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  1. FOX network refused to pick up the South Park series, saying the talking poo character (Mr. Hankey) would stain "[their] network." The series was then brought to Comedy Central, and it became the highest rated show that made the network one of the fastest-growing U.S. cable channels at the time.

  2. Comedy Central originally wanted to remove Timmy from South Park due to the potential controversy over the inclusion of a mentally handicapped character. Matt Stone and Trey Parker pushed to keep the character on the basis that other children in the series treat him equally.

  3. The USA paid more for the construction of Central Park (1876, $7.4 million), than it did for the purchase of the entire state of Alaska (1867, $7.2 million).

  4. After Kanye's interruption of Taylor Swifts acceptance speech, Comedy Central played a South Park episode mocking Kanye's ego, four times in a row, back to back.

  5. More money was spent buying Central Park's land than all of Alaska

  6. Hot dog cart operators pay almost $300k an year, to operate outside Central Park, NYC.

  7. That, although park authorities deny it, Central Park officially has a population of 25 residents according to the 2010 census

  8. Balto, the sled dog who delivered lifesaving diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska, in 1925, was present for the unveiling of his own statue in Central Park!

  9. Seneca Village, a community composed mainly of free black people, was destroyed in the 1850s to make way for New York City's Central Park

  10. Central Park had an estimated property value of $528 billion in 2005; In today's market that would be $810,801,446,400.00 - nearly a trillion dollars. If it were in Detroit, instead of NY, it's value would be $4.5 million.

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A Man In India Has Planted A Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island

The 20 most expensive license fees for New York hotdog carts are all for carts in Central Park. One man who has a cart at Fifth Avenue and East 62nd St. near the Central Park Zoo pays $289,500 every year for license.

After Kanye's interruption of Taylor Swifts acceptance speech, Comedy Central played a South Park episode mocking Kanye's ego, four times in a row, back to back.

Comedy Central only agreed to air the word “shit” uncensored in the South Park episode “It Hits the Fan” (the first South Park to do so) if the word was used an absurdly high number of times. The episode had 200 total shits, 162 spoken, 38 written.

In 1890, 60 common starlings were released in Central Park in an attempt to introduce every bird mentioned in the works of Shakespeare to America. They became a pest, and there are currently 150 million of them.

That, following Kanye West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift at the MTV VMA's, Comedy Central aired the South Park episode "Fishsticks", which prominently lampoons West's ego problems, four times back-to-back.

Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park, threatened to pull a Dave Chappelle by showing Comedy Central's head of network a plane ticket to Africa because one of their episodes were censored against their will

If you ever get lost in Central Park, each one of the 1,600 lampposts around the grounds have a special code to help you map where you are

New York destroyed an entire village full of African-American landowners to create Central Park

Central Park's rivers and streams are entirely artificial and can be turned on and off.

In 2013 it cost $289,500 a year to run a hot dog cart near the Central Park Zoo in New York City.

It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.

In 1974, a man named Phillipe Petit illegally walked across the Twin Towers on a tightrope. Upon being arrested by the police, Petit was required to give a free aerial show for children in Central Park, and was granted permanent access to the tower's observation deck.

On September 15, 2009, Comedy Central re-broadcasted South Park's 'Fishsticks' episode for two straight hours following the press attention towards Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Central Park in New York is home to a 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk. Weighing 200 tons, it was gifted to the US in 1877 in gratitude for the US not interfering in Egyptian politics.

A plot to detonate a car bomb in Central London was foiled after one of the cars involved was towed for being parked illegally.

Before South Park, the creators made a short film called Jesus vs. Frosty. A Fox executive saw the film and offered them $1k to make another short (Jesus vs. Santa) as a video xmas card that he could send to friends. The film caught the attention of Comedy Central which led to the creation of SP

Central Park is only the 5th largest park in NYC

In 1979, an Indian man named Jadav Payeng started planting trees on a dying island near his home. Since then, Jadav's island has blossomed into Molai Forest, an oasis bigger than Central Park with thousands of plants and animals

Sheep were grazing in Central Park until 1934, when they were moved during the Great Depression for fear they would be eaten.

South Park's debut in 1997 was such a ratings success that it made Comedy Central one of the fastest-growing cable channels in the US at that time. The number of households that had Comedy Central jumped from 9.1 million in 1997 to 50 million in 1998.

It can cost $289,500 a year just for the right to operate a single hot dog cart in Central Park.

After Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMAs, Comedy Central played South Park's "Fishsticks" episode four times back-to-back

After South Park premiered in 1997, the number of households with Comedy Central jumped from 9.1 million, to a staggering 50 million by 1998.

Philippe Petit, then a 24 year old French high-wire artist, illegally high-wire walked between the Twin Towers 8 times over 45 minutes in 1974. Charges were dropped after he performed for kids in Central Park.