Thursday, June 18, 2009

More useless trivia

From The Ultimate Book of Useless Information, by Noel Botham

In the movie The Right Stuff, there is a scene where a government recruiter for the Mercury Astronaut Program, played by Jeff Goldblum, is in a bar at Muroc Lake, California. His partner suggests legendary jet test pilot Chuck Yeager as a good astronaut candidate. Goldblum proceeds to badmouth Yeager, claiming they ned someone who went to college. During this conversation, the real Chuck Yeager is playing the bartender, who is standing behind the recruiters and eavesdroping. General Yeager is listed low in the movie's credits as "Fred."

The nineteen-foot-long Batmobile used in the TV series Batman, starring Adam West, only got four miles to the gallon.

Sean Connery has to have the tattoos on his arm covered by makeup when filming. The tattoos declare his love for his mom and dad, and for Scotland, which he represented in the 1952 Mr. Universe contest.

Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina state anthem.

All royal babies are baptized with water brought from the River Jordan. (Sarai presumes they mean British royal babies, since this was in a section on British royalty.)

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