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Learning New Things Everyday October 2018, Spooky Edition



So, every month I try to learn a new thing every day, then right it down and share it with everybody at the end of the month. This year for October I got the idea I would only write down “spooky” facts. Now, I did learn some more “mundane” things but I only wrote down the eerie stuff. I had to actively search for something spooky to add to the list.  As such a good portion of this list is about horror movies. As always the paranormal and Fortean stuff I am not saying is real, just people say it happened. One fact talks about cats, but it talks about them wiping out entire species, so I figured it was good here. Maybe I will do some more themed lists.




1st In 1978 Margret Hamilton the Wicked Witch of the West from Wizard of OZ, reprised her role on an episode of Sesame Street, that was deemed to scary to been seen by children and was never aired.

grouch and witch .jpg

it’s not easy being green.

2nd Fay Wray was told if she took the lead in King Kong she would be staring with the tallest and darkest leading man in Hollywood, she took the job because she thought they meant Garry Cooper.

3rd The idea of haunted house attractions started during the depression to keep teenagers from gathering on people’s lawns during Halloween and causing mischief by giving them someplace to go, but picked up when they started making money.

4th In Scotland Halloween was seen as a time to play ritual games to fine your one true love.

5th The state that drinks the most Pumpkin Spice Lattes is Oregon.

6th Richard Stanley, directed the movie Mother of toads based on Clark Asheton Smith story, when commanded to do so while playing with a glow in the dark Ouija board he bought at Toy R Us


Now this looks like a guy who has a lot of stories to tell.

7th Cats are believed to have killed off up to 33 other species throughout history.

8th 17 working cars where used to be Christine in the movie Christine. Only two survived.

9th When filming the Movie Dumb and Dumber Jim Carrey was staying in the Stanley Hotel, and had a supernatural experience that drove him out of the hotel in the middle of the night.

10th Richard Donner the director of the movie The Omen, was in a hotel in England when it was bombed by the IRA.

11th The movie Finial Destination was originally proposed as an X-File script that was never made.

12th Sasquatch experts believe that there may be up to 12 different species bigfoots.

13th Vincent Price’s first movie role was the lead in the 1938 romantic comedy Service du Lux,


its not to late in the movie go stab someone.

14th In the original script Jason Vorhee’s first name was going to be Josh.

15Th Jack Nicholson had been a volunteer fireman and used the techniques he learned there to break though the door with an ax in the movie the Shinning.

16th Disney’s Haunted Mansion is based on the Evergreen House and the Winchester House.

f and b

This picture has nothing to do with this list, I just thought you would apricate a picture of Eliza Dushku and Sara Michelle Geller.

17th In 2007, Serbian vandals drove a stake into former president Slobodan Milosevic’s grave to prevent him from coming back as a vampire.

18th Stephen King’s name was misspelled in the original trailer for The Movie Carrie.

19th Famed zombie director George Romero got his start in show business working on Mr. Rodgers. And got the idea for a zombie movie while doing an episode where Fred Rodgers gets his tonsils removed.

20th During the Cold War the Soviets would try to hide rocket tests by spreading rumors that they were alien spaceships.



21st Cannon Beach OR has a urban legend of  a ghost of a bandaged cover logger who smells of rotting meat chasing teenagers parking in cars called of course The  Bandage Man.

22nd Harry Houdini went to the Winchester Mystery House to debunk spiritual activity there but according to legend would never say anything about what happened on that night.

23rd The 1928 film White Zombie was the first zombie movie ever made

24th Leonardo Dicarpro’s first movie was the B horror movie Critters 3.

25th The 1942 movie Cat People was the first movie with  a jump scare.

26th Lorri Strode the heroine and final girl from the movie Halloween. Got her name from director and writer John Carpenter’s first girlfriend.

27th One of the monstrosities that are released in the Joss Weedon movie cabin in the Woods, when the purge button is pushed is a reaver form his TV show Serenity.

28th Horror writer Clive Own painted 150 paintings for the TV show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, that were used in the unseen academy.


See what happens when you watch to much Bob Ross.

29th The US spends around 6 billion dollars a year on Halloween, costumes, candy and cards.

SJU Halloween

Did you know that Sara Jean Underwood used to be a Halloween costume model? I did.

30th When Sam Neil’s character is reading from a Sutter Kane novel in the Movie In the Mouth of Madness, he is actually quoting HP Lovecraft’s short story, The Haunter in the Dark.

31st Robin Williams was considered for the role of Jack Torrance in the Shinning.




10 comments on “Learning New Things Everyday October 2018, Spooky Edition

  1. For Tyeth
    October 31, 2018

    Hi Dave, great list once more. I can believe that they used 17 cars filming Christine – the TV show Knight Rider used between 18-20 (the figure varies depending on who you talk to) but only 5 cars remain.
    And Sara Jean Underwood?…I think you did a post about a Sci-Fi review TV show she presented and had a photo of her in a Buck Rogers in the 25th Century style outfit…if I remember correctly. Thanks and have a great/safe Halloween!

    • For Tyeth
      October 31, 2018

      Hi again, sorry for double posting but I was nearly right about Sara Jean! You did a post on 11/06/2016 about your favourite Star Wars videos and she had a Padme Amidala suit on! (the white outfit)

      • davekheath
        October 31, 2018

        Yeah she actually grew up about 25 miles form where I live now. But I missed my chance to see her at a Con a few years ago.

    • davekheath
      October 31, 2018

      You too. And SJU was in a Padame Amadal outfit but I would to see her as Wilma Deering.

  2. Cassidy Frazee
    October 31, 2018

    One of the things about Jack doing “The Shinning” is when they did the first take of him taking the ax to the door, he pretty much shattered the door with one or two blows–because they were using a prop door. After he told them he had experience chopping down actual doors, the set people put up a real door for the scene.

  3. newyorkgwythaint
    October 31, 2018

    That Sesame Street episode aired; I remember watching it long ago, unless I am actually recalling the Oscar/Witch scene from an excerpt.

    • davekheath
      October 31, 2018

      It may have been aired later on, my sources were unclear about that.

  4. Harry Calnan
    November 1, 2018

    You credit Richard Donner as the director of the movie “The Exorcist”, but I believe that William Friedkin directed that film.

    • davekheath
      November 1, 2018

      You are correct I meant to type The Omen but typed Excorocist instead good eye. I corrected it.

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