The supposed panic that resulted from the 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was exaggerated by newspapers of the time (who sought to discredit radio as a competitor to print media).
Douglas Adams once pitched a Doctor Who inspired screenplay called Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen. The rejected script went on to become the third novel in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series: Life, the Universe and Everything.
The Japan-based YKK corporation manufactures half the world’s zipper supply—roughly seven billion zippers per year.