Pop history is full of bizarre and incredible stories of intrigue, accidents and a lot of urban legends which have no basis in reality. Can you guess which of these weird factoids from the worlds of music, TV and cinema are true, and which are completely made up?
Celine Dion didn’t speak a word of English when she sang her first English-language hits
Medieval swords didn’t actually make a “schwing” sound when drawn, but movie studios add it because audiences expect it
In the famous musical number from “Modern Times”, Charlie Chaplin really did lose the words for the song and improvised the gibberish on the spot
Pete Townshend of The Who didn’t actually mean to break his first guitar, but once it happened, he just went along with it
Heavy Metal singer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is a certified pilot
The line “elementary, my dear Watson” doesn’t appear in any published work by Arthur Conan Doyle
Jefferson Airplane were sued by the Walt Disney Company for their use of Alice in Wonderland imagery in the song “White Rabbit”
Walt Disney’s remains are cryogenically frozen and are still kept by the Disney estate
The very first electric bass was played upright like a classical double bass
Cosmo Kramer wasn’t in the Seinfeld pilot and was only written into the show later
The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans is dedicated to The Big Easy’s own Louis Armstrong
The character of detective John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, has appeared on ten different shows, belonging to five different networks
Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” was written as a contemplation of his failed marriage with Marilyn Monroe
Peter, Paul and Mary’s hit song “Puff the Magic Dragon” was a thinly-veiled allusion to marijuana use and rehabilitation
The first installment of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was renamed “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” so as not to intimidate American audiences, who might believe the movie is about philosophy.
The Beatles were originally named The Quarrymen
A plane crash in 1969 took the lives of both legendary boxer Rocky Marciano and R&B musician Otis Redding
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