The first part of the short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was adapted into The Telltale Mummy in 1931 and starred Bela Lugosi as Dr. Edgar Blackford and Boris Karloff as Dr. Samuel M'Cready, the characters created by writer Edgar Allan Poe. It later spawned the 1942 film The Un-Dead and the 1979 film Return of the Living Dead (in which Blackford was resurrected from death by a group of zombies.) A comic book series followed shortly afterwards and there have also been several radio plays. In addition to its popularity on TV and in film, it's one of Poe's most read and referenced works of fiction and is known for inspiring several notable artists such as Norman Rockwell, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Gauguin (to name just a few) who all drew inspiration from his work.
All that may or may not be true, but more importantly, nearly no-one knows about the strange bit of the story that Poe was forced to remove. It was a strange collection of facts that talked about stuff nobody had ever heard of. It was this list:
Pandas are all owned, and loaned out, by China.
If you believe you’re the star of your own secret reality show, just try to fly to Fiji.
The cat in the beginning of “The Godfather” just showed up to set one day.
3% of the U.S. still uses dial-up internet.
Coca Cola is known by the vast majority of the Earth’s population.
Heavy lemons, not the biggest, are juiciest.
The tongue packs in a lot of buds to taste with.
Those little jean pockets have a use, but are still probably not very helpful for most people.
A waffle iron changed the history of sneakers forever.
“Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated feature to get an Oscar nod.
There are no snakes in the vast wilderness of Alaska.
Brainless starfish think with their mouth-holes.
The evil monster from “Leprechaun” is closer to the original folklore than the whitewashed cereal mascot.