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13 Game of Thrones Easter Eggs You Probably Missed

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George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the HBO TV adaptation Game of Thrones are known for their passionate fan bases—but there are so many subtle references, in-jokes, and moments of foreshadowing hidden throughout both that even the most obsessive fans can't possibly catch 'em all. 

1. A Diminished Iron Throne

The Iron Throne has become one of the series' most recognizable images, but the Iron Throne used in the show is much smaller than the one George R.R. Martin envisioned. The show makes a sly reference to this when Varys says that it's "[a] thousand blades, taken from the hands of Aegon's fallen enemies. Forged in the fiery breath of Balerion the Dread," to which Littlefinger replies, "There aren't a thousand blades. There aren't even two hundred. I've counted."

2. Famous Swords

Speaking of the Iron Throne, several redditors have spotted some famous swords welded into the chair—including Orlando Bloom’s sword from the film Kingdom of Heaven and Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring, from The Lord of the Rings series.

3. The 43rd U.S. President

The show is notorious for repurposing props, and in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment from season one, episode 10, you can see George W. Bush’s head on a pike in King’s Landing. Show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained this in their DVD commentary: "George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around." Despite their insistence that they didn't mean anything by it, HBO wasn't pleased, saying in a statement, "We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent, careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."

4. Tyrion's Nose

After the Battle of Blackwater Bay, Cersei tells Tyrion that she has heard rumors that his nose had been cut off. In the books, Tyrion actually does lose his nose in the battle, but this was changed because of shooting restrictions. “It would cost a lot of money, because they’d have to put a little green sock on my nose,” Dinklage told Entertainment Weekly. “Every scene I was in they’d have to [digitally paint] over my face in every frame and that’s costly and time consuming. I think a scar solves everything.”

5. Jaime's Hand

In season three's "The Bear And The Maiden Fair"—that's the one in which Jaime Lannister returns to Harrenhal to save Brienne—Locke tells Jaime to “go buy yourself a golden hand and f*** yourself with it.” This is a direct reference to the golden prosthetic hand that Jaime would later receive in season four.

6. The Deaths of Joffrey, Shae, and Tywin

In season four’s "The Mountain And The Viper," Littlefinger tells stepson Robin Arryn that “People die at their dinner tables. They die in their beds. They die squatting over their chamber pots. Everybody dies sooner or later.” These words clearly foreshadow the deaths of Joffrey, Shae, and Tywin, who died at a dinner table, in a bed, and on the toilet, respectively.

7. Monty Python

Season four contains one of the show’s most extensive private jokes. In episode three, “Breaker of Chains,” the Meereenese fighter shouts an insult in Low Valyrian. According to the show’s linguist, David Peterson, the rider was actually shouting, “Your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberries,” a reference to Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

8. Destiny

Earlier in season five, one redditor noticed that Tyrion was sitting in front of a window that bore a striking resemblance to actor Peter Dinklage's Ghost from the video game Destiny.

9. R+L=J

R+L=J is a popular Game of Thrones fan theory that states that Jon Snow is not Ned Stark's son, but is in fact the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned's sister Lyanna. Early on in season one, the show acknowledges the theory by showing the letters "R L" carved into the wall right next to Jon.

10. Rocker Cameos

Musical guests are starting to become a trend on Game of Thrones. During season three's infamous Red Wedding, Coldplay drummer Will Champion is featured as one of the musicians playing the "Rains of Castamere." Later, in season four's "Purple Wedding," Icelandic band Sigur Ros again perform the "Rains of Castamere" before they are pelted with coins by King Joffrey. This season featured three members of the band Mastodon playing Wildings in "Hardhome."

11. The New York Giants

Martin is a big football fan and will sometimes slip references to the New York Giants into his books. In A Dance With Dragons, he writes, “The galley was also where the ship's books were kept ... the fourth and final volume of The Life of the Triarch Belicho, a famous Volantene patriot whose unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs ended rather abruptly when he was eaten by giants.” This is clearly a reference to the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots. 

In addition, the giant Wun Wun gets his name from former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, who was number "11."

12. The Three Stooges

The books also contain a reference to The Three Stooges. In the first book, A Game of Thrones, Catelyn arrests Tyrion with the help of three knights from House Bracken: Lharys, Mohor, and Kurleket, a Westerosi spin on Larry, Moe, and Curly.

13. The Grateful Dead

At an event at the 92Y, Martin confirmed the influence of the band's music on his books: "I'm certainly a fan of the Grateful Dead. My wife Paris is perhaps more of a fan of the Grateful Dead than I am," he said. "I have Grateful Dead lyrics rattling around in my head all the time. 'Ripple' is one of my favorite songs of all time... 'There is a road, no simple highway.'" The Weirwood trees are even named for Bob Weir, the band's co-founder and guitarist.

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The Princess Ride: Here's What a Princess Bride Theme Park Attraction Might Look Like
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Do you fight the urge to say “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya” when introducing yourself? Have you spent the past 30 years mispronouncing the word “marriage”? If so, you may be a diehard fan of The Princess Bride. The cult film (and the book on which it’s based) has inspired board games, merchandise, and countless pop culture references. Now, two theme park designers from Universal have conceived the inconceivable. As Nerdist reports, Jon Plsek and Olivia West have designed the plans for a hypothetical attraction called “The Princess Ride.

Their idea follows the classic river boat ride structure and adds highlights from the movie around each corner. After watching Buttercup and Wesley’s love story unfold, riders are taken past the Cliffs of Insanity, through the Fire Swamp, and into the Pit of Despair. The climax unfolds at Prince Humperdinck’s castle and leads up to the two protagonists riding off into the sunset. The last thing the passengers see is Miracle Max and Valerie waving goodbye saying, “Hope ya had fun stormin’ the castle!”

The ride’s designers make a living turning stories into thrilling attractions. Plsek works as a concept artist for Universal Creative, the group behind Universal’s theme parks, and West works there as a concept writer. While The Princess Ride was just a fun side project for the pair, it isn’t hard to imagine their ride bringing Princess Bride fans to the parks in real life.

For more of Jon Plesk’s concept rides inspired by classics like Dr. Strangelove (1964) and National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), check out his website.

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Though it may not be as widely known as It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown or A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has been a beloved holiday tradition for many families for more than 40 years now. Even if you've seen it 100 times, there’s still probably a lot you don’t know about this Turkey Day special.

1. IT’S THE FIRST PEANUTS SPECIAL TO FEATURE AN ADULT VOICE.

We all know the trombone “wah wah wah” sound that Charlie Brown’s teacher makes when speaking in a Peanuts special. But A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which was released in 1973, made history as the first Peanuts special to feature a real, live, human adult voice. But it’s not a speaking voice—it’s heard in the song “Little Birdie.”

2. IT WASN’T JUST ANY ADULT WHO LENT HIS VOICE TO THE SPECIAL.

Being the first adult to lend his or her voice to a Peanuts special was kind of a big deal, so it makes sense that the honor wasn’t bestowed on just any old singer or voice actor. The song was performed by composer Vince Guardaldi, whose memorable compositions have become synonymous with Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang.

“Guaraldi was one of the main reasons our shows got off to such a great start,” Lee Mendelson, the Emmy-winning producer who worked on many of the Peanuts specials—including A Charlie Brown Thanksgivingwrote for The Huffington Post in 2013. “His ‘Linus and Lucy,’ introduced in A Charlie Brown Christmas, set the bar for the first 16 shows for which he created all the music. For our Thanksgiving show, he told me he wanted to sing a new song he had written for Woodstock. I agreed with much trepidation as I had never heard him sing a note. His singing of ‘Little Birdie’ became a hit."

3. DESPITE THE VOICE, THERE ARE NO ADULTS FEATURED IN THE SPECIAL.

While Peanuts specials are largely populated by children, there’s usually at least an adult or two seen or heard somewhere. That’s not the case with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving may be the only Thanksgiving special (live or animated) that does not include adults,” Mendelson wrote for HuffPo. “Our first 25 specials honored the convention of the comic strip where no adults ever appeared. (Ironically, our Mayflower special does include adults for the first time.)”

4. LUCY IS MOSTLY M.I.A., TOO.

Though early on in the special, viewers get that staple scene of Lucy pulling a football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute, that’s all we see of Chuck’s nemesis in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (Lucy's brother, Linus, however, is still a main character.)

5. CHARLIE BROWN AND LUCY STILL KEEP IN TOUCH.

Though they only had a single scene together, Todd Barbee, who voiced Charlie Brown, told Noblemania that he and Robin Kohn, who voiced Lucy in the Thanksgiving special, still keep in touch. “We actually went to high school together,” Barbee said. “We still live in Marin County, are Facebook friends, and occasionally see each other.”

6. CHARLIE BROWN HAD SOME TROUBLE WITH HIS SIGNATURE “AAARRRGG.”

One unique aspect of the Peanuts specials is that the bulk of the characters are voiced by real kids. In the case of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 10-year-old newcomer Todd Barbee was tasked with giving a voice to Charlie Brown—and it wasn’t always easy.

“One time they wanted me to voice that ‘AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGG’ when Charlie Brown goes to kick the football and Lucy yanks it away,” Barbee recalled to Noblemania in 2014. “Try as I might, I just couldn’t generate [it as] long [as] they were looking for … so after something like 25 takes, we moved on. I was sweating the whole time. I think they eventually got an adult or a kid with an older voice to do that one take."

7. LINUS STILL GETS AN ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE.

While Barbee got a crash course in the downside of celebrity at a very early age—“seeing my name printed in TV Guide made everyone around me go bananas … everybody … just thought I was some big movie star or something,” he told Noblemania—Stephen Shea, who voiced Linus, still gets a pretty big reaction.

"I don't walk around saying 'I'm the voice of Linus,'" Shea told the Los Angeles Times in 2013. "But when people find out one way or another, they scream 'I love Linus. That is my favorite character!'"

8. THANKS TO LINUS, THE THANKSGIVING SPECIAL GOT A SPINOFF.

As is often the case in a Peanuts special, Linus gets to play the role of philosopher in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and remind his friends (and the viewers) about the history and true meaning of whatever holiday they’re celebrating. His speech about the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving eventually led to This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers, a kind of spinoff adapted from that Thanksgiving Day prayer, which sees the Peanuts gang becoming a part of history.

9. LEE MENDELSON HAD AN ISSUE WITH BIRD CANNIBALISM.

In writing for HuffPo for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’s 40th anniversary, Mendelson admitted that one particular scene in the special led to “a rare, minor dispute during the creation of the show. Mr. Schulz insisted that Woodstock join Snoopy in carving and eating a turkey. For some reason I was bothered that Woodstock would eat a turkey. I voiced my concern, which was immediately overruled.”

10. MENDELSON EVENTUALLY GOT HIS WAY ... THOUGH NOT FOR LONG.

Though Mendelson lost his original argument against seeing Woodstock eating another bird, he was eventually able to right that wrong. “Years later, when CBS cut the show from its original 25 minutes to 22 minutes, I sneakily edited out the scene of Woodstock eating,” he wrote. “But when we moved to ABC in 2001, the network (happily) elected to restore all the holiday shows to the original 25 minutes, so I finally have given up.”

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