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About Lazlo's plan to flood the Frito-Lay sweepstakes with entries:
The Frito-Lay plan was Truth in Television - it was based on an actual pra...er, exploit by playful Caltech students. It was done in 1975, when printers (and the hardware/software to make them print 1.2 million entries) were much less common; the prank also led directly to the reworking of the legal boilerplate on future contests to prevent it from happening again.
The "printer" Lazlo was using was actually mechanically writing the entries in large quantities, making them physically the same as any normal, hand-written entry (possibly to show it as a loophole evading method of the same tactic explained above.)
Those familiar with Caltech's pranking history will know that, as in the film, the Real Life sweepstakes caper resulted in the students winning significantly fewer of the prizes than mathematically expected.
Hey, It's That Guy!:
Mitch Taylor later shows up in Mission Control in .
Apollo13 Jordan is Judy (girlfriend of the Anthony Edwards character Gilbert) from .
Revenge of the Nerds Professor Hathaway is one in a long line of Jerk Ass characters portrayed by character actor William Atherton. He is probably best known for playing EPA agent Walter Peck in the original and obnoxious reporter Richard Thornburg in the first two Ghostbusters movies. Atherton, however, has been showing up in scores of movies and TV shows for over 40 years now and is active to this day (see Die Hard , Castle , The Glades , and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit many, many others)
Lazlo Hollyfeld is Uncle Rico from and Roger Linus from Napoleon Dynamite . LOST He's also got nards!
Sherry Nugil later became Amber Twine on , Selena Davis on Wiseguy , Lorraine Calluzzo on Season 5 of Guiding Light , Rose Boscorelli on The Sopranos , and Ellie on Third Watch . She's also had steady work in other films and TV shows Rescue Me going back to 1968.
CIA project director David Decker is played by character actor Ed Lauter, who has over 50 film and TV credits since the year 2000 alone... and got steady work up until his death in 2013.
Kent played Tom Hank's rival Cole Whittier in .
Bachelor Party Dean Devlin is really seen only at the Tanning Invitational wearing a red t-shirt with a calculus equation on it. Devlin would later go on to produce the movies , Stargate , Independence Day , Godzilla (1998) , and the TV series The Patriot .
Leverage Dr. Meredith is one of a number of doctors and professors (human and otherwise) that actor Severn Darden portrayed in the 60's, 70's, and '80s. He shows up as similar characters in episodes of , The Monkees , Kolchak: The Night Stalker , the original version of The Six Million Dollar Man , The Bionic Woman , and Cheers The Paper Chase. He also shows up in some of the movies from the early '70's, Planet of the Apes , and the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Hopscotch .
Back to School Dr. Meredith's wife (Mrs. Meredith in the credits, played by actress Sandy Martin) shows up in many small roles going back to the '70s, but more recently has had recurring roles as Mac's mom on and as Selma Green on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia .
Big Love The girl Chris hooks up with at the Tanning Invitational is Lynda Wiesmeier, Playboy's Playmate of the Month for July 1982.
One of the students was played by Yuji " Chozen" Okumoto. He's appeared in , The Game , Inception , Lois and Clark , and JAG , among others.
The Truman Show