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1. The Original Name For The Big Bang Theory Was Going To Be Lenny, Penny, and Kenny
Leading our Big Bang Theory Facts is the weird working title for the show. It would seem unthinkable to fans of the show today, but at one time the original name for the Big Bang Theory was going to be something completely different. Of course, when we are talking about the Big Bang Theory in this instance, we are talking about the television show. So if it wasn’t going to be named The Big Bang Theory, what was it going to be called?
Well, this is really rather interesting. The original name for the Big Bang Theory was going to be Lenny, Penny, and Kenny. Apart from a repetitive nature familiarizing the viewer with the characters names each time the show airs on television, and is seen in advertisements and guides, it was in my opinion, a really sucky name. Which I am guessing is the reason that the executives changed the name. But you would have noticed something amiss with the original title. Who the heck is Kenny? I’m aware of Lenny, and the gorgeous Penny, but who is Kenny and where is Sheldon, who is arguably the best character in the show?
The original name for The Big Bang Theory gave us an insight into the very early days of the show. I’m just glad that the name was changed. I personally think that they got it right in the end.
2. The Glasses That Leonard Hofstadter Wears Are Fake
If you have to feel sorry for anyone in the show, it’s poor Leonard Hofstadter. Apart from having to tolerate the, well we can’t call him insane, because his mother had him tested, we’ll call him kooky Sheldon Cooper, poor Leonard has a litany of problems. A complicated love life, and difficult living conditions aside, he is plagued by health problems. One of which is poor eyesight, which he corrects with glasses. But here’s the thing. The glasses that Leonard Hofstadter wears are fake. They are really fake. In fact, they are so fake they don’t even have glass in them.
So why would the prop department of the show take a risk by using glasses that were not real? First of all, in most circumstances, even with modern ultra high definition televisions, the viewer at home will not be able to see if any glass is present. It’s glass, and transparent. But even if there should be a reflection, most viewers would not be that observant. But there are other possible reasons.
Glasses are notoriously expensive. In most cases, the lens and frame can total several hundred dollars. This cost can be mitigated by using a cheap plastic frame, without any glass. The other possible reason is safety. If you have ever tried on a pair of glasses that belong to someone else you know why I say safety. It can be impossible to see through glasses that were not prescribed for your use. Why would any production company risk one of their main characters by giving him expensive glasses which he couldn’t see through?
Leonard’s por eyesight is caused by myopia, or nearsightedness. He has also revealed over the episodes that he suffers from being lactose intolerant, which is a recurring theme, sleep apnea, travel sickness, asthma and heart disease.
3. Belarus Ripped Off The Big Bang Theory
We will call this the Belarus Big Bang Theory, and it was a shameless effort by the people in Belarus behind it. They had obviously witnessed a popular American prime time television show, one that is not only funny, but also entertaining. So what do you do when you encounter something that has the potential to earn you money, but you don’t want to share the profits? You do what the Chinese do and copy it.
Could you imagine how the creators of the Big Bang Theory would have felt? Here they are, they have a hugely popular show, a great cast and crew, and it is being syndicated all around the world. They are making money from their hard work. But in one corner of Europe things didn’t go to plan. Instead of purchasing the rights and dubbing over the English dialogue, a team of writers took a working formula and copied it to create what they called The Theorists.
How creative is that? It would be like someone coming across my site and calling their own “Real Facts,” or “Unreal Facts Online,” which I have actually witnessed with one of this sites competitors. They just added “Online” to the end of the title, and everything on the site is a case of control C control V. You just don’t do that. If you want to make something yourself, you don’t copy it, you make it yourself, from the ground up. If it happened to me I’d be a little bit pissed, and this is exactly how the producers of The Big Bang Theory felt. But they couldn’t do anything about it.
The reason why Warner Brothers, who make the hit show couldn’t do anything about this intellectual property violation is because the company that made the Belarus Big Bang Theory version was owned by the Belarusian government. Contesting a legal argument in a foreign jurisdiction when the company accused of the theft is owned the the government is a fight that they would have struggled to win. However, it all worked out n the end.
The actors who were in The Theorists were unaware of The Big Bang Theory. Once they became aware of the ripoff they all refused to take any further part in the show. So in the end it backfired on the Belarus production company.
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4. Howard’s Mother Has Been Seen Twice On Screen
One of the most antagonistic and elusive characters on The Big Bang Theory is Howard’s mother. She is the typical critical helicopter parent, always there to support their child, but can be somewhat overwhelming and embarrassing. And to tell you the truth, some of the best moments of Howard’s on the show are in tandem with his mother. But for all the great moments between the pair that the show has delivered over the years, has Howard’s mother been seen? You would probably think not, but she has, and twice.
Howard’s mother has been seen twice, but only briefly. The first time was in the season five finale. At the close of the episode the camera pans away from the rooftop where everyone is gathered. But while a figure was clearly present, the episode left viewers from around the world with the benefit of seeing her for the first time, but still not knowing what she looked like. Her face was not shown.
The second time was just as brief. In season 6 episode 15, Howard’s mother can be seen walking past an open doorway, not once, but three times. Once again however, the show managed to avoid revealing her identity. You could see her figure clearly, but the face was once again concealed.
Keen eyed viewers may have noticed some pictures on the wall in Howard’s mothers house. While we can not say for certain that they are Mrs Wolowitz, one may be led to the conclusion that her face has been revealed, albeit rather secretly.
Unfortunately, the voice of Mrs Wolowitz passed away in November 2014. She was Carol Ann Susi. Carol had been a regular guest appearance on the show since the first season.
5. Jim Parsons Has Never Seen Star Trek
Would you believe that Jim Parsons has never seen Star Trek? Well you better believe it, because as of yet not one episode has passed his eyes.
Avid viewers of The Big Bang Theory know that Jim Parsons plays one of the lead characters of the show. His character is Sheldon Cooper, perhaps the most socially awkward person in the tight knit group. Apart from being the human form of the socially awkward penguin, he is also apparently one of the most intelligent humans on the face of this planet. but even with all of the accolades under his belt,l he is still a nerd at heart.
Being a out and out nerd he is into the nerdy things. For instance, he has a love of comics, Dungeons and Dragons, science fiction genre movies and television shows, and Sci-fi cons. Of these, Star Trek is perhaps the characters most favored themes. In several episodes he has either dressed up as a member of the Star Trek crew, or has offered lines from the show. But despite this infatuation with Star Trek, Jim Parsons, the real person behind the character, has never seen one single solitary episode.
This should not come as a real surprise though. Parsons is after all, only an actor. The character he portrays on the screen is not a real person, and is not related in any way to the real actor, very much in a similar way to Neil Patrick Harris’ character in the Harold and Kumar films. What you see on the screen is not what you get in real life.
This does leave one question unanswered. How does Wil Wheaton, a regular guest star on the show, and former Star Trek actor, feel about this revelation? I think that he probably wouldn’t care too much. After all, it’s only show business.
6. Penny’s Last Name In The Big Bang Theory Is?
Do you know what Penny’s last name in The Big Bang Theory is? You know Sheldon’s, Leonard’s, Raj’s, Howard’s, Amy’s and Bernadette’s. In fact, even many recurring guest appearances have had their surname revealed. So surely Penny’s last name has been revealed? Maybe you have just forgotten it. Well, if you are concerned that you may have a failing memory, you can relax. Her name hasn’t been revealed yet.
So this makes me wonder why? Why is it that Penny’s last name is the only one that is still a secret on The Big Bang Theory? Well, I don’t think that it’s mass conspiracy on the part of the writers or producers. It does happen from time to time when the writers want to keep something a secret in the show, but sometimes it can be something that they have never even thought about. So will we ever get to know her last name?
The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady has said that Penny’s last name will be revealed to audiences eventually. When that happens will remain a mystery. And when it does, we can update this fact and fill in the missing pieces. Stay tuned.
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