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That time Britain was attacked by 20 billion ladybirds

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The Coccinellidae, better known by one of its several adorable nicknames such as the ladybird or ladybug is a small beetle that is usually seen chilling in people’s gardens sporting a kickass red and black overcoat and chomping on some aphids. A rare exception to this was in 1976 when about a ravenous hoard of about 20 billion of the insect descended on Britain intent on shitting up everyone’s summer. 

Carrie Fisher earned zero dollars from Princess Leia merch

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To many people the late, great Carries Fisher was Princess Leia, a character who ranks as one of the most recognisable princesses in fiction who occasionally wields a laser gun. Endlessly featured in merchandise and marketing materials you’d assume the fact Carrie Fisher’s face was the basis of the character would result in her have earned a fortune in likeness rights alone. Or at least she would have if she hadn’t been convinced to sign away those rights for precisely zero dollars in the 1970’s.

That time they made a fake film for one scene of Home Alone

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Home Alone is a Christmas film in which a small child defends his home from two comically incompetent criminals using a combination toy cars an old VHS tape and a fucking gun. In regards to the tape, it contains a movie-within-a-movie filmed especially for the film so realistic that even the film’s stars didn’t know it was fake. 

That time Pixar spent a year figuring out how a skeleton would wear pants

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Coco is a heartwarming kid’s film about a precocious child who indulges in a little grave-robbing and is taken to the skeleton realm by a cursed guitar. Set primarily in the aforementioned realm of skeletons, the film was reportedly a pain in the arse for animators to realise because they couldn’t figure out how a magical skeleton would wear pants. Or anything for that matter. 

The cast of Prison Break were all scared of crime ghosts

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Prison Break is a TV show about a structural engineer who deliberately gets himself sent to prison so that he can save his estranged brother before he’s executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Or at least it was until it went completely batshit insane. Before that though it was filmed largely on location in an actual prison that much of the cast didn’t like because they thought it was full of crime ghosts.