Things We Wouldn't Know Without Movies
All telephone numbers
in America begin with the digits 555.
If being chased through town, you
can usually take cover in a passing St. Patrick's Day parade - at any time of
All beds have special L-shaped cover sheets which reach up to
the armpit level on a woman but only to waist level on the man lying beside her.
All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French Bread.
It's easy for anyone to land a plane providing there is someone in the
control tower to talk you down.
Once applied, lipstick will never rub
off - even while scuba diving.
The ventilation system of any building is
the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and
you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.
If you need to reload your gun, you will always have more ammunition
-even if you haven't been carrying any before now.
You're very likely to
survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a
picture of your sweetheart back home.
Should you wish to pass yourself
off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A
German accent will do.
If your town is threatened by an imminent natural
disaster or killer beast, the mayor's first concern will be the tourist trade or
his forthcoming art exhibition.
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any
window in Paris.
A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious
beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a bill - just grab
one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
Kitchens don't have light switches. When entering a kitchen at night,
you should open the fridge door and use that light instead.
in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most
Mothers routinely cook eggs, bacon and waffles for
their family every morning even though their husband and children never have
time to eat it.
Cars that crash will almost always burst into flames.
The Chief of Police will always suspend his star detective - or give him
48 hours to finish the job.
A single match will be sufficient to light
up a room the size of RFK Stadium.
Medieval peasants had perfect teeth.
Any person waking from a nightmare will sit bolt upright and pant.
It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending
Even when driving down a perfectly straight road it
is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few
All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large
red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.
always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.
A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving
martial arts - your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by
dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their
When a person is knocked unconscious by a blow to the
head, they will never suffer a concussion or brain damage.
involved in a car chase, hijacking, explosion, volcanic eruption or alien
invasion will ever go into shock.
Police departments give their officers
personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is
their total opposite.
When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to
speak English to each other.
You can always find a chainsaw when you
Any lock can be picked by a credit card or a paper clip in
seconds - unless it's the door to a burning building with a child trapped
Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects
you personally at that precise moment.