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21 Fascinating Facts People Learned By Watching Movies And TV Show

21 Fascinating Facts People Learned By Watching Movies And TV Show

“I’m not wasting my time, mom! I’m learning!”

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the things they learned not at school but by watching movies and TV, and their responses kind of make me feel smart for watching so much stuff:

1.

“I know how to spell ‘difficulty’ from the film Matilda. I still do the ‘Mrs. D, Mrs. I, Mrs. FFI, Mrs. C, Mrs. U, Mrs. LTY!’ thing to this day. 😂”

A little girl in the movie says "We can spell difficulty with a poem"

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“I learned from Good Will Hunting that the Fields Medal is like the Nobel Prize for math. That question comes up all the time on Jeopardy!

Robin Williams in the film says "I don't give a shit about your medal"

3.

“During my medical training on rounds, I presented a patient who had an LVAD (left ventricular assist device). My attending asked me what an LVAD was and I gave the most beautiful description about how it is used as a bridge to heart transplant and my attending was super impressed. I never learned about an LVAD once in medical school — everything I said was from Grey’s Anatomy.”

A LVAD wire in a hospital

A LVAD wire in a hospital

4.

“I learned from The Office to use the tempo from the Bee Gees’ song ‘Stayin’ Alive’ when performing CPR.”

Michael Scott in the office sings the song while performing CPR

5.

Animaniacs taught me all of the state capitals. I can still sing the song by heart!”

A clip from the scene with the text "Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall"

A clip from the scene with the text "Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall"

6.

“The song ‘Seasons of Love’ from the movie and musical RENT taught me that there are 525,600 minutes in a year!”

The cast sings the seasons of love

The cast sings the seasons of love

7.

“I learned from Hannah Montana that the human body has 206 bones.”

Hannah and her classmates dance to the bones song

Hannah and her classmates dance to the bones song

8.

“An episode of Family Guy taught me that the symbol & is called an ampersand.”

The dog on the show points to an ampersand on a chalk board

The dog on the show points to an ampersand on a chalk board

9.

“I learned the word ‘conflagration’ (meaning ‘an extensive fire which destroys a great deal of land or property’) from the 1992 musical Newsies. Oddly enough, it turned up on my SAT test senior year of high school!”

A young Christian Bale holds up a newspaper

A young Christian Bale holds up a newspaper

10.

Phineas and Ferb taught us the plastic part at the end of a shoelace is called an aglet.”

A cartoon band sings "Aglet, don't forget it"

A cartoon band sings "Aglet, don't forget it"

11.

“A group of jellyfish is called a smack, which I learned from Scorpion.”

The cast of Scorpion

The cast of Scorpion

12.

“I can thank Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman for telling me my foot is as big as the space between my elbow and wrist.”

Julia Roberts smiles in Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts smiles in Pretty Woman

13.

“Kitty litter can help you get your tires out of the snow. Thanks, That ’70s Show!”

The cast of that 70s show drive a camper through snow

The cast of that 70s show drive a camper through snow

14.

“I learned the five stages of grief from an episode of The Simpsons where Homer thinks he is going to die and quickly experiences denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.”

A scared Homer talks to his doctor

A scared Homer talks to his doctor

15.

“I learned that thing about how penguins stay with their mate their whole life from Never Been Kissed.”

Drew Barrymore tells her classmates about penguins

16.

Legally Blonde taught me that if you get a perm, you are forbidden to wet your hair for at least 24 hours at the risk of deactivating the ammonium thioglycolate.”

Reese Witherspoon cross examines someone in the climactic court scene

Reese Witherspoon cross examines someone in the climactic court scene

17.

“I learned to recite all the English monarchs in order starting from William the Conqueror thanks to ‘The Monarchs’ Song’ from Horrible Histories.”

A man dressed as William the Conqueror

A man dressed as William the Conqueror


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Horrible Histories basically passed my GCSE for me, we did Britain at the turn of the century and The Suffragettes’ Song was playing on a loop in my head while I filled out the exam.”

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“Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World taught me that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, making the written word available to the masses.”

Mr. Feeny lectures about how in Gutenberg's generation they waited six months for a book, whereas today web page's refresh every six seconds

Mr. Feeny lectures about how in Gutenberg's generation they waited six months for a book, whereas today web page's refresh every six seconds

19.

South Park taught me what gluten is.”

Someone holds up a can on South Park and says "It's ok, it's gluten free"

Someone holds up a can on South Park and says "It's ok, it's gluten free"

20.

“I learned the difference between a simile and a metaphor thanks to Danny DeVito in Renaissance Man.”

Danny DeVito teaches a simile is men are like dogs, a metaphor is men are dogs

Danny DeVito teaches a simile is men are like dogs, a metaphor is men are dogs

21.

“Does Hamilton count? I learned all about, like, the American Revolution and the formation of America from that.”

The cast of Hamilton

The cast of Hamilton

Learn something from movies/TV that didn’t make this list? Tell us in the comments!

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

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