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Big Bang Theory Ends With A Whimper

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite TV shows, and judging by the ratings, many of you watch it too, every Thursday night -- I still miss it on Monday nights, but through the magic of FIOS DTV, I can watch one of the various episodes I recorded and saved.

I found some trivia on IMDB.com, and one of the items on the list caught my eye and helped me solve a riddle. At the end of every episode, there is a white screen with black type on it. It passes by too quickly for the eye to catch more than a phrase or so, so I took a picture of the screen with my trusty Sony CyberShot and you can see it here (from the episode titled, "The Cohabitation Formulation," the most recent episode, in fact) (You have to click it to read it, too):


Sorry it is so big and not exactly straight, but this is the best I could do, and you could read it at least, if you want to.

What is it? you ask. That's where the trivia comes in. From IMDB.COM, "One of the final cards to appear in the credit sequence is for "Chuck Lorre Productions". In keeping with his practice on "Dharma and Greg" and "Two and a Half Men", there is a different message on the credit each week, written by Chuck Lorre himself."

Here is some more trivia about the show courtesy of IMDB.COM:
Trivia for "The Big Bang Theory"

The two main characters (Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter) are named after Sheldon Leonard.

Penny was an add-on from a different sitcom concept. She had been originally envisioned as a more cynical, hard drinker, street-wise girl who worked at a makeup saloon. Her name was supposed to be Katie and should have been played by Amanda Walsh.

Raj's inability to talk to women except when drunk is based on an old coworker of executive producer Bill Prady when he worked at a computer company.

Leonard's last name, Hofstadter, refers to two well-known scientists: Robert Hofstadter, the 1961 Nobel Laureate in Physics, and his son Douglas Hofstadter, who researches consciousness and cognition and whose best-selling book about philosophy, mathematics, puzzles, art, and music, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid," was published in 1979 and won him the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

Sara Gilbert (Leslie) who plays a former girlfriend of Leonard's, also played Johnny Galecki's girlfriend in "Roseanne" (1988). Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon's mother, was also his co-star in Roseanne.

The original working title of the show was "Lenny, Penny, and Kenny."

Penny is the only one of all the main characters whose last name has not yet been revealed.

The theme song by Barenaked Ladies has two more verses and a bridge. The full length of the song is 1:45 (a live version runs 2:20).

Sheldon is from Texas, as is Jim Parsons.

The names of all the episodes relate to various scientific terminology, and even bear relation to the events of the episode.

Sheldon frequently wears T-shirts with the characters or symbols of Green Lantern, the Flash, or Superman.

While Wil Wheaton was appearing on the show, he took a photo of the set's coffee table and posted it on his much-followed blog. Among the materials on the coffee table were: copies of "Mental Floss" magazine; The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman; a package of Pepperidge Farm Sausalito milk chocolate macadamia nut chunk cookies; a package of Redvines licorice; and a package of Tim's brand Original Flavor lightly salted potato chips.

Some of the signs in the laundry room reads "No open containers on the machines", "Do not leave laundry unattended" and "Please keep your clothes on while doing laundry".

Sheldon occasionally wears t-shirts featuring a specific color with a corresponding symbol. These shirts are from the "Green Lantern" comic book series, with each color representing a different corps of heroes or villains (e.g. Red Lanterns, Orange Lanterns, etc). In the comics, each color also represents a specific emotion: Red=Anger, Orange=Greed, Yellow=Fear, Green=Willpower/Courage, Blue=Hope, Indigo=Compassion, and Violet=Love. Not surprisingly, the color of shirt Sheldon wears in each scene is often a clue to his mood.

Despite the fact that some viewers take Sheldon's behavior, mannerisms, and social skills as a sign that Sheldon has Asperger's Syndrome or otherwise falls on the "Autism spectrum," the show-runners have persistently denied in many interviews that Sheldon has Asperger's or Autism.

In the autumn of 2010, Kaley Cuoco revealed to "CBS Watch! Magazine" that she and her "The Big Bang Theory" co-star and love interest,Johnny Galecki, had secretly dated for two years earlier in the run of the show, but they were now no longer together.

There are no traditional exterior shots when transitioning to the next scene.

As the series progressed, each taping of the show was attended by CalTech students.

Sheldon verbally reveals his and Leonard's Pasadena apartment 4A's location as being 2311 Los Robles in "The Desperation Emanation."

Recurring guest Mayim Bialik is the only cast member to have a PhD. In 2008, she completed her neuroscience studies.

On 14 January 2011, CBS gave the series a rare vote of confidence when it issued a three-year renewal through the 2013-14 season.

The character Howard Wolowitz is named after someone the creator worked with at a computer company.

Most of the time Leonard has no glass in his glasses.

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