35 Interesting and Terrifying Fan Incidents

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26 Roberto Rojas

Roberto Rojas

A World Cup qualifying match between Chile and Brazil was canceled after an opposing fan hit the Chilean goalkeeper (Roberto Rojas) with a flare. Photos later proved that the flare never touched him. He faked the injury with a hidden razor blade.

27. Ferdinando Boero is a jellyfish expert who was also a fan of Frank Zappa. He reached out to Zappa asking if he’d be ok with a jellyfish named in his honor, to which Zappa replied saying “there is nothing I would like better than having a jellyfish with my name.” So it was named Phialella zappai.

28. During the ’80s, drunken calls to Hanna-Barbera studios from Flintstones fans curious to know what Barney Rubble did for a living were so common that the security guard in charge of answering the phones at night would simply reply: “He worked in the quarry.”

29. Albert Einstein was approached so often by fans wanting explanations of his theories he would say, “Pardon me, sorry! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein.”

30. A line in the Barenaked Ladies song “If I Had $1000000” inspired fans to pelt Kraft Dinner at the band during concerts. After hundreds of boxes were thrown BNL requested fans cease the Kraft Dinner ritual and donate the food via bins set up in the lobbies of their shows for local food banks.

31 Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

In 2009, a group of fans of Shia LaBeouf founded a religion in his name called The Church of Shiantology. Followers of the religion refer to him as the MesShia.

32. Chicago Blackhawks once called on a 36-year-old accountant and fan named Scott Foster to serve as an Emergency goalie after starter and backups were injured. He played in the third period and had 7 saves with a save percentage of 1.000.

33. Coolio was once robbed by his “fans” at a concert in England. They all moved when he attempted to stage dive and then stole his shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

34. In 1971, a crazed fan shot a flare-gun towards Frank Zappa and his band during a concert in Switzerland. The resulting fire injured several audience members, melted the band’s equipment, and destroyed the venue. This incident was the inspiration for Deep Purples, ‘Smoke On The Water.’

35. In 1968, a group of Star Trek fans cornered William Shatner as he left 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and attempted to rip his clothes off. This event likely made him stop attending Star Trek conventions for over a decade.

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