Rew (rewstargazer) wrote in randombutuseful,


Hello. I adore useless trivia, my favorites being about films and such, but I love it all. Here's some I found and a few I knew. Unfortunately, none of them are useful:

-'Toto' the dog from the Wizard of Oz's real name was Terry, and she also appeared in 12 other films, including Bright Eyes with Shirley Temple and Fury with Spencer Tracey.
-Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (I love Oz trivia) cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for movie theaters across the country. Many seats had to be reupholstered after thousands of children who saw the film were so frightened by her character that they wet themselves. The irony? In real life, she was a kindergarten teacher.
-Harpo Marx's birthname was Adolf, but was changed to Author due to the negative association of Hitler. He never recieved any education beyond second grade, or any formal instrument training.
-The Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the movie Distant Drums. It has been featured in dozens of movies since. Alongside a certain recording of the cry of the Red-tailed Hawk, the "Universal Telephone Ring" and "Castle Thunder", it is probably the most well-known cinematic sound cliché. (I love the Wilhelm scream)
Here's a link to a list of the films that use it: Wilhelm
-The opening scene of Mary Poppins, with Mary Poppins on a cloud, is actually a painting done on glass, with sections left unpainted to allow blinking lights and footage of Ms. Andrews to be seen through it. In fact, all the wide-shot landscapes in the films are paintings.
-Fala, FDR's constant companion dog, is burried under the sundial right near FDR's grave in Hyde Park, NY
-In both the films 'Monsters, Inc.' and 'The Corpse Bride', animators stuck a special nod to stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen. The restaurant in Monsters, Inc. is named Harryhausen, and the brand of the piano seen in Corpse Bride is Harryhausen.
-In the Peter Jackson's 'King Kong', King Kong's roar is a lion's roar played backwards at half speed.

And I have no idea where I found this site, or whose it is, but it's perfect:
Random Facts
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