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Flipping off Ed Sullivan and flagging down Morse

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Joey and Tommy Ramone were born Jewish.

At the end of his Oct. 18, 1964 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, it appears comedian Jackie Mason shot Ed Sullivan the finger. The gesture, later cleared up as a misunderstanding, came because Sullivan was gesturing off camera that Mason had to wrap up his routine due to time constraints.

According to author Ron Zimmerman, the late Don Adams (Agent 86 on Get Smart) didn't like performing stand-up in front of a live audience. He was also known for stealing jokes.

When using a flag to wave the Morse code, it's left for dash, right for dot.

Giant penguins as tall as 5 feet roamed what is now Peru more than 40 million years ago.
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