Green Book

Factual error: Opening scene shows NYC 1962 as a 1964 Chevy Impala rolls by.

Factual error: The chicken they eat in the car is Extra Crispy Kentucky Fried, not Original Recipe. Extra Crispy wasn't introduced until the late 70s.

Factual error: Don Shirley asks Viggo Mortensen who is singing a certain song on the radio. He replies something to the effect that it's Aretha Franklin, and that she's really something. But it is highly unlikely that Aretha had sufficient (or any) airplay, popularity or name recognition in 1962 to make this scene credible. Columbia Records had her under contract and did not do a particularly good job with her. It wasn't until 1967, after she signed with Atlantic Records, that she became known much at all and her career really took off.

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Suggested correction: While Columbia Records might not have promoted her as well as Atlantic Records, the fact was that in 1961 her single "Won't Be Long" was #7 on the R&B chart and #76 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later in 1961 her version of "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" hit #37 on the Billboard Top 100. One of the factor these charts use to determine ranking is airplay (how often the song is played on the radio).

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Question: Did White Castle sell cheeseburgers in this time period?

Answer: Absolutely. White Castle is credited as the first "fast food" chain in the United States. The company began its traditional brick and mortar, fast food burger operation in 1921 but had operated as a food cart company since 1916.


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