Be honest with yourself. As soon as you read the headline, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song just barged into your head. It’s inescapable, much like the Turtles themselves in popular culture.

While their heyday was definitely during the 1980s into the 1990s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a pop culture presence for nearly 40 years. Yet, even though they are beloved and known everywhere around the world for people ages 5 to 55, there are some still odd facts even the biggest TMNT fan didn’t know.

The entire history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went from a tongue-in-cheek satire comic book, to a successful toy line, to multiple animated adaptations, to a movie that at one point was the most profitable independent film of all time. Along the way, some other insane things happened throughout their existence (aside from their gross pizza recipes). 

Take a moment and have a read. Here are the nuttiest facts about the TMNT that will leave you shell-shocked.

The Big Bang Theory

CRACKED.COM COMICS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The creator of The Big Bang Theory wrote the theme song. Sitcom creator Chuck Lorre is also the author of that catchy cartoon theme that's been stuck in your head for over 30 years.

Source: UPROXX

Crossovers

CRACKED COM Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles They crossover with damn near everyone. Throughout comics, cartoons, and video games, the Turtles have teamed up with Archie, the Transformers, G.I. Joe, the Ghostbusters, Batman, the Power Rangers, and many, many more.

Source: CBR

Celebrity Lookalikes

CRACKED.COM Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles were modeled after celebrities. According to director Johnathan Liebesman, Raphael was based on Clint Eastwood, Donatello on Leonard Nimoy, and Leonardo has Russell Crowe's eyes and Nelson Mandela's lips... for some reason.

Source: Collider

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