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India qualified for the 1950 World Cup but refused to go as FIFA would not let them play barefoot. This remains the only time they have qualified for the tournament.
It's false. Basically in 1950 the travel costs for a few of the poorer teams would've been prohibitive so they simply elected not to go. Back then the World Cup was barely a blip on the football radar for many nations.

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continuing the theme:

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
 

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Here are the most watched tv series finales in the USA. To hammer home the obvious: people don't watch as much tv as they used to (if I may generalise from the finales, which I'm gunna :p), with only 3 finales from this century in the top 20, and they were in the mid 2000s

MASH: 105.9 million viewers. 1983
Roots
: 100 million, 1977
Cheers
, 84.4 million, 1993
The Fugitive
, 78 million, 1967
Seinfeld
. 76.3 million., 1998
Friends
, 52.5 million, 2004
Magnum P.I
., 50.7 million, 1988
Johnny Carson
, 50 million, 1992
The Cosby Show
, 44.4 million, 1992
All in The Family
, 40.2 million, 1979
Family Ties
, 36.3 million, 1989
Home Improvement
, 35.5 million, 1999
Frasier
, 33.7 million, 2004
Dallas
, 33.3 million, 1991
Everybody Loves Raymond
, 32.9, 2005
Star Trek: The Next Generation
, 31 million, 1994
Gunsmoke
, 30.9 million, 1975
Happy days
, 30.5 million, 1984
The Golden Girls
, 27.2 million, 1992
Full House,
24.3 million, 1995

There are several more on the list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...the_United_States#Most_watched_series_finales
 

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Here are the most watched tv series finales in the USA. To hammer home the obvious: people don't watch as much tv as they used to (if I may generalise from the finales, which I'm gunna :p), with only 3 finales from this century in the top 20, and they were in the mid 2000s

MASH: 105.9 million viewers. 1983
Roots
: 100 million, 1977
Cheers
, 84.4 million, 1993
The Fugitive
, 78 million, 1967
Seinfeld
. 76.3 million., 1998
Friends
, 52.5 million, 2004
Magnum P.I
., 50.7 million, 1988
Johnny Carson
, 50 million, 1992
The Cosby Show
, 44.4 million, 1992
All in The Family
, 40.2 million, 1979
Family Ties
, 36.3 million, 1989
Home Improvement
, 35.5 million, 1999
Frasier
, 33.7 million, 2004
Dallas
, 33.3 million, 1991
Everybody Loves Raymond
, 32.9, 2005
Star Trek: The Next Generation
, 31 million, 1994
Gunsmoke
, 30.9 million, 1975
Happy days
, 30.5 million, 1984
The Golden Girls
, 27.2 million, 1992
Full House,
24.3 million, 1995

There are several more on the list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...the_United_States#Most_watched_series_finales
Even Friends only managed 52.5M.
 

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Here are the most watched tv series finales in the USA. To hammer home the obvious: people don't watch as much tv as they used to (if I may generalise from the finales, which I'm gunna :p), with only 3 finales from this century in the top 20, and they were in the mid 2000s

MASH: 105.9 million viewers. 1983
Roots
: 100 million, 1977
Cheers
, 84.4 million, 1993
The Fugitive
, 78 million, 1967
Seinfeld
. 76.3 million., 1998
Friends
, 52.5 million, 2004
Magnum P.I
., 50.7 million, 1988
Johnny Carson
, 50 million, 1992
The Cosby Show
, 44.4 million, 1992
All in The Family
, 40.2 million, 1979
Family Ties
, 36.3 million, 1989
Home Improvement
, 35.5 million, 1999
Frasier
, 33.7 million, 2004
Dallas
, 33.3 million, 1991
Everybody Loves Raymond
, 32.9, 2005
Star Trek: The Next Generation
, 31 million, 1994
Gunsmoke
, 30.9 million, 1975
Happy days
, 30.5 million, 1984
The Golden Girls
, 27.2 million, 1992
Full House,
24.3 million, 1995

There are several more on the list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...the_United_States#Most_watched_series_finales
I'm just guessing game of thrones will be pretty big.
 

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Here are the most watched tv series finales in the USA. To hammer home the obvious: people don't watch as much tv as they used to (if I may generalise from the finales, which I'm gunna :p), with only 3 finales from this century in the top 20, and they were in the mid 2000s

MASH: 105.9 million viewers. 1983
Roots
: 100 million, 1977
Cheers
, 84.4 million, 1993
The Fugitive
, 78 million, 1967
Seinfeld
. 76.3 million., 1998
Friends
, 52.5 million, 2004
Magnum P.I
., 50.7 million, 1988
Johnny Carson
, 50 million, 1992
The Cosby Show
, 44.4 million, 1992
All in The Family
, 40.2 million, 1979
Family Ties
, 36.3 million, 1989
Home Improvement
, 35.5 million, 1999
Frasier
, 33.7 million, 2004
Dallas
, 33.3 million, 1991
Everybody Loves Raymond
, 32.9, 2005
Star Trek: The Next Generation
, 31 million, 1994
Gunsmoke
, 30.9 million, 1975
Happy days
, 30.5 million, 1984
The Golden Girls
, 27.2 million, 1992
Full House,
24.3 million, 1995

There are several more on the list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...the_United_States#Most_watched_series_finales
The white South Africans watched Roots backwards so they got a happy ending.
 

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In New York City, the sewer system temporarily stopped working during the finale of MASH as so many people were watching it they all went to the toilet at the same time (ad break) and therefore tried flushing at the same time.
Isnt there a story that the water department has a better ratings guide based on this?
 

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Here are the most watched tv series finales in the USA. To hammer home the obvious: people don't watch as much tv as they used to (if I may generalise from the finales, which I'm gunna :p), with only 3 finales from this century in the top 20, and they were in the mid 2000s

MASH: 105.9 million viewers. 1983
Roots
: 100 million, 1977
Cheers
, 84.4 million, 1993
The Fugitive
, 78 million, 1967
Seinfeld
. 76.3 million., 1998
Friends
, 52.5 million, 2004
Magnum P.I
., 50.7 million, 1988
Johnny Carson
, 50 million, 1992
The Cosby Show
, 44.4 million, 1992
All in The Family
, 40.2 million, 1979
Family Ties
, 36.3 million, 1989
Home Improvement
, 35.5 million, 1999
Frasier
, 33.7 million, 2004
Dallas
, 33.3 million, 1991
Everybody Loves Raymond
, 32.9, 2005
Star Trek: The Next Generation
, 31 million, 1994
Gunsmoke
, 30.9 million, 1975
Happy days
, 30.5 million, 1984
The Golden Girls
, 27.2 million, 1992
Full House,
24.3 million, 1995

There are several more on the list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...the_United_States#Most_watched_series_finales
I remember the Family Ties one- was Alex moving to New York to start a new job and his mother cracked it. Loved the way they showed how each actor was announced to the audience and showed their final curtain call.

Watched Home Improvement but cannot remember that one at all.

Everybody Loves Raymond was on last night actually- some lame thing about Ray having a health scare and it just ends with them sitting around the kitchen table eating.

While everyone hated the Seinfeld one (can understand it was just a glorified look back on all the eps) I did like the fact they were arrested and thrown in jail- and there were some genuinely funny moments of that finale.

FWIW best ever Finale, EVER- Six Feet Under. There is no contest really.
 

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In New York City, the sewer system temporarily stopped working during the finale of MASH as so many people were watching it they all went to the toilet at the same time (ad break) and therefore tried flushing at the same time.
Pretty sure in the UK power companies had to make sure there was enough juice during add breaks of Neighbours as everyone rushed to turn on the kettle
 

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FWIW best ever Finale, EVER- Six Feet Under. There is no contest really.
The M*A*S*H finale (Goodbye, Farewell, Amen) is by far the best ever. Maintains the key themes of the show (medical unit in the army, portrayed as a dramedy) while effectively wrapping things up and sending off the characters. And who could forget this famous scene?

 

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The M*A*S*H finale (Goodbye, Farewell, Amen) is by far the best ever. Maintains the key themes of the show (medical unit in the army, portrayed as a dramedy) while effectively wrapping things up and sending off the characters. And who could forget this famous scene?

The hug was ad-libbed as well.

MASH has one of the most famous 'kept secret from the cast' scenes in series history (at a time when ad-lib on a drama was rare).

At the end of the famous episode "Abyssinia Henry" they told most of the cast (except for Radar) to film one last scene working quietly in the operating theatre although Alan Alda was also handed a final page of the script before it happened.

As they did, they handed Gary Burghoff (Radar) a couple of lines and told him to go in and read it out - "I have a message. Lieutenant Colonel ... Henry Blake's plane ... was shot down ... over the Sea of Japan. It spun in ... there were no survivors."

The cast were shocked (some cried) and the farewell party for McLean Stevenson (who played Henry) was cancelled due to the cast being so upset.
 
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