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12 Amazing Big Bang Theory Facts

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1 The Original Name For The Big Bang Theory Was Going To Be Lenny, Penny, and Kenny

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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

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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

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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.


4 Howard’s Mother Has Been Seen Twice On Screen


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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.

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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

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.


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6 Penny’s Last Name In The Big Bang Theory Is?

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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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7 Mayim Bialik Has A PHD In Neuroscience

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Mayim Bialik has a PHD in neuroscience. For a show that centers around a group of friends who are extremely well qualified in their fields, and who for the majority of them hold a PHD of some description, this wouldn’t seem too weird at all. But one really should consider that the people who portray the characters on screen are actual actors. They don’t need to understand the context of what they are saying. The skill of acting requires that they convince the viewer that their character knows what is going on. For most actors around the world this would be the case. But not Mayim Bialik. She is one clever cookie, and has earned an actual PHD in neuroscience.

Mega fans of the show would have picked up what her real life degree is. Neuroscience, which is almost the same degree that Amy Farrah Fowler, the person who she portrays on The Big Bang Theory has. Amy, as many know, holds a PHD in neuro-biology. How cool is that?

Mayim Bialik earned her degree at UCLA in 2007. But a PHD in neuro-biology isn’t her only accomplishment. While studying she also earned a B.S. degree in Neuroscience, Hebrew studies, and Jewish studies.

While she certainly has the brains to make a brilliant career in science, it could be argued that her true calling in life is acting. She made a standout performance in the 1988 film Beaches, where she played the young character of Bette Midler’s.


8 Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki Dated In Real Life

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Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are two of the main characters of the show. The on again, off again relationship between them can at times take a back seat to the awkward musings and behavior of Sheldon Cooper, but it’s a situation that is in part the cornerstone of the show. Two geeky guys, one hot girl, it’s a recipe that Fox suggested that Trey Parker and Matt Stone go for with South Park. While the onscreen relationship between the two is a strong part of the show, the way that they managed to pull it off made it appear as though there may have been a little more to it than just acting.

It appeared as if the characters of Keley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, Penny and Leonard, had a real connection. The reason that there appeared to be more there than it seemed was because there was. For two years during the early seasons of the show, Keley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki dated.

Now, two years isn’t that short a period of time, and working with each other would have bought them closer together. But alas, it wasn’t to be. After two years of which you could imagine they got to a point where they knew a lot about each other, they called it off. While they aren’t dating any more, they remain close friends.



9 Sheldon Cooper Does Not Have Aspergers Syndrome

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Does Sheldon Cooper have aspergers, a form or autism? For fans and non-fans alike, his personality and social behavior certainly point to that clinical diagnosis. But despite all of the signs pointing to yes, Sheldon Cooper has aspergers, the shows creators and producers have claimed that he doesn’t. But why?

Before we look at the reason that Sheldon Cooper doesn’t have aspergers, we need to look at what makes people think he does have the condition. People who have the condition will exhibit a lot of symptoms that Sheldon also shows. They include being socially awkward, a lack of empathy, and lacking the ability to connect with people around them. For example, they will talk about a subject they are passionate about without noticing that the people they are talking to have an interest.

They also have a kind of religious ritual about their daily lives. A small change can present itself as a challenge, and make them feel uncomfortable. Watching Sheldon’s mannerisms on the Big Bang Theory shows many of these exact traits. Another problem is that they will not be able to distinguish different types of language tone and nuances. They totally miss the mark when people are being sarcastic, something that Sheldon certainly struggles with.

So, even though these are only a few of the problems that a person afflicted with asperger syndrome possess, the behavior of Sheldon Cooper suggests that he does have aspergers. But even though he shows all of the signs, he doesn’t, according to the producers and creators.

Why doesn’t Sheldon Cooper have aspergers syndrome?

Let’s face reality. We live in a society where to make fun of people with a diagnosed disorder is frowned upon. One of the greatest laughs on the show is Sheldon’s complete lack of understanding of basic human behavior and interaction, despite him apparently being one of the most intelligent humans alive. It can be assumed that the producers wanted to avoid controversy by making fun of a serious condition that affects millions of people world-wide.

But here’s the twist. Despite the producers of the show saying Sheldon Cooper doesn’t have aspergers, Jim Parsons, the actor who portrays him on television, does the acting as if his character does have autism. Regardless of whether or not he has the condition, the role is performed extremely well, and it has shone light on people who have the condition.



10 Sheldon And Leonard Are Named After A Producer, Actor And Director, Sheldon Leonard

how did sheldon and leonard get their names

It doesn’t take a genius to know that when it comes to naming, be it a child or a fictional character, our past experiences with people can, and likely does have an influence. It’s something that a lot of people really don’t think about until they either have to pick a name for a child, or a character they are creating. When it comes to children, the standard response, especially when speaking from my own perspective, was influenced by an experience with someone that I personally know. If they had a name that was on a shortlist, and were a little weird, then off the list the name went. I just couldn’t get them out of my mind, and I didn’t want it to influence my interactions with the new child. A similar pattern in naming can happen when it comes to fictional characters. Quite often, just as with children, the name can be one of homage, or even ridicule. Well, when it came to naming Sheldon and Leonard, it was as a mark of respect to a very talented and influential man.

Sheldon Leonard was an acclaimed and respected film producer, actor and director. As an actor he starred in some classics, such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Sinbad the Sailor. While he never hit super stardom like some actors, he remained busy, providing voice over work for cartoons and commercials. As a producer he was best known for his part in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show, of which he is best remembered.

It was his talent that led Chuck Lorre to suggest naming the pair after him.

As for their last names, Leonard’s name was taken from Robert Hofstadter, a well known and respected physicist and Nobel Prize winner. Sheldon’s last name was taken from Leon Cooper, another winner of the Nobel Prize.



11 Kaley Cuoco Broke A Leg During Season 4

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Cast your minds back a few years to season four of The Big Bang Theory. For a few episodes there was a distinct lack of Penny. It was something that I did notice, but didn’t really put a lot of thought into. Oddly enough, after a few weeks of absence, when she returned to the show she was no longer the waitress Penny at the Cheesecake Factory, she was bartender Penny at the Cheesecake Factory. This transition did seem a little odd, but once again I didn’t really care all that much. I suppose I just thought that the writers were toying around with some new ideas. Well it turns out that there was a very good reason for her absence and bartending. Kaley Cuoco had a broken leg.

One day Kaley was out riding a horse when she encountered a freak accident. The horse spooked and threw her off. Initially she was fine, and even laughed. But what followed wasn’t so funny. The horse tried to jump over Kaley, and in the process it landed on her leg. She thought that she heard the cracking of leaves, but it turned out to be her leg. And it was not good. It was so bad in fact that she was warned that she could face amputation!

Then I looked, and I’m like, wow, my foot’s facing me… And I was like, that’s not normal.

Kaley Cuoco on breaking her leg

Following an emergency proceedure to try and save her leg, and repair it, she came out with two rods protruding from it. She spent two weeks in hospital, which was the reason for her absenteeism in the show. When she returned the writers and producers thought that it would be easier to make her a barmaid and only show her from waist up than try and write a broken leg into the story.



12 Barry Kripke And Elmer Fudd Have The Same Speech Impediment – Rhotacism

One of the more aggressive antagonists of the show is Barry Kripke. He is an intelligent man, holding a doctorate himself, and behaves in a rather crude way, especially to Sheldon Cooper. He even considers himself to be a bit of a ladies man at times. While he can be rude and annoying, one of the most standout features, and one that is instantly recognizable, is his speech impediment which is known as rhotacism.

Rhotacism is a condition that mainly affects peoples ability to form words with the letter “R” correctly. While no indication to how intelligent a person is, it can be treated with speech therapy, and results are often amplified the sooner therapy is started. While there are no real long term affects on sufferers health, it can affect confidence and social interactions.

But while Barry Kripke of The Big Bang Theory has rhotacism, another Warner Bros. character has had the same condition. That character was Elmer Fudd.

The speech impediment delivered by Kripke shouldn’t be viewed as a cheap shot of sufferers of  rhotacism.


We hope that you enjoyed our list of amazing Big Bang Theory facts. Keep clicking on through to more cool bits of information that might leave you bewildered and amazed.


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