Made-up, False and Flat-out Wrong Trivia Dominoes II

Talk show host David Letterman once had the band Charliedeth on as well as singer Tom Waits on his show on the same night. He attempted to introduce the two musicians to each other by saying “Waits, Watts. Watts, Waits.” The bit went over about as well as the time he introduced news anchor Linda Yu to actor Brandon Soo Hoo.

David Letterman actually founded the singing group The Lettermen, but was given the boot because he couldn’t sing.

The story of David Letterman being a founding member of The Lettermen is merely an urban legend.

The Lettermen were actually a trio of postal carriers from Nevada who started singing together on weekends for fun, and eventually made a career out of it… but they still worked for the Post Office until they had completed enough time of service to have vested their federal pensions.


The Vested Pensions were an oldies group. Their performances were notoriously lacking in energy and never really found an audience. Their name did inspire the name of a bird whose coloration reminded some of a three-piece suit: the vested penguin.

Burgess Meredith often said that playing The Penguin on Batman was the greatest dramatic experience of his career, and far superior to his role in, say, Of Mice and Men. Frank Gorshin always maintained he liked Burgess best in the Rocky movies. Tim Curry did say he considered Burgess briefly for playing the role of Rocky in RHPS, but it might have been too camp.

She was never the same before.

She was always the same! Sharon and Sharon alike!

During the filming of Sharon Stone’s “leg crossing” scene in Basic Instinct, three other actors, an assistant cameraman, and a production caterer all died from spontaneous human combustion.

Sharon Stone’s “leg crossing” scene in Basic Instinct has become so well known that movie makers have been alluding to and spoofing it since that movie’s initial release. Movies that feature their own version of that scene include Fatal Instinct, Basic Instinct 2, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon, The Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas, Uncle Joe’s Country Chitlins Ranch, Deadpool 2, Uncle Joe’s Country Chitlins Ranch II, Revenge of the Crawdad Daddy, Deadly Encounter: The Piranhas, Star Trek: A JJ Abrams Joint, Hot Shots Part Deux, Happytime Murders, BoogerBurgers III, the Return of Snotcho Cheese, Wrestlemania: The Movie, Amadeus, Woody Allen’s My Love Interest is Conspicuously Younger, Hail to the Chimp, Winter Garden, Winter Garden II, The Wintering, Pride and Prejudice (2005), and Antz.