A bottle episode is one continuous scene set on a single stage. The concept was originally designed to press costs during the making of expensive television shows. However, over the years it has become a modern take on the traditional one act play.
The name was first used during the production of the show Star Trek; the cast and crew would often refer to the single location episodes as “ship-in-a-bottle” episodes.
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
The official US State sport of South Dakota, Wyoming and Texas is Rodeo.
“Waltzing Matilda” is not about dancing, nor about a girl called Matilda. It is Aussie slang for drifting around the outback on foot with a bedroll – your ‘matilda’ – slung around your shoulder.
The Greeks introduced the olive to Italy around 600 BCE.
The 1982 American comedy series Police Squad!, which starred Leslie Nielsen and was produced by ABC, was cancelled after just six episodes. Then-ABC entertainment president Tony Thomopoulos said “Police Squad! was cancelled because the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it.” What Thomopoulos meant was that the viewer had to actually pay close attention to the show in order to get much of the humour, while most other TV shows did not demand as much effort from the viewer. In its annual Cheers and Jeers issue, TV Guide magazine quite rightly called the explanation for the cancellation “the most stupid reason a network ever gave for ending a series.”
Catherine the Great was famous for making five mistakes in a word containing only three letters. Not being a native Russian speaker, she once misspelled the word ‘eщё’ as ‘истчо’.