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12 Shocking Game of Thrones Facts That Will Change Your World Forever

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Only the most hardcore Thrones fans know these facts. Let us know what surprises you the most in the comments section!

  • Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss want Game of Thrones to have a more realistic, human feel than other fantasy shows, which is why Jon Snow is seen using the toilet at least once per episode.
  • No character in the show has actually ever said the word “dragon.”
  • What a coincidence! We all know fan favorite Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf, but actor Peter Dinklage discovered during the filming of season three that he too has dwarfism. “It really gave me insight into Tyrion’s mind that I didn’t have early on in the show,” admitted Dinklage.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin cameos as a horse every season.
  • Composer Ramin Djawadi wrote the Game of Thrones theme song just thirty minutes before the show premiered, after finding out last-minute that they weren’t allowed to use the Seinfeld bassline.
  • Thrones is not above product placement to balance out its massive budget. This is most evident in House Greyjoy’s changing its motto from “We Do Not Sow” to “Can You Hear Me Now?”
  • To get the proper reaction from actors during The Purple Wedding, producers decided to actually poison actor Jack Gleeson. “At the end of the day, murdering a child was the only way to go,” explained Benioff.
  • The show’s principal filming locations are Northern Ireland, Croatia, and Newark, NJ.
  • The most challenging aspect of shooting the huge battle scenes is convincing the extras to pick up their prop swords, as many fear the weapons will get fused to their hands.
  • Some superfans are giving their kids GoT-inspired names, like “Castle” and “Breasts.”
  • Martin based many elements of Westeros on real historical events and places. For example, The Wall was inspired by an old refrigerator that Martin’s parents used to lock him inside of as a child.
  • “She’ll be taking lots of improv classes, but she won’t be very good,” says Weiss on what’s next for Arya’s training in Season 7.
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Did ‘Hey Arnold!’ Predict Deflategate?

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MOVE IT, FOOTBALL-HEAD!

These are words ingrained into the mind of every child of the 90s. We know them, of course, from beloved Nickelodeon cartoon ‘Hey Arnold,” a popular show about kids growing up in the big city. But beneath its original, thoughtful humor, was ‘Hey Arnold’ pushing forward a secret message?

Is it possible, nearly twenty years in advance, that it predicted…

DEFLATEGATE???

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It sounds crazy, at least until we take a look at the season 1, episode 11b story entitled, “Cool Jerk.” Here, Arnold is thrilled when he befriends a cool, older guy, but his new buddy has some sinister plans for our good-natured hero. In addition to telling a great story, this episode is also a perfect allegory for the New England Patriots’ deliberate tampering of footballs during the 2014 NFL postseason. All the pieces are there.

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1. Arnold is a football!

The entire series goes out of its way to prove that Arnold is basically a football. Aside from his unique head shape, Arnold’s personality encompasses many of the core tenets of football. He is fun-loving, team-oriented, and all-American. Arnold, like a football, is harmless enough on his own, but when in the wrong hands, he is capable of unleashing a world of destruction.
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2. Frankie G. is Tom Brady!

Frankie G. is a one-off character in “Cool Jerk” who bears an eerie resemblance to New England Quarterback Tom Brady. Like Brady, Frankie is popular, stylish, and a born leader, at least on the surface. Once confronted with something they desire, however, both men display a sick urge to do whatever it takes to win. He even tells Arnold, “Sometimes to be cool, you’ve got to bend the rules a little.”

Still not convinced? Get this: neither Frankie nor Brady was selected in the first five round of the NFL draft.

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3. The store is the Superbowl!

Not long after Frankie takes Arnold under his wing, we soon learn Frankie’s true plan: for Arnold to rob an electronics store.  Granted, Frankie is not the first or last person to cheat his way to victory, but his methods for doing so are strangely familiar. You see, the store is only accessible through a distinctive football-shaped window, one which Frankie shoves Arnold through headfirst. In other words, Frankie’s plan for success revolves around unlawfully manipulating the size of a an ovular object.

Remind you of anyone?

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

4. Gerald is Roger Goodell!

Ultimately, none of the characters face any real consequences for their wrongdoings. In the middle of the would-be robbery, police sirens ring out through the streets. Frankie and his cronies (the Patriots) flee, leaving poor Arnold stuck in the window. However, the noise was nothing but Gerald, Arnold’s best pal, sporting a hand-cranked siren. Gerald forgives Arnold and takes him home, mirroring the weak leadership of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Both really only care about being perceived as the main influence on their beloved football, even while more corrupt forces determine the behavior of that football. Meanwhile, Frankie gets off scot-free, without any kind of jail-time, similar to Tom Brady’s evasion of a mere four-game suspension.

And here’s the freakiest part of all: “Cool Jerk” aired in 1996.

So there we have it–a veritable conspiracy. Who can say why or how this prediction happened? Perhaps Nickelodeon has some connections to the Illuminati. Maybe they were just the only ones who saw it coming. Regardless, you can witness the truth for yourself here.

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Shocking Details from the Original ‘House of Cards’ Script!

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Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve at least heard of House of Cards, if not binged watched it in your own bed. While the Netflix smash hit takes inspiration from the Michael Dobbs novels and BBC miniseries of the same name, it has truly blossomed into a force of its own.

Of course, American showrunner Beau Willimon started out with a radically different idea of what House of Cards would be, though many of these original ideas never made it to screen. Perhaps the most shocking difference is how often the writers had Frank Underwood say the name of the show–56 times in the first season alone!

Check out some snippets of the original House of Cards below:

1. Peter Russo enters the belly of the beast.

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2. Frank takes a moment to relax and enjoy himself.

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3. Frank visits Freddy’s Ribs.

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4. Frank uses his magic to sway Congress.

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