’re a religious watcher or someone who tunes in now and again when it’s running late-night on Cartoon Network, here are 32 fun facts any beer drinkin’, TV watchin’, couch sittin’ fan is gonna love!

32 Fun Facts about Family Guy

Seth Green based Chris’s voice on Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs.

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BFF’s Peter and Brian stemmed from creator Seth MacFarlane’s 1997 Cartoon Network short, Larry & Steve.

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BONUS FACT:  MacFarlane also worked on one of my all-time favorite cartoons, Johnny Bravo, as well as Dexter’s Laboratory, and Cow and Chicken.

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Family Guy was the first animated program since The Flinstones to be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys. Take that, Homer Simpson! 😉

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In fact as of 2017, Family Guy has won 7 Emmy Awards.

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And speaking of The Flinstones, MacFarlane also used to work for Hanna-Barbera, the house of The Flinstones and The Jetsons. There are several references to both of these TV shows in Family Guy because of MacFarlane’s affection and familiarity with those characters.

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The Family Guy intro plays tribute to All in the Family. MacFarlane loved the classic 70s sitcom and wanted to pay homage to it in his own show.

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After Family Guy was cancelled for the second time, more than 100,000 fans signed a petition to bring it back on the air.

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Brian Griffin was named “Stoner of the Year” by High Times in 2009.

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The main cast makes about $225,000 per episode.

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According to his driver’s license, Quagmire would be 70 years old today. The gang discovers he was born in 1948 in the episode, “FOX-y Lady”.

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Every episode includes at least one character saying “What the hell?” to another.

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The ultimate question…whether Stewie can be understood by his family…is still up for debate. Show creators pick and choose when Stewie can be heard and/or understood.

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Joe’s wife Bonnie was pregnant for 7 years. She finally gave birth to Susie in season 7, episode 7.

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The character of Neil Goldman is named after one of the show’s writers; however the real Goldman has not worked on any episodes featuring the character he helped name.

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It takes about one full year for ONE EPISODE to get on the air. That being said, they do obviously work on several episodes at once.

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Almost every episode also has two versions, one for TV and one for the DVD. Needless to say, the DVD versions are much…dirtier.

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When Family Guy first aired, MacFarlane was the youngest executive producer in all of network TV. He was only 24 years old.

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The entire Family Guy franchise is worth about $2 billion.

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When producers decided to kill off Brian in 2013, the fan outcry reverberated off every wall. People signed petitions to bring Brian back and even boycotted the show. When Brian came back only two episodes later, fans thought their magic brought him back to life; however, it was all part of the storyline the whole time. Still, producers were overjoyed to know that Brian had so many fans out there!

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The character of Peter Griffin was inspired by a security guard MacFarlane knew at the Rhode Island School of Design. The man, Paul Timmins, had a “big thick Rhode Island accent…with absolutely no self editing whatsoever.” Timmins is very proud of the honor.

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At one time, Lacey Chabert, Cree Summer, and MacFarlane’s sister, Rachel, all voiced the character of Meg at one time before MacFarlane settled on Mila Kunis, who still voices Meg to this day.

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Kunis was only 16 when she landed the role of Meg.

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MacFarlane voices SO MANY CHARACTERS on Family Guy, including Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, and Stewie Griffin. He also voices Glenn Quagmire, news anchor Tom Tucker, Lois’ father Carter Pewterschmidt and Dr. Hartman.

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The character of Brian is heavily based on MacFarlane himself. They share the same “voice of reason”, hobbies, political views, and rationality.

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Though Quahog, Rhode Island doesn’t exist in real life, there’s lots of speculation at this little town is based on Cranston, RI.

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One of MacFarlane’s favorite scenes from the show is when Peter tries to get Tom Selleck to eat a spoonful of beans through the TV screen.

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MacFarlane modeled Stewie’s voice on the character of Rex Harrison from My Fair Lady, which makes this scene even better.

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In 2009, Brian and Stewie made a joke about “Bruce Jenner’s vagina”…that was 6 years before Jenner went through a gender reassignment surgery to become Caitlyn.

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George Lucas, who is a huge fan of the show, gave MacFarlane permission to run with the Star Wars-themed episodes. That’s freakin’ sweet!

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Quagmire’s one-of-a-kind look was based on classic comedian, Bob Hope.

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MacFarlane admitted that the reason Meg gets so much abuse in the show is because there are “a bunch of male writers not knowing how to write for a teenage girl.”


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27 Batty Fun Facts about The Dark Knight

In about 4 days, The Dark Knight will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Holy SHNIKIES, BATMAN!

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Starring the late Heath Ledger in one of the most iconic roles of his short, yet stunning, career (The Joker), The Dark Knight blew box offices away like:

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Still sitting at the top of the list of IMDb’s list of the best movies of all time (#3), The Dark Knight almost didn’t happen, as director Christopher Nolan didn’t want to create a sequel to his first dive into the Batman story, Batman Begins…but the idea of giving a story to one of the most classic and well-loved comic villains of all time was too great a challenge to leave behind.

As any native Chicago-dwelling Batman-loving girl will tell you, The Dark Knight holds a special place in the hearts of lots of nerdy Illinoisians…as the film was shot right in the heart of the city (Chicago = Gotham City FOREVER). Also starring Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred, as well as Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nestor Carbonell, and Eric Roberts, The Dark Knight is arguably one of the better Batman films (though my heart still belongs to Tim Burton’s classic Batman).

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❤ SWOON! ❤

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, here are 27 BATTY Fun Facts about The Dark Knight!

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Feeling nostalgic? Take a look back at 14 Fun Facts about Tim Burton’s Batman!

27 Batty Fun Facts about The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight was not inspired by any ONE Batman story…in fact writers were inspired by several plot lines throughout the DC Comics series.

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For his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger locked himself away in a hotel room for weeks, experimenting with voices and mannerisms until he developed something he was satisfied with. The Sex Pistols and characters from A Clockwork Orange were among his inspirations.

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Originally director Chris Nolan had no intention to make a sequel to Batman Begins, but the idea of flushing out the character of The Joker kept him interested.

The only name on Nolan’s wish list to play The Joker was Heath Ledger.

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Throughout the production of The Dark Knight, Ledger kept a “Joker Diary”, where he would write stylized notes, clipped quotes and texts from inspiring characters, and lines from the script written in his own hand-writing.

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The role of the district attorney, which ultimately went to Maggie Gyllenhaal, was once under the hopeful eyes of fellow actresses Rachel McAdams and Emily Blunt.

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Fellow cast mate Michael Caine expressed concern that Nolan wouldn’t be able to find someone to top Jack Nicholson’s performance as the character of The Joker (from 1989’s Batman)…however, he came around when Ledger was cast, saying, “now that’s the one guy that could do it!”

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The licking-of-the-lips tick that The Joker possessed was mostly because the prosthetics, which extended into Ledger’s mouth, would loosen as he performed. He would lick his lips in an effort to keep them in place.

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Nolan wanted the truck-flipping scene (when Batman uses steel cables to flip The Joker’s 18-wheeler trailer) to happen for real…and it did…on a little street in Chicago.

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Christian Bale (Batman) was adamant about standing atop the Sears Tower in Chicago with his cape billowing around him. Bale actually performed several of his own stunts throughout his career as Batman.

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In the scene where The Joker is dressed up as a nurse, you can see that his name tag reads “Matilda”. Matilda is the name of Ledger’s daughter, born in 2005.

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The man who says, “we’re not intimidated by thugs” during The Joker’s raid on Bruce Wayne’s party, is Patrick Leahy, the Democratic US Senator from Vermont. A lifelong comic book fan, Leahy has actually appeared in five Batman films to date.

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Katie Holmes, who played district attorney Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins was replaced by Gyllenhaal after Holmes decided to star in Mad Money instead, which scored a measly 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. Bummer, Katie…

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Further speculation claims that Holmes actually left because her then-husband, Tom Cruise, was jealous of Christian Bale.

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Ledger actually designed the look of The Joker himself, using makeup he’d bought from a local drugstore. Nolan was so impressed that he tasked the makeup team to recreate it themselves.

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Within two days of its release, The Dark Knight was already ranked as the greatest film of all time by users on IMDb. It’s now sitting comfortably at position 3.

Ledger posthumously won a total of 32 Best Supporting Actor awards for his work on The Dark Knight, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Critics’ Choice awards.

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The Batsuit Bale wore in the film was constructed from 200 unique pieces of rubber, fiberglass, metallic mesh, and nylon. It was constructed to give Bale more flexibility.

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Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago in this movie. The Spanish word for “bat” is murcielago.

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Bruce Wayne’s penthouse was actually shot on the ground floor of an office building in downtown Chicago. During the daytime, the same space was re-dressed and used for Harvey Dent’s press conference scenes.

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A total of 39 cars were destroyed during production.

The Dark Knight was the first comic book movie to reach the $1 billion mark.

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Ledger actually interviewed fellow Joker alum, Jack Nicholson, about the role. Nicholson told him, “The role of being The Joker will haunt you, the role is so dark that you probably won’t be able to sleep.”

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The Dark Knight made more money in six days than Batman Begins made in its entire domestic run.

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The hospital that gets blown up in the film was an abandoned Brach’s candy factory in Chicago. The explosion actually triggered panicked calls to police from residents who feared a terrorist attack.

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James Gandolfini was considered for the role of gangster Sal Moroni, but it eventually went to Eric Roberts.

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Mike Engel, the reporter who is kidnapped by The Joker, is played by Anthony Michael Hall. You might know him from National Lampoon’s Vacation, 16 Candles, Weird Science, or my personal fave of his, The Breakfast Club.

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23 Fun Facts about Forrest Gump

On July 6, 1994, the film Forrest Gump hit theaters. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that this is both one of the most well-loved and most overrated movies of all time.

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Starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Robyn Wright and many others, Forrest Gump took home 6 of the 13 Oscar nominations it received and gave birth to a restaurant chain, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, with locations all over the world. It became a cult classic and gave birth to several quotable lines that have become part of our general lexicon.

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To celebrate its 24-year anniversary (wow!), here are a few fun facts about Forrest Gump!

23 Fun Facts about Forrest Gump

The movie was based on a book of the same name, written by Winston Groom.

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When Forrest gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, the microphone plug is pulled and you cannot hear him. According to Tom Hanks, Forrest says, “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”

Hanks wasn’t paid for the film. Instead he took percentage points of the film’s profits, which ultimately netted him in the region of $40 million. That’s a whole lotta ice cream!

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Forrest Gump is the film debut of actor Haley Joel Osment, who would go on to star in The Sixth Sense five years later.

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Every transition of Forrest’s age, one thing remains the same: he wears a blue plaid shirt in the first scene.

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Hanks’ eyes are closed in every photo you see of Forrest in the film.

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Those Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants you see all over the US, Japan, China, Mexico, and the UK are a direct result of the success of Forrest Gump.

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During those crazy ping-pong matches, there was never a ball in play. The ball was added later with CGI, animated to meet the actors’ paddles.

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Forrest’s Medal of Honor ceremony uses the footage of the actual ceremony for Sammy L. Davis, who was awarded the medal in 1968 by President Johnson for his actions in Vietnam. Hanks’ head was superimposed on Davis’ body.

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Sally Field, who played Forrest’s mother in the film, is only 10 years older than Hanks.

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Bill Murray, John Travolta, and Chevy Chase all turned down the role of Forrest.

In October 1994, Forrest Gump was a part of an amazing 4-movie cult classic line-up that were all playing in theaters at the same time: Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Jurassic Park were the other three.

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The shrimp boat used in the film now resides in the moat surrounding the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Downtown Disney in Florida. One of the ping-pong paddles used in the film also bears Hanks’ signature and is hanging up inside the restaurant.

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Though it’s not specified in the film, in the book sequel, Gump & Co, Jenny dies from Hepatitis C in the early 1970s from her years of drug abuse. This was an unknown disease until the late 1980s, and doctors had no idea how to treat her for it.

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Gary Sinise’s (Lt. Dan) legs were wrapped in blue fabric, which allowed the production team to digitally remove them later.

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The line, “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump,” was made up spontaneously by Hanks while shooting the scene with Bubba on the bus. The director liked it so much that he kept it in.

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The park bench that Forrest sits on for a good portion of the film was located in historic Savannah, Georgia, at Chippewa Square. It has since been removed and is now in the Savannah History Museum.

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Mykelti Williamson wore a prosthetic to extend his lower lip for his role as Bubba.

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Forrest’s awards and decorations, as worn in his Class A uniform are as follows: the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Infantry Shoulder Cord, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Badge, and Meritorious Unit Commendation.

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Hanks modeled his Southern drawl on the real life accent of Michael Conner Humphreys, who played young Forrest in the film.

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Forrest Gump won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Screenplay.

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In 2011, the Library of Congress selected Forrest Gump for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Lt. Dan tells Forrest in one scene that the say he (Forrest) works on a shrimp boat will be the day he (Lt. Dan) becomes an astronaut. This is a reference to the book, where Forrest actually becomes an astronaut. The following year, Sinise and Hanks appeared together, as astronauts, in Apollo 13.

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18 Buzzworthy Facts about Bumblebees

A close relative of the honeybee, bumblebees are essential in pollinating flowers and plants that provide humans with most of the produce we eat today. They are usually found bumbling around forests, meadows and gardens, their fuzzy bodies full of delicious pollen and nectar.  As a matter of fact, nearly a third of all the food we eat depends on their pollination and the pollination of their brothers, the butterfly.

For some reason, several pollinators – including the bumblebee – are facing severe extinction…and scientists are struggling to figure out why (pesticides, food availability or mites might be contributing factors). Since so much of our survival and the survival of the rest of the animal kingdom is dependent on these furry little flyers, it’s so incredibly important to do what we can to keep these little buddies alive.

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In 2014 Whole Foods removed all of the fruits, vegetables and dairy products dependent on pollinators from its assortment to create a striking visual of what our grocery stores and supermarkets would look like without the bumblebee:

DAIRY, BEFORE AND AFTER:

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Quite a difference, right?

Doing your part to save the bumblebee is as easy as planting some flowers in your garden and not using harmful pesticides on your growing produce. These bees are bred and born to keep the world turning and without them, humanity – and life as we know it – is bound to suffer.

If you want to learn more about the bumblebee and what you can do to help this little harmless creature survive, check out these 18 buzzworthy facts about bumblebees!

18 Buzzworthy Facts about Bumblebees

The world’s largest bumblebee is the Bombus dahlbomii of South Africa. The queens (bottom left) are described as looking like flying mice.

Bumblebees are among the most social creatures in the animal kingdom.

Bumblebee eggs are shaped like tiny sausages.

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A bumblebee flaps its wings 200 times per second.

Because of their super high metabolism, bees have to eat almost continuously. A bumblebee with a full stomach is only ever about 40 minutes from starvation.

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Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting you. A bumblebee can sting you twice, however male bees do not have stingers and females aren’t that aggressive, so unless you really irritate a nest, you should be safe from bumblebees.

A typical bumblebee nest has about 300 to 400 worker bees, much less than a honeybee or wasp nest, which could have upwards of tens of thousands of workers.

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There are about 25,000 known species of bee and about 250 known species of bumblebees specifically.

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The queen is the only bee that survives hibernation and she’s left to create a colony by herself. Sperm stored up from mating the previous summer survives in her ovaries, ready to fertilize her eggs once she’s finally able to nest.

To produce a male bee, a queen as to lay an unfertilized egg. To have female bees, which make up most of the workforce, an egg must be fertilized.

To safely pick up a bee, scientists use a device called a pooter, which allows them to study them without harming them. The mesh covering insures that the bee won’t fly into the scientists mouth.

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When bees land on a flower, they leave their chemical signature behind from the oils on their feet. Other bees can smell those oils and know not to land on the same flower because it’s already been pillaged.

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If a bee’s nest gets too hot, worker bees post themselves near the entrance and fan the hot air out with their wings…like a little A/C unit. The ideal temperature for a nest is 86 degrees F. If it rises above 111 degrees, the bees will die.

Bumblebee nests are often in the ground or made of piles of leaves. They can also use abandoned nests of birds or mammals.

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The surname Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series is an old name for ‘bumblebee’.

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Bumblebees are mostly attracted to blue and violet flowers.

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The lifespan of bumblebees is pretty short. Drones, which are used mainly to fertilize the Queen, die immediately after reproduction. Worker bees can survive a couple months. A Queen can live up to one year.

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One way you can immediately help preserve the bumblebee population is to plant wildflowers in your garden.

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17 Fun Facts about George Carlin

George Carlin did more than make people laugh – he made them think. Over the course of his long career, this legendary comedian released several albums, published a handful of books, recorded more than a dozen comedy specials, and even appeared in a few TV shows. He often challenged American thinking and way of life, as well as other hot-button topics like religion, parenthood, and death.

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Carlin would have been 81 this year…and lord knows he would have PLENTY to say about today’s world! Let me give you a taste…

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Way ahead of his time, right?!

To help celebrate this smart, yet satirical man, here are 17 fun facts about George Carlin!

17 Fun Facts about George Carlin

Carlin’s love of language stemmed from his father, who was an advertising manager for the New York newspaper, The Sun. Carlin’s grandfather, a NYC police officer, wrote out Shakespeare’s tragedies in longhand for fun.

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Growing up, Carlin’s hero was actor/singer/dancer/comedian, Danny Kaye.

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Carlin went to the same high school as Martin Scorsese and Regis Philbin…however he did not officially graduate because he was expelled. He would steal money from visiting sports teams and joked about having drugs on school property.

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In the 1950’s, Carlin worked as a radar technician on B-47s at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base. He was court-martialed once after celebrating the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers winning the World Series by getting drunk on wine and telling off his tech sergeant.

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His love of language naturally evolved to a love of curse words, as well. He would write down the “most colorful” profanities he heard in his neighborhood and keep them in his pocket.

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Carlin was arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1970’s for obscenity after giving a stand-up performance at Summerfest. However it was almost much worse. He happened to have cocaine in his pocket, which he handed off to a band member before exiting the stage where cops were waiting for him.

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Carlin was the first-ever host of Saturday Night Live. He was also the first host of Fridays (1980-1982), ABC’s attempted version of SNL.

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Carlin was almost aborted as a baby. His mother had a change of heart after seeing a painting on the wall of the doctor’s office.

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When Carlin was just 2 months old, his mom, brother and him escaped his abusive father by climbing down the fire escape. Carlin never saw his father again.

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When Carlin was 9, he and his friend Dave Wilson, would do stand-up routines at summer camp. Wilson would go on to become the longtime director of Saturday Night Live.

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Carlin’s breakthrough album, 1972’s FM & AM, earned him a Grammy Award.

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Carlin kept extensive files of material…about 1,300 separate files encompassing 44 years worth of collecting thoughts, notions, ideas, pieces of data, and material.

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Carlin was a great supporter of young musicians and performers. He actually called Eminem “a brilliant poetic artist”.

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Despite his cynicism regarding pop culture, Carlin was a big fan of the TV show, Survivor.

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Carlin also refused to vote.

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He may have come across as a harsh critic, but Carlin was actually a very sweet romantic. He was only married twice, the first one (which lasted 37 years) ending in his wife’s death, the second one ending in his.

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Carlin died on June 22, 2008 of heart failure. He was 71. His death occurred one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated and the ashes were scattered in front of various nightclubs he played in NYC, as well as over Spofford Lake in New Hampshire, where he attended summer camp.

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18 Fun Facts about WALL-E

Just about 10 years ago (June 27, 2008) a little robot rolled his way into the hearts of Earth-lovers the world over. With his loveable personality and deep desire to form a true emotional connection, WALL-E found his cozy little spot in everyone’s heart.

One of Pixar’s more successful films, WALL-E tells the story of a little trash compactor trying his best to clean up a deserted garbage-ridden planet. Told mostly using visual storytelling, WALL-E combines various sounds and effects with Pixar’s innate ability to showcase expression through body language for a story that speaks to humankind about the importance of protecting our planet.

To celebrate its near 10-year anniversary, here are 18 Fun Facts about WALL-E!

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18 Fun Facts about WALL-E

WALL-E and R2-D2 are played by the same actor…legendary sound designer, Ben Burtt. He’s also worked on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series.

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He created a library of 2,400 unique sounds for the film, the largest of all his films by far.

Writer-director Andrew Stanton was inspired by Alien while working on WALL-E. As a matter of fact, Alien actress Sigourney Weaver voiced the main computer on the starliner Axiom.

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Not surprisingly, WALL-E’s distinct look was inspired by a pair of binoculars.

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The Hello, Dolly references are all in the family. Thomas Newman, who composed WALL-E’s score, is the nephew of composer Lionel Newman, who was the co-composer for Hello, Dolly.

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Though he’s never named in the film, WALL-E’s cockroach friend is named Hal, a reference to 1920’s producer Hal Roach and the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins helped producers and designers make WALL-E look like it was filmed with an actual camera, rather than existing in some “computer space”.

Like any great Pixar film, there are Easter eggs galore! Keep an eye out for Hamm and Rex from Toy Story, Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., the Pizza Planet truck, and many more.

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The Pixar team watched Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton films during lunch every day for about a hear and a half to inspire the possibility of visual storytelling.

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WALL-E is the first Pixar film to be nominated for 6 Academy Awards.

The last piece of debris that clears away from WALL-E as he leaves Earth’s atmosphere is the Russian satellite Sputnik I, which was the first man-made object to be placed in Earth orbit.

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WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth Class. EVE stands for Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator.

The name of the ship where the human race lives, Axiom, translates into something unquestionable or taken for granted.

At the end of the DVD, WALL-E fixes a broken lightbulb in Luxo with a newer energy-friendly spiral tube fluorescent light bulb.

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WALL-E boasted near 125,000 storyboards. The average for a Pixar film is 75,000. Not very Earth-friendly, guys!

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EVE was co-designed by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, the man responsible for the design of Apple devices.

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EVE takes about 4 seconds to solve a scrambled Rubik’s Cube. That’s slightly better than the human record (4.9 seconds) held by Lucas Etter.

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The Axiom Starship was heavily inspired by huge ocean liners, like the Disney Cruise Liner.

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21 Fun Facts about Grease

40 years later, grease is still the word.

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Hey you cool cats! It’s been 40 years since Grease hit theaters and I’m here to bring you 21 jiving facts about this top-grossing movie musical…despite it’s now quite sexist and sketchy undertones…

From 116 degree dance offs to Spandex pants so tight they involved a daily sewing session, here are 21 fun facts about Grease!

21 Fun Facts about Grease

Henry Winkler turned down the part of Danny Zuko. He was first choice for the role, but Winkler felt the character was too close to The Fonz, a role he was already playing on Happy Days.

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Both Marie Osmond and Linda Ronstadt were in consideration for playing Sandy.

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When producer Allan Carr met Olivia Newton-John at a party, he was “completely smitten” with her and begged her to sign on for Sandy. She insisted on a screen test with John Travolta, who had already been cast as Danny, to make sure they had chemistry.

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Not surprisingly, most of the main actors were nearly 2x the age of normal high school kids. Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was 34, Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) was 27, and Travolta was 24. Jamie Donnelly (Jan) was 30 and had to color her hair nearly every day because her premature greys were peeking through her dark black hair.

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Conaway’s hickey’s on Channing’s neck were real. He wanted them to be authentic.

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Conaway was also so infatuated with Newton-John that he got tongue-tied whenever she was around. He later married her sister, Rona.

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Travolta’s two conditions for taking on the role of Danny were he wanted to sing “Greased Lightnin’”, even though it’s technically Kenickie’s song to sing, and he wanted “blue black hair like Elvis Presley.”

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Travolta actually played the role of Doody more than 100 times in Grease on Broadway.

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Travolta wasn’t the only one to transition from stage to screen. Jeff Conaway played Danny on Broadway, Barry Pearl played Sonny on Broadway (Doody in the movie), and Jamie Donnelly also played Jan on Broadway.

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The “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” scene was shot the day Elvis died, August 16, 1977. What makes this extra creepy is the Elvis-themed line in the song: “Elvis, Elvis, let me be! Keep that pelvis far from me!”

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Elvis was actually offered the role of the Teen Angel, but refused. Frankie Avalon took the part instead.

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Newton-John had to be sewn into those sexy Spandex pants. It was 106 degrees on the set for that carnival finale seen. Woof.

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During the movie shoot, the cast reportedly chewed 100,000 pieces of bubble gum.

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Grease only cost $6 million to make, but has taken in more than $400 million internationally, making it one of the highest-grossing movie musicals of all time.

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Grease 2 was given double the budget of the first film, but only earned $15 million at the box office, basically breaking even.

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John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line: “Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy!” while watching the dance on TV.

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Rydell High was actually made up of 3 different LA high schools. The façade is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School, and the field is John Marshall High School.

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Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated: Favorite Motion Picture Actress (Newton-John), Favorite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Channing), Favorite Musical Motion Picture and Favorite Overall Motion Picture.

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The romantic ballad, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” was nominated for an Academy Award, however it almost wasn’t in the movie. It was written after filming had wrapped because producers felt Sandy needed a ballad.

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The awesome dance contest scene took a week to shoot in a gymnasium that was about 116 degrees during filming. Several extras suffered heat-related illness.

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Conaway injured his back while filming “Greased Lightning”. Fellow cast members accidentally dropped him while dancing on top of a car. The injury eventually ignited his pain killer addiction, which led to his death in 2011.

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