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There was a gene called Pokemon but had to change due to legal action!

Pokemon, formally called Pok, is a gene found by researchers in New York to cause cancer. Many news reports joked about the relation between the popular cartoon and the carcinogen! The brand was being associated with causing cancer.

Because of this, Pokémon USA was not thrilled by the jokes. The Nintendo sub-division threatened to sue the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center because of an unflattering relation between their brand and cancer! The researchers eventually gave in to Pokémon USA’s demands and changed the gene’s name to Zbtb7.


Matt LeBlanc was on his last $11 when he auditioned to play Joey on Friends!

Matt LeBlanc started off his career in a bunch of well-known commercials in the late 1980s. He was in a Heinz, a Levi's, and a Coca-Cola commercial. Then he got a couple of gigs on TV shows in 1988 through 1991. They either made it through one full season and were nixed or they didn't even make it through a whole season before being cancelled.

He made it into several music videos, too, including in a Jon Bon Jovi and an Alanis Morissette where he played her boyfriend. He was almost always cast as an Italian. In reality he is of Dutch, French, English, Irish, and Italian descent. In 1994, he auditioned for a little show called Friends as Joey Tribbiani.

He had only $11 in his pocket at the time and he luckily landed the job. After he was given his first paycheck the first thing he did was buy himself a hot meal. The show did him and his cast members well and brought him great fame. He played Joey Tribbiani for the next 12 years and even got a spin-off show called Joey after Friends ended. He was in a couple movies in the 2000s and finally was cast as himself in a TV show in 2013.


According to some reporters, Patrick Stewart wasn't fit to play Captain Picard at all. Do you know why?

Sean Connery. Bruce Willis. Vin Diesel. Samuel L. Jackson. The cast of the next summer blockbuster? Nope. Just bald men. What? You don’t associate baldness with hardcore ass-kicking? Well, apparently you are not alone.

In fact back when Patrick Stewart was hired to play Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 1987’s "Star Trek: The Next Generation," the most successful of the "Star Trek" television spin-offs, a reporter questioned the choice in casting. “Surely they would have cured baldness by the 24th century," he challenged.

Gene Roddenberry, the show’s creator and a fan of the choice in casting veteran actor Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard countered, “In the 24th century, they wouldn't care.” Apparently neither did audiences. The show ran for seven seasons and inspired four major motion pictures (all of which featured Stewart--bald head and all). In addition, Patrick Stewart was named TV Guide Magazine’s “Sexiest Man” in 1992. We wonder how much hair that reporter has today.


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"Pistol Pete" Maravich averaged 44.2 points per game in college—before they added 3 pointers!. Read more about his career

“Pistol Pete”, born Peter Press Maravich was a professional American basketball player. Trained by his father who had a professional career in basketball, Pete quickly and effortlessly picked up basketball skills and strategies. He famously got his nickname “Pistol Pete” from his high school years because of his habit of shooting the ball from his side, instead of in front of him. The way he would shoot was like he was pulling a revolver from his holster.

In 1967, Pete made national recognition when he attended LSU. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Pete went to Louisiana State University where his father coached and urged him to go. The “Pistol” proved he was worthy of the team when he scored an amazing 50 points in his first game with 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He quickly became part of the varsity team and continued to be a star.

By his third year at LSU, the “Pistol” was averaging 44.2 points per game, which is a struggle for star NBA players to achieve. At this time, there was not a three-point line. If a player shoots the ball standing behind this line, they will score three points instead of two. If the three point line had existed, “Pistol Pete” would have been averaging up to 57 points per game!

“Pistol Pete” was drafted into the NBA after playing for LSU for three years. He played for both the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz, but eventually had to retire early due to injuries sustained while playing. At the age of 40, “Pistol Pete” died what he loved doing best: playing basketball. He died of a rare heart birth defect while playing basketball at his local church.


'This Is the End' may be a misleading title. The film's director has ideas for a sequel! Details here:

The 2013 hit comedy 'This Is the End' had a pretty star studded cast, from Seth Rogan and James Franco to Emma Watson and Jonah Hill. Since the films initial success, its director and co-writer Evan Goldberg has said that there's a "pretty good chance of a sequel."

On June 26, 2013, Goldberg announced an idea for a sequel which takes place at the premiere of the first film. He already had some ideas for the characters, saying "Seth's a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys are back."

That's not the only idea Goldberg had. In another interview, he said "We have a lot of ideas: A heaven and hell, for example, and a Garden of Eden version where Danny is Adam."

Don't get your hopes up too much, though. One of the main challenges of a sequel, according to Goldberg, would be getting the same cast together. He considers the casting of the first film a stroke of luck and believes it would be hard to duplicate it. He has also said that Seth Rogan, star, co-writer and co-director of the film, has no interest in a sequel.



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