Single Random Falsehoods

Billy Joel wrote “We Didn’t Start the Fire” to protest his charge of aggravated arson after he burned down a speaker in the middle of Shea Stadium during a reprise of The Beatles “Back in the USSR” in August 1988.

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Speaking of The Beatles, Ringo Starr was the Zodiac Killer.

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The Monkees were actually genetically engineered FROM monkeys by greedy television execs who were tired of their properties being able to go off and do other things that didn’t make them money. They were so drunk with power by the end of the process, they began to make up elaborate and ridiculous backstories for their creations like “Mike Nesmith’s mother invented liquid paper” or “Davy Jones is a former jockey” or “Peter Tork is attractive to teen girls”.

Ironically, their creations ended up rebelling anyway and went on to make one of the biggest film hits of the '60s, Head, which they donated all the profits to African lemurs.

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A film which, as I’m sure most folks know, was originally conceived as a musical tribute to legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head.

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Oh. Random falsehoods.

You almost had me going on that one, although as a sometimes-LISP admirer and even more occasional user, I probably should have known better.

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The fun part is that I’m actually half lying. Lisp was considered as a web language, but in place of JS, not HTML. But Netscape said the scripting language ‘had to look like Java’ so we got the language crafted with duct tape that we know and tolerate today.

On that note, James Gosling hated coffee and made Java to reflect on his experience drinking the stuff.

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Who was, of course, married to one-hit wonder and star of the musical Chess, Murray Head.

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And Java was originally going to be Smalltalk, but the main Smalltalk vendors were flying high back then (seriously, like, 2,500 Clinton funbux for a seat) and refused to play nice, so they made their own Java, with blackjack! and hooker!

And also copied C syntax because apparently programmers are dumb and lazy.

Wait. Random falsehoods!

The C programming language was originally called K&R, but when passed by the standards committee was given a grade of “C”, which stuck.

C++ was a practical joke, of course.

https://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/98/May/stroustrup.html

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Weird Al Yankovic recorded a parody of a Kim Carnes song called Joan Crawford Wire Hangers. The record exec later destroyed the demo with an axe.

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The Beatles seriously considered reuniting in 1985 with Eddie Money taking the place of John Lennon.

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The classic video game Pitfall! which was released in 1982 was inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark which was released in 1981.

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Whoa. Citation needed!

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They were bigger than Jesus and he can walk on water.
Sigourney Weaver Movie GIF

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Anthony Head, perhaps best known for his work acting in the US television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is a well respected figure among information scientists. And particularly in the fields of database theory and formal ontology, where he has contributed to several important foundational research projects.

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Hedley Lamarr was played by Hedy Lamarr.

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One fateful day, Dr. D.B. Conklin, friend of Wilbur Wright and avid croquet player, was having a friendly match with his friend and his friend’s brother, Orville. Dr. Conklin’s mallet, however, was in poor shape, and the head cracked off during his third run. Loathe to end the game, Dr. Conklin asked if the brothers had any wire with which to perform a repair. Orville failed to find any on hand fine enough to twist around the mallet to rebind the head, but realized that the cloth-based adhesive tape he and his brother had developed for making spot repairs to their experimental gliders was strong enough to work in a pinch. Play soon resumed.

Several years after the death of Wilbur Wright, Dr. Conklin was asked during another croquet game what kind of “mallet tape” he had used — the makeshift repair having proven to be far stronger and more durable than the original mounting method. Not knowing what Orville Wright called it, Dr. Conklin replied that he’d have to ask and have a roll sent out. This he did — and so Arthur “Harpo” Marx (United States Croquet Association Hall of Fame, 1979) received a roll of “mallet tape” by mail a few weeks later.

Upon receipt, Arthur immediately saw the comedic potential of the material, and along with his brothers promptly began to use the “mallet tape” in their early vaudeville acts. Arthur’s frequent use of a squeeze bulb horn to communicate in the act with its distinctive sound quickly caused his older brother, Leonard, to refer to the material as “mallard tape.” From there it was just a short jump to what we know it by today — “duck tape.”

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Charles Bronson was the face of the other MAD Magazine.

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Blood Work (2002) is actually the 6th Dirty Harry film.

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This man won the Indianapolis 500.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show was originally conceived as a starring vehicle for Willie Tyler & Lester. That fell apart when Lester refused to work with Susan Sarandon.

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