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drewtwo99 04-20-2014 11:04 PM

Made-Up, False and Flat-out Wrong Trivia Dominoes
 
Inspired by all the "fake facts" threads that are tons of fun, and also the very popular Trivia Dominoes thread, I thought we might try one that combines both.

The rules are exactly like the Trivia Dominoes thread, with the exception that everything you post has to be made up off the top of your head, and can't be true!

I'll get us started:

Dick York almost died during the filming of the 3rd episode of the show "Bewitched" during a moment when they stopped filming to "twitch" him out of the scene. One of the light fixtures fell moments after he walked out of frame, and in a sense, Samantha's power saved the actor's life by getting him to move out of the very spot where the fixture landed.

AppallingGael 04-21-2014 04:23 AM

New York was founded because Dick York didn't want to do "Bewitched" anymore.

Robot Arm 04-21-2014 05:33 AM

New York was so named because the original settlers came from the town of New in Ireland, and york, which means "new" in Gaelic.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 04-21-2014 08:50 AM

New Ireland was a 1979 movie about a colony of leprechauns trying to make a start in colonial Massachusetts. It featured the obligatory romance between a boy leprechaun and a Salem witch.

RealityChuck 04-21-2014 09:24 AM

A leprechaun always had a pot of gold because it was their chamber pot, which they filled every morning.

astorian 04-21-2014 11:17 AM

Newspaper magnate WIlliam Randolph Hearst, who was largely responsible for the outlawing of marijuana in the USA, kept large numbers of marijuana plants on his estate, and was a heavy pot smoker himself.

Chronos 04-21-2014 11:38 AM

Although Hearst did have a treasured sled as a child, it wasn't named Rosebud. That was made up by Orson Wells for Citizen Kane for the sake of plausible deniability. Hearst's actual sled was named Daffodil.

Eutychus 04-21-2014 11:54 AM

There was once a move to make a biopic about the life of Orson Welles, which Welles himself was refused the starring role in because producers deemed him too fat to portray himself.

astorian 04-21-2014 12:17 PM

Mel Brooks' The Producers was inspired by a real animated feature-length pro-Hitler Mickey Mouse musical that Walt Disney was about to release at Christmastime in 1941. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and American declaration of war on Germany, the movie was returned to the vaults, never to be seen again.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 04-21-2014 12:20 PM

Adolph Hitler was actually the seventh son of a seventh son, and claimed to be guided by the spirits of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Charlemagne.

Eutychus 04-21-2014 12:33 PM

Weird Al Yankovic is a direct descendant of Julius Caesar. Caesar was stabbed 27 times, a fact that is honored by the number 27 appearing somewhere on each of Weird Al's album covers.

etv78 04-21-2014 02:00 PM

Weird Al did a Ph.D in Astrophysics at Caltech.

Sitnam 04-21-2014 02:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by etv78 (Post 17308236)
Weird Al did a Ph.D in Astrophysics at Caltech.

Which was founded, of course, by Calvin Tech.

Spoons 04-21-2014 02:12 PM

Before becoming a fashion designer, Calvin Klein held a number of jobs; among them, truck driver, insurance salesman, and drywaller.

etv78 04-21-2014 02:14 PM

Truck drivers need not obey traffic laws on highways.

Eutychus 04-21-2014 02:16 PM

In order for a road to be called a "highway" it must be at least 20 feet above sea level.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 04-21-2014 02:40 PM

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were working on a last "Road Picture" when Bing died; it's working title was The Road to Tomorrow. Dorothy Lamour was not to be in it.

astorian 04-21-2014 02:43 PM

Singer David Crosby visited the mother of the auto accident victim from whom he received his new liver, and they ended up dating for several months.

RobDog 04-21-2014 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by astorian (Post 17308397)
Singer David Crosby visited the mother of the auto accident victim from whom he received his new liver, and they ended up dating for several months.

The first recorded automobile accident victim was one Mrs Dorothy Airbag of Ipswich, Suffolk, UK.

Eutychus 04-21-2014 03:05 PM

Ipswich got it's name back in the 8th century when a time traveler arrived from the future and attempted to tell the people about internet technology hardware.

etv78 04-21-2014 03:05 PM

Suffolk University was founded so men in newly independent MA could train in the Law.

Intergalactic Gladiator 04-21-2014 03:22 PM

Dick Wolf's original pitch for one of his famous shows was actually "Law and Odor."

Biotop 04-21-2014 03:24 PM

The odor of moon rocks is similar to that of thyme.

RobDog 04-21-2014 03:26 PM

The record for the greatest number of appearances in a UK crime drama series is by one Laura Norder.

astorian 04-21-2014 03:41 PM

Faye Dunaway personally called the organizers of the Golden Raspberry awards ,and begged them to nominate her as Worst Actress for the flop thriller The Eyes of Laura Mas

RobDog 04-21-2014 03:43 PM

Technically, the raspberry is a vegetable.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 04-21-2014 03:50 PM

The word "vegetable" originally comes a mix from Teutonic and Romance roots, and literally means "begettable" or "reproducible", possibly because phallic-shaped carrots and suchlike were seen as aids to virility.

buddha_david 04-21-2014 03:59 PM

The idea behind this thread has never, ever been done before.

I am not a party-pooper.

Sr Siete 04-21-2014 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by buddha_david (Post 17308627)
The idea behind this thread has never, ever been done before.

I am not a party-pooper.

The term "party-pooper" derives from the french "Part Poupere" which means "half dead".

Annie-Xmas 04-21-2014 04:04 PM

Any work about a vampire is outlawed in France.

RobDog 04-21-2014 04:06 PM

The original idea for this thread was first mooted in "Ye Strayte Doppe", a pamphlet first printed in St. Paul's churchyard circa 1673.

etv78 04-21-2014 04:31 PM

William Shakespeare was originally buried in his church courtyard.

Annie-Xmas 04-21-2014 04:37 PM

While reading a long dead relative's diary, Matt Groening found out the Jack the Ripper was actually zombie Shakespeare, and was killed by the diariest, who quoted Shakespeare real last line: Is this the end of zombie Shakespeare?

etv78 04-21-2014 04:48 PM

Matt Groening and Seth Macfarlane planned a "Simpsons"/"Family Guy" crossover. Fox forbade it.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 04-21-2014 05:07 PM

Just revealed: for all these years blind lawyer Matt Murdock has NOT been Daredevil; instead, that costumed superhero is secretly Matt's partner Foggy Nelson.

Athabasca 04-21-2014 05:14 PM

Foggy Dew whiskey is so named because of the pure natural dew that is harvested from the long grasses on the Scottish heaths every morning, during cloudy weather.

buddha_david 04-21-2014 05:17 PM

Heath candy bars contain up to 56% jellyfish livers.

Annie-Xmas 04-21-2014 05:19 PM

Jazz great Jelly Roll Morton got his nickname when he nearly died after rolling into a vault of jelly while on a school trip to a Welch's grape jelly factory.

etv78 04-21-2014 05:42 PM

Jack Welch went to prison for embezzlement.

Eutychus 04-21-2014 05:56 PM

Jack Black's real name is Winston Henrietta Stanfield.

Leaper 04-21-2014 05:59 PM

The School of Rock curse refers to the fact that over half of the children in the cast of that movie have been arrested on various charges from minor to felony since the release of that film, including Miranda Cosgrove.

drewtwo99 04-21-2014 08:47 PM

Children who skip school are 27% more likely to make up statistics on the spot than children who attend classes regularly.

Little Nemo 04-21-2014 09:32 PM

Alan Hale, who played the Skipper on Gilligan's Island, asked the producers to come up with a name for his character. After they did so (giving the character the name Jonas Grumby) he invoked an obscure clause in the standard SAG contract which entitled him to a higher salary per episode because he was now playing a named character.

Spoons 04-21-2014 10:00 PM

Hale came up with the name "Jonas Grumby" from the Bible story of Jonah and the Whale (suitable for a sailor); and the short story "Billy Grumby," which was about an inept Navy sailor, and which Hale had read in the "Saturday Evening Post" during the 1950s.

AppallingGael 04-21-2014 10:36 PM

Though the Bible has Jonah living in the whale, modern scholarship suggests that he actually had a time-share arrangement wherein he stayed in the whale only on alternate weekends.

Athabasca 04-21-2014 11:22 PM

The Bible is being translated into baby talk.

etv78 04-22-2014 12:14 AM

Babies can be taught Klingon.

Spoons 04-22-2014 02:23 AM

Though Klingon is beloved by Star Trek fans, who believe it is a made-up language of the 20th century, it is actually based upon Old Russian, as spoken in the 17th century.

Esox Lucius 04-22-2014 02:35 AM

Because of irregularities in Earth's orbit, the 20th century was only 98 years long.

Spoons 04-22-2014 03:07 AM

Irregularities in Earth's orbit mean that the planet we think is Mars is actually the star Rigel-7.


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