At a forum I used to visit, someone started a thread which consisted of nothing but little-known facts. Some very obscure but interesting things came out of that topic, so I thought I'd invite all of us here to contribute something. **** Richard Hooker (aka Dr. Richard Hornberger), the man who wrote the book "M*A*S*H", liked the movie version written by Ring Lardner, Jr. (he saw it seven times when it came out), but he detested the TV version. Hooker had modeled the Hawkeye character on himself, and he was a conservative Republican as, believe it or not, the movie version was supposed to be. Hooker disliked the liberal Hawkeye of the TV series and thought of the show as unpatriotic claptrap. Though he confessed to enjoying the money it made him, he said he was not sorry to see the show go. **** Post-It Notes were invented because a church choir director got tired of marking his hymnals with index cards, which tended to fall out of the books, and wanted to come up with something that would stick to paper, yet be easily removable. Since this man was also an engineer at 3M, he approached them with this potential product idea, but saw it dismissed several times before anyone took it seriously and let him design an actual product. Needless to say, it's made a lot of money for 3M since then.