Almost everyone has watched Sheldon and his ragtag band of scientists (and an engineer) rendezvous in “The Big Bang Theory”, and have loved it in one way or another. Almost all of us have somewhat felt a queer resemblance to them at least once in our lifetime. Sometimes it is the disappointment of not being able to hit on girls, displaying our inner nerd and then regretting it completely, or having a bromance akin to Howard or Raj; whatever it is, we have adored them, loved them, and wanted to be them. So here are a few facts which might actually sound like BS but are not true.
1. Does Penny have a surname?
Much like Penny’s hair color, we never get to know her surname. Though after long twitter debates, it was revealed that it might be Penny Barrington, but Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting prefers to keep it a secret. Unless her name is Penny Penny(Sheldon’s “knock knock knock Penny” would start making a lot of sense then), we actually might never know the answer.
2. The Belarusian Rip-off
A show called The Theorists once showed up in Belarus involving four scientists(Sheldon, Leo, Hovard, and Raj), while a blonde waitress named Natasha lived next door. Production was soon called off as they were apparently unaware of the original (Seriously?!).
3. Mayim Bialik has an actual doctorate
Mayim Bialik, who reprises the role of a neurobiologist in the show, actually carries a doctorate in neuroscience. She went to UCLA, even though she got accepted into Harvard and Yale, and graduated with a BS, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Hebrew and Jewish studies. She later went on to get a Ph.D. in the same in 2007, her dissertation being an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome, titled “Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader–Willi syndrome.”
4. The cast includes highly trained musicians
Remember Leonard often whining about her mother sending her to Cello lessons? Apparently, Galecki was cellist from a young age and his talents were put to full use in the show. Also, Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik learned theremin and the harp to give a new dimension to their roles.
5. Bazzinga Bee
Apparently, there is a bee named after Sheldon’s catchphrase “Bazinga”.Despite being true, this actually sounds like a true Sheldon Cooper special “Bazinga”. Discovered by biologists in 2012 in Brazil, it was christened Euglossa Bazinga. The name was chosen in honor of the fictional scientist, with André Nemésio of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia saying at the time: “Sheldon Cooper’s favorite comic word ‘bazinga’, used by him when tricking somebody, was here chosen to represent the character. Euglossa bazinga has tricked us for some time due to its similarity to E ignita, what led us to use ‘bazinga’.”
6. Jim Parsons has never watched Star Trek
Sheldon loves Star Trek and Doctor Who, but Jim Parsons apparently isn’t a really big fan of it. He once remarked in an interview “I’m very frank about certain things, I get asked a lot of science things and I’m like, you’re kidding’. And even the pop culture… I’ve never seen Star Trek. I don’t know Doctor Who.” Apparently, the Marvel expert in front of the camera isn’t as good as it is off it.
7. Big Bang Theory got a three-season renewal. Twice
Getting a Three-seasonal renewal for an American TV show is apparently no mean feat, and somehow it got not one, but two of them. This implies that the show will last until ten seasons at least. Apparently, the fans would love for a hat-trick to happen but reports suggest that there would be a new show aiming solely at Sheldon’s earlier life before he met Leonard, Sheldon, Penny or Raj.
8. There is only one floor
This one you may have guessed, but the three floors of the guys’ flat is actually just the same set redecorated each time. This means, if you were to visit the fictional apartment block you’ll be disappointed.For the sake of a recurring gag, the actors and crew have to recreate the scene to make each floor different each time, which is surely quite a headache.
9. Soft Kitty is an actual song
If Sheldon is ever sick, just Youtube ‘Warm Kitty’ by Edith Newlin. The song was released somewhat in the 1930s, and the producer Bill Prady heard it while working in Australia. It was taught at his daughter’s school and this how it got its entry into the Pop world.
10. The Big Bang Theory might be the Apocalypse
The intro song by the Barenaked Ladies (It is a Canadian all-boys band) goes through the epochs and finally culminates in their living room. A video released by Crack recently revealed that there might be a possibility that Raj, Howard, Leonard, and Sheldon are modern day Teslas and the Einsteins and since they are busy with their girls and their comics, they have totally neglected the bigger picture. However, Steve Molaro insists that there is no actual “master plan” on how to end the show and that he is excited about the future prospects.
11. There wasn’t supposed to be any Penny in the show
When the show first hit the production floors, it was titled Lenny, Penny, and Kenny but when the pilot was aired, there was one Katie, played by Amanda Walsh. Leonard and Sheldon find her on the pavement in tears after breaking up with her boyfriend and Leonard invites her to stay with them.
Amanda Walsh didn’t bode well with the chirpy character of Penny was replaced after only one episode.
12. The pilot had a completely different theme song
Remember the way your eyes would light up listening to the theme song by The Barenaked Ladies, this wouldn’t have been the case if the producers would have decided to stick with the song “She blinded me with science” by Thomas Dolby which was aired along with the pilot. However, the song does get played at least once during the Lizard-Spock Expansion as Howard’s ringtone.
13. We still haven’t met Penny’s mother
The show is well into its tenth season and we have seen an appearance by almost all the titular character’s parents, apart from Penny’s mother. We have seen her father, and have also seen her talk to her mother, but there is absolutely signs of her mother showing up. Similarly, we have never come across Leonard’s really well-accomplished siblings, or Sheldon’s brother, who have been often mentioned across the length of the show.
14. Amy was nearly played by Kate Micuci
We now know actor and singer, Kate Micucci as Raj’s timid and socially awkward girlfriend, but she had originally auditioned for the role of Amy Farah Fowler.Though she would have looked really weird playing Sheldon’s love affair, the producer played their cards at the right time by introducing her later as Lucy. Though her role would not have been loved a lot, she did bring a certain charm to the show, and also corrected Raj’s selective mutism.
15. There might be a slight mistake in Penny’s portrayal as a waitress
Penny works as a waitress at the Cheesecake factory, but somehow she manages to guzzle down bottles of wine and peppermint schnapps, lives in a really fancy apartment and has all the more fancy clothes. This had become quite a well-debated topic on many forums where some people had even performed calculations, which had included all the tax breaks and had even taken into consideration the tipping habits of Americans. Who said Big Bang Theory didn’t possess a fandom of their own.