Executive Meddling: The spin-off series like Word Detective and Math Detective only really took off when a complex series of transactions brought Carmen Sandiego to a new owner.note So Brøderbund Software (owner of Carmen Sandiego) and Soft Key (a Canadian CD collection manufacturer) were bidding on The Learning Company (which owned MECC, creators of The Oregon Trail). Soft Key won and changed its name to The Learning Company Inc. (the original had no "Inc."). This happened in 1995. In 1998, The Learning Company Inc. acquired Brøderbund. In 1999, Mattel acquired The Learning Company, but they lost money, probably from making too many Carmen Sandiego spin-off titles. Then it was sold again to a new owner...
One game has her voice provided by Danielle McRae, who is most well known as the voices of Karma and Painwheel.
History Marches On: When Where in Time/Great Chase was released, the manual states Mona the model in the Leonardo da Vinci mission was a fictional character and the inspiration for the painting, let alone whether or not Leonardo actually used a model for the creation of the Mona Lisa, was (at the time) unknown. In 2005, it was discovered that the Mona Lisa depicts Lisa del Giocondo, meaning the game was actually right to depict her as a real person. Of course, the depiction of her as a surly model posing for Leonardo is still completely fanciful, especially considering he spent years working on it.
Technology Marches On: When Gnash steals alphabetical order in ThinkQuick Challenge, it's talked about the impact this will have on card catalogs. Yeah, the two or three libraries which still use them.
What Could Have Been: There were rumors of Sandra Bullock starring in a potential Carmen Sandiego movie around the late 1990s.