Today's Random Useless Fact part 5 (in Off-topic)


SimplyNic April 2 2008 3:35 AM EDT

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

Godpanda April 2 2008 7:10 AM EDT

Yeah, because the Wonderful Wizard of An would have been terribly confusing.


"We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizzard of An!" "An what?" "Just An" "Huh" "His name is An" "Yeah..... An what!?"

=D

j'bob April 2 2008 11:21 AM EDT

and on a related note, the Name of the Witch of the West (elphaba) from the book Wicked was derived when the author took the sounds of L Frank Baum's initials and blended them together. :)

drudge April 2 2008 1:19 PM EDT

kevin bacon was in the first Friday the 13th movie

SundariZelia [The Knighthood] April 2 2008 3:38 PM EDT

The Ruby Slippers were silver in the book. they were made red for the movie to show off the fact that it was in color.

TheHatchetman April 2 2008 3:51 PM EDT

""We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizzard of An!" "An what?" "Just An" "Huh" "His name is An" "Yeah..... An what!?" "

We had a chat situation like that for a while, but he was cool, so Gun said he'd make him a comrade if he changed his name :P
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